SUMME F In the United States, over 650 million long-distance summer trips are made.
a popular summer treat, was accidentally invented by an 11-year-old boy in San Francisco in 1905. He left a glass of soda sitting outside and by the next morning the soda had frozen. He began selling them at an amusement park in New Jersey. In the U.S., cherry is the number 1 flavor.
is the summerâ€™s favorite vegetable. Yes, vegetable and not a fruit. It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family. Fruit or veggie, this juicy favorite is 92 percent water and the average American eats 15 pounds of watermelon a year.
ER FACTS76 Franceâ€™s Eiffel Tower grows by more than six inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.
STUDIES SHOW T H AT M E N A R E M O R E L I K E LY T O C H E AT D U R I N G THE SUMMER MONTHS.
Seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for pools in the summer time. Any temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit is too hot and any temperature under 70 Fahrenheit degrees is too cold.
I’m your idol, the highest title, numero uno I’m not a Puerto Rican, but I’m speaking so that you know And understand I got the gift of speech
And it’s a blessing So listen to the lesson I preach I talk sense condensed into the form of a poem
Full of knowledge from my toes to the top of my dome I’m kinda young--but my tongue speaks maturity I’m not a child, I don’t need nothing for security
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play on any media device, something connects and I am no longer in the same mindset as before. Music consoles, it soothes, it relaxes, it excites, it brings about the ‘turn up’ and can invoke ‘sexy,’ as well. Music understands me and I, it. We speak the same language or, rather, we used to. Expressing the ‘tug of war’ state with what’s being created in studios these days and quoting Kanye, I have to ask, ‘do people make real shit anymore?’ That’s a valid question, no? To all the producers and engineers, while you’re battling the boards using Ableton, Logic, Cubase, ProTools, Reason, Maschine, Traktor, Audacity, Peak and Soundforge, remember you have a great responsibility. You are responsible for creating something so powerful, that when that button is pushed and that first note is heard, something connects, something ‘powers’ on and individuals are no longer identical to their one-second-pre-
viously selves. They are moved. Truth be told, there is a lot of power that resides in the play button and we, music lovers, crave that shit. Like a confident fiend, we actually have the audacity to PUSH it, in hopes of a dope ass lift off!
‘Are you sure? So, the issue is entitled Push Play instead of Press Play? Does that even make sense?’ If I could snapchat the conversations surrounding the nomenclature given this issue, ever yone would understand why I’m, finally, relieved to explain my decision. Yes, it’s PUSH, not PRESS, nor is it PROD! With the third installment of SPREAD dedicated to music, and given its current state, it’s fitting to be deliberate, matter-of-fact explicit with the title. Where PUSH signifies a flashing neon exclamation point, PRESS denotes a period. More, to push anything you do so with intent, right? You do so with meaning and with purpose. Defined by GOOGLE as the exertion of force on someone or something, typically with one’s hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force, this is exactly the space I enter when listening to music— therefore, PUSH. In other words, when I push
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ABLACK Kyle Murray | Photographer, Tevin Bakersville
This interview wasn’t different from any other, I opened asking, ‘what do you like to spread?’ and Josh simply said, ‘good vibes.’ Most times, leading with such a question sets the tone for the interview and this back and forth was no exception.
I began with questions such as, ‘is videography a skill easy to master and, if not, what makes it difficult?’ Josh stated that the only easy aspect was how quickly he can get lost in
his work and, literally, spend hours on a particular project. The difficulties, Josh explains, arise when scouting the perfect location and grasping the reality that his work will never manifest into what he envisioned.
SPREAD: What’s your dream collaboration? JOSH: Anything with Quentin Tarantino SPREAD: What was the ‘first’ visual that inspired you to become a videographer? JOSH: The movie that caught my eye was ‘Oldboy,’ directed by Spike Lee but there’s so many that are inspirational. SPREAD: Is there a particular brand/company you’d love to shoot?
JOSH: Definitely! It would have to forefront. He even revealed that be the Jordan Brand, especially if if it weren’t for film, being a scuthey toss in product. ba diving instructor would be his only alternative. Josh attended the Art Institute of Charlotte and is currently working at BNR Studios where he’s always perfecting his skills. Involved with editing, producing, and directing, he’s avid about professional film making—not Josh’s Wardrobe: videography, a term he despisStylist: Ashley Hughes es—short films and lighting. Josh Shoes: Egret/Tan Ct 70 OX Converse Shirt: Made & Crafted Levi’s Denim Shirt also revealed that his first love Pants: Stylist’s Own Boutique: Blank Canvas, 1800 Camden Road Charlotte NC was video games but after find28203 ing film, it quickly pushed to the
After interviewing Josh and learning that professionals have a preference regarding titles, I asked ABlack his, in which he replied, â€˜being labeled as a videographer is fine.â€™
SPREAD: What do you find easy about your craft? ABLACK: When you have an ‘eye’ for your craft and it’s something you enjoy doing, it doesn’t feel like work. SPREAD: What do you find difficult about videography? ABLACK: It’s so many people doing it, the field seems saturated. In order to stand out, you have to be creative. SPREAD: What is your dream collaboration? ABLACK: Spike Lee. I don’t want any name to swallow me and mine. SPREAD: What was your first filming gig? ABLACK: I began shooting ‘One Mic Mondays’ in Charlotte for $25 and was super excited! I know J Know Truth charges upwards of $1000 now. SPREAD: What brand/company would you love to shoot with? ABLACK: I’d love to produce a commercial for Red Bull; so many random ideas come to mind. I’d also LOVE to work with Bojangles. SPREAD: What is your educational background or are you self-taught? ABLACK: I attended and graduated from Howard University as an Audio major. I received my degree in Radio and TV. I wasn’t interested in film until real projects—outside of school—and paying gigs started coming my way. I also watched a lot of YouTube tutorials. ALL CUISINE CREDITS TO JONATHAN “COOP” COOPER
SPREAD: What do you like to SPREAD? ABLACK: Avocado
Per usual, I came out the corner swinging with, ‘what do you like to spread?’ And while his initial reaction was a look of confusion and bewilderment, he responded with, ‘knowledge.’ Laughing at his response, he said that it was a classy reply. After asking Shod Santiago several questions—via facetime—I learn that he’s a really cool guy who loves to smile and loves hard. When I probed about his success via, ‘do you think your career would have peaked only from social media,’ he didn’t delay a response of ‘no, of course not.’ Shod has worked in radio for quite some time and can, currently, be heard on B100 in Atlanta twice a week. Per Shod, he knew several celebrities and was apart of social circles before ‘followers’ came.
“During the questioning, it dawned on me why Shod sets himself apart from the other personalities and it’s simply because he doesn’t wear a wig or feel the need to act like anyone else. He’s genuine!” SPREAD: When did you realize that people were truly being entertained? Were you concerned if they’ll get the jokes?
SHOD: They aren’t jokes. What I say may be funny, but it’s just me being me.
few reality shows and acting gigs. He also offered that he would relocate for a job in entertainment.“
SPREAD: How do you use your platform for positive change and making a difference? SHOD: I speak at various schools and am responsive with correspondence. Oftentimes, I receive DM’s and emails from people who are just having bad days or are impacted by cancer, for example. It makes me feel good to know that a video I posted helps them through.
SPREAD: If you were a superhero, what would your powers be? SHOD: Possess the ability to read minds.
“Shod’s future looks very promising and bright as he spoke of a book in the works, digital apps, a
SPREAD: What’s your favorite genre of music? SHOD: I listen to everything from R&B to Rock to Pop. Admittedly, I have one of the most confusing playlists, enjoying the sounds of Jesse White, 702, Lil’ Kim, Jagged Edge, Beyonce and Pink. 23
SPREAD: What’s your favorite social media platform? SHOD: Interestingly enough, I enjoy all of them but Instagram would have to be my favorite.
aLonzO SPREAD: What do you like to SPREAD?
SPREAD: Did you always know that people would
SPREAD: If you lost a password to one of your social
ALONZO: Huh? What do I like to spread? Like, butter
find your content funny and interesting?
media platforms and couldn’t retrieve it, what would
on toast? I prefer jelly, strawberr y flavored.
ALONZO: I don’t tr y to be funny, it’s in my blood.
Although it comes naturally to me, I know when to
ALONZO: Since they have the ‘forgot password’
turn it on and off.
feature, I would think it wouldn’t be hard to retrieve.
SPREAD: Do you think you would have achieved success without social media?
Luckily, forgetting a password has never been an
ALONZO: Social media is major these days; howev-
SPREAD: How have you used your platform to make
issue for me! Now, if I were to lose an iPad, phone,
er, I would have still achieved success, perhaps just
a change or difference in the world?
or something, I would disconnect that device from the
not as quickly.
ALONZO: I’m using the platform to achieve my goals
apps and start anew. There are far worst things in life
and spread love. I’m not connected to any organiza-
than losing your password.
SPREAD: What is your favorite platform?
tion at the moment but I’ve noticed that I am influen-
ALONZO: Youtube! I love photography and doing
tial. With that being said, I make sure I don’t bully
SPREAD: How supportive are your family and
certain angles, lighting and tricks. It’s deeper than
or talk negatively about anyone. I speak my truth
taking a ‘selfie’ and posting it on Instagram. There, on
but please don’t get those things twisted. If someone
ALONZO: I have an extremely supportive network.
Youtube, I can put all of my work, including commen-
comes at me wrong on social media, for example, I’ll
My inner circle of friends is so small, it resembles a
tary, in one place. Perfection!
either say ‘God bless’ or reply with kindness—that
period. I love my family whole-heartedly and they
support me 100%.
SPREAD: When did you realize that people were ‘getting’ the things you said? ALONZO: I knew people understood with my first video. It’s weird, though, in retrospect, I don’t even 25
know how they found the video.
LADY SINGS THE BLUES
Nicci cAnada SPOTLIGHT ARTIST
Stylists: Ethan&Zoey Ar tist: Nicci Canada, @NicciCanada Shoot Location: Petraâ€™s Piano Bar & Palisades Countr y Club
With roots in Gospel, Soul and R&B, Nicci released her first album, ‘Twenty Twelve,’ in 2011. An eclectic mix of melodies highlighted her unique vocal ability and introduced her to audiences around the world. However, it would be the grace and soulful serenity of Jazz that resonated within and would, later, deliver her to a world of jazz enthusiasts.
Her warm, sultry vocals are reminiscent of artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Jill Scott, but her sound is unique to the gifts and talents she has been given. The passion and dedication evident for her craft has created a certain light, within her, that others see as a beacon of hope—hope that real and honest music is alive and thriving. Nicci is currently working on her first Jazz project slated for a Fall 2015 release.
native of Charleston, West Virginia, Nicci Canada was destined to sing. Born into a family of vocalists, she has been surrounded by music her entire life. Possessing a unique ability to connect with listeners, she uses her voice as a canvas to showcase the truths of the heart and soul.
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Athletes are another client base that I have; I’ve worked with more Olympic swimmers and NASCAR drivers than I can name. I know you don’t, typically, think of makeup when it comes to either male or female athletes; however, they are heavily involved with marketing strategies. That includes commercials, promotions and press appearances—all in which they have to be camera-ready. I have quite a few male clients that I groom including Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Olympic swimmer, Cullen Jones; and, of course, they don’t want to present as wearing makeup. For these clients, the goal is to even the skin tone and remove shine. To do so, one of my favorite foundations for males is Match Masters by MAC Cosmetics. Upon application, I set it with Mineralize Skin Finish, also by MAC. These products don’t interfere with the appearance of their skin and men tend to appreciate that.
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OLYMPIA D D OLYMPIA SPREAD SPEAKS SPEAKS with with SPREAD
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by Davita Galloway
I, downing breakfast at a neighborhood eatery, had a few minutes to chat with the Vegas-bound, Olympia D. Sensing the urgency in her voice, I put the fork down and went inâ€Ś
SPREAD: What’s the ‘D’ for?
SPREAD: What is it about old school music?
OLYMPIA: It’s for Dicks. When I became active
And, how does it differ from what’s currently
in the radio industry, I was warned that people
can turn, would turn it around and I’d find myself
OLYMPIA: Old school music hits the soul and it’s
the punch line for many jokes. I’m known as
something that I can listen to with my kids. It isn’t,
Olympia D for that very reason.
how can I say this…ratchet! And, don’t get me wrong, I love the ratchet but as a parent, I have
SPREAD: And, your birthplace?
OLYMPIA: 12-30-77 SPREAD: TOP 3 PERFORMERS? GO! SPREAD: I love that you aren’t afraid to tell your
OLYMPIA: Mary J Blige Beyonce Janet Jackson
age (giggling), that’s proof of a great personality but where were you born?
SPREAD: What do you like to SPREAD?
OLYMPIA: Oh, that would be Aiken, SC.
OLYMPIA: Wait, say that again… SPREAD: What do you like to SPREAD? (I repeat
SPREAD: What brought you to Charlotte?
myself while trying to contain the laughter.)
OLYMPIA: My ex-husband; we relocated for a
OLYMPIA: I thought that’s what you said. Let me
keep this ‘PG,’ butter on toast!
SPREAD: How long have you been in radio?
SPREAD: TOP 3 ALBUMS? GO!
OLYMPIA: 21 years. Having a family and being
a mother, I definitely tried to do other things for
1. Mary J Blige, Share My World
their sake, though. At one point, I was a stay-at-
2. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
home mom but that drove me crazy. I even gave
several tries at the 9-5p hustle but that wasn’t
…wait, I know you asked for three but I have to
what God planned for me. Despite having oppor-
give you another one… John Legend, Get Lifted
tunities in other fields, I always returned to radio. I’ve done voiceovers for CitiTrends, reported the
SPREAD: When you’re not on-air, what station
news for The Tom Joyner Morning Show, received
are you listening to?
all sorts of promotions in radio but my current po-
OLYMPIA: I ‘CLOCKOUT!’ It’s me and my CD’s at
sition with Old School 10.53 came unexpectedly.
On a whim, I joined a friend for a meeting with DJ Murphy. He recognized me from earlier works
Follow @OlympiaDShow on all social media!!
and without even inquiring, from that point on, I
was an afternoon show host.
sam∙ple /sampәl/ noun
1. a small part or quantity intended to show what the whole is like. “Investigations involved analyzing samples of handwriting.” synonyms:representative, illustrated, selected, specimen, test, trial, typical. “The sample group is small.”
Sampling has been around since the beginning of music, in one form or another. Whether a tune was whistled or hummed, variations of that particular groove was and is a sample—if you want to be technical. Speaking of technology, in 1961, James Tenney, who studied electronic music at The University of Illinois, was probably the first composer to create an aesthetic for computer music. His works resulted in a tape manipulation of Elvis Presley’s interpretation of Carl Perkins’, “Blue Suede Shoes.” Decades later, there is an influx of songs being borrowed or, in some cases, taken, stolen, swiped. If an artist had a track, beat and/or rhythm that set audiences into a frenzy, please believe other artists wanted it! To make that happen, the machine, commonly used in the 60’s was the “Mellotron” and in the 80’s, the “Akai S900” was the go to.
These were the machines that made magic! More than just the idea of borrowing one’s song or stealing one’s track, sampling pays homage to the originator. If the beat is dope enough to sample, then one can assume that there is some sort of appreciation for the artist who created it. More, when a musician or composer looks for a sample track, that artist, typically, samples one of the giants. Let’s take James Brown for example, Mr. Brown’s collection holds some of the toughest beats, hooks, tracks ever; and, they’re all live! Simply put, his band was sick! So much so, that several of his band members led very successful solo careers because of the music they created as a group. We fast forward to Fab Five Freddy and his song, “Change
the Beat” which is one of the most sampled. The number of artists who have used this track as a baseline is tremendous, ranging from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’, “Thrift Shop” to Eric B and Rakim’s, “Paid in Full,” from Herbie Hancock’s, “Rockit” to Linkin Park’s, “Cure for the Itch” and from Beenie Man’s, “Girls Dem Sugar” to JJ Fad’s, “Supersonic.” In sampling, respect must be paid by acquiring permission from the original artist or the estate of, if the artist is deceased. Essentially, no pay, no play and many have learned the hard lesson of sampling without permission in the form of a hefty lawsuit. Yikes! This can all be avoided, though, by respecting the artist and the art of music, first and foremost. In other words, handle your business or you will be handled! There’s no doubt that the art of sampling is genius! Below, find a list of the most sampled songs in music history! Take a trip down memory lane and fill in the blanks. When finished, take a pic and tag us on Instagram at @TheSpreadMag. We’ll be sure to give you a shout! By Natasha Payne
NAME THESE CLASSIC /SAMPLES/ 2. The Winstons, Amen Brother 3. Lyn Collins, Think (About it) 4. James Brown, Funky Drummer 5. Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, La Di Da Di 6. James Brown, Funky President (People It’s Bad)
12. ESG, UFO 13. Bobby Byrd, Hot Pants 14. Incredible Bongo Band, Apache 15. Bob James, Take Me to the Mardi Gras 16. Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force, Planet Rock
7. Public Enemy, Bring The Noise
17. Sly & the Family Stone, Sing A Simple Song
8. Run DMC, Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)
18. James Brown, The Payback
9. Mountain, Long Red
19. James Brown, Get Up, Get Into it, Get Involved
10. The Mohawks, The Champ
20. The Soul Searchers, Ashley’s Roachclip
11. Skull Snaps, It’s A New Day
1. Fab Five Freddy, Change The Beat
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Top 3 albums? Favorite Performer? What song is stuck in your head?
Top 3 Albums? Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill JayZ, Reasonable Doubt Janis Joplin, The Woodstock Experience
Top 3 Albums? Michael Jackson - Thriller Usher - Confessions Kanye - The College Dropout Favorite Performer? Beyoncé
Favorite Performer? Kanye West
What song is stuck in your head: right now in this very moment? Meek Mill, Classic
Song stuck in my head? Maybe I Should Call, K. Michelle
TOP 3 ALBUMS College Drop Out - Kanye West First Band on the Moon - The Cardigans Writings on the wall - Destiny’s Child
Top 3 Albums? Kanye West - Graduation KYLE - Beautiful Loser Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Favorite Performer? Chris Brown
Favorite performer? KYLE
Song stuck in my head? Nick Jonas, Jealous
Song in my head? KYLE - Love 4 You
DION Top 3 Albums? ATLiens, OutKast Like Water for Chocolate, Common Only Built for Cuban Linx, Raekwon
Favorite Performer? Michael Jackson What song is stuck in your head? UGK, Take it Off
Favorite Performer - Jill Scott What song is stuck in my head? “F*ck Up Some Commas” – Future
Top 3 albums? Outkast, ATLiens Musiq Soulchild, Aijuswanaseing Sam Cooke , Portrait of a Legend Stuck in my head? Arrested Development, Everyday People Favorite performer? Frankie Beverly and Maze
Top 3 Albums? Erykah Badu - Mama’s Gun Little Brother - The Listening Kanye West - Late Registration
GYMGL SELFIE STICK
ELMER: Seymour, I know you hate taking pics but this contraption allows you to take perfect pictures of yourself or groups. SEYMOUR: I don’t need this shit, I don’t even know how to use the camera on my phone you old bastard. ELMER: All the kids are using them but I think they’re going to come and go, it’s a fad. If I see someone using it in the club one more time, though, I am knocking it out of their hand.
SEYMOUR: Elmer, why the hell you in the club?
SEYMOUR: Elmer, you know when you go to the movies and they give you those 3D glasses and the film looks all weird? ELMER: Yeh, it looks like shit is flying at you. SEYMOUR: Take that concept and put it into a printer, Elmer. ELMER: The printers print movies in 3D, Seymour? SEYMOUR: No fool, the printer prints items in 3D. It can print hearts, balls, mini cars, pipes. You name it, it prints it, Elmer! Ain’t that wild?!
BATTERY OPERATED CARS
ELMER: Well Seymour, you’re not the only smart art in the room. I recently experienced driving a battery-operated car. That’s right, you don’t need gas anymore, playa. I think I’m going to get one! You on the other hand, can keep blowing your social security on gas. SEYMOUR: Elmer, go ahead, switch it up and I’ll just blow by you when you’re on the side of the road. Run out of juice much? ELMER: They already thought of that! With a full charge, I can drive up to eight hours before the need to recharge. So, what were you saying about blowing by me? Huh?
LASSES SEYMOUR: Elmer, have you ever heard of the Diadora shoe company? It’s an Australian shoe company that had a spark in the 80’s. ELMER: Seymour, what do you know about Australia? SEYMOUR: Get out of my business, Elmer, how about that?
JORDAN 1 HI OG CHICAGO
ASICS GEL SPOTLYTE RETRO ISAIAH THOMAS (LIMITED)
ELMER: The sneaker that started it all has returned, Seymour.
ELMER: This is a lovely sneaker that I must have! And, it’s a limited edition, where it’s at?!
SEYMOUR: Elmer, I know all about it baby! This classic silhouette is a MUST for sneakerheads! My so-called ‘plug’ fell through Elmer, did you get a pair?
SEYMOUR: Lovely to who, Elmer? This sneaker is so ugly!
ELMER: No, Seymour! Nike screwed me over and didn’t sell them online. I’m still looking for them though.
ELMER: Seymour, this is why I get all the ladies and you stuck by yourself. You don’t have any taste with your blind ass.
First you gotta __________ into it Donâ€™t stop, just __, ____ Then you roll your ______, from the _____ back to the front then ________ til I shake and ____ nigga make sure I keep ______ nuts nigga
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t I t a E d I’ N O I T I D E D O O BAR F Munched on By: Cedric Isaac and Dion Galloway
While you frequent bars to drink, we go to eat! With that said, the I’d Eat It Crew ventured into a few establishments to test their ability to not only mix great drinks but serve up some delicious, as well. Gathered around spirits, we indulged in the baked, fried and grilled dishes! All jokes aside, Jesus was there as we were in heaven. Can you say ‘HALLELUJAH?!’ Because you missed out on the treats, we’re more than happy to fill you in; ready? Salud!
Duckworth’s (Uptown) 330 N. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC
CED DION OVERALL
Take Your Mom
Duckworth’s has expanded and landed downtown. Without applying any marinade, honestly, we expected better from this staple bar. The service was ‘okay’ and the price was ‘eh, it’ll do.’ The problem with this particular location was the food. We’re not saying it was downright horrible (SIDENOTE: have you noticed that since our last review, Old Hickory BBQ has closed? Interesting!) but it just didn’t live up to our expectations. Admittedly though, their IPA’s complemented the food nicely. Having ordered the Smokehouse Philly Sub, Dion was satisfied, supremely so, with his meal. Cedric’s experience was a little different. He ordered Lemon Pepper Wings which had to be returned due to their ‘burnt’ appearance and taste! Actually this man’s entire meal was free because of the ‘Middle School Cafeteria’ appeal of his entrée. Will we go back? Yes. Will it be this location? Nah, probably not!
Jack Beagles 3213 N. Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28217
CED DION OVERALL
Take Your Mom
Three’s across the board? Yep, this place must be special! Located in the heart of the Arts District, lies a gold mine. Not only is this place visually comforting, with the performance area located in the back, one can literally stay here for hours upon hours. And, the food?! Listen, the food from Jack Beagles is so full of flavor that if you try and leave, your tongue will fall out of your mouth and trip you. The grub is so good that we ate a late lunch and pondered hanging around until dinner—four hours later. Hey, hey, hey don’t judge us; the food is just that good! Trust us, we’re regulars!
Maverick Rock Taco 1401 Central Ave Charlotte, NC 28205
CED DION OVERALL
Take Your Mom
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Another place with all three’s? Mmhmm! This has got to go in the record books because this type of thing NEVER happens—at least not with us. Dilworth has an abundance of amazing spots to grab a bite and Maverick is one of them. Whatever your vice as it relates to bar settings, they have! Need TV’s in every corner? Check! What about a huge bar? Got that! Oh, you need a jukebox? Swing harder! They have that too! But, we’re here to talk about the food, right?! Our first time at this establishment, we ordered expecting decent-sized plates but what they bring to the table is comparable to the plate you’d fix at a buffet; you know, piled on. The food was perfection and tasted like it came from a crop of perfectly aged and manufactured ingredients. The tacos, brace yourselves, are to live for, die for, come back to life and then rob the place of food for! And since this is a taco spot, a little Tecate and Tequila accompanies most meals. Yeah buddy get drunk, eat, and be merry!
317 S.Church St. Charlotte, NC 28203
CED DION OVERALL
Take Your Mom
We went viking, sailed our ship across the pond and ended up in the French Quarters. Met with a 2.5 hour wait during our previous venture to Valhalla, this time we were well-equipped with patience. In Round2, we pillaged the menu (and place) for good food, drinks, and beautiful women. The result: ehh the menu is nice but expansion is needed and it’s missing a ‘stand out.’ Cedric ordered the Bangers and Mash, a pub staple, while Dion gravitated towards the Sunna’s Smoked Salmon. The presentation was very pleasing and the food was amazing! So, what’s the problem? The neighbor who ordered Fish and Chips! When they delivered his plate, he caught us gawking and eye-pounding it. The nice guy offered us a sample (it was so much, he could’ve fed three people) and we gladly obliged; it’s rude to say ‘no!’ Jesus H. Christ, the breading, the amazing cod taste, the tartar sauce; it was perfection personified in every way, shape and form. And, while we were leaving, the manager calls out, ‘fellas, we also have that in a sandwich,’ in which Cedric responded, ‘see you tomorrow!’
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Stylist: Ethan & Zoey Wardrobe: Stylistâ€™s Own
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Stylist: Ethan & Zoey Wardrobe: Stylistâ€™s Own
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JR ‘I use Rhapsody. I like their catalog and the added benefit that I can have multiple accounts. This allows all of us in the family to share.’
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SNOOP & PHARRELL have solidified themselves as one of Hip Hop’s most dynamic duos with hits like “Beautiful,” “Let’s Get Blown,” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” Snoop, having appeared in Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” remains a staple in this genre while Pharrell is still basking in the uber-success obtained from his megahit “Happy” and winning Best Urban Contemporary Album in the 2015 Grammy Awards. When it was time for the Long Beach emcee to make his thirteenth studio album, “BUSH”, he enlisted the veteran producer to make it all happen. “BUSH” is a nostalgic, yet futuristic and funky body of work where the Doggfather barely raps but, instead, sings inciting melodies over Pharrell’s spaced-out chords and live bass lines. The album feels like a continuation from their previous collaboration “Sexual Seduction” and Pharrell’s entire album, “Girl.” While it’s sonically different from Snoop’s previous works, it remains consistent and soulful. The album starts with “California Roll,” an ode to his beloved Cali Weed. While Snoop’s vocals aren’t the highlight, the track is laced with Pharrell’s melodic mojo and improvisations from Stevie Wonder. “This City” is a Whispers’-inspired jam about the opportunities of being in the big city. “R U A Freak” feels like the answer to “Sexual Seduction.” At this point, the album
has a steady pace but starts to feel stagnant through the next couple of songs. “Awake,” “So Many Pros,” and “Peaches N Cream” feel too similar in tempo and they’re in the same E minor key—making the listening experience one-dimensional. The latter part of the album picks up with song “Edibles” featuring Atlanta rapper, T.I. The beat sounds like top-shelf, classic Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad) from 2001. More, T.I delivers a flawless verse, salute! “I Knew That” is a synth-filled disco groove while Snoop and Gwen Stefani trade vocals on the feature, “Run Away.” The album ends on the cruiser anthem, “I’m Your Dogg,” featuring verses from Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar, as well as ad libs by Charlie Wilson. “BUSH” is a wonderfully-produced album filled with that classic Pharrell sound, mixed with plenty of 70’s funk and disco references. Although the album becomes redundant at midpoint, it catches ablaze near the end. “BUSH” is a ‘good’ collaborative project that even your mother would enjoy. Pharrell’s production has stood the test of time and he continues to deliver.
REVIEW BY: HARVEY CUMMINGS
Who the ____ is this? pagin me at _________ crack a dawnin now _____, wipe the cold out _____ see ____ this _____ me and why.. Its my _____ Pop from the barbershop told me he was in the ________ and heard the _____plot some _________ you like fly paper _____ slow down love please chill ________
2) I SERVE THE BASS
‘I SERVED COCAINE IN SOME REEBOKS, I’M FULL OF SO MUCH CHRONIC NEED A DETOX.’
‘HUNNAS ON HUNNAS, DO NUMBERS ON NUMBERS. GET LLAMAS ON LLAMAS. GOT BALES BY THE BUNDLE.’
3) WHERE YA AT (FT DRAKE)
12) RICH $EX
‘WHERE YA ASS WAS AT….’ RATING: 5
‘KISS ON A NIGGA WITH HIS CHAINS ON, GLIZZY. FUCK SO GOOD, GOT BOTH OF US DIZZY.’
‘NOW I’M BACK GRIPPIN’ THAT UZI. I’LL FUCK THAT BITCH CAUSE SHE’S BOUGIE.’
13) BLOOD ON THE MONEY
‘THE HOMICIDE UNIT COME INTO THE HOUSE. MY COUSIN MURKED A NIGGA AND HE JUST GOT OUT.’
5) LIL ONE
‘SOLITAIRES ON ME, NO CARDS. NIGGAS GON’ PULL UP AND SPRAY IN BROAD.’
14) TRAP NIGGAS
RATING: 3.5 6) STICK TALK ‘I’MMA TELL A LIE UNDER OATH. I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR EYES, YOU WANT DOPE.’ RATING: 4 7) FREAK HOE
FUTURE HENDRIX DS2 (DELUXE)
2015 + 19 SONGS + 1 HR 26 MIN DAVITA GALLOWAY + CEDRIC ISAAC
3.5 OUT OF 5
1) THOUGHT IT WAS A DROUGHT ‘ I JUST FUCKED YOUR BITCH IN SOME GUCCI FLIP FLOPS! I JUST HAD SOME BITCHES AND I MADE THEM LIP LOCK!’
‘YOUR CRACK HOUSE DOIN’ NUMBERS THEN YOU BLESSED. YOU MOVE YOUR MOMMA TO A CRIB FROM THE ‘JECTS.’ RATING: 5 15) THE PERCOCET & STRIPPER JOINT ‘I GET MAD ZOOTED, I GOT THIS BAD THING I RECRUITED. MY PASSION IS A MOVIE, I SAY FUCK IT ‘CAUSE THAT’S RUDER.’
‘TITANIC ON MY WRIST, BAD BITCH ON MY DICK. DID A DONUT IN THE 6, I JUST DROVE BY MAGIC CITY.’
‘HUBLOT ON A NIGGA, SO SHE DOWN FOR ME. STANDING ON THE STAGE WITH
16) REAL SISTERS
‘I JUST OUT A FAMOUS BITCH ON ROTATION. I JUST PULL A SHAWTY OUT ON PROBATION.’
THEM ROUNDS ON ME.’
17) KNO THE MEANING
9) SLAVE MASTER
‘HE HAD MY HARD DRIVE ON HIM WHEN HE CAUGHT THE CASE. WHEN THEY
‘STAYIN’ TRUE TO THIS CULTURE. DON’T GET CULTURE TO BE YOUR VULTURE.’ RATING: 2.5 10) BLOW A BAG ‘I GUESS I JUST FEEL LIKE A PARACHUTE. I PULL UP RIGHT NOW AND EMBARRASS YOU. RATING: 2.5
TOOK HIM IN CUSTODY THEY TOOK MY LIFE AWAY.’ RATING: 3 18) F*CK UP SOME COMMAS ‘PUT 24’S ON THE NEW AUDI, WHITE ON WHITE LIKE BABY POWDER.’ RATING: 4.5