Earlier today, Little Rock’s very own newly notable hip-hop artist Clew, symbolizing his birth name Christian Lewis premiered his new song/video “Lil Boy Black”. The reaction from his faithful fans were more than rewarding but the developing views from this video, created an anticipated buzz that resulted in new followers. I had the opportunity to speak with Clew before the release of his new video to ask him a few questions.
TJE: What is the name of the project that this song will appear on?
Clew: The project name is actually still up in the air. This song was supposed to be on a project entitled “Champagne Brunches”, but the vision for that project changed. “Lil Boy Black” will be released on a small EP alongside a few other singles that I’ve put out this year.
TJE:When did you write this song and was there a personal inspiration behind it?
Clew: I wrote this song after a situation that took place in my life. One of the lil homies accidentally killed his friend trying to be “hard”. I also wrote the song for everybody that has witnessed this take place. Maybe in their neighborhood or even on the Internet. But I had to shed light on how destructive and deteriorating we can be toward ourself.
My first thoughts on seeing this video was Earth Wind and Fireeeee! LOL. For those who personally know me, that simply means it was a dope video. It was great witnessing Clew’s vision for this video come to light. I feel that this song is a good view point for others who are easily acceptable to peer pressure. Make better decisions before it is too late. Check out his new video below and comment your thoughts. So far this video has 1,326 views on Facebook please share with everyone you know to support Clew.
Tony Lofton, more known as Tlo Da Champ, is a 26 year old hip-hop artist born and raised in Jackson, MS. Full with personality, he has been growing his fan base more and more by connecting with many through his countless performances around the city. Tlo is one of the few artists that helped me celebrate the second anniversary of The Juicy Expressions, by blessing the stage with a dope performance. He is apart of A.I.M. H.I.G.H. Records, where he has the opportunity to produce creative works solo as well with others.
While now currently involved in numerous business affairs, he dropped his latest full project “Lucid Dreamzzz’s” on September 11, 2015. Simply defined, a lucid dream is a dream in which you are actually aware that you are dreaming. My favorite track on this project is “Come Back”. In this song, he describes how he wants a girl to come back –not just to him but back to the way she was before he hurt her. I also like “Righteous”, “Wreckless”, and “Beat Back”.
Tlo is probably the goofiest person I’ve ever interviewed because he kept me laughing the entire time. Watch the interview with him below and comment your thoughts on the #JuicyQuestionOfTheDay? Also let us know what your favorite track is on “Lucid Dreamzzz’s”.
Sorry for the wait but below is all the footage that I have from The Juicy Expressions’ event “The Element of Juice”. Again, I want to thank you all for celebrating the second anniversary with us! Check out the recap video and view the pictures below! Please feel free to comment any feedback or thoughts that you have regarding the event! Love you all 🙂
“Stay Humble, Hustle Hard 24/7”, are wise words that can be beneficial to all mankind if truly lived by. 29-year-old Dominic Cranford is the CEO of Stay Humble Hustle Hard with J.Skyy being the face of the brand. This clothing brand was launched in March 2014, and was immediately embraced among many, especially in Jackson, MS. When I first saw this brand, I was unaware of the creator. However, I knew it was dope and I could immediately relate.
There is other apparel that exists with this same slogan but this particular brand really caught my attention. Whenever the CEO/creator of a company tats the company’s mission statement on their body, you know its gotta be real! When I met Dominic, she possessed a pure spirit and her humbleness was apparent. I will always support a movement that contributes true value towards uplifting the human species.
You can never go wrong by staying humble while simultaneously hustlin` hard for your desires. Whenever someone looses their humbleness, they loose themselves as a person. I’ve witnessed many people who’ve struggled with the reality of being highly successful while trying to remain their original modesty. I consider this clothing line the people’s brand because it represents a growing class of people. Check out the interview I did with Dominic below and comment your thoughts on this brand/lifestyle. Do you think that you’re capable of loosing your humbleness? What are some tactics to forever ensure one’s humbleness?
FIRST AND FOREMOST ALL “POPULAR” DJ’S ARE NOT GOOD DJ’S! I’ve always said that I am not a gossip blogger but since I have true FACTS this is still not considered true “gossip”. It really blows me how certain people think that they are “On” but they are the one that BEGGED for me to use them for my event. Now normally, I wouldn’t speak out on the negatives because I am so positive but he has me feeling like Drake on his Meek diss “Back to Back”!
“When I look back I might be mad that I gave this attention. Yeah, but it’s weighin’ heavy on my conscience Yeah, and f***, you left the boy no options”
This whack DJ reached out more than once making sure we were moving forward with him working my event. I thought that this was a great idea initially because he has SLIGHT air time on WBRJ 97.7. I moved forward and paid him a $100 deposit way in advance. The day of the Second Annual Peach Carpet event, at 4:00pm (ONLY 5 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT STARTED) he called me to ASK me if I wanted to come back to the station one more time to promote more for the event. However, he also REVEALED that he would be late to my event and wouldn’t make it until 10:30!
Now of course I was like wtf! Why would you wait the day of my event to let me know that you would be an hour and a half late, especially when you are the source of the music for the party? I knew then that I would never work with him again but I still needed a DJ at this time and he ensured me that he would work things out. He told me that music would still be playing until he arrived. At this point all I could do was move forward and stay focused on having a successful event.
I ended up quickly going to the radio station for one more promotion round. While there, this DJ continued saying that he is very “professional” and he’s going to “turn up” my guests as soon as he arrived after his set. At this point my stress levels were back down and I was ready to go change and make my entrance at my event.
Around 10:50, when I arrived to my event, I saw a great crowd filled with my wonderful supporters, beautiful decorations, a dope back drop with TJE logos on it, a photo booth where pictures were coming out instantly after being taken, but NO JAMMIN MUSIC!!!! This DJ WAS PLAYING LINE DANCING MUSIC AS IF WE WERE AT A FAMILY REUNION! Most of my guests were saying “Wow we were turnt before he arrived.”
When I walked to the dj booth to correct the Disastrous sound, the DJ immediately began being rude towards me as if I’m not the one who is throwing the event or the one that has paid him a previous deposit! In a nice professional voice I requested that he played some more appropriate TURN UP music that I know my crowd would like to hear. Instead of being professional, he ignored my request and he to continued to play whack music. Various people attempted to talk reasonably to this DJ but he continued being rude and VERY DISRESPECTFUL! When it was time for my performers to perform he was rude to them as well! While one performer was using the microphone, this WHACK DJ began to rant attempting to gain more followers using 97.7’s name.
TO MAKE THIS LONG STORY SHORT! I was so fed up with this WHACK DJ that I told my people to get him out of my party! This DJ was asked to leave in the middle of my event but he was still GIVEN THE REST OF HIS MONEY! ALTHOUGH HE DID NOT DESERVE ANOTHER DIME FROM ME, I PAID HIM SO THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE ANY MORE TIES WITH THIS TERRIBLE UNPROFESSIONAL DJ!
After he left the party we put on music from someone’s phone and we TURNT THE F*** UP! Using this DJ, caused me such a terrible heartache because I INVESTED SO MUCH TIME, MONEY, AND ENERGY INTO MY EVENT. And although my loyal people stayed until the party ended, HE DROVE AWAY ANY NEW PEOPLE WHO WERE INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT TJE WAS ALL ABOUT. On Sunday, (THE DAY AFTER MY EVENT) I saw where this DJ began throwing SHADE AT ME. He actually posted things the night of the event but I did not see it until Sunday!
IS IT ONLY ME OR DO Y’ALL AGREE THAT IT IS VERY WOMEN LIKE TO THROW SHADE AT ANOTHER WOMAN THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA?!?!?! I have experienced this with women but never with a SO CALLED PROFESSIONAL MAN! Like where do they do that at? THIS OLD MAN DJ WITH GREY HAIR MUST FEEL SO MUCH GUILT THAT HE HAS TO KEEP HARASSING ME EVEN AFTER I’VE NEVER RESPONDED TO HIS SOCIAL MEDIA SHADE! After he posted numerous posts on his instagram and snap about me over the weekend, Monday he decided to call me. BUT OF COURSE I DID NOT RETURN HIS CALL LIKE WHY WOULD I!!! So since I didn’t return his call he decided to text me!
I hope that this post will help someone in the future if they ever thought about hiring this particular DJ. SHOOT I WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE WARNED ME! But although he promotes and tries to portray to be the “Number 1” DJ @97.7 he is in no way a reflection of those beautiful people who work there. I had to realize that when I was upset of what he did at my party. I realized that all my guest could see that my party was dope and that they could see that he was just a whack DJ! SMH
Well Lesson Learned I will be picking better people to work with in the future! But I probably will never throw another event in Jackson! I”m just not used to a high level of UNPROFESSIONALISM! And I hope he learned not to come for a blogger who has a voice especially when most of the people who listen to my voice was at my event and can verify your stupidity! AND PLEASE STOP CONTACTING ME LIKE OMG WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED FROM ME? OH YEAH, LET ME NOT FORGET TO MENTION THAT THIS DJ HAS BEEN ON MY TIP TRYING TO HOLLER AT ME SINCE DAY ONE SMH
Comment your thoughts on this madness of a situation! Do you think its okay for a “professional” to behave in this manner? Do MEN go on social media rants like women? If you came to TJE Second Anniversary Peach Carpet event please share your thoughts on how you felt about his deejaying skills?