$tupid Young “From the Block to the Top”

Barely got put on with this guy. Let me say this guy is fire and hella underrated. I rarely post about rap, but this guy is straight Fuego. hardest asian rapper in the game right now. Was just talking about a lack of asian representation in my other post, and this guy was heaven sent forreals. Ya’ll know I don’t appreciate that fake unoriginal music, and this guy aint it. He got a little backstory too, growing up Cambodian from East Long Beach. Humble, down to earth dude who’s been through it. Watch his freestyles if ya’ll don’t believe me. He come straight off the dome. Nothin’ but mad respect for this guy.

Let’s Chat: Out of Curiosity . .

what would you guys considered as “gifted“? what is your criteria for someone who is gifted?

I know this may sound like an odd question to ask, but I ask this question out of genuine curiosity as I am sure that everyone may have their own interpretation/ definition of how they define someone to be gifted or even someone who simply has a “gift”.  We, or especially in my experience I see a lot of these terms such as “gifted” or “talented” to be thrown around in the public especially when it comes to certain abilities that are subjective like the arts/ music. But I would like to put this up for discussion and just to see it from others’ perspective. Hopefully this post may also aid you in any questions you might happen to have on this subject as well. To make it simple, what is your own personal telltale signs of someone who may have a “gift”.

Comment below, can’t wait to hear ya’ll responses ~

If You Ever by Nao ft. 6LACK

This song puts me in a different space, the beat, Nao’s vocals, the message, everything.
Just recently discovered her, and I love her style as an artist. It definitely strikes me as Neo-soul/ Funk, I would love to create something similar to her style of music. I would say this style of song would resonate more to the younger generations, but also deviates from the typical pop songs we hear on the radio today. It’s new and refreshing.

Definitely one to keep in the playlist when cruising down PCH in the middle of night, or simply when you’re chillin the room lookin’ for some jams to unwind to.

You will definitely be seeing more of her on this page.

Here’s her single:

Feel free to purchase her single here:
If You Ever

Thank you so much for your Love && Support!

100 Followers! It’s crazy how time flies it feels just like yesterday when I first created this blog.. I I know it’s been quite a long time coming but I really don’t know how I could’ve gotten my blog to where it is without your support. Your constant feedback, whether it be a like, visit or comment, is what pushes me to keep going. You know I always have ya’ll in my mind in terms of what my next move will be. Still got a lot going in the works and I can’t wait to keep growing this little baby blog of mine with ya’ll. Your support means more than you think. Here’s to a 100 && counting!

Til next time,

much love & peace

Lo,

Happy Birthday to Big Poppa!

I know I’m a bit late, but happy belated birthday to the King, Notorious B.I.G. ♕

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York originally known as Christopher George Latore Wallace, Biggie became one of the faces of the hip hop culture. His craft as a rapper slowly became iconic in the game and he gained the respect of many in the community reaching nationwide commercial success. Biggie’s has carved a path for aspiring artists to never stop believing in oneself, even in the face of rejection and doubt. Confidence comes from within. If one doesn’t believe in himself or herself, then who will? Notorious B.I.G. is continually celebrated even in today’s music culture and will continued to be missed.

R.I.P. to one of the greats.

“Stay far from timid only make moves when your hearts in it and live the phrase skys the limit.” – Notorious B.I.G.

♪ You know very well
Who you are
Don’t let ’em hold you down
Reach for the stars
You had a goal
But not that many
‘Cause you’re the only one
I’ll give you good and plenty ♪

Feel free to purchase original song here:
Juicy

Quick PA: Amazon Music Affiliate Links

Hi guys,

So as you may have noticed, I have been including affiliate links at the very bottom of my posts on new& old songs I have discovered or simply thought was worthy enough of sharing with ya’ll. At this point, ya’ll know how passionate I feel about good music and how much adamant I am about keeping it alive through the medium of this blog. And that was my intention when I created this music blog for ya’ll. Though this seems far-fetched, I would love to make blogging my full-time job. While others may not understand why I would love to do so, I know for me, this blog is a way to connect with ya’ll and finding my happy place in doing so (selfishly so I suppose). I never thought I had the ability to monetize this hobby of mine, but as I found that it brings me joy to invest in this little baby blog of mine and that it somewhat brings my followers satisfaction (or at least I hope so) the thought of it became feasible to me— with plenty of time, energy, and dedication of course. Anyway, this is the part where I ask ya’ll  for your support and if you could purchase from the amazon links that I include in my posts if and only if you enjoy the songs I post about! (Sorry I had to!) However, it’s only if you like the songs and have the desire to purchase to them. It wouldn’t mean as much if you don’t enjoy the songs. The songs are downloaded as MP3 files which saves in the music library on your computer. The songs run from any from $1-3. I Again, thank you so much for your support this far. Your support keeps me going and delivering the best content for you guys. And as always, I have more news to share with ya’ll very soon. Stay tuned.

much love, much peace.

Lo.

#NewMusicMonday

Hi guys,

As I promised ya’ll, I have a new piece I just cooked up. I have yet to record it, but just jotting thoughts and ideas down was a huge step for me. And one I have been looking forward to sharing with ya’ll. Though not huge, it definitely helped to get my creative juices flowing again. This particular piece is a message for those heads are always above the clouds, but their feet always grounded. Life can be full of distractions when one isn’t focused on their goals and ambitions. And life is short one could potentially get carried away and before they know it, the void that they try to fill with trivial things is still very much there. For me at least this was my case, I can’t speak for everybody. Music for me truly helps to fill some of that void. This is for those who live everyday fighting for their dreams, keeping that fire alive and believing in themselves to make it happen.

instrumental beat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSzsb8cpIVk

♪ sittin’ here, watchin’ the sun go down
went through your phone, saw shit I shouldn’t have found
listen, I know it’s all a game and
I ain’t about to lose
I’m only getting started 
we both know I ain’t no fool

tell me what I want to hear
got any hope, any dreams, your fears
none of that crap that don’t mean a thing
like that superficial shit that only end in a fling

look can’t let nobody fuck with my ways
for me, there’s so much to lose so much in stake
I know I ain’t no accident
I was born with a purpose
something the anxiety over take me
then I just gotta wake up & focus

this music thing suppose to be a reminder
I was born for something great
I don’t listen to the doubt
never paid attention to the hate

I pay respect to the legends— the cream of the crop
gotta stay winning, gotta make it to the top
wherever I go, I leave my mark
bout to show them the light.. gotta free ’em from the dark

Music frees me, & that’s all I know.
Thanks for reading ya’ll.

Lo.

Oh, How the World Works in Mysterious Ways

So something happened the other day and thought it was worth sharing with ya’ll here. I was leaving my job at KJazz after speaking with the DJ Host, Bubba Jackson, shortly before leaving– who BTW is such a kind, warm-hearted guy. I was with the radio production operator not too long before, who was showing me around the studios, and eventually bringing me into Bubba’s studio where we had a brief talk. When I left, I remember feeling a mixture of emotions– both excitement, nervousness, and just pure anticipation and couldn’t really explain it. I was on my way home from work (about 40 minutes later), contemplating, sitting pensively in silence when a car pulled up next to me as we waited at a red light. I had my windows rolled down at the time and before I knew it, I heard what sounded like Bubba’s voice playing in radio station next to me. I switched to 88.1FM and realized it was Bubba’s voice and that it was Bubba on the air. I was already almost at home at this point and I wanted to say so badly that I was just acquainted with the guy! but before I can say anything the light turned green and he drove off. It was such an intimate moment for me, knowing that I had just spoken with him at his studio where he was airing live at the time. Can’t believe in a million years I would ever be in a place to say something like this. I’m glad that people do tune into this relatively unknown station these days, as it reminds me that there is no expiration date on good music! Though this moment may seem minor to some, it was a big moment for me. Just a reminder that God does work miracles and that the world truly works in mysterious works. Always humbled, always thankful, always grateful.

If ya’ll are curious to learn more about Bubba Jackson, you could watch his facebook video here where he talks about his truest passion & appreciation for jazz and its importance in the music industry today:

Ya’ll won’t regret it!

Peace&Love,

Lo.

#NewMusicMonday Update

Hi guys!

Just wanted to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about #NewMusicMondays. For those who noticed, I didn’t post my bit for the series this past Monday, which I said I would be starting, as I was still cookin’ somethin’ up. However, I made time today and will be posting this new bit next week. Excited for it, and for the many to come. Definitely stretching my muscles for this, but I’m doing this for ya’ll. I’m also looking to create an art work piece for this series as well, feel free to shoot me any ideas. (I am also still working on the art piece I promise ya’ll, it may take a while but slowly and surely it’s going to happen). Thanks for tuning in ya’ll. much much love.

Lorraine B.

2019 Idol Philippines Audition: Lance Busa

Woke up to this on my Instagram feed, and my ears have been blessed.

Ya’ll know I love me some old school jams and Lance Busa from the Philippines just nailed the song Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love”! Though it doesn’t sound exactly like the original, I love how Lance put so much emotion into his performance that his audience feels it! Shown simply by the judges’ reactions! He managed to pull it off and make it sound good while at it!

Just a reminder of what a gift music is and the powers it holds!

Hope ya’ll enjoy it and it lightens your day like it did mine.

Peace&Love,

Lo

 

Happy Birthday to “Little Stevie” Wonder!

Another one of the greatest who has inspired my love for music ~
Stevie Wonder is testament to show that music is universal. Definitely a blessing to the industry!

“I am what I am. I love me! And I don’t mean that egotistically – I love that God has allowed me to take whatever it was that I had and to make something out of it.”
– Stevie Wonder

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Feel free to purchase the original single here:
Signed, Sealed And Delivered

Voice Over work with GoCountry 105 KKGO ~ I ALMOST made it to the air!!

Go-Country-105

Ahhh, never thought in a million years this would be possible.

Before I begin I thought I’d drop a little backstory for those who are not familiar with who I am and what my blog is about… So as you could probably infer from my blog, music is a passion of mine, one I only recently rediscovered as in my late teens. Fast forward 2 years late and I am currently interning for a radio station called KJazz 88.1FM located adjacent to radio station KKGO 105, also known as GoCountry. I’ve been with them for a while now (only possible through God’s grace), and am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had with the radio station thus far. Though I am only an intern and my work mostly consists of admin/ office work, just being in a field that I am most passionate about suffice for me. Not only do I get to develop bother personally and professionally, but being present around those with the same passions just reminds me of my deeper purpose in life– which is to one day start my own nonprofit organization while also keeping my dreams of pursuing music alive as well.

So long story short, last week I was approached by the Production Director / Operations Manager of KKGO at my desk. Because we are often indulged in our own work at the office, I never got a chance to formally meet him since I had started working there. He began to introduce himself and asked if I had ever done some voice over work. I responded quite confused and responded with “Professionally, never”. Apparently it did not matter, because he invited me to the studio where he sat me down and had me rehearse a script about some advertising commercials. I honestly, had no idea what to expect, but all I knew was that I had never done something like this, but it didn’t exactly feel foreign either. To me, sitting right in front of a mic was where I belonged if that makes any sense. Things kinda flowed naturally for me and felt right. He proceeded to teach some lessons, dropping words like “elocution” describe how certain syllabus of a word are pronounced. After about 15 minutes of being in the studio, we cooked something up. He told me he was going to edit it just a bit and send me the final product. Before leaving he told me that he was impressed with my work and how I caught on fairly quick. He said he wouldn’t have guessed that it was my first time working on a voiceover project. For some reason, this compliment meant the world to me.. While it was a bit tough for me, all I knew was that I liked doing it. He planned to come up with new stuff for us to work on in the future to get something on the air. While my 10 minutes in the studio lasted only a short while, it was definitely worthwhile and a moment I will never forget.

While unfortunately this bit did not make it on the air as the client preferred a male voice for this commercial ad (I know!!), it’s crazy for me to say that I almost made it to the air! However, this experience definitely didn’t hurt and only has me looking forward to the future and what God has in store for me. Super super grateful and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Below is the script of commercial advertisement along with the recording:

“This weekend takeover’s brought to you by Hoffy Premium Beef Franks. Hoffy Franks are always the highest quality with great taste and bite. That’s why people say they’re cravelicious. Stop by Walmart and pick some up for your next barbecue.”

“Enough” by Fantasia 2019

Ahh, so Fantasia has been shown’ up lately have what seems like taking a small hiatus. She recently released her new single “Enough” and I’m so glad to see her back in the business doing what she does best, making music. As Fantasia says, the song was inspired by Anita baker “Sweet Love”. It’s always refreshing to have new music, soul old-school music, back in the mix. This song is a reminder of how much music has changed and how much more great music artist can make. So excited for her continuing success!

To celebrate the oldies music, feel free to purchase this single here:
Enough

The Voice: Top 13

So sad that my favorite Matthew Johnson did not make it to the Top 13! I thought he did amazing, but as always, these shows are so unpredictable.

Here is the video of Matthew Johnson, for those who have missed out or simply would like to replay his performance.

But on the flip side, I am so glad that my other favorite Shawn Sounds made this round! He never fails! Coming through with Luther Vandross vibes. I swear, he got that Vandross blood running through his veins!

Could purchase the originals of both songs here:
Ordinary People
A House Is Not a Home