It was definitely a phenomenal event held at SOBs on October 13th which celebrated women of color in a showcase with several acts from various genres of music. The first act of the night was Be’la Dona, an all female band that brought the house down with their rendition of songs by popular artists. If you were in the building that night, you would have enjoyed performances by Lil’ Mama, Rah Digga, Melanie Fiona and Estelle, all of whom showed why they rock with their amazing stage presence and vocals.
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If you weren’t at SOBs last night you missed an amazing show! Our acts included Leila, Dallas Lewis, Kwamie Liv and our headliner, Allen Stone. Words cannot express the intensity and emotion I felt during Allen Stone’s set but simply enough, this guy gave me chills. One of my favorite songs he performed was his Bob Marley cover of “Is This Love,” I have to say this song is what captured the crowd. If you’re not familiar with him or any of the artist mentioned above, please look them up, you won’t be disappointed!
After touring for nearly two years after signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and preparing for this album it is safe to say it has been along road for J. Cole. Even with his album leaking seven days before its set release date it has not stopped his loyal fanbase from buying and supporting his album sales. The expectations for “Cole World: The Sideline Story” may have seemed high, but it is clear that J. Cole knows what the standards are. His debut is one of the most impressive works of the upcoming rappers today, and probably one of the best albums of 2011. He shows off lyricism and wittiness in songs with Jay-Z and Trey Songz (“Mr. Nice Watch”, “Can’t Get Enough”). He even manages to sweet talk the ladies with “In The Morning” and “Nobody’s Perfect”. Yet there is never a lack of instrospective such as in “Sideline Story”, and thoughtful lyricism in “A Dollar and a Dream III” finds J. Cole revisiting a theme from his past mixtapes. In songs such as “God’s Gift”, “Breakdown”, “Daddy’s Little Girl” and “Rise and Shine” he shows off his lyrical capabilities while painting pictures and giving fans detailed stories of both pain and aspiration. J. Cole has given a great album that consists of various elements and feels complete, an album everyone should buy.
Don’t forget J. Cole performed earlier in his career at SOBs!! He rocked it!!
Harlem, rapper Juelz Santana hits SOB’s for the first time ever on Tuesday, October 4th.
With his long awaited album, Born to Lose , Built to Win, scheduled to be released November 22nd the Dip Set member is sure to be firing on all cylinders.
After a few run-ins with the law, Santana is focused on showing New Yorkers his powerful and entertaining
Santana, a member of Diplomats, which includes Jim Jones, Cam’Ron and Vado to name a few, has been working on his upcoming album since 2007. With chart-topping songs like “ There it Go (Whistle Song)” and “ Oh yes,” we can only expect more beat-knockers and catchy hooks on this newest disc.
Check out the video below “Back to the Crib” featuring Chris Brown, then don’t miss the Dipplomats own, Juelz Santana live here on Tues, Oct 4th.
He was hand picked by her out of a crowd. Brought on to stage. Sang for her. Was given a position on tour with her. Alicia Keys could have been the beginning of a wonderful career for Jermaine Paul, but for some reason he fails to get the buzz he deserves. The video “Airplanes” by Jermaine is not only shot incredibly well (camera work by bbgun) but a phenomenal song. This man can sing. He can hit the crazy falsetto and he can hit the soulful lows. He is a master of the art. All I ask of you, the people that read this post, is to please please please, share this video. Show your friends. His music, his image, and his passion are incredible. Show the world.
If you have been out of the music loop or unaware (no pun intended!) about new artist on the rise, then you may not have noticed the buzz created from Chewelah, WA, artist Allen Stone. The 22 year old R&B/soul singer, son of a pastor, is making strides on to the national scene. From singing at backyards and leading church choirs to sold out venues in the Seattle area, this is the artist that we at SOBs are excited about! After just a few listens to his songs, the staff here at SOBs definitely recognized his talent, and we are excited to have him booked! Now you may be wondering if its just hype or this guy really could be the “next big thing”, and we believe the latter. Check the following videos out and let us know what you think! After you’re convinced make sure to come to the show on Sept. 28th.
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Also, check out this cover of the song.