R.O.S.E L.I.F.E JAO

He use to have a loud heart but from past experiences and certain vibes he received from some of his peer's JAO's heart seems to speak low these last few years.

Art Sisters

Kira Dixon, Shanina Dionna and Ameerah K., came together and put together "one of the dopiest events this year" quoted from some of their peers.

R.O.S.E L.I.F.E Harrisburg

Recap of Jan 11, 2014 R.O.S.E L.I.F.E Harrisburg with video.

Media Traffickers

CEO of Media Traffickers International Jamie and his right hand and business partner, friend and artist B.P. to see what their viewpoints are as business men, rappers, relevancy of the music scene locally and the upcoming compilation mixtape their company is hosting.

Monday, July 27, 2020

7.27.20 I love making music sound great, signed Vinny Mac

I love making music sound great, signed Vinny Mac

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Written By Anwar Curtis

Having the ability to create your own unique sound that the world falls in love with comes with its very own issues. This includes an abundance of hard-drive malfunctions, countless arguments with other musicians, and more than a fair share of sleepless nights. But, on the bright side, it also comes with a lot of laughing. Sixteen years ago, Harrisburg, PA’s Vinny “Mac Sauce” Mac took a chance with music when he put the basketball down. A choice influenced by one of his high school coaches that would snowball into a beautiful and fruitful musical experiment.


I had the opportunity to speak with Vinny Mac in a special COVID-19 style interview via Facebook Messenger video chat. He started off by saying, “Back in the day I was still figuring out a lot of stuff.” The “stuff” Vinny was referring to was Playstation’s “Music Generator”, a beat making program that allowed him to explore his ability to connect with local singers and emcees by way of storytelling, sample chopping, and chord progressions. “Music Generator was Fruity Loops before Fruity Loops!” he explained. Back in the early 2000’s technology was changing. Inspired beat makers no longer needed to rely solely on MPC’s, Korg Keyboards, or studio time to create their sound. As a matter of fact, thanks to Music Generator, a beat maker didn’t even have to really know music theory to maneuver around the program.


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Although there are many attributes that help to mold a good talent into a great one, Vinny Mac shares a special one with many we’d consider some of the best in his field. His very musical upbringing. Many could consider this aspect to be a direct contribution to his creative learning edge. His father Vincent Waters Sr, is a phenomenal drummer. His grandfather, Ronald Waters, plays the hell out of the piano and trumpet. Then there’s his close relative, Kim Waters, the astounding saxophonist. Vinny spent much of his childhood traveling with them; soaking up all the melodic magic he could. These experiences offered lessons to him. So, as he grew up he found that creating a decent sounding beat wasn’t very challenging for him at all. He recollects playing beats off of a Nextel phone to his high school friends and fellow producers Keyz Da Don and Mohamed Diallo. After noticing his upward progression in beat making, Muhammad convinced him to step away from Music Generator to try out the now industry-based software program, Fruity Loops. “Muhammad showed me the basics and after that, I ran with it!”


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Do you remember Lil Flip’s 2004 hit “Game Over”? Vinny says that’s the first track he can remember flipping into a fire, head-bopping hit for his own arsenal. After hearing beats off his phone, people would ask him to import them onto a cd so they could record over them. He vividly remembers rappers trying to convince him to let them “do something on the beat.” That feeling assured him that he was onto something big. That “something” would lead him to working with the Harrisburg based independent group REAL ENTERTAINMENT. “I would go to Music Man and buy mixtapes,” Vinny recalls. “I remember buying this DJ Odini jawn, not knowing he was from ‘The Burg’ a the time. There was a song by Nat King (who now goes by Nascar Nat) on the cd. One day I’m in HACC’s (Harrisburg Area Community College) computer lab, and there was this dude passing out flyers. As I’m reading it I see Nat King’s name which made me immediately say to him, hold up bruh you’re Nat King!” That moment would be all that Vinny needed to take off as a music producer.


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Fast forward fifteen years later, Vinny Mac is certainly a force to be reckoned with on both the local and mainstream spectrum. Vinny Mac is now a father, has music industry placements with Relle Bey, Vado, Dex Lauper, Leaf Ward, and Frenchie from Brick Squad, just to name a few. He is also a full-time recording engineer at Pro Sound Studios in Harrisburg, PA, and owner of his own professional mobile recording studio, “Mac Sauce 2 Go”. I know Vinny as both an engineer and a music producer. So I asked him which one he’d choose if he had to. “I love engineering and making beats, but if I had to choose one as my all-time favorite then making beats would have to be my go-to.” He attributed his reasoning to the creativity he feels while creating. He told me, “You can get creative with engineering too, but it’s different. You can’t play around too much and mess up somebody else’s sound.”





Relationships are something Vinny “Mac Sauce” Mac is adamant about as well. He says that being at Pro Sound for four years has really taught him to “understand and appreciate not always listening to outside noise.” Mac Sauce expressed his love for working alongside childhood friend, Kash on the Beat and his mentor Supa Dupaa Sultan. “Sultan is a dope dude who doesn’t give handouts out. But he does provide opportunities for those who are really working.” He would know this first hand. One of those opportunities was Sultan reaching out to him on New Year’s Eve to conduct a mixing session for Master P. Moments like those are why you must dream dreams that inspire you enough to actually pursue them.


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Beside every dope music producer, you can generally find an equally dope singer or songwriter accompany them. In 2019, Vinny Mac found a breath of fresh air in musical talent Daisy Mayze. He was full of joy when he shared the story of how the two of them met. While patronizing a hip-hip show for locally sourced talent at HMAC called “Hidden Treasures”, he made it his business to introduce himself to Daisy Mayze. He says it was her “work ethic and energy” that drew him to her. “The type of person that she is, is very cautious because she knows she’s dope and knows what she is bringing to the table.” She was the exact recipe Vinny Mac had long desired at the time. After a few months, Daisy and Vinny decided to work together and before they know it her entire “5ive” EP was recorded and produced by Mr. Mac Sauce himself.



I consider beat making a hobby, talent, and occupation that many people take for granted. The unique thing about having a hobby that turns into an occupation is the privilege to see your dreams manifest firsthand. I appreciate individuals like Vinny Mac for appreciating this privilege, always showing love and investing in others using his craft. I can only imagine what “Mack Sauce 2 Go” will be cooking up for Vinny Mac within the next fifteen plus years.



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Thursday, July 23, 2020

7.23.20 What Juneteenth Means To Me

What Juneteenth Means To Me

A group of African American Harrisburg Residents Honoring Their 2nd Amendment Right Start Off Juneteenth At The State Capitol Building

Written By Anwar Curtis 

June 19th, 2020 was something of a big deal for melanated people throughout the country. For many of us, this day marked the first of many annual celebrations in light of a newfound understanding and appreciation of the 155th Juneteenth, OUR day of freedom. This year Harrisburg, PA, a place some consider to be a slow-moving city compared to most major cities throughout the country, did not move slow at all. In fact, from sunrise to sunset Harrisburg was filled with brothers and sisters embracing one another to the highest level. We showed that we understood our purpose and expressed the importance of being liberated, despite feeling drowned by all of the desensitized messaging that many news publications continue to display amidst the multitude of the unjust tragedies perpetuated by a corrupt justice system. Even though many Black Americans, both affluent and otherwise, still feel trapped in bondage by the systems and powers that be, we continuously exercise a resilience that not many others have. We used this day to display that we are an ethnic group that is not completely crippled by its past. We not only honored the angels who’d recently received their wings, but we also honored all of our ancestors who came before us and sacrificed everything in them to birth something in us.

 

On Juneteenth 2020, Harrisburg collectively watered the seeds the angels planted for us over the past century. It will be these seeds that show us true purpose and liberation. In my opinion, this purpose is having the ability to own our own businesses, love and protect our families, advocate for our race, create our own safe spaces to educate ourselves on our existence and to designate a time for Black men and women to be vulnerable with each other at no cost. Now, don’t get me wrong, we’ve been doing the work to hold ourselves accountable to patronize Black-owned businesses. But on Juneteenth, I witnessed greater effort within my race. As a journalist who also owns a media publication (Levels Ready Ent), it is my responsibility to document my experience with the world because my story is also our story. We are the only ones that will tell it accurately. So please, take a few moments to enjoy the content that has been chosen from this year’s Juneteenth celebration!



Levels Ready Ent: What does Juneteenth mean to you?


Jon Williams: Protect yourself at all costs!





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Levels Ready Ent: Juneteenth, is celebrating Black freedom. What does Juneteenth mean to you?

Winnie O: Juneteenth is not a moment but a movement for forwarding mobility and we are focusing on Black people!



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Levels Ready Ent: Juneteenth, is all about honoring the Black Queen. What does Juneteenth mean to you?

Shavonnia Corbin - Johnson: It is important to honor and respect where you come from!






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Levels Ready Ent: Juneteenth, is about Black people being resilient. What does Juneteenth mean to you?

Carey Murry: Seeing that people are coming out to support the city. I think we are going to finally push ourselves more out in the front!



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Levels Ready Ent: What does Juneteenth mean to you?


Jonathan Branch: Being Black is not enough. It's what you are doing with your Blackness. It's what you decide to and how you decide to affect every single person you come across, every single day. That's what your Blackness needs to do and that is what needs to keep the conversation going!


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Thursday, June 4, 2020

6.4.20 I HEAR U (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) Continues To Break Barriers With Underground Artist's

  " I HEAR U " (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) Continues To Break Barriers with Underground Artists 


Written by Anwar Curtis

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, the nation was on fire due to angry Americans being once again subjected to another video of a Black man being killed by another White Police Officer. Residents from Harrisburg, Pa, followed suit, hitting the streets of Downtown Harrisburg, Pa, echoing the chant "I Can't Breathe" which were the same three words George Floyd gasped to say while fighting for his life. 


As a Black man in America, my emotions have been all over the place, and music is a way for me to deal. On Saturday over two hundred people locked in to watch the second installment of " I HEAR U " (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) and this one was special and much-needed thanks to WORLDWIDE LAU and CB, who are two artists from the Burg, but don't let me ruin it for you, hit the play buttons below to watch the recap video and J. Bair's (P O V).

I HEAR U (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) ft. WORLDWIDE LAU & CB






J. Bair's I HEAR U (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) POV


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

5.26.20 Don't dismiss " I HEAR U " (VERSUS UNDERGROUND)

Don't dismiss " I HEAR U " (VERSUS UNDERGROUND)


Written By Anwar Curtis

On Friday, May 22, 2020 the first installment of " I HEAR U " (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) kicked off and it was a dope way to social distance during Memorial Day Weekend. For those who are wondering, if this idea stemmed from Timbaland and Swizz Beats VERZUZ concept, well the answer is yes.



I HEAR U (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) powered by the founder of Harrisburg, Pa’s Hip-Hop Coalition, J. Bair and us at Levels Ready Entertainment will be working together on this idea with one goal in mind, to establish a virtual space for underground artists and their music catalog to be recognized and celebrated. Everything about Friday’s vibe was amazing, from those who locked in and watched, to the comment sections on social media, to the song selections by both Mazon and Cordell. Now that the expectation is set who will be the next two artists to represent I HEAR U (VERUS UNDERGROUND), well I guess you’ll have to follow J. Bair, Jamie Davis, and of course Levels Ready Ent on IG for that update!


I HEAR U (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) ft. Mazon & Cordell



J. Bair's I HEAR U (VERSUS UNDERGROUND) POV



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Monday, May 18, 2020

5.18.20 It's always better when 717 Boutiques put on together

It's always better when 717 Boutiques put on together


Written By Anwar Curtis

If you’re into fashion and want to start your own business, don't let anything stop you from getting it popping. Being a visionary isn't solely based on being a creative thinker or the only sacrificial leopard in the room. In the 21st century, being a successful visionary requires you to be more of a critical thinker who also possesses the ability to shift the narrative. Many times, visionaries tend to psych themselves out when trying to outdo their "competition". I mean, of course, you should always encourage yourself to have a creative edge over the next person. However, when you come from a small market where everyone is familiar with one another, there should also be some display of work together. A life fulfilled requires genuine support.


Over the weekend, I saw a video that featured a group of Harrisburg PA's dopest online and brick-and-mortar boutiques and it made me smile. The owners of Fashion_Over_Foolishness, Urban Snob, Elevated Shoetique, MeanGirlStyle, Vintage_n_Such, Gifted by Laur'alle, Virago FIerce, Couture Doll 87, Tia Lynnette Style, and Thee Anthony James showed us that their Levels are Ready! They’ve been killing the local industry with their transcendent visions and dismissing any negative stigma that their haters (typical) create. This passionate group has designed their own table and they’ve placed their cutlery strategically so that they can all eat together. And you can bet that they’ll flip any industry table over and have ZERO regrets.


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Friday, May 1, 2020

5.1.20 Clap for Cody Burt with his Creative Azz

Clap for Cody Burt with his Creative Azz



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Inspired by Issa Rae, four years ago a creative decided to create his own content with his own abilities no matter how challenging the idea. Two of those challenges were creating something relatable as well as steady checking to see how many likes and views his content attracted daily, which is a vice many social media users easily get caught up in. Apparently, for Cody Burt, he got over the analytics gag quick and started appreciating his work for what it was, a channel that everyone could connect to while highlighting his own personality and experiences. 



I think it is also safe to say Cody found his niche after once he started to participate in VEDA (Video Every Day In April). VEDA is a series that is recorded in April and this year Cody took on a new challenge thanks to Ms. Rona. Burt found a way to document his life in 31 days, don’t ask me how or when 31 days happened during the month of April. Despite this new calendar year created by Cody the experience, is one you don’t want to miss. In fact, I learned a lot about Cody, and below are examples. I hope you enjoy. 

P.S. His playlist for this series is hella Black and hella fire!

1/30 We are really on lockdown.



2/30 Spaghetti and fish do so go together and thanks to Cody, we all had to read that girls tweet.



3/30 How do you fix church fans being so underrated...the resurrection of Cody Burt.



4/30 The Players Club is definitely a Black Cinematic Azz Classic and if we are all being honest Ronnie and Tricks were for sure the first City Girls.



5/30 How do you still miss communion when church is being streamed and the Club Quarantine was shut down!



6/30 Best advice I heard all month...enjoy your blessing (eat Ezekiel Bread) and refrain from yelling unless you are discussing who makes the best Potato Salad, Black Culture, and Banana Pudding.



7/30 Cody wrote a chapter book in high school entitled Kill Jill to escape life’s nuttery.



8/30) Despite what the world may think, we all don’t eat Watermelon, like POWER, and eat other people’s food.



9/30 Cody lies when he does not want to leave the house.



10/30 Cody hates drawing on dressers...go unless he’s drawing on a siblings dresser, then he’s all in and will liiiiiiie!



11/30 Wendy’s Croissants look weird but the taste good...IDK!



12/30 Somebody better give Shelea her Grammy for her role in The Clark Sisters.



13/30 Eddie edited it.



14/30 Cody can start his very own Black Azz Library.



15/30 Cody’s best-kept secret is Kill Jill not having a second chapter.



16/30 There is a second chapter in Kill Jill...please stop lying to us, Cody.



17/30 Cody enjoys harmonizing about Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches.



18/30 Question of the Day for all us saints and sinners...did you get away with it.



19/30 Cody still makes popcorn on the stovetop...AMAZING!



20/30 Cody’s dream came true and sung with the Clark Sisters and somehow still ended up feuding with one of them.



21/30 If Cody hasn’t taught you anything in April hopefully you will remember this, be selective when picking a shopping cart while being Black.



22/30 Cody’s mom is ill with her camera game.



23/30 If you are wondering how Popeye’s could have a chicken sandwich shortage, well just thank the city of Baltimore for that.



24/30 Cody’s virtual happy hours stay lit!!!



25/30 Cody misses church more than he knows.



26/30 How can you not like something that you haven’t seen yet?



27/30 I don’t think Cody is the Clark Sisters biggest fan.



28/30 Harrisburg has a rich musical heritage.



29/30 This is a two-part rejoice.



29.5/30 If you are confused just watch.



31/30 Cody is so damn creative that he found a way to create an extra day in April for content purposes only.



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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

4.14.20 TSL Thrives With An App During COVID-19

TSL Thrives With An App During COVID-19




Written by Anwar Curtis
Do you consider yourself a faithful #Lounger? I mean like, an “every third Sunday” type of omnivore? Are you the type of somebody who loves being in an environment where fashion, laughter, and R&B hits all have the ability to conjure some of your favorite memories? Where the songs make you remember your first Love Jones, doing the Humpty dance at every cookout, missing Big Mama's Soulfood, and Knocking Boots so good that it almost resulted in conception! If this is you then I’m sure the effects of Miss Corona have left you on edge. I mean sure, many of us are looking forward to the change of pace that the second and third quarters of 2020 will continue to bring (working from home, binge watching tv, spending some much needed time alone or with family *who all live under the same roof* and a timely stimulus check). But for you dedicated #Loungers who love partaking in “The Singer’s Lounge Sunday” this pandemic may hit a little different.


Whenever a “Singer’s Lounge Sunday” is postponed, a sinking feeling of dejection rumbles throughout Central PA. This feeling is felt not only by the locals who love to patronize this event, but also by many of The Singer’s Lounge’s alum who possess a unique affinity for the experience. The Singer’s Lounge (TSL) grants everyone in attendance an opportunity to escape from the hardships of their daily lives and delve into a world full of music that takes them on a journey where the destination is somewhere sentimental. There, at TSL, aspiring singers belt out classic chords to nostalgic tunes and are embraced by the crowd regardless of their musical background or accolades. But with non-essential establishments being closed (thanks to Miss Corona), how could the creative minds behind TSL continue to serve its audience? Well, simply by creating… duh!

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Two of TSL’s heavy-hitters have found a way to keep the spirit alive. Airis Smallwood and Jamelle “Nova” Noon are OGs in the game. Each and every “Singer’s Lounge Sunday” the two alum bring everything they have to TSL stage. They electrify the crowd in a way that naturally commands your participation. You can’t help but jump out of your seat when these two start their melodies and harmonies! Their spectacular song selections, one-of-a-kind vocal-runs, and powerful stage presence always left you looking forward to their next performance. But with all the anticipation of seeing these two and countless other brilliant artists, how could they keep the momentum going during the shutdown? These master performers took matters into their own hands and familiarized themselves with an app called Voisey. Voisey is an app that connects singers, songwriters, artists, and producers through collaborative songwriting so they can continue to record, publish and share their art. The art that faithful #Loungers so desire to hear.



Nova’s first video clip was a snippet of an original song. If you know anything about Central PA’s infatuation with Nova, you know that many people have been anticipating more of his original music since his 2012 “Mirror Mirror” song release. The spirited guitar riff in this snippet left Nova more than enough room for his voice to become its own soulful instrument, one of the things he is best known for. Now, as the woman who birthed TSL, Airis knows exactly how to put on a show! She recreated TSL’s experience via social media by covering one of her favs by Aaliyah, “Come Over”. Like Nova, Airis is taking full advantage of this app by showcasing her vocal range and arrangements (which could be influenced by her gospel and neo-soul roots).



Airis and Nova have found a way to keep the TSL experience going during the COVID-19 pandemic. They rose to the occasion and that’s super dope. One can only imagine what other creative tricks these two have up their sleeves with this app and what other TSL alum will partake!




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