We are trendsetters, we are money-getters, and we are hip-hop. Caspa Narkz shows the audience his “fresh” skills on the mic. For this song, he takes a different approach visually. Caspa feels that in most instances, less is more, so in this video, he keeps it simple and delivers a message. Can you figure it out? For more information about the Caspa Narkz movement, find us on the web at www.caspanarkz.com and www.blackhouserecords.com or on Twitter @caspanarkz
Dancer – Veronica A.K.A. EgoMarie from LiPpStiQ Dance Company
Universal Music Group said Friday that it will pay 1.2 billion pounds ($1.9 billion) for the recording division, joining Universal artists including Lady Gaga and Eminem with EMI superstars such as David Guetta and Lady Antebellu.
Sony/ATV, a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the Michael Jackson estate, said it is a 38 percent partner in the consortium. Other parties include Mubadala Development Co., Jynwel Capital Ltd., the Blackstone Group and David Geffen.
The two-part sale, if approved by regulators, would further increase Universal Music’s dominance in recorded music and springboard Sony/ATV into the top spot as a music publisher, according to Impala, an association of European independent music companies that is against the deal.
In the United States, Universal is the top music producer with a 30 percent market share compared with EMI’s 9 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With a combined share of 39 percent, they would tower over Sony at 29 percent and Warner Music at 19 percent.
On the publishing side, Sony/ATV will add EMI’s 1.3 million song copyrights to its roster of 750,000 songs that include hits from The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift.
Atlanta-born/ Orlando-raised singer-songwriter Nate Larson is poised to take the industry by storm with a dynamic Billboard-bound vocal style. “Maybe some would put into the blue eyed soul box,” he concedes. “But I’m much more than that.” Flaunting a musical style described as R&B with a pop edge, Nate has managed to tap into his broad range of musical influences while bringing a remarkably fresh sound all his own.
In the summer of 2010, Nate released his eponymous debut EP on his own NLM Media via Island Def Jam Digital Distribution. Recorded between New York City and Atlanta, Nate Larson is an impressive collection of high-powered pop-R&B ballads and bangers produced by esteemed industry vocal coach/ songwriter Robert “RAab” Stevenson (Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson) and Drake Murphy. From the blissful, guitar-driven “Perfect Picture” to the buoyant cut “Miss America,” the 8-track EP is a mere sample of Nate’s nascent talent and potential as a pop artist and hit-making songwriter.
MISI: When did you realize that you wanted to sing?
Nate: I always loved music but knew I wanted to sing when I was about 14.
MISI: Has any racism played apart in your music career?
Nate: I personally have never encountered racism in my career and I am grateful that it is a testament to the times we live in.
MISI: How was it working with Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders?
Nate: Drew and Shannon are incredibly talented and also two of the most humble people I have ever met. Although their achievements speak
for themselves, they are fantastic to work with.
Nate: Growing up in Orlando was great because it was a melting pot and I was exposed to different cultures of music. It was just a
great place to grow up.
MISI: Top 3 albums of all time and why?
Nate:Thriller is one of my top albums of all time because although it is a perfect album it not only gave me a guide of quality to go by at the same time it broke down barriers long standing in the music industry. The societal impact it had was just as important as the music. Prince’s Purple Rain was also one of my top albums because he showed that you could mix all your musical influences to make something new and fresh and it was also the perfect storm of music and it had a huge cultural impact. My third top album of all time would be James Brown Live At The Apollo. It is a defining live album that was a showcase of not only his influence on every R&B artist to come but how to put on the best live show ever.
MISI: What do you want your fans to know about you?
Nate: I love music and want more than anything to share my music with my fans and hope that they feel the same way.
MISI: If there was something you can do differently about your music career what would it be?
Nate: I am incredibly happy where I am in my career and I really wouldn’t change a thing. I look forward to continuing to grow and develop
as a artist.
MISI: Is there any female artist you would love to do a duet with?
Nate: I would love to work with Melanie Fiona or Adele. They both have beautiful soulful voices and are great talents.
MISI: If you could go back in time what artist, producer or writer would you have worked with?
A great legend of our
time Heavy D has left his family and fans today.
Born Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011) in Jamaica
his family relocated to Mt. Vernon, NY when he was a young child. Better known
as Heavy D, was a Jamaican American actor, rapper, record producer,
singer and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group
which included G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), “Trouble” T. Roy (Troy Dixon),
and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell). The group maintained a sizable audience in
the United States through most of the 1990s. He had recently ventured into
reggae music and was being described as a reggae fusion artist.
Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed
to Uptown Records; their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The
album was a commercial success, though Big Tyme was a breakthrough that
included four hits. Heavy D & the Boyz gained even more fame by singing the
theme song for the television program In Living Color
and also MADtv, and Heavy D performed the rap on the late Michael Jackson’s hit single “Jam” as well as sister Janet Jackson’s
hit single “Alright”. Heavy D then began focusing
on his acting, appearing in the television shows A
Different World, Roc and Living Single before returning the music
charts with Nuttin’ But Love. Heavy D was referred to in the song “Juicy”
by the Notorious B.I.G.
and in “Da Girls They Love Me” by underground rapper R.A. the Rugged Man.