Posts Tagged ‘Warner Bros. Records’

Waka Flocka FlameDate of Interview: 11/29/2010

2010 was an incredible year for Juaquin Malphurs. After a rocky start, which included a January robbery and shooting, the future of his career became slightly uncertain. But in spite of this setback, the underground buzz from “O Let’s Do It” boiled to uncontainable levels, and slowly but surely, Waka Flocka Flame became a recurrent name on the hip-hop scene.

To date, all of his singles have all attained moderate success of Billboard’s “Rap Songs” chart: “O Let’s Do It” (#7), “Hard in the Paint” (#20) and “No Hands” (#1). In addition, all of his official remixes have featured an all-star cast of fellow rappers – from Diddy and Rick Ross to Gucci Mane and T-Pain. In honor of these tremendous achievements, Wacka Flocka was nominated at BET’s Hip-Hop Awards under the “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Club Banger” categories, and MTV recognized him as the eighth hottest MC of 2010.

In the midst of a promotional campaign for Flockaveli, Waka Flocka managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the influence of Machiavelli, the importance of authenticity, and the media’s misconceptions about “flocka” music.

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Auburn

Date of Interview: 06/17/2010

Auburn Williams is the lone female artist on Beluga Heights’ roster. And for this very reason, super-producer J.R. Rotem and her male companions – Jason Derülo, IYAZ, Sean Kingston, and Mann – have dubbed her as the “Princess of Beluga Heights.”

Blending the finest elements of pop and R&B, Auburn has garnered a considerable amount of underground buzz with her debut single, “La, La, La.” And with the release of her debut album, you can bet your bottom dollar that Warner Bros. will ensure that she receives the “royal treatment” – considering the massive successes attained by her label mates.

In the midst of a promotional campaign for “La, La, La,” Auburn managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on Keyshia Cole, her passion for film-making, and the influence of her cousin, J. Isaac.

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IYAZ

Date of Interview: 01/19/2010

As the newest addition to Beluga Heights Records, IYAZ is following in the footsteps of Sean Kingston to become one of the Caribbean’s greatest musical exports.  With the release of “Replay,” Keidran Jones has experienced chart-topping success in Australia, Britain and the United States—conclusively cementing his status as an international superstar.

Straddling the lines of hip-hop, pop and R&B, IYAZ has found a welcome home in the hearts of a diverse swath of music lovers, who have embraced his curse-free music and care-free persona.  On March 30, 2010, he will release his debut – My Life – via Warner Music Group.

In the midst of a promotional tour for My Life, IYAZ managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on the industry’s growing appreciation of Island music, his artistic responsibilities as a “role model” for youth, and his admiration of Bob Marley and Wyclef Jean.

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Lyfe Jennings

Date of Interview: 10/16/2009

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In the world of contemporary R&B, Lyfe Jennings is the prototype for what hip-hop heads would consider a “street disciple.”  Like Nasir Jones, his musical cousin of another genre, Jennings has been vocal in tackling taboo issues that are ever-present in the social milieu.  But even thugs need love, too, and his catalog boasts tracks that spotlight the joys of life, love and the never-ending pursuit of happiness.

By straddling (and blurring) the lines of hip-hop and R&B, Lyfe Jennings has become of the music industry’s most unique stars.  And in spite of the mass media attention has been focused on his past, as an incarcerated felon, he has defied every stereotypical characterization that has come his way.  Accordingly, in 2008, the New York Times heralded Jennings as “a socially minded R&B singer.”

To date, Lyfe Jennings has recorded three critically-acclaimed albums: Lyfe 268-192 (2004), The Phoenix (2006) and Lyfe Change (2008).  In anticipation of his fourth and final studio effort, Mr. Jennings managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on the provocative “S.E.X.,” the early influence of Erykah Badu, and life as a father in the public spotlight.

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Jason Derulo

Date of Interview: 10/16/2009

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At the age of 5, Jason Derülo wrote his first song, “Crush on You.” Fifteen years later, his resume boasts songwriting credits that include the following artists: Birdman, Cassie, Danity Kane, Diddy, Lil’ Wayne, Pitbull, and Sean Kingston.  By the sheer diversity of his portfolio, it is evident that this emerging talent has versatile songwriting skills.

Focusing his sights on a solo career, Jason Derülo has become one of the major breakout stars of 2009.  His debut single, “Whatcha Say,” quietly stormed up Billboard’s Hot 100 chart—resting comfortably, for the past few weeks, in the #2 spot.  While promoting “Whatcha Say” on a promotional tour, Jason Derülo managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Imogen Heap, “Around the World,” and his formal music training.

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