Nafeesa Monroe: Phenomenal Woman

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that ignoring Gandhi was our own risk. There is nothing wrong with taking a trip to the “Candy Shop” with 50 Cent, but ignoring young, educated and inspirational artists such as Nafeesa Monroe might be our biggest mistake. Without taking any credibility from other, more pop-oriented artists out there,… Read more »



Thara: Next Up

Doing a double take on Thara? Can’t put your finger on how you know that face? Well, it could be a number of things, because this half-caste beauty has been in numerous videos, commercials and print ads. She is also the first lady of DJ Clue’s Desert Storm label, and with a bit of help… Read more »



Amerie: Perfect Fit, Pt 1

Amerie is no diva. She’s perfectly fine doing her own laundry, she loves being the underdog, and she doesn’t understand people with identity issues. While some may have trouble connecting with their different races, she insists that she has always been secure with herself. And though the 25-year-old singer remains slightly under the radar in… Read more »



Amerie: Perfect Fit, Pt 2

AHHA: A lot of female singers tend to get more revealing with their image after their first album. Is that something you think you’ve done or do you think you’ve kept a pretty clean image? Amerie: Well, I think definitely [my image] has gotten a little sexier. As far as with short shorts, that hasn’t… Read more »



Frankie J: Muy Calienté

The streets fell in love with Frankie J when he laced the hook of Baby Bash’s huge summer hit of 2003 “Suga Suga”. After completing high school in his hometown of San Diego, the Mexican-born crooner got his shot in the music business as lead singer for the successful group Kumbia Kings, and has since… Read more »



Olivia: Bouncing Back

R&B vocalists tend to come and go swiftly, while Hip-Hop pays little regard to what abyss the singer eventually falls. Such is the case with Olivia, who caught our attention with her popular debut single “Bizounce”, then virtually vanished from the scene. As the first artist signed to Clive Davis’ nascent J Records, the Brooklyn… Read more »



Rupee: Bring It On

Just a few summers ago, it seemed as though Americans had traded in their red, white and blue for green, yellow and black. Dancehall music was quickly storming up the charts with the likes of Sean Paul leading the charge in the mainstream. Naturally, it wouldn’t take long for America and the rest of the… Read more »



Nivea: It’s Okay

Where is Nivea? Her string of popular singles and her highly publicized romance with Cash Money’s Lil Wayne made her the artist to watch in 2002. After hitting the charts and earning a Grammy nomination for her hot single “Don’t Mess with My Man” from her self-titled debut album, the then 21-year-old songstress disappeared from… Read more »



Bobby Valentino: Raising The Bar

When most music listeners first caught wind of the song “Blackberry Molasses”, chances are they never imagined that Mista, the group behind the slow-burning, yet solemn single, consisted of four fresh faced teens. It was hard to believe that the lead singer with the grown-up voice that was seemingly filled with years of frustration could… Read more »