October 2, 2020- (Houston, Texas)– With over a decade of experience in the hip hop community, HipHop Streets has been committed to helping underground artists find their voice, receive recognition, and showcase their talents. HipHop Streets platform has covered local and national events featuring now well-known artists such as Megan The Stallion, Haroldlujah, Erica Banks, Euro Gotit, and Marissa and many other familiar faces. It has always been a mission to highlight and spotlight artists that may not receive media coverage for their talents.
HipHop Streets is officially launching their app which is a 24/7 streaming platform where underground and independent artists will have an opportunity to have their music streamed. Many underground artists do not get the opportunities to be on major streaming platforms; therefore this is an awesome opportunity to reach a plethora of people through a strategic marketing push. The app will also feature music videos, podcasts, blogs, and special events. It’s an awesome way for independent artists to market their talents. “I have always been an advocate for independent artists throughout the country. It’s a passion of mine to help cultivate the HipHop community by providing valuable resources for talent that may be unseen. This app is something that I’ve been working on for a while and I’m excited to provide new opportunities for talented people”– CEO of HipHop Streets, Marquis Jonkins.
About HipHop Streets: Established in 2017, HipHopStreets is the first world-wide platform catered to the underground hip hop artist. What makes HipHopStreets unique is the way artists are connected to listeners. Unlike major streaming platforms, where aspiring artists can become lost in the saturated genre of Hip Hop, HipHopStreets categorizes each style of Hip Hop which allows listeners to discover the exact type of artist that relates to them. Which in return, allows those artists to connect with a potential fan base. By also creating a mobile app to enhance artists’ presence around the world, HipHopStreets are also promoting every artist in every Hip Hop market around the world in which those artists may not have the means to reach.
HipHopStreets helps to ease some of the pressure of marketing and promoting for an artist. Not only is HipHopStreets a mobile app but also a unique platform that hosts podcasts, interviews, blogs, showcases; As well as having a presence at major music conferences. HipHopStreets has also been credited with giving an artist the opportunity to be on a Netflix special entitled Rhythm and Flow with the likings of Cardi B, T.I., and Chance The Rapper.
This event was my introduction to Mr. A-lex. So of course I had to
do my research prior to attending this exclusive event to meet the man certified
by his Grammy nominations. I walked away from my search impressed with the
conversations and music I was able to find.
Attendees reviewed the project “From the Seed” featuring such artists as Musiq Soulchild and Keke Palmer. A-lex teamed up with Houston Legend Latorria Lemon for this listening party with UnWine setting the scene on their rooftop bar. Throughout the evening, we were served champagne and hors d’oeuvres. His visuals to songs the “Hook UP” and “Already Rich” were the perfect complement. This made us feel quite comfortable during a time of much unrest and uncertainty. All safety measures were carefully executed to ensure a good time and a safe return home.
Highlights of the evening included a run-through of dope tracks hosted by the man himself, A-lex. Each media representative was allowed the opportunity to rate and evaluate a snippet of each song. This made the event interactive and exciting. We could not wait to hear what was next. I really enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the creative process by helping select the next single he would release. Inclusion made me feel like my musical opinion was respected. Broadcasters all love having their opinions heard.
The most heartwarming moment of the evening goes to A-lex’s sister as she commented on the strength of her brother as an artist. She also made reference to his ability to know and understand the business. It is really touching to see families still supporting each other as they grow. A-lex recently lost his grandmother and used the pain to create this awesome theme: From the Seed. The music industry is definitely one that can throw you for a loop so it’s always great to have family stand by your side and support your moves towards greatness. His angel is watching from above and it certainly looks like his number has been called to greatness.
This catalog includes standout singles that make you feel you have
been taken on a journey. Our lives come with plenty of ups and downs and “Emotionless”
time spans after painful situations. You will understand when the album is
officially released on September 30th, 2020.
Fan Favorite goes to Mix and Match. The ladies really got moving
on what I like to call a Knasty track, with a bumpin beat and sexual vibe. All
throughout this project you will be pleasantly surprised with the artistry and
care that the producers and musicians put into each song. A-lex and his
selection of eclectic beats and lyrics really move you out your seat.
During the interview session, he stood there humbly and expressed the joy he felt with this project finally being out. Dressed in a Picasso tee I felt he made a perfect choice. As they say, Birds of a Feather. A-lex has shared with us a true work of art.
Full interview will be posted to Tymelinemedia.com after recap discussion Tuesday on I’m Just Saying Live.
Some of these photos are credited to Andre Kelly Photography. Enjoy your introduction to A-lex below.
Houston, Texas- (September 10, 2020)– On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Smoke Shield hosted their official launch party for the release of Slim Thug & Baby Bash’s new odor-eliminating sprays. The self-proclaimed “Sugar Daddy Slim” spray is named “Sugar Daddy” while Baby Bash has the “Fresh Linen” spray. Smoke Shield is an odor eliminating eco-friendly spray. It is a healthier alternative to aerosol air fresheners because it is water-based, non-toxic, and non-corrosive. Smoke Shield can remove any lingering odors by using micro encapsulation technology and works on contact without staining your clothes. With 5 unique scents, you’re sure to find one to fit you.
The Invite-Only event consisted of music, complimentary drinks, mingling, free bottles of the spray, and a celebration of Slim Thug’s 40th birthday. Although Slim’s birthday was on September 8th, the launch party was the finale of his celebration. Photo Cred: Tim Crews, and Vanderbilt Digital
Slim Thug Launches Affordable Personal Protective Equipment This Thursday, July 30, 2020
Houston, Texas, July 28, 2020- Houston-based Rapper & Entrepreneur, Slim Thug was one of the first rappers to announce being diagnosed with Covid-19. Since recovering in April 2020, Slim Thug has made it his mission to encourage Houston and his community to stay safe and healthy. Whether partnering with Smoke Shield to provide over 1,000 hand sanitizers to Metro’s police officers and transportation station or partnering with Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston’s Mask Up Campaign, Slim Thug is committed to utilizing his voice and platform to help others.
On Thursday, July 30, 2020, Slim Thug will officially launch his affordable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which consists of stylish masks, disposable masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, and personalized N95 masks. All of the protective equipment will be on-hand for guests to purchase. The launch event will consist of social distancing for the safety of everyone. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet Slim Thug and friends. “I’m excited to launch my PPE Products as this is a time where safety should be our priority, but we can also make it look like a boss”, says Slim Thug. For more information on PPE, please visit https://slimhtx.org/
Most of us will only remember the broad details of the story of 46 year old George Floyd’s untimely death. They will make a note to say 3 police officers stood idly by, while their superior murdered George. Many will also say that George took his last breath on May 25th while begging in agony for his life to be spared and calling for his deceased mother.
We don’t know the outcome of the cases brought before the
courts just yet, but what we do know is George Floyd’s death has sparked an
undeniable flame in the lives of people all over the world. It was important to
review this murder right now so no one forgets.
No one should forget the outrage in the hearts of the protesters and looters of all skin types, ages, and nationalities. No one should forget that they took to the streets together as one united force. No one should forget the anguish felt by mothers all over the world as they relived the treacherous acts that took their sons as well. No one must forget the police officers going into work daily not saying a word trying to protect themselves and their livelihood. No one should forget Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an executive order banning chokeholds. No one should forget that more of America’s sons will make it home at night. Most of all let us not forget that George is no longer just a man. He is the martyr that moved the nation to call for change.
The family and community came out in droves to pay their
last respects to the father, son, brother, and friend they all knew as Big
Floyd. With all the success of sports and music, George never imagined his city
would show up 60,000 strong in protest to march in his honor. Many gestures
were made by celebrities in support of the family i.e. Al Sharpton performing
the eulogy, Kanye West paying for little Giana’s college education and Floyd
Mayweather gifting the bill on a funeral fit for a king, right here in his home
town with those who loved and cherished him most.
Special thanks to the officers who assisted with the funeral
and to Chief Acevedo for standing with the people when it counted most. Let us
remember to hold people accountable for their actions. Stop the deadly
police encounters with policy reform, therapy, and extensive training.
I know this blog took you less than 8 minutes and 46 seconds
to read but it sure felt like a long time.
Message: 401 years is definitely too long to be on the neck of an entire race of people.
Goldman Sachs to donate $110,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts in Dallas
DALLAS — Goldman Sachs has notified Mayor Eric Johnson that it will donate $110,000 to the Dallas Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. The donation is intended to help COVID-19 relief efforts.”Dallas, like every city, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will get through this, and we will emerge stronger than we were before, but it will take all of us working together,” Mayor Johnson said. “I am grateful to Goldman Sachs for putting our community first with this generous donation, which will help our residents in their time of need.” “We than Mayor Johnson for his continued commitment to business in Dallas,” said Asahi Pompey, Global Head of Corporate Engagement and President, Goldman Sachs Foundation. “We are proud to join the Mayor in this vital mission to support the Dallas community.”The Dallas Foundation sponsors the fund, which had approximately $740,000 in it before Goldman Sachs’ donation. The fund was created initially to aid the city as it sheltered refugees from Hurricane Katrina. The money in the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund can only be used in the event of a federally declared disaster. Texas received a federal disaster declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic on March 25. Businesswoman and former U.S. Ambassador Jeanne Phillips chairs the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund advisory committee. The other members of the committee are UT-Southwestern Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations Ruben Esquivel, The Beck Group’s Executive Chairman Peter Beck, City Manager T.C. Broadnax, Mayor Johnson’s Chief of Staff Mary Elbanna, and Matthew Randazzo, the CEO and President of The Dallas Foundation. “The public’s outpouring of support in response to the immediate needs of our neighbors most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been inspiring. We continue to hold that as a priority and must begin looking ahead to our community’s recovery from this significant disruption,” Randazzo said. “Goldman Sachs’ gift to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund of The Dallas Foundation signals an investment in tomorrow’s Dallas, in which we all work to help every individual and family reach their full potential.”
A little something for all
ages to enjoy: A Lake Conroe Staycation.
A staycation (a
portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation”), or holistay (a
portmanteau of “holiday” and “stay”), is a period in which
an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities
within driving distance of their home and does not require overnight
A staycation may not require you to stay overnight but that is exactly what we did. I live in Spring, TX which is north of Houston and less than an hour’s drive from Lake Conroe. This past week was Spring Break for the twins and this year’s break fell during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We decided it would be the perfect time to get away somewhere close.
In light of the self-distancing warnings, we decided to skip the luxurious hotels and Rock Star Treatment and go for the do it yourself and fend on your own experience. The selected location would need to suite the twins (7), and the grandparents (60+) and us middle-aged adults. During the planning process, I decided it had to be a place that would accommodate us all. We went for a VRBO that would offer privacy and easy access to the lake. Sometimes online selections can be quite the task. Beware photos don’t always do a property justice. Be sure to read reviews.
We were in luck. The Walden on Lake Conroe had several options to choose from and 114 had a little something for us all. The inside of the property we selected was great. The bedroom furniture was a bit dated but everything was clean. Cleanliness is of utmost importance to me. The lake view from the patio and master bedroom was a treat and even my dog Chloe took time to enjoy. This place is the perfect getaway to unwind and unplug. The wifi code was posted in the pantry so you know I took the opportunity to get a little work in.
Our host had thought of everything. We were provided with games, movies, pool access, a list of accessible cable channels, pet, cooking and fishing supplies. Not to forget the Egyptian Cotton Sheets, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and a trundle for extra guests. These amenities kept my family unplugged giving America time to figure out what they wanted to do about the Coronavirus Outbreak.
This Lakefront Condo was but steps away from the dock. This gave my children plenty of opportunities to run, play and pick up a pole anytime they were ready. We had swimming pool access and met just a few visiting neighbors. The property also offers a community pool, event center, marina and restaurant within walking distance. The twins and I went for morning jogs and late night fishing trips. This gave us plenty of photo opportunities to get their Instagram popping. The grandparents were happy to eat the daily catch and enjoy the relaxing view. The only traffic to see are the boats drifting in and out from the jetty.
In the area: Golfing,
Liquor Store and soon to come Margaritaville is less than 2 miles away.
Message: During this time I would like to encourage everyone not to give up and get their business in order. During my holiday I chose to sharpen my business skills and set up knowledge by reading How To Catch A Mouse With No Cheese by Donnie P. Donnie explains the ins and outs of starting a new business with little to no money. He walks us through the steps that are most important for small business owners. His 20 plus years of experience give great insight.
A new biographical series based on the life of Houston’s iconic DJ Screw is set to release this year for his 20 year memorial. Directed by multi-platinum record producer turned filmmaker Isaac “Chill” Yowman, the series All Screwed Up details the rise of DJ Screw and the musical revolution he pioneered with his “chopped and screwed” sound.
The Legendary DJ Screw (born Robert Earl Davis Jr.) had a compelling life as a ground-breaking DJ and inventor of a signature style that has transformed pop culture and music for two decades and spring-boarded the careers of some of the biggest names in hip hop. His slowed down chopped and screwed technique has been featured in Academy and Golden Globe award-winning films and on dozens of multi-platinum billboard chart-topping songs. Artists like Beyonce, Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar have been influenced heavily by his pioneering sound. The “All Screwed Up” press conference gave us insight on where the producers are headed mentally with this project. Attendees were also afforded the privilege of seeing DJ Screw’s sister accept his proclamation from the City of Houston for his contributions.
A few weeks ago, I traveled down to St. Thomas to enjoy a weekend getaway. To my surprise my room was booked at the Ritz Carlton. I traveled alone to meet a group of unsuspecting locals for a photo shoot among the views and sand of impeccable quality. From the minute the plane landed I was overwhelmed by beautiful views from every angle.
My ride to the Hotel was none the less breath taking and this Islands beauty seemed to never end. As I approached the resort style hotel I immediately knew this place was keen on service oriented staff who took pride in their jobs. I was served the Lemongrass Tea, signature drink for Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas. Upon arrival you are also given a chilled towel soaked in yet another lemon grass signature recipe. During check in I peered out the many open windows to see this resort over looked Great Bay and the island of St. John. Crystal clear turquoise water and the sound of wind rustling through palm tree leaves that I now know are fronds. Seems I had already fallen in love with every beautiful inch of this island.
My arduous flight afforded me the luxury of spending the day in the Airport of Puerto Rico. I experience an earthquake, and got a makeover by M.A.C all in the same day. Warning! The coffee here should be served with a signature motto ‘only the strong survive’.
You will soon come accustomed to my local dive hopping, but I am most interested in cuisine native to the island. I had been told that the food here was horrible. Go figure. I was taken by a local to several places that had dishes that were to die for but definitely not indigenous to the island. I rather enjoyed their take on enchiladas but the Brussels Salad turned out to be an unexpected treat. So be sure to stop by Agave.
Time to ask some questions, Right? Here is what I found: Food in St. Thomas is EXPENSIVE for the most part as it is imported and very little, if anything is grown locally. The island has only been up and running for about a year now after suffering devastating hurricanes. Local food is very hard to find as most restaurants serve food that you find in most metropolitan cities.
Ooops! Forgot to take a picture of the Food Center. My, My, My, it must have taken years to come up with that name. Food Center is the local market or our equivalent to a supermarket/grocery store.
I hear nothing beats the
local food and here is where you can find it. It’s less expensive if you are
feeling adventurous. I was busy living my best life and being spoiled to
venture out on this trip. Maybe, next time.
Follow these directions closely….
– As you head from the airport and take 30 to Charlotte Amalie, on your right
side you will see a Pueblo supermarket. Across the street from the supermarket,
we found a van selling empanadas with varieties such as beef, chicken,
shellfish, shrimp and conch. For a total of 9.50, you can eat some tasty local
– During the weekends in Charlotte Amalie, next to the stores there is a flea
market. If you walk one block past the flea market, and if you are lucky, you
will see food stands as a local school is selling food to raise money for their
schools. Go for the Johnny Cakes, chicken with rice and beans and saltfish. All
under 5 dollars.
– Free-range is a real thing here. The roosters and chickens are everywhere and
you can definitely taste the difference between St. Thomas chicken and those from
your local grocer.
Maho Beach, St. John Island
Ranked as one of the top 10 beaches by some publications and when you get
there, you see why. No entry fee, free concert, quiet beach with snorkeling opportunities,
concessions and boat anchoring.
I caught a ferry to the
island and rode the Saffari for the experience. Both rides continued to impress
and by this time I was catching myself exhaling from trying to keep a natural breathing
pattern. Breath taking is an understatement. While waiting on a trip up the
hilly terrain I got a history lesson from one of the locals selling merch in
the very spot our ancestors were sold. The islands are rich in culture and
history. However, I did notice they are still quite segregated. St. John is a
protected National Park, most of the island can still be found in its natural
state. If you are a hiker this is the spot for you. This National Park offers
20 trail options.
Don’t expect the bathroom to look like much more than a crap house. Period
St. John Island is where I chose to test out my Sapphire (sapphirego.com). Personal Hotspot that works in over 130 countries and is ready to go out of the box they boast. Well the excitement was short lived. Ready to go actually means hook it to WiFi first then it’s ready to go!!
Speaking of options: If
you have the opportunity visit Extra Virgin. Reserve a spot early. Here you
will receive impeccable service, great drinks and amazingly delicious food. I
tried several things on the menu from scallops to pasta and ended with a steak
that was seared to perfection. I almost couldn’t make the ferry ride home. Be
careful of this as the ferry stops running at a certain time and you will be
trapped on the island until morning.
Did I say the bathroom on the beach was a crap house. Period
If you are looking for a beach side destination for your upcoming nuptials you may want to rethink this as your location. It is very windy here this time of year and the rains can get relentless at the spur of a moment. Indoor functions would be a safer bet.
It was so lovely waking up early, walking out on to my balcony and
just taking in the view. The hotel is currently under construction and the
workers gave me a little entertainment as the rains insisted upon ruining their
day. They stayed diligent and insistent on getting the job done. Morning coffee
from the Nespresso wasn’t bad and I could never get tired of waking up like
this. Off to brunch I go.
Fisherman’s Market offers Sunday brunch. The selection was lacking
and the mimosas were of poor champagne quality. Some rather loud guests next to
my table forced me to look out to the beautiful sea yet again. The service
reminded me to slow down and be patient, and enjoy. The smoked salmon benedict
looked wonderful but lacked in flavor.
Ritz Carlton offers a breakfast spread in the club lounge to those who opt in to club access. All of the staff members were extremely kind and accommodating, always going above and beyond to make sure my stay was carefree and easy. They even transported you on call. Although St. Thomas has countless famous beaches and restaurants to check out, I would have been happy staying put. The Ritz had everything I needed for a weekend getaway … relaxation, beautiful beaches, sun, accommodating service and a beautiful pool area. Photos opportunities are a must. Massages are available through the Spa.
The Rum Hut and Sapphire Night club were fun additions to this trip and cannot go unmentioned. The swings, flowing drinks and thump of hip hop music keep you in a great mood . The Sapphire offers a beach side party.
Not going to make it 2 hours early to the airport. No problem. When you arrive you will soon realize just like on the rest of the island no one is in a rush and all that awaits you is a magazine stand and one eatery. Oh and no worries about finding your gate. You will get this later.