Los Angeles – When Ron Valentine aka Rondo speaks, there is an intensity behind his thoughts that dominates every word. As the product of San Francisco’s stone cold streets, birthed from the union between a pimp and dope fiend, his very existence is a testimony to the power of what can be and not what should have been. We can’t help but acknowledge the alchemy that changed his once desolate landscape into a vision nurtured with unlimited possibility. Rondo has risen like a phoenix from the gutter and “The Antidote,” the new CD from his label, Crucial Records, is the soundtrack detailing a tale of redemption that embraces us all.
Daily Archives: June 21, 2011
(Los Angeles, California – June 21, 2011) – As one half of Los Angeles’ critically lauded sub-commercial rap duo U-N-I, Yannick “Thurzday” Koffi along with rhyme partner Yonas “Y-O” Michael have already racked up over 2 million views on Youtube while being rained with accolades – named “Best Breakout LA Artist” at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, featured in URB Magazine’s “NEXT 100” & “NEXT 1000,” XXL Magazine’s “New Kids in Town,” Billboard Magazine’s “Acts to Watch,” The Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” & “Off the Radar,” Time Out New York’s “The Volume,” MTVu’s “The Hot Seat,” BET.com’s “Rookies of the Year” and ending up on the “SoundBoard” of The Los Angeles Times while serving as the official hosts of MTV’s “Sucka Free” – on the strength of their observant, life-affirming rhymes that revolved around everything from limited-edition sneakers to cosmic existentialism and old-school video games to down-home musings on life and actress Lauren London.
Los Angeles – The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant has a history of dedication to continuing a legacy of nurturing young girls into proud and intelligent young women. The longest running pageant for little African American misses, the scholarship event turns 18 this year as it announces a nationwide registration drive. The original creation of actress/ choreographer Lisa Ruffin, The Little Miss African American Scholarship pageant has consistently emphasized brains over beauty, positively impacting the lives of thousands of impressionable little women.
“Swimsuits” is from The Cool Kids’ When Fish Ride Bicycles available in stores July 12th.
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Mr. J. Medeiro’s latest album Saudade is out now on his imprint De Medeiros with Fat Beats distribution