“If you aspire to go into the media industry (news, music, entertainment), it takes more than high grades. It’s also about who you know…”
When an acquaintance within the music industry extended an invitation for me to attend Lil’ Mama’s music release party, my first thought running through my head was “Lil’ Mama is still making music”? Keep in mind, I’m 22 years old, and the peak of Lil’ Mama’s career was when I was in my last year of elementary school about to enter junior high school back when Myspace was the wave. Moreover, if she was still making music and planning to release it, she (or her team) were not doing an excellent job of promoting it heavily for audiences and tastemakers are actually to be in the loop.
What’s the 411? made the world of R&B and hip-hop become music and cultural allies, and it became set the blueprint for contemporary R&B. It also fed into the influence that hip-hop was beginning to have on R&B. The same way rappers Da Brat and MC Lyte had a tomboy approach to their music and image is what artists like Mary J. Blige and TLC took on at the beginning of their careers. The blockbuster success of Mary J. Blige would be the catalyst for female artists wanting to join the hip-hop soul wave throughout the mid to late ’90s either in the middle of their career (Mariah Carey) or from the jump (Faith Evans, Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah, Jennifer Lopez).
This article was originally written for [Caged Bird Magazine]. On Monday, April 9, former Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei signed a solo record deal with Keep Cool/RCA Records, a new joint venture that led by […]
Many successfully (and modest successful) girl group of the 1990s and early 2000s, became non existent in pop/R&B music with Destiny’s Child being the one to last until their eventual split in 2005. After that, it was DK and the Pussycat Dolls who filled the void, keeping girl groups from becoming extinct in the latter half of the 2000s with a string of hit albums, singles and tours. However, Danity Kane had a one up on PCD. Audiences got to know the individual members of Danity Kane thanks their lives profiled in MTB4 and the five-piece group also made history. Their second album Welcome to the Dollhouse was released 10 years ago Mar 18. 2008 and hit No 1., making them the first and only female-group to have their first two albums debut at No. 1.
Like any other college student who aspires to go far in their desired career, I go through periods of self-doubt and rejection. Whenever I do, I play these songs as a source of inspiration. A way to lift me up.