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.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

7-26-19 #FreshFriday "Bars Matter"

Bars Matter


Written By Anwar Curtis (@acthemayor)

He wants chicken pull them sticks iskaba/they my sons always in they mouth, Maury get the swab - Wiggs

All I care about is paychecks, family, and safe sex/and I don’t make threats if I say it is a safe bet - Mobbo

Capris classic flow Capeesh these geeks cannot compare so I don’t compete - Cordell

All these h*** say I’m dope they want to get injected/these niggas want me out the game tryna get me ejected - CB

You can try to copy and no stopping god in a king/Like my name is Rocky Rudyy box them all in the ring - Rudyy

How you claiming real when you’re hanging with a known rat/if you were really in these streets you would have known that - Real Rap Rell

Let’s take it back to when bars mattered. Naw, actually let’s stay right where we are because bars still matter. If you love rap music then you know one thing is for sure and two things are for certain, despite what lane a rapper may be, if they have bars then they must go in at all cost. On Thanksgiving Eve, six emcees from Harrisburg linked up at PlatinumSkillz Records and did just that and on July 23, 2018, those bars finally got released. The beat of choice that evening was N.O.R.E -Banned from T.V. Wiggs, Mobbo, Cordell, CB, Rudyy, and Real Rap Rell all took charge, raising the bar once again. This almost nine-minute long record is far from light and will make you say what happened to them being on the XXL Freshm...oh nevermind. So put in your wireless headphones and enjoy.


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

7-9-19 CB Creates the Waves with Uptown Vibes

CB creates the waves with Uptown Vibes


Written By Anwar Curtis (A.C. the MaYoR)


When it comes to rap music there are those who do it and then there are those who just have it. CB is one of those types of emcee's from "Uptown" Harrisburg, who grabs everyone's attention when he drops a freestyle, video, ep, or hits the stage. It has only been a few months since his last cover "Stay Woke" was released and now he has dropped another wave on the rap world with his "Uptown Vibes" cover. 


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2019 has been a very interesting year for CBizzle. Mid 2018 he lost his grandmother due to her heroic efforts, saving her great-grandchildren from an unexpected fire. Coping with that has made a major impact on CB and the rest of his family. Since then the City of Harrisburg has birthed Uptown with a new street name, Jacqueline Black Way, a street where so many sacrifices were made over the years thanks to CB's mum mum, heart, and his angel, Mrs. Jacqueline Black. 

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Now CB is re-energized and ready to hold down the part of town that's made him the artist and man he is. This cover will only do one thing for you as a listener and that's throw up the "U" cuzZz, regardless of what part of The Burg you are from. So as the summer heats up jump on as many couches as possible, organize your money, and catch this vibe. 



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Monday, May 6, 2019

5-6-19 Mean Girl, Chic Styles: Mean Girl Shoes Boutique Opening



Mean Girl, Chic Styles: Mean Girl Shoes Boutique Opening



Written by Fiordaliza "Ana" White

Black Girl Magic. Sisterhood. Style. Those were the vibes that swept through the MGS Boutique on Saturday, May 4, 2019. After months of announcements and anticipation from the community, Maisha Webb opened her doors to a mix of clientele, including younger and seasoned women alike. Customers came looking to find the unique styles of glittered pants, to-die-for-shoes, fresh and fun sunglasses, smell goods and bags. A cute boutique in the front, the pink walls offered a woman’s touch with a pronounced logo of an unapologetic woman with a fresh afro. One thing is for sure: This store is a woman’s selfie dream. The fur-lined bench in the dressing room gave allowance to mirror ready flicks, each wall lined with reaffirming words. The boutique has something for everyone: Heels, flats, shirts, jackets, pants, sunglasses, smell goods, earrings, and bags.



📸 credit Fiordaliza Ana White

The store’s opening allowed for an added clothing store in Steelton, PA. Many of the clientele came from different parts of the city, all here to show support to a seemingly shy, but always fly Maisha Webb. Maisha is one of the two hosts to the growing “Venus vs. Mars” event, a show that takes a raw and entertaining look at relationships, “What would you do” scenarios, and sometimes, just plan and outright rebuttals. Her personality comes through in each outfit she puts together, with her meek disclaimer during each show, adding confirmation about her shop and where people can ‘shop the look’. Each week left potential consumers asking: Where can I get those? Do you have my size? Or a very simple but demanding “I need those!” Her answer was always “Shop the looks online”. SO, when the time came for her boutique to open, lines formed to collect the looks everyone had been asking for each time.




📸 credit Fiordaliza Ana White
The opening was much more than a simple boutique, it was a vibrant exclamation of female empowerment, with a live female DJ spinning classics and keeping the tempo up for the live art show. The boutique holds the classy chic styles but entering the back gives you a different feel altogether. The back of the boutique houses a NY City, street themed art shop. A mother-daughter collaboration, this back section is home custom artwork and designs by Maisha’s daughter, affectionately known as ‘TwizzArt”. Her freestyle hand painted designs fill the back room. The back room feels like a turnup, a burst of art that the city collectively identifies as a need. The music gave life to the colorful artwork hanging and selling, off the walls. A classic signature wall stood as a memento to the customers wishing her congratulations and wishing her longevity and prosperity.



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The packed boutique shared one common goal: to shop looks and show support to what appears to be an already thriving boutique. The village came out, with men showing up to show support to a longtime friend, even shopping looks for their significant others. Mean Girls Boutique set out to prove that Black Girl Magic exists from head to toe.

 

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MGS Boutique is located at 147 N. Front Street, Steelton PA. visit www.MGSboutique.com  


Fiordaliza "Ana" White is a Levels Ready Entertainment Contributor. She is well experienced and creates resumes, writes and edits academic/ professional content, and conducts Socioemotional development workshops through her company, Way with Words. White can be contacted at vision4words@gmail.com



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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

5.1.19 The power of an Apology


The power of an Apology




Written by Jamar Thrasher

When Damon Dash issued a public apology to the people he had long been feuding with, I knew hip-hop was going through a change. Dash, who has charged that these individuals in the hip-hop industry, particularly Lyor Cohen, was a “culture vulture,” had a change of heart and issued an apology. Similarly, Meek Mill and Funkmaster Flex both issued apologies to Drake. Casanova issued an apology to Tekashi. It seems now that apologizing in hip-hop is a new fad, but I hope it is here to stay.

Apologizing is beneficial to both the individual receiving the apology and the individual giving the apology. According to an article in Psychology Today, (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200207/the-power-apology), apologizing helps creates empathy and allows individuals not to be stuck in the past or view each other as a personal threat. In hip-hop, these threats have been magnified and have unfortunately turned fatally violent.


I wish in my heart, that Tupac and Biggie could have apologized to each other. I would have loved to have Tupac’s take on President Barack Obama and how, despite his lyrics on “Changes,” America was ready for a black president. I would have loved to have another Biggie song. Maybe an apologize would have prevented the tragic deaths of these two remarkable rappers.

Personally, when I have apologized, I felt a weight lifted from me. I was not attached to conflict anymore. I felt as though I reflected on my actions and had given the choice to the other person on whether they can accept it or not. I have any apologized when I was not wrong. When I started to take classes at Global Wellness, a holistic, spiritual, and mental health well-being center located in Pittsburgh, one of the first meetings centered on forgiveness. I was tasked with an apology and forgiveness lesson, where I had to make a list of things that I wanted to apologize to myself about.



Dash and others have taken the big step to reflect and look inward and realize that resolving conflicts helps them grow.

I personally think that if more rappers and individuals in the hip-hop industry apologize to each other, the world would be better off. If more individuals continued to make it cool to overcome conflicts and bridge collaboration it will transcend down to their fans and help make society a better place. Again, as with anything, we must think of ourselves.

Think about it: Who do you need to say sorry to?


Jamar Thrasher is a Levels Ready Entertainment Contributor. Thrasher can be contacted at jamarthrasher@gmail.com

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Friday, April 19, 2019

4-19-19 Falling in Lust with Hip Hop



Falling in Lust with Hip Hop



Written by Fiordaliza White


“So…When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?”

For many of us, that one question takes us back to our early 90’s vibe when it seemed that everything was about black love, resilience, and an ever plastered image of relationships goals. Public Enemy was on the airwaves early reminding us that 911 was a joke, Nas was ruling the world, Ice Cube showed us what a good day in ‘progressive’ America looked like and MC Hammer, well, MC Hammer was still letting us know that we can’t touch that. The world wasn’t all peaches and cream at that point. We had “5 on it” even back then. We knew about scrubs and backing that a** up, but we also understood that grown men were still listening to their mama about knocking you out, while still hearing Tupac’s exclamation that mamas are appreciated. Black queendom was at a high, and black masculinity was an established birthright manifested.

The ‘Flava in our Ear’ depicted a unique musical genre, a rich culture, a movement. The idea of hip hop, R&B, and its culture was empowering, but not aggressive. It lured us in with the promise of what could be in a very subtle way. Making love, growing empires, and the importance of strong union was the messaging everywhere. Girl groups and boy groups were running on overdrive towards the end of the 90s. We were making bands and creating breakout stars. Hip hop was powerful, alluring, and influential. From Lauryn to Blackstreet, Hip hop had a spot for the thinkers, the players, and the bosses. We wanted to become our artists; emulating their styles, listening to their voices, and blasting our music loudly so the airwaves carried the essence of each artist into the ears of our children. Hip Hop was a child-rearing tool, the lyrics instructing them that mothers were powerful and should be regarded as such, that women were queens and should be wooed and flirted with, drawing them closer to the security felt only by a powerful and confident man. Hip Hop was a man’s sport and a woman’s game, with both parties playing collectively in the sandbox, creating images and structures that stood tall.


Most of us fell in love with old school hip hop because of its influence and its power. We wanted to be woke soldiers and not mindless robots. Hip Hop was our way to that education. We knew about the history of our music, and we understood its power. There was a war going on politically that played out in the airwaves. We knew its power because we understood its impact, and we heard the stories about a time when our voices weren’t allowed to speak. 

Hip Hop was our freedom train. Today, Hip hop is the lady in the long skirt, while rap was the baddie in the club. As times changed, the focus from hip hop shifted to rap because it felt more like the culture. Expletives and freedom of thought on overdrive was preferred over soft messaging. This might be why hip hop had to step it up a notch. It was trying to keep us engaged because it was losing us to another genre. Hip Hop had to lift its skirt and throw on some makeup, covering its natural beauty to allure its audience.

So, what happened? How did so many go from loving the essence of hip hop, to constantly disregarding its core in pace of its beauty? We live in a culture that understands hip hop and its influence, but it seems we only want the pretty parts of hip hop. We want the aesthetics of hip hop, what it looks like, the beats moving our bodies, but it seems we are growing increasingly tired of its heart. The love we had for strong messaging, being awake, and being alert is seemingly silenced by the lullabies of twerks and hardcore raps. Our noticeable shift into lustful, uninhibited, blatantly sexual culture creates the perception for any young artist that beauty and lust, the idea of being desirable, makes it while being strong, beautiful, and tactful is the alternative. Perhaps it is the sign of the times. Hip hop is a movement that represents the culture, after all. It could be that hip hop shifted because we shifted as a people and that our needs and desires shifted once we ‘felt’ free. 

We decreased our avenues of political influence through music and begun to take political offices and we shifted our narrative from music to speeches. At times, it feels like we took the ‘best and brightest’ out of the hip hop classroom, and left behind the underachieving, praising the class clowns who were left behind. Hip Hop was special, an elite class of peers worth resembling, but now, it appears to have shifted into theatrics. The natural beauty of hip hop is overshadowed by the allure of the quick one-hit wonders, and the care and patience we put into loving it has turned into a lustful desire to soothe our temporary need when the ego needs replenished.


Fiordaliza P. White is a Levels Ready Entertainment Contributor. She is well experienced and creates resumes, writes and edits academic/ professional content, and conducts Socioemotional development workshops through her company, Way with Words. White can be contacted at vision4words@gmail.com

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

2-6-19 #WhatYouNeedWednesday Who remembers when The Singers Lounge turned 2

Who remembers when The Singers Lounge turned 2



Written By Anwar Curtis (@acthemayor)

Being artistic can be challenging especially when building a platform for creative people to be seen or in this case heard.  For the second consecutive year, the city of Harrisburg stopped, slaying any expectation of a sophomore jinx and celebrated Airis Smallwood and The Singers Lounge at HMAC because #TSL turned two.  If you never patronized a Singers Lounge show in Harrisburg, let me tell you this and don’t get in your duffle bag because I say this with love, stop drawing, throw that ish on, and make yourself available because the room is full of dope energy.


Last year was a very special moment for Airis and her Singers Lounge Alum. Vendors showed out, crowd participation was on a thousand, each performer set the bar for the next and everyone saaaang. It was also hard to overlook the fashion designed by PIECES of ME, that was laced in the room (did you see Airis and Keya’s dress and Nova’s jacket). It is fair to say events like this show how advanced Harrisburg is.




Two things Airis strives to accomplish when planning a TSL show, especially an anniversary show is consistency and a moment to appreciate time. That moment of time last year was honoring mother, friend, mentor, singer, and entertainer Diane Wilson- Bedford. This tribute was special because it granted a time to bridge the gap for those in attendance. This moment in time exposed “faithful loungers” thirty and younger to witness a legend from Harrisburg who isn’t after to claim her hometown roots, and once again convince seasoned loungers that they can co-exist with millennials.  



Yes, TSL turning two was a major win for our culture here in Harrisburg on so many levels. I personally can’t wait to see the outcome when TSL turns three, and rumor has it on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 TSL alum will be honoring icons who Central Pa residents could connect to in traffic on 1400 – THE TOUCH “Mr. Wizard can you kick it”.  Congratulations Airis for never giving up and building a platform for local talent to feel iconic. 


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Friday, February 1, 2019

2-1-19 #FreshFriday ft. Felix Black "Denial is one hell of a drug"

Denial is one hell of a drug


Written by Anwar Curtis (@acthemayor)

When suffering from Post Traumatic-Stress Disorder, many people depend on a drug of some sort, rather it is anti-depressant pills, toxic relationships, or simply isolation to push through the pain.  P.T.S.D is a disorder that for years many people have conversationally drifted away from because of culture deficiencies and denial. If you pay close attention to music, however many artists are pressing the go button, no longer wanting to keep society in the dark with what they are battling, which may very well be P.T.S.D.



Felix Black is an artist that has taken pride in finding outlets with music and art to gage his feelings and express his thoughts. Truthfully, I believe everyone suffers from some sort of P.T.S.D. however some overcome faster than others because everyone’s burdens are different.  The content of this song in no way is mocking P.T.S.D. because bars like “tell my number one I think she’s amazing/tell my number two I think that she’s famous” explains the effects regarding promiscuous relationships and the many different reasons why people engage in them.  Now before you criticize Felix Black for his wordplay, make sure you take a very close look at yourself and determine if what he is sharing is that extreme. All Felix wanted to accomplish was to drift back and further the conversation pertaining to P.T.S.D., he just found a clever way to make you get lost in the sonic sound producer Ghxst provides.    


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