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Club Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 First Monday Nights @ Club Cocos . . . . . . . . . . .2 Super Sundays @ Firestone Live . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Off The Chain Saturdays @ Club Status . . . . . . .4 Orlando Improv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 CultureClimax.com Events & Concert Recap. . .6 Orgasmic Theropy @ Mela Room . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
RICKY P PG 22 Starlet in the Streets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 PromoPics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Dear Shannon by Shannon Ligon . . . . . . . . . . 19
TeeSPN by Tahira Bellot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Album Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Prote-J’s Good Hip-Hop Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Ricky P by Brandi Nikole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22-23 DJs Top 10 Playlist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The INdustry by Christina Clark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Yellow Jacket Production & Promotions . . . . 25
Barak Obama Is My Homeboy/Obama Watch by Roger Caldwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
The Ghost’s Top 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Shelly Flash on 102 JAMZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Talk Of Orlando EYM Customs by E$CO. . . . . . 8-9 Dolly’s 1 Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ENVY Hair Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Hair In Motion of New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 On The Twirl by Brandi Nikole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Clash of the Barbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Cash and Da Baby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-13
Jasmin Calle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Pinky’s Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 411 Pain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Shear Status Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
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EVENTSNOW SUNDAY SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE 57 WEST 57 West Pine St. • (407) 314-0434 SUNDAY FUNDAYS BLUE MARTINI 4200 Conroy Rd • (407) 447-2583 DESIRE SUNDAY CLUB ELEMENT 39 West Pine St. • (321) 278-2320 OLD SCHOOL OLDIES EAST WEST LOUNGE @ CLUB UPSCALE 1025 S. OBT • (321) 460-3346 TIMELESS SUNDAYS ESCAPE ULTRA LOUNGE 8421 South OBT • (321) 436-7793 102 JAMS OFFICIAL LADIES NIGHT FIRESTONE LIVE 578 N Orange Ave. • (407) 872-0066 SUNDAY NIGHT CONNECTION FLA SPORTS BAR & GRILL 5274 W Colonial Dr • (407) 445-0445 ZOUK NIGHT KABBAB LOUNGE 2423 W. Hiawassee Rd • (407) 468-4365 PARADISE SUNDAYS RAIN ULTRA LOUNGE 4732 S Kirkman Rd. • (407) 290-9896 REGGAETON SUNDAY ROXY’S NIGHTCLUB 740 Bennett Rd. • (407) 898-4004 MIX-IT-UP SUNDAYS SUITE B 50 E Central Blvd. • (407) 246-1750 REGGAETON SUNDAY TABU NIGHTCLUB 46 N. Orange Ave. • (407) 648-8363
MONDAY MARTINI MONDAYS AQUA LOUNGE 2869 Wilshire Dr. • (407) 826-1903 SERVICE INDUSTRY NIGHT BLISS ULTRA LOUNGE 123 W. Church St • (407) 849-5060
MOËT MONDAY ELEMENT ULTRA LOUNGE 39 West Pine St. • (321) 278-2320 MELTDOWN MONDAYS FLA SPORTS BAR & GRILL 5274 W Colonial Dr • (407) 445-0445 MY CITY MONDAYS HAVEN LOUNGE 6700 Aloma Ave • (412) 298-8863 “SWINGGG” MONDAYS KRAVE NIGHT CLUB 360 State Lane • (407) 422-3539 RED CARPET MONDAYS TESSA WINE & CIGAR BAR 2425A South Hiawassee Road • (407) 373-0005 SEX IN MY CITY MONDAYS ZEN ULTRA LOUNGE 5688 International Dr.
TUESDAY ANTI-BABE AKA LOUNGE 68 East Pine St. • (407) 839-3707 FAT TUESDAY ANTIGUA NIGHTCLUB 41 W. Church St. • (407) 649-4270 LIVE JAZZ BLUE MARTINI 4200 Conroy Rd • (407) 447-2583 MARTES DE ESCAPE ESCAPE ULTRA LOUNGE 8421 South OBT • (321) 436-7793
PHAT TUESDAYS FLA SPORTS BAR & GRILL 5274 W Colonial Dr • (407) 445-0445
HOLLYWOOD WEDNESDAYS CLUB HUSH/ENVY 7552 Universal Blvd. • (407) 248-1973
COLLEGE NIGHT ROXY’S NIGHTCLUB 740 Bennett Rd. • (407) 898-4004
BLACKOUT WEDNESDAYS DRAGON ROOM 25 West Church Street • (407) 843-8600
ALL YOU CAN DRINK TUESDAY TABU NIGHTCLUB 46 N. Orange Ave. • (407) 648-8363
READY WHEN YUH READY ESCAPE ULTRA LOUNGE 8421 South OBT • (321) 436-7793
WEDNESDAY CLASSIC SOUL WEDNESDAY 11/12 LOUNGE 843 Lee Rd. • (407)539-3410
IN THE BIZ BLUE MARTINI 4200 Conroy Rd • (407) 447-2583
WASABI WEDNESDAYS AQUA LOUNGE 1ST WEDNESDAY 2869 Wilshire Dr. • (407) 826-1903
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WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY URBAN FLATS DOWNTOWN 183 S Orange Ave • 321-332-6889
THURSDAY TROPIC THURSDAYS ANTIGUA NIGHTCLUB 41 W. Church St. • (407) 649-4270 FIRST CLASS THURSDAYS AQUA LOUNGE 2869 Wilshire Rd. • (407) 491-0855 AZUL THURSDAYS BLUE MARTINI 4200 Conroy Rd • (407) 447-2583 BLAME IT ON THE ALCOHOL CLUB ELEMENT 39 West Pine St. • (321) 278-2320 TURNT UP THURSDAYS CLUB HUSH/ENVY 7552 Universal Blvd. • (407) 248-1973 THE DIRTY WORD POETRY CLUB KOHA 426 E Kennedy Blvd. • (407) 951-8949 NAUGHTY OR NICE CLUB LIMELITE 367 N Orange Ave • (407) 648-9800
LIVE R&B THURSDAYS CLUB STATUS 912 W. Colonial Dr. • (321) 274-7184 THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE ESCAPE ULTRA LOUNGE 8421 South OBT • (321) 436-7793 DIRTY THURSDAYS FLA SPORTS BAR & GRILL 5274 W Colonial Dr • (407) 445-0445 ALL DA WAY THURSDAYZ KRAVE NIGHT CLUB 360 State Lane • (407) 509-6641 2-FOR-1 THURSDAYS PAT O’BRIENS City Walk • (407) 224-2100 GIRLFRIENDS THURSDAY RAIN ULTRA LOUNGE 4732 S Kirkman Rd. • (407) 290-9896 SET ME FREE THURZDAYZ REVIVE LOUNGE 2141 W. Colonial Dr. • (321) 420-2401 LADIES NIGHT ROXY’S NIGHTCLUB 740 Bennett Rd. • (407) 898-4004 ALL YOU CAN DRINK THURSDAY TABU NIGHTCLUB 46 N. Orange Ave. • (407) 648-8363 1ST THURSDAYS TAVERN ON THE LAKE 6996 Piazza Grand Ave • (407) 385-0776 LATIN NIGHT THE COLISEUM 176 N Beach St., Daytona Beach TEASE THURSDAYS VOYAGE 17 W Pine St. • (407) 244-9600
FRIDAY NIGHT HOUSEPARTY ANTIGUA NIGHTCLUB 41 W. Church St. • (407) 649-4270 FLY & FLASHY FRIDAYS AVENTURA 3415 W Vine St. • (407) 859-7225 FLIRTINI FRIDAYS BLISS ULTRA LOUNGE 123 W. Church St • (407) 849-5060
LIVE R&B FRIDAYS (LIVE BAND) CLUB STATUS 912 W. Colonial Dr. • (407) 839-1242 FUSION FRIDAY ENVY ULTRA NIGHT CLUB 7552 Universal Blvd. • (407) 248-1973 TURNT-UP FRIDAYS EAST WEST LOUNGE @ CLUB UPSCALE 1025 S. OBT • (321) 460-3346 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ESCAPE ULTRA LOUNGE 8421 South OBT • (321) 436-7793 LADIES LOVE FRIDAYS FIRESTONE LIVE 578 N Orange Ave. • (407) 872-0066 FRIDAY NIGHT HEAT FLA SPORTS BAR & GRILL 5274 W Colonial Dr • (407) 445-0445 LIVE BAND FRIDAY FROGGERS 6700 Conroy Rd. # 120 • (407) 293-4777 FRIDAY NIGHTS ICON ICON 20 E. Central Blvd. • (407) 649-6496 JAMAKIN ME CRAZY LUX ULTRA LOUNGE 5688 International Dr • (407) 352-8838 TEEN NIGHT OASIS NIGHT CLUB 677 Wilmer Ave. • (321) 460-3386 GODDESS FRIDAY RAIN ULTRA LOUNGE 4732 S Kirkman Rd. • (407) 290-9896 PAPARAZZI FRIDAYS ROXY’S NIGHTCLUB 740 Bennett Rd. • (407) 898-4004 LADIES NIGHT TABU NIGHTCLUB 46 N. Orange Ave. • (407) 648-8363 RISQUE FRIDAYS VOYAGE 17 W Pine St. • (407) 244-9600
SATURDAY STATUS SATURDAYS ANTIGUA NIGHTCLUB 41 W. Church St. • (407) 649-4270
MIAMI’S HOTTEST HAPPY HOUR BLUE MARTINI 4200 Conroy Rd • (407) 447-2583
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE BLISS ULTRA LOUNGE 123 W. Church St • (407) 849-5060
REMIX FRIDAYS CLUB ELEMENT 39 West Pine St. • (321) 278-2320
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ISLAND SATURDAYS CLUB LIMELITE 367 N Orange Ave • (407) 648-9800
CELEBRITY SATURDAYS KRAVE NIGHT CLUB 360 State Lane • (407) 422-3539
OFF DA CHAIN SATURDAYS CLUB STATUS 912 W. Colonial Dr. • (407) 839-1242
REGGAE SATURDAYS OASIS NIGHT CLUB 677 Wilmer Ave. • (321) 460-3386
REGGAETON SATURDAY DESTINY NITECLUB 7430 Universal Blvd • (407) 351-9800
THE DEFINITION SATURDAY RAIN ULTRA LOUNGE 4732 S Kirkman Rd. • (407) 290-9896
REGGAE & SOCA EAST WEST LOUNGE @ CLUB UPSCALE 1025 S. OBT • (321) 460-3346
BIG CITY SATURDAYS ROXY’S NIGHTCLUB 740 Bennett Rd. • (407) 898-4004
SELECTIVE SATURDAYS ELEMENT ULTRA LOUNGE 39 West Pine St. • (321) 278-2320 MIAMI INVASION ESCAPE ULTRA LOUNGE 8421 South OBT • (321) 436-7793
DASOUL ROCKA WALGEE TABU NIGHTCLUB 46 N. Orange Ave. • (407) 648-8363 REGGAE LUTION VOYAGE 17 W Pine St. • (407) 244-9600
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UPCOMING EVENTS & CONCERTS AUGUST
01 – STIR SUNDAY NIGHT – Tight Mike’s Bday Hosted by Ronda Jordan & Chello at Club 7430 01 – ELEPHANT MAN Live at Escape Ultra Lounge 06 – CARL THOMAS Live at Rain Ultra Lounge 08 – SUNDAY SKOOL SCRATCH SESSIONS at Reign 11 – ERYKAH BADU Live in Tampa, FL
11 – JBON CLOTHING’S ‘Addicted ‘Addicted To Fresh’ Release Party at Club 23 15 – ERYKAH BADU Live at House of Blues Orlando 20 – SLIGHTLY STOOPID, COLLIE BUDZ AND CYPRESS HILL at Hard Rock Live 29 – ROCK THE BELLS in Washington D.C. ft Wu-Tang, Snoop, A Tribe Called Quest & More
Sunday Skool Scratch Sessions | Reign Boutique | July 11
eign celebrated the art of turntablism once again at their Sunday Skool Scratch Sessions event July 11. They transformed their street wear boutique into a long buffet of turntables where different DJs can jump in and scratch, mix and blend with other DJs. While being surrounding by beautiful threads of Crooks and Castles tee’s and Married to the Mob’s latest women’s line you can’t help but appreciate all the elements of hip hop Reign has infused in their space.... art, clothes, sneakers, and accessories decorate the walls as people outside are breakdancing and freestyling over beats playing from the trunk of a system. Reign is always bringing together the elements of hip hop for their followers & shoppers... stay tuned for the next Skool Session August 8!
Leaders of the New Cool | 57 West | July 28
eaders of the New Cool was an event that brought together hip hops future s u perstars under one roof at 57 West. On the local scene, Slim-E, Joe Clark, Prote-J, Atiba, Carlyle and Evan Roberts wowed the crowd with some of the best displays of talent this city has ever seen. Local hip hop is frequently overlooked in Orlando and these artists made everyone reevaluate their assumptions. Some of the national, more reputable acts included Rich Hil, Laws and Rich Kids who
really mingled with the people and showed Orlando serious love. Good hip hop was a recurring theme for the evening and it was refreshing to see industry people and just plain fans come together and support an event that stays true to the roots of it’s genre. Big shout out to Hollywood East, Shelly Flash, 102 JAMZ, PPlus Magazine, Flyer Promo Now, Ajust Entertainment, Colourful Money, Mel, Jessie Maguire, Core DJs, Christina Clark & more for making it all happen! LOTN
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LOCAL HIP-HOP SONGS 1. Drop - “Wow” 2. Brick Boy - “Wal Mart Money” Ft Waka Flocka
3. CK Flawless - “My Chick” 4. P.I. Bang - “Trap Keep Jumpin” 5. Tay Baby - “Well Damn” Ft Young Jones 6. Slim E - “Here We Go” Ft Camron 7. Hardaway - “Who Dat” 8. Omeez - “I’m Real” 9. Ro “King Of Da O” - “Make It Happen” 10. Preacher - “I’m A Star” Log on to
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FLYERPROMONOW & TALKOFORLANDO.COM PRESENT THIS WEEK’S TALK OF ORLANDO, A NEW FASHION DESIGN THAT IS TAKING ORLANDO BY STORM IS THE CUSTOMIZATION OF SNEAKERS, SHOES, CELL PHONES AND BASICALLY ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT ANYONE TO NOTICE ON YOUR PERSON. ONE COMPANY THAT IS CREATING AWESOME DESIGNS AND IS CURRENTLY THE TALK OF ORLANDO IS EYM CUSTOMS WHICH WAS CREATED BY VICTOR VALVERDE JR. HIS DESIGNS CAN BE SEEN ON PEOPLE FROM KISSIMMEE TO LAKE MARY, I SAT DOWN WITH VIC TO GET AN INSIDE LOOK INTO EYM AND HAVE A SLICE OF PIZZA IN DOWNTOWN ORLANDO.
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ARE YOU THE
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FOR THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW, WHAT IS EYM CUSTOMS? (He laughs) I’m sorry but I always laugh when people ask me that, EYM stands for (Employ Your Mind). A couple of years ago when I lost my job I decided the only way I could be successful was not get myself employed but to Employ my mind and let my passion work for me instead of me working for my passion. We customize Heel, sneakers, DJ Equipment, anything that someone wants customized we do it. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS AND WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO THIS TYPE OF BUSINESS? (Smiles) I have been in business for just a year but I have been very blessed, All my life I have done grafﬁti and designs and since artwork is something I love doing I ﬁgured it would be the perfect combination for me. I have always loved kicks (sneakers) and found it difﬁcult to get colors the way I liked it so I just started designing my own and the rest is history. I LIKE YOUR STYLE WHERE ARE YOU FROM? (Laughs) People always think I’m from New York but I was actually born in Boston (shout out to Boston) and grew up in Kissimmee, so I deﬁnitely consider Orlando my Home. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE SECRET TO THE SUCCESS OF THE COMPANY? Honestly there is no secret to my success, I never thought it could happen as a business and it was always just a hobby, something to do for me and my friends. I have just put faith in God and let him take me to the next level; I feel I will always be successful because it’s a “Labor of Love” and as long as I am doing something I enjoy then I’m SUCCESSFUL.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN CUSTOMIZATIONS OR CREATING A SIMILAR COMPANY SUCH AS EYM? Do the research and don’t be afraid to ask questions; Always be true to who you are and you ideas, when it comes down to it only you can control your future.
WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE? SBTG, He is like the Michael Jordan of Custom design, I love that he takes time to speak and have forums with other custom artist coming up in the business, hopefully one day someone will feel like that about me. I HAVE TO KNOW THIS, TELL ME 3 CD’S IN YOUR CAR RIGHT NOW? (Cracks up) never been asked that before…1. Creedance Clearwater Rival 2.Little Wayne Mixtape & 3.Drake I’m very eclectic DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY SHOUT OUTS AT THIS TIME?
First and foremost, GOD, My family (Who I love dearly), Jae Johnson & The Firm, Monty, Dwight(New Age Goonies), Emilio Torres, Tammara Kohler, & all my Clients…Love yall!! Follow them….. Twitter @EYMCustoms MySpace.com/EymCustoms EYMCustoms@gmail.com www.EYMCustoms.com coming soon
If you think that you are the Talk of Orlando, you can submit your information to talkoforlando@gmail. com subject line “I am the Talk of Orlando”
On the Twirl T wirl me tender, twirl me sweet…never twirl me alone! As I twirl on to find something different to do in Orlando, I come across a cutting-edge hair show taking place in August. In the time where hair shows are becoming so frequent in this city, this particular show has set itself apart from the rest. This isn’t your typical & predictable hair cutting show…this is “Clash of the Barbers”. “Clash of the Barbers” is set to take place August 8, 2010 at the Universal Doubletree Hotel. This skillful competition is opened to all licensed professionals, and encourages these pros to step out the box and really show their designing talents. Participants have three categories to compete in with each having large cash prizes. Such categories include “Clash of the Barber Showcase” where they will be judged on the overall presentation. There’s also the “Barbers Freestyle” where they will be judged on their spontaneous creativity. The “Fastest Cutter Face-Off ” is quite self explanatory and very exciting to watch in action! Such an
by Brandi Nikole extraordinary event was created to “allow barbers the opportunity to showcase their talents among their colleagues and to educate the barber and beauty industry of new techniques and styles” says the producer of this event Life, of Lifeline Ent. “This is a modern contemporary graphic design competition” he explains to me. Of courseski, there is more to this than just the competitions! At “Clash of the Barbers” you will also find an array of beauty vendors selling products at 20%-50% off. There is also a list of entertainment that will be taking place, such as the Set It Off Models swimsuit fashion show, live performances by PI Bang, Sho Boy, Khalia, and many more. And to make the night go as smoothly and as funny as possible, the whole evening is hosted by All Pro’s very own comedian, Jersey along with Miss Hope. No matter if you’re in the hair industry or you just simply love beauty, this is certainly one cutting competition you don’t want to miss your twirl on!
TAY BABY THIS IS YOUR 3RD MAGAZINE COVER WHY DO U FEEL ITS IMPORTANT TO STAY NOTICED? So i won't be forgotten, cause u know what they say out of sight out of mind.
WHAT PROJECTS/EVENTS ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW AND WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT IN THE FUTURE FROM YOU? I’m Performing @ Prince’s B-day Bash Aug 8 @ Firestone Nightclub also One Cash and Bedo will be performing, I also have a video shoot Aug. 18th @ Firestone Nightclub, a mixtape dropping in a few weeks with DJ Crazi Yogi and Mercedes Streets called “4 and a Tay Baby” and me and my partner One Cash dropping our mixtape Cash & Da Baby! Also be on the lookout for the Young Jones Mixtape called Indiana Jones im on dat too. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PROMOTE YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS/EVENTS? Word of mouth, flyers, magazines, posters, internet and anything else that my peoples would bring to my attention that sounds good. YOU HAVE A VERY ANTICIPATED MIXTAPE "DA BABY OFF DA BRICK" WHO WILL BE HOSTING THAT FOR YOU? Right now i narrowed it down to two DJ's, either Don Cannon or DJ Holiday. I'VE ALSO HEARD YOU HAVE A MIXTAPE ABOUT TO RELEASE WITH A UPCOMING ARTIST "ONE CASH" TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THAT? It's gone be fye! Me and my dawg got great chemistry together and we been down for a long time. Plus we done been through a lot shit together and u can feel our struggles and success through our music. ONE CASH HOW DID U MEET TAY BABY AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RAPPING? Tay been my partner since we was jits through high school... i been freestylin at parties an in my mamas driveway an recording on cascette tapes since i was bout 16.. Tay introduced me to Pro Tools an kept telling me to at least attempt to make the transition from the streets.. to this music biz cause he felt like a nigga had talent... He jumped out the gate running with his whole movement... while i worked on my project but really spent the majority of my time an focus keeping the less legitimate side of
our partnership up an running.. We been up an down in these streets together.. An been making music together since day one... Its Just our Prioritys had been different... Until Now
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT TAKES FOR A NEW ARTIST TO BE NOTICED? To tell you the truth... i dont really know. I dont know much about the marketing or promotions side of the music biz, if thats what your asking... I feel like its a lot of ass kissing with these industry people an I just come from something different than that. Most of what you hear and what you see is smoke an mirrors.. I see these so called "Gangsta Rappers" out in the streets talking about a lotta stuff they dont do or dont have and about a fantasy life that they dont live. I feel like if your gonna be noticed as an artist. Let your music be honest an come from your heart. not what you think other people want to hear. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE MIXTAPE YOU HAVE OUT NOW? The Debut Album is Grind Money. In short... because thats how im livin... an if thats what you come from then you'll relate. WHAT PRODUCERS AND OTHER RAPPERS HAVE YOU WORKED WITH ON YOUR MIXTAPE? Yall mite not know this but tay baby produces the majority of our tracks... Also the homie BJ Beats and DJ Fish contributed as well I think i got one feature besides that. My Partner Rell-Skeet.. one time for Skeet BEING THAT YOU ARE A NEW ARTIST WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU DIFFERENT THEN EVERYONE ELSE? Like i said before my music is honest. I aint tryin to portray an image to people because i think its gonna sell.. I do me.. An aint nobody out here live life like me... granted.. street niggas can relate. but I've we all been through different situations an my music is just a reflection of the life I live. An weather you agree or disagree with the topics of my songs or the content of my lyrics... What makes me different and a respectable artist is Honesty. I rap what i know and what I come from. I try have a nigga see what its like to walk in my shoes when he listens to my music. www.flyerpromonow.com
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Looking at this you think, “Maybe her feet hurt,” or “She is about to fall,” no she stood like this all night long. Hunny, Divas don’t don’t wear their shoes like this. I was literally waiting for you to fall over, because there is no way you were stable. You’re standing on the side of an already awful heel. I need you to take a Diva stroll to DSW or somewhere fast.
This guy literally fell over, but I couldn’t catch it, so his friend held him up and asked me to take it anyway.
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know all through winter I could not stop talking about the summer. I don’t know about you, but I am not impressed by record breaking temperatures. I’ve find myself trying to stay as cool as possible these days, and that includes finding the coolest parties to attend. Yes, it’s great that the summer time brings about parties outside, but with temperatures like these…I need to shake my tail-feather in the A/C! So where did I do just that this week? Check out these hot parties I was sure to stay cool in.
FOAM PARTY @ DESTINY Honesty Stick? I certainly never thought I would end up at an event like this! However, since I have yet to experience a foam party here in Orlando, I couldn’t help myself. First let me say that Destiny is one of those venues that is quite hard to fill up. Very few promoters have been able to accomplish this. Yet, on this evening of soapy fun, Destiny was PACKED!!! This foam party turned into a dirty bubble bath! LOL. People were
soaked with bubbles, but they were having a blast. As I stand out on the sidelines trying to avoid the suds from touching me, I was impressed at the production of this event. At first I had my holdbacks, but to see something different actually turn out successful was incredible to me. DJ Dev and DJ Koolaid really did their thing on the 1s and 2s. When I heard that this was an IOTA party, everything made sense! LOL. How else could you explain guys walking around with their wife beaters or shirts off…with their itty bitty chest… grinding on the girls….dancing in coordination… you know what I am talking about. Nevertheless, Powerhouse and KHEEP Ent have done it again with another successful event. I admire how they try to bring something different to the city. Such big faces in the building were City and Disco Jr.
VIP TUES 6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ CLEOS A couple years back, there was nothing else to do on a Tuesday night except for VIP Tuesdays, and it was THE place to be! Eddie B is the founder of VIP Tuesdays, and when you reminisce with him over the past six years, you hear him talk about big the “bosses” that use to come through. Anybody who was anybody was guaranteed to show face. It was the setting for any rap music video! So, it only made sense that on this anniversary celebration, there was nothing but bosses of the city in attendance. It was funny to watch how each “boss” sat in their own “area” and had their own “entourage” with them. Everything was classic Cleos; a plethora of dancers showcase their individual talents, rose bottles poppin, Goose bottles flowing, “death shots” sippin. Yet, Cleos would not be Cleos if it wasn’t for their bad ass DJ and MC linup: Disco, DJ Caesar, DJ da DJ, DJ 4000, Garfield, and even DJ Nasty was in the building! As you can see, I certainly stay cool this week at the hottest parties. I blew bubbles at the foam party at Destiny and I shook what my mama gave me at Cleos. We still have a couple more weeks left in these summer months, and I am looking to party hard in the coolest places. A good pool party would be real on point right now…anybody know of one? Perhaps you have a hot event for the cool people. Or maybe you’re looking for a party to go to. Just send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay cool…. LET’S CELEBRATE!
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ources are reporting that T.I. and his main squeeze Tiny are preparing to wed in a secret ceremony to be held in Miami. While the exact date is a little sketchy, Tiny is loooooong overdue for this union. While rapper Rick Ross celebrated the release of his album “Teflon Don” he decided to bling out his attire by buying a few custom pieces of jewelry. It doesn’t appear that his jewelry purchase came with a bra... Christina Milan and The Dream, seen here in happier times are working out the terms of their impending divorce. It has been reported that The Dream filed for the divorce February 9, 2010, days before she gave birth to their child Violet.
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SPORTSNOW by Tahira Bellot
he time has finally come, players have begun to report to training camp for the 2010-2011 NFL season. It’s time for the rookies to show why they deserve to be on the field and the veterans to show them how to do it. It’s hazing time. Dez Bryant of the Cowboys claims that he didn’t know that it is the rookie’s job to carry the veterans’ pads and refused to carry the pads for Roy Williams. Do I believe he didn’t know? No. Doesn’t everyone know that? Bryant says the media is pitting him against Williams. Sounds to me like there was some more hazing that took place to put him in his place. Lol. While some people may feel that hazing is unnecessary and humiliating I disagree. I think it’s a way for the rookies to show and pay respect to the veterans. Terrell Owens will be reporting to camp with the Bengals. I hope he makes something of this season because if not, this may very well be his last. Like his contract with the Buffalo Bills, T.O is signed on with the Bengals for only 1 year. I wonder how the combination of Ochocinco and Terrell Owens Terrell is going to work. I know they are friends and they get along. However they both feel that they should receive the ball all the time. Ochocinco claims that they can co-exist on the field together. I hope that T.O. can somehow manage to control his attitude and make this team work for him.
I’ll just have to wait and see. Just like the rest of the world I’m waiting to see what Brett Favre decides to do. He is saying that he still doesn’t know. Hello Brett I get that you are a BFD and all but seriously please don’t make this decision making a spectacle like the Lebron decision. I haven’t fully decided if I’m going to play Fantasy Football this season because I’m still a little bitter about how last season ended. If you play, then you know that it’s very crucial what number in the draft you get. If you don’t play fantasy but you love football you should try. It makes watching the games more important to you. To me it’s like being a coach with less stress and definitely less, well no, money. If you are going to give it a try make a list Brett Favre of all the players you want in the order you would like them for each position. Think about who you feel will earn you the most points and pick them first. Also take into consideration the bye week. You don’t want to end up with majority of your roster on a bye the same week. Keep abreast with player injuries so you know who can and can’t play that week. Basically there are several elements that go into managing a fantasy team but it is fun so go online find a league and enjoy. In NBA news, Chris Paul still hasn’t announced what he plans to do about either staying or leaving the Hornets. Earlier in the week he said that he liked the direction the New Orleans Hornets franchise was planning to go. He needs help in New Orleans if he stays there. I think it would make sense to go join Amare Stoudemire in New York with the Knicks. But I’m no GM, well at least not in the NBA. I am a general manager in life though because I call the shots and if Chris Paul you didn’t know; now you do.
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his city is known for some heavy hitting promoters. Only a few promoters can not only remain relevant in this game, but also trail-blaze this game. Even fewer promoters can rock the parties on a weekly basis, and rock the radio waves at the same time. In fact, there may be just oneâ€ŚRicky Padilla. We rock with him on 102JAMZ as we get ready for his parties. We take shots with him at the clubs as he hosts his events. Not only is he quite humble, heâ€™s quite insightful. Ricky is a perfect example on how you can come up in this industry. His focus, dedication, and eagerness have brought Ricky much success, exposure, and opportunity. - by Brandi Nikole
E ALL KNOW YOU STILL HAVE YOUR WEEKLY EVENTS, BUT YOU'VE BEEN OFF THE SCENE. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
I tore my Achilles twice! I’ve been on crutches since January 3rd. I was hooping, my Achilles just popped on me and I just went to the ground. I had never felt a pain like that, ever in my life! I was going through the rehab, and everything was going good. The second day that the doctor told me I could wear a shoe, I slipped and tore my Achilles again. This just prolonged the process. Just two weeks ago I was able to come out of the boot; I’ve been wearing the boot for seven or eight months. I stayed off the scene cause (1) it was hard to walk around in the crutches and (2) everybody was asking what happened, which I didn’t mind. But the negativity from people with them saying [things like] “Damn! Your life sucks!” LOL. And I am like “Ok, [jerk] I already know that! I’m going through it right now!” (he laughs).
ELL ME ABOUT YOUR MORNING FOX NEWS GIG. HOW DID YOU GET THAT?
I met some of the people over at FOX when I judged on the local American Idol [participants], and one of the ladies that worked there loved my personality. She took my phone number, we kept in contact. About a week later, she asked me how I felt about being on TV, and I was like “Yeah, let’s do it”. When I met up with her, she asked me if I would like to do some of the stuff that I do on radio…talk about entertainment on TV. I was like “Yeah”. That was going on all the way up to December, when I tore my Achilles. I had to be up in the house with
Some people might be really good at what they do. I consider myself alright on the radio, throwing parties, etc. I’m not bad at any situation, but I am good at everything and showing people that I am good at every angle. I’m not wrapped up behind VIP ropes, I’m over shaking hands with everybody, at the bar with the next person. I can go to a black club, and they will shout me out like crazy. Then go to all Spanish club where not one person speaks English, and they shout me out crazy. And still go to an all white event, and still be shouted out. It’s because I am so social with everybody. That’s what people don’t understand. That’s a big part of this business. You have to speak to everybody and just be cool with everybody.
HAT IS SO TRUE! SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE TEN YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN WITH 102JAMZ. HOW DID YOU START?
Driving the van. I use to pick up coffee, t-shirts; I use to wash the van just to get a couple of dollars. Anything I could possibly do to be at the station, and people to see me here, whatever the case was…I was there. That is how I started meeting people and saying “Ok, I see what he’s doing”, or “I like what he’s doing” or “Oh, let me watch him”. Now, ten years later, I’m still at JAMZ.
EING LATIN, DID YOU FEEL IT WAS A LITTLE MORE CHALLENGING TO RISE UP TO AN ON-AIR PERSONALITY W/I A HIP-HOP RADIO STATION?
Yea, at one point. When you walk in the streets, people say it’s a black radio station but I don’t personally feel that. Music is music. But, shout out to Lissette Perez, she kind of guided me and told me what she did. But
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my leg up for a month and a half; I didn’t go to work, I didn’t go to the clubs, I didn’t do nothing. But now that I am walking again, they just called me to do the American Idol thing again on August 7. So we going to see what happens from there; if they going to put me back on every Friday or whatever the situation may be. But, I am back in the door.
HAT’S AWESOME! SO, HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU FIRST CAPTURED THAT 6-10 SPOT, WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT YOU SINCE THEN?
This was my first radio gig, and nobody was really telling me you’re doing it right, you’re doing it wrong. I was just more gong-ho! Whatever makes sense at that moment! Now, I realize there’s things that you have to focus on, like our demographics, which is 18-34. So, if I go up to a lady who is around 34 and I say “hey my name is Ricky P” she may look at [me] kinda crazy. But if I say “hey I am Ricky Padilla, how you doing?”, she’s more willing to respond “ok, he’s not some little kid off the street”. That’s basically it; now just realizing the behind the scenes when it comes to radio, the clubs, and everything that is going on. Now I know…I didn’t know before.
HERE ARE VERY FEW PROMOTERS WHO CAN MIX UP THE DEMOGRAPHICS AT THEIR PARTIES. HOW DID YOU MASTER THIS & HOW DO YOU STAY RELEVANT IN THE PROMOTIONS GAME?
it was something that I wanted to do, and it took me almost two years to get in here. I kept applying and they kept saying no. I didn’t give up cause I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
O I AM HEARING FROM THE STREETS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DATING A VIDEO VIXEN. IS THERE A SPECIAL SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE THESE DAYS? IF SO, HOW DID THAT START?
Yes (he blushes hard). Yea, I have a girlfriend…shout outs to GLO! Yea, I’m pretty sure they have been seeing us go through it on Twitter (he laughs). She [Gloria Velez] came to a party I did for Courtney Lee and she was with my homie DJ Rob Lo from NY and he introduced us. We ended up exchanging info and communicated via text throughout the weeks. I ended up taking her out a few times on some friends hanging out type stuff, then it was a wrap after that.
WWW, THAT’S FANTASTIC RICKY! SO, MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT ON AIR?
Somebody had hacked into the CNN website. And sent out some crap about Jay Z and 50 Cent dying. Yes. And I got on air, without checking my research. This is when I was brand new to the game. I felt like I had the exclusive news in the world, and I was about to give it to Orlando (he laughs). I learned after that to always check my sources. www.flyerpromonow.com 23
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How often is it when you ask someone “What have you been up to?” The answer is “I’m grinding” or “You know we out here grinding.” The word Grinding is thrown around so loosely these days, that I think it has lost it’s value. I’m not sure if people say it because it’s the cool thing to say. According to UrbanDictionary.Com staying “on the grind” means to work hard, always be hustling, or otherwise engaged in money-making activities. Many of us say we are grinding but are you being productive? Time waits for no one, so it’s important that you use your time wisely. People tend to confuse activity with productivity. You may be grinding but you are not getting anything accomplished. If you are an Executive, DJ, Artist, Model etc, its important that you set goals. Goal setting is extremely important. Do you think Tyra Banks just happened to get a talk show? Or do you think Kobe Bryant just happened to get on the cover of SLAM Magazine? Absolutely not! They have people in place with them to strategize their career moves. You should do this as well. What are your goals in this industry? Do you want to be the next Drake? Or the next Kevin Liles? What about Naomi Campbell? The main thing is to stay focused and not get sidetracked and follow through on your goals. 1 Set realistic daily, short and long term goals and write them down -Save money to get my Music Mix and Mastered -To release a mixtape by the end of the year with a commercial southern DJ -I want to sign a new mainstream Artist to my label
2 Evaluate your performance
-Have I accomplished any of my goals? -Who or what do I need to get to the next level? -Am I attending key industry events to help with networking?
3 Invest in yourself
-Is my bio professionally written? -How are my reading and verbal skills? -Do I have a business banking account?
4 Build a Team
-Are the people around me supportive? -Do I need to hire a Manager or can I manage myself?
Ever hear the term: Plan your work and work your plan? Goals are always a work in progress. So when you actually have something to grind; it will be a perfect mixture for success!
Obama Watch By Roger Caldwell
MEDIA FORCES ACCOUNTABILITY FROM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
his week in the Obama Administration there was a ﬁrestorm with the ﬁring and the rehiring of a senior federal ofﬁcial Shirley Sherrod, who happens to be an African American woman. The Agriculture Secretary Tom Visack can use the excuse that he overreacted to a blog post, and took the information out of context. This was his mistake that only he can be held responsible for and Shirley Sherrod accepted his ofﬁcial apology. Thus, the Agriculture Secretary and the Obama Administration would like to sweep this ﬁasco under the rug and move forward, but the national and international media is doing their job and exposing incompetence. The decision to ﬁre Shirley Sherrod was discussed by more than just the Agricultural Secretary, because during her drive where she was forced to stop on the side of the road to text her resignation, she received calls from different federal ofﬁcials. Initially when the mass media received this story the Agricultural Secretary stated that he had made this decision by himself and he was standing by his decision. But in hiring 101, every manager knows that documentation, facts, an investigation, and paperwork must be in order before a major employee can be talked to concerning job performance. In the workforce if the due process is not thorough and absolute, the employee receives a written warning and the management is building a case to eventually terminate an incompetent employee. When an employee has been with the company for many years, they can receive a demotion based on the severity of the offense and their job performance. With the mounting expense of harassment cases with women in the workforce, employers take an extra look at termination cases, because everyone knows that women
employee can bring a suit against a company and cost them millions of dollars. Nevertheless the Obama Administration harassed a women employee who had a clean record with the federal government for 35 to 40 years with unreliable information. It is obvious that the Obama Administration was asleep at the switch and the media is asking who is managing the team. The media is demanding answers, and they want to know how the best administrators and the best minds in the country can ﬁre a major federal ofﬁcial without due process of the law. Somewhere in this Obama Administration blunder the question and discussion of race has to be raised. Reverse racism has become a hot button for President Obama and whatever side of the fence you are on you want to be politically correct. Thus in 2010, everyone is trying to prove that there is no racism or discrimination in their actions and thoughts. Our leaders would have the media to believe that their decisions are based on the character, experience, and educational level of the individual. They would try to get the media to believe that our society is a color blind society and with the election of an African American president, racism has been erased and there is a level playing ﬁeld. Many will admit that they are having problems accepting Hispanics because they are illegal and they speak a different language. Nevertheless to many in our colorblind America, the mass media is making too much of an overreaction concerning race. Without the mass media being the watchdog of the Obama Administration, an innocent employee would have lost her job, without any recourse and all we could say “another one bites the dust.” But with the media doing their job, they are keeping the Obama Administration honest and exposing incompetence and holding their feet to the ﬁre. If the Obama Administration would have been doing their job, the decision to ﬁre a good ofﬁcial who happens to be an African American would receive a double investigation before the media is leaked a story about her ﬁring. Shirley Sherrod has not decided if she will take the new position or initiate a suit and retire a wealthy woman.
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