Klymaxx: The Saga Continues or Don’t Slap Me Cause I’m not in the Mood

Klymaxx Now                                                           Klymaxx Then
original Klymaxx Line-up
The 1980s were a fabulous year for music. Many bands had breakout careers and hit songs during this decade leaving behind an indelible mark on music history.   One such band was way ahead of its hand taking it a step further by following in the footsteps of female musicians like Sister Rosetta Thorpe.  The all-female band I am speaking of is Klymaxx.  Yes, The Maxx is back and I am so proud and excitedly happy about that.  Original member guitarist Cheryl Cooley has a brand new line-up of the iconic group.   The members are as follows: Lead Vocalist Christie Malone, Vocalist Tiffany Payne, Drummer and Vocalist Tramisha Vaughn, Bassist April Fletcher, Keyboardist Maggie Daniec and the awesome lady of Klymaxx Cheryl Cooley.  I have to admit I loved all of the artists I have written about thus far, in fact, some of these musicians and I have developed quite the friendships and I love and adore them all for what they do and for the people they are. This interview with Cheryl Cooley is the most important and the one that I am deeply honored to bring to you because when Klymaxx came out all we saw women do was play to the camera and get their sexy on. Some were talented but you could tell that some of these women made it by sleeping their way to fame and fortune.  The same can be said today in a way it’s all about image and who you can disrespect on record or at an awards show. I could name a couple of people off the top but you guys know that is not how I roll.  Seeing a woman work hard and hold her own in the male-dominated field of music entertainment was very rare or taken as a novelty. Some women had to undergo being accused of being gay or weird just because they wanted to focus their energy on being the best musician they could be. The point I am making is that being a female musician is not an easy task to do because of imaging and other trials and tribulations that a woman must face. She always has to prove herself and break the mold of what we view as a musician.  In the 1980s men were dominate in what we perceived as great musicians in all genres. We fell for the image of the sexy front man or guitar hero tantalizingly teasing the women in the audience as they performed their music so expertly.  The 1980s brought about real musical change and Klymaxx the first all-female R&B, Pop and Funk band flipped the script on everyone.  It was during this time that Cheryl Cooley who was spotted rehearsing in a studio by these innovative women who dared to be different and give us a new image of what a band, as well as a strong musician, should look like. This is why Klymaxx is my musical heroes because of this dare to be not only sexy, clever, smart, but talented gifted musicians and vocalist.  They were a well-oiled music making sisterhood and they made me as well as other young women and girls feel important and empowered.  The original seven-member band at their first signing with Solar records were Percussionist Bonnie Thompson, Bassist Denise Walk, Guitarist Ann Williams, and Drummer Bernadette Cooper. What these ladies saw in Cheryl that day watching her play her guitar was awe inspiring and became the beginning of the legendary band we all have come to know and love. The women began to embark on their musical destiny but they needed a keyboard player so they placed an ad in the newspaper and Keyboardist Lynn Malsby, their Lead Vocalist Lorena Porter (Stewart) she audition to be in the group Rose Royce but her vocals were too strong for what they were looking for so they sent her to Klymaxx. Joyce Irby did not become part of the band until 1981 after they signed with Solar records.  Then came keyboardist Robbin Grider and percussionist Judy Takeuchi.  Bonnie was excused from the group during the first signing due to a personal issue with another member of the band. In 1981 Klymaxx recorded their first album called   Never  Underestimate The Power Of A Woman.  Their first single was the title track. More personnel changes took place and the band we became familiar with consisted of   Bernadette Cooper, Robbin Grider, Lynn Malsby, Cheryl Cooley, Lorena Porter and Joyce Irby in the 1990s the band changed again and became a trio with Cheryl Cooley, Lorena Shelby, Robbin Grider.   Joyce Irby reunited with Lorena Shelby and Cheryl Cooley for the album titled One Day; the album was released on Irby’s 1869 EP Wreckudz label, and featuring the single “All I Think About Is You,” written by Babyface. Replacing Bernadette Cooper on drums was Terri Lyne Carrington.  I am hoping this is right ….. Whew.
In 1982 they recorded Girls Will Be Girls this and well as the first album and the album Girls in the Band recorded in 1983 under the first signing with Solar Records (which was never released due to label change), In 1984 under the Constellation label which is still Solar it all has to do with distribution Meeting in the Ladies Room came out and it went Platinum, Then Klymaxx came out in 1986. Then in 1990 they went to MCA and recorded The Maxx is Back (technically Klymaxx was still with Constellation distributed by MCA) and in 1994 they went to Valley Vue and recorded One Day. Here is a little history fact about Klymaxx Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced several songs for them and the song Meeting in The Ladies Room was inspired by a real life situation that involved one of the writers of the song. The writers of the song were three members of MidnightStar Reggie Calloway, Vincent Calloway, and Boaz Watson. The song I Miss You sung by Klymaxx Member Joyce Irby caused the band to be in the top three charting on the 1986 Billboard end of the year best artist chart.  The Men All Pause was written by Bernadette Cooper and Joyce Irby and who could forget the tag line Don’t Slap Me Cause I’m Not In The Mood.
Klymaxx was truly a fierce force to reckon with.  The saga continues with the current line up of the band their song called 4 Woman is a song that not only empowers us as women but it encourages sisterly love among one another no matter the race or background we may have.  We truly need more anthems like this one.  It is also a sure sign that not only is the Maxx back no matter the changes in life or professionally, it shows us the resilience and passion that one woman has for music. Cheryl Cooley did not want the legacy of Klymaxx to fade away because she knows the power that name has in music history and how it has caused many young women to pick up her guitar and let the world know she is for real.  I am looking forward to seeing more of what this dynamic band will be sharing with us now and forever more. The saga not only continues it is kicking doors down and taking the music industry by storm.
You can find out the latest and greatest information about our dynamic group of sisters by clicking on their website
Here is their latest video that encourages sisterly love and support. We really need to support each other no matter our race or background. This song is very empowering to me.It’s called 4 Woman enjoy!!!!!!!


Please enjoy the classic Jam Meeting In The Ladies Room

A Commentary About Music

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Hello music fans and lovers, it has been a while since I made any commentaries about the one subject I am very passionate about.  I’m not talking about industry stuff I am comparing how we listen and get our musical fix.  I am proud to be a woman of a certain age and I love listening to music. I also love writing and talking to the people who create my favorite thing to talk about as well.  Anyway, I want to take you back in time the 1970s I was a kid back then and that was when I was really coming into my own concerning music and my love affair with it.  I remember listening to the radio back then; I listened to four radio stations at different times of the day. I lived in Hamden, Connecticut a suburb of the greater New Haven area. I would wake up in the morning and start my day with 1460 Waves AM. That was our pop station.  I would hear the likes of Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Three Dog Night, Bon Jovi, Kiss and more they would play the occasional artist of color so that they could legally say it was a pop station. I loved this station I even listened to them in the evening when my sister and I had to wash dishes after supper.  She would wash one night and I would dry or I would wash one night and she would dry.  Then I discovered 1340 WNHC that was the R&B station and where my mentor Jazzy was the late afternoon on-air man all the way to when whisper softly would come on I forgot who the Dj was that did that but that was the slow jam portion of the program.  WNHC moved to North Haven CT and became an FM station then over the years they went off the air. When I was an eleventh grader I got to meet my mentor Jazzy. He was tall and Chocolate brown in complexion and he had these eyes Oh MY. He had a big Fro. He wore glasses and had a voice that would stop traffic and he had an eye for the ladies, he let me come into the studio where they played music and the Dj that was before him his name was Mike don’t remember his last name he was good too. Mike was maybe five eight five nine and he was light in complexion he was ok looking too but he was not Jazzy. That experience helped to fuel my passion for music and how it is presented I wanted to be a DJ and Jazzy after me meeting him at a career day at my high school showed me the ropes.  He showed me that when the red light was on he was live on air and I could not speak.  When the light was off it was ok to speak and ask questions. I was 17 at the time and it did not matter because the whole time Jazzy stared at my chest along with Mike like deer caught in headlights. That’s how I know he had the eye for the ladies.  I truly believe if he was trying so hard to hold on to his professionalism and the console was between us I would have been in the studio with a human octopus. I must get back on track the other station I listened to as a kid was the college station WYBC FM which is now currently the main station that represents the African American Community in New Haven. I then listened to WBLS FM from New York that was the station to listen to if you wanted to hear the latest and greatest urban and dance music. Dj Red Alert and many other famous New York Dj came from that station doing a remix and party segments.  I remember not knowing who my favorite artists looked like sometimes you saw them on album covers and sometimes you had to wait until Right On magazine or Tiger Beat teen magazine did an article on that artist.  These magazines were known for their pin-up posters of the sex symbol of the day be it a group, single music artist or actor. I had my fair share of posters. The ultimate way to see your favorite artists back started late at night I remember Friday nights mom letting me stay up to watch Don Kershner’s Rock Concert, The next day after cartoons and chores were done Soul Train and American Bandstand. Then late that night was The Midnight Special. That was how I got to see my favorite music artists perform and even see them in concert. That does not include the many variety show appearances and dance shows Like Solid Gold. I think there was also a show called In Concert.  The next best thing was going to the record store and buying small records called 45s and albums and the 12in Dj’s cut of a single song from the original and all the many ways to remix this one song the 12 in the disc is the same size as an album.  Then there were eight tracks and cassettes. Nowadays we can get music in almost every form reel to reel, eight-track, cassette, record and digital.  Music doesn’t have to be a tangible entity any more music can be downloaded and played on your cell phone before a digital Walkman was the rage even portable eight-track players and cassette player and boom boxes not to mention cd players.Radio has even changed you can listen to custom stations via satellite stations such as Sirius and XM or online Stations like I Heart Music and Tune IN. You are no longer limited to local stations you can hear music from all over the world on these stations. Music has definitely evolved with the changes.  I love music any way I can get it; I am a firm believer in paying for your music because just like getting music has changed so has the creation and distribution music.  There are lots of independent music artists that depend on money from the consumer to survive. I won’t go too much into that because that’s another story. I would be interested in finding out how you the fans like getting your music what form. Thanks for your support and reading a commentary from me.

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Blu Casey: More than Just a Singer

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Uncle Terry Casey From Mazarati Days         My Sissy Blu Casey

(We do not own the rights to the picture of Terry Casey)


Hello Metronome Theory Lovers and Friends, I’m about to introduce to you a wonderful singer and business woman. She comes from a long line of Gospel singers. Her name is Blu Casey. Her last name may be familiar to you if you are a Mazarati fan. She is the niece of the original front man of the band Terry Casey. This woman is dynamic because of her devotion to her sons as a single mom the support of her family especially her Uncle Terry. She communicates with her uncle’s fans and relays their messages of admiration and love to him. In fact, that is how we met via YouTube.  That was so long ago and we have been like sisters ever since talking about music and the ups and downs of life and being single moms.  She is one of the few females I consider a friend.  She is also an excellent businesswoman. She owns an adult store online called Casey’s Playground.    http://caseysplayground.adultshopping.com/ Everything she touches turns to gold. She is also very humble it’s funny that she did not think she was worthy of being written about. Here is why I think she is because she has that soulful and gospel feel to her vocals. She can sing alone and in harmony. She can also sing her own songs but do something else that I value and takes great skill. She can sing someone else’s songs and make them her own. She puts her own spin on it and gives you a new way of seeing and thinking about that song.  Here is a perfect example I love the song Baby Come to Me by Regina Belle. It’s a classic romantic love song. When I heard Blu’s version I immediately said this is going in my stash for that special evening with a certain someone. It really spoke to me. I am sure many of her fans that go out to see her perform or those who hire her for events would agree wholeheartedly.  Her vocal stylings are broad she can sing anything from Gospel to Rock and everything in between.   I am really honored to share this artist with you and I hope you enjoy her talent and visit her store to add a little spice in your love life. Please enjoy the video which she did herself. At the end of the day, it is all done with love and admiration of her fans.  As I Promised Goody Goody by Frankie Lymon sang by Blu Casey. In fact, this is a ten song set and my favorite Baby Come To Me is In this set.



Marcia Carr: Dj Extraordinaire and More




Hello, Metronome Theory fans. It is 2017 and we are certainly getting more interesting articles for you to indulge in. The first one out of the gate is a new friend of mine, in fact, I call her my Soul Sistah from across the big pond.  She really is our lives professionally and personally, has mirrored each other.  Our experiences are either very similar or the same. Her name is Marcia Carr and she is an extraordinary DJ. She is a female with passion that takes what she does on her wheels of steel seriously.  Her journey is very interesting. Like me, she is a single mom. I say this because, we as women of a certain age have come to learn a lot of things and we take pride and putting important. If a man should happen to come along its all good and if not we continue to live our lives as full as we can. Faith is number one. We both know that if we did not have it, did not work on making positive changes, enlightened ourselves on what is real and what is not, we would not be the fun loving people some of you have come to know.  She has found that not only having a great spiritual foundation, everything else seems to fall into place. However, it helps you to work with lots of different people no matter what their opinions and feelings are. Marcia has been an instructor for budding radio announcers. She has been a music journalist for two popular magazines in the UK. She was a street dancer and she currently hosts an event for female DJs called “Girlz B Like.” It’s a celebration of and for female DJs.  She not only does events all over the world but she also does a set on the UK’s number one soul station “Mi-Soul.”  This busy mom has to work like many of us in order to pay the bills.  All of this began when her family lived briefly in the US.  At the age of six, Marcia discovered one of my favorite shows: Soul Train.  Her love for music and dance did not diminish, even when she moved back to the UK.  It was a relative of hers that made frequent trips to New York City and would send back or bring back the latest sounds.  When Marcia became a teenager, she saw boys Djaying and mixing records.  She said to herself: ‘I can do that.’ And she did. She performed at her first party and the rest is history.  She was a young adult taking a class in radio announcing, though she had experience doing so on a college station. When she finished, she was offered a position at her school to teach a class. She did that for a year.  She also became a music journalist for two popular music magazines like I mentioned earlier. This came about during a conversation with some friends. She stated her opinions about some music and they told her she should write into the magazines. “Touch Magazine” loved what she said so much that they printed her comments and offered her a job.  She became a person in the know within the music scene. This led to an article about a band called Pride and Politix and a lifelong friendship between her and the front man. Who knew many years later I would connect and write about Colonel Redz.  He connected me to Marcia; an awesome lady with spirit.   Despite the ups and downs of life this dynamic Dj finds pleasure in bringing people together on the dance floor and tantalizing them with her musical delights. Like a mixologist, she mixes sound and musical concoctions to stimulate the mind, body, and soul. This is her gift of love to the world.  Similarly, just like my Soul Sistah,  I give you the chance to learn about artists like her to broaden your musical horizons so that you can see that when you listen to her she’s more than extraordinary she is truly passionate about what she does and it’s all done in love.

Now for my favorite part, I get to share links to where you can learn more about Ms. Carr. Enjoy everyone.





Traebeanz Presents: Represent Your City and School




This ladies and gentlemen is the first update of 2017. Our friend, Traebeanz, has been busy wheeling, dealing, and creating ways for people to get into the wonderful world of entertainment.  This music Mogul/artist is always brainstorming up ways for people to present themselves to important industry insiders. Trae along with Marlene Palumbo, CEO of “TalentWatch.com”  a new way for music artists to be discovered http://www.talentwatch.com/  (I will be writing more on Marlene at a later time she truly is an awesome lady). There will be other people involved with an extraordinary team that will help students in the Atlanta Georgia area to compete for an opportunity to build and learn how to develop skills in the world of music.  That basically is the whole deal in a nutshell. This blog is just an introduction to the project. From time to time, I am allowed to divulge more about this exciting opportunity. Instructions pertaining to the event and how to participate will be posted. I would encourage you to stay tuned. There is more to come regarding this tremendous event:  Represent Your City and School. Treabeanz is a man with a dream and a heart.  He has the tools to assist those interested in reaching their entertainment goals.  He reminds us, it is the artist who must realize that there is work and dedication to their craft to make things happen.  He cannot put you on but you have to put yourself on while being true to yourself, your gift and why you should be what’s  next.

Elroy “Spoon Face” Powell: UK’s Own Triple Threat


The old expression, “Birds of a feather flock together”, is how I will describe the relationship between Elroy “Spoon Face” Powell and Colonel Red. It was through Redz that I was introduced to Spoons. This Intelligent, Articulate, Magnificent man is a triple threat in the truest form of the phrase. He is a singer with a voice that will give you the tingles as my 17-year-old daughter says. He has a vocal style comparable to Barry White, in fact, he had a number one song on the music charts internationally and in the UK for his rendition of the song, You See the Trouble With Me (Black Legend). This song was originally from the Barry White Album Let The Music Play. Spoons were only in his 20’s when he hit number 1 on the music charts and was touring and enjoying life as a successful singer.  He was riding high then suddenly the tides with his record label began to shift and his music career began to wane, because he was trying to explain and go a different direction musically and the label, as usual, was not having that. Spoons had to tap into his reserve of skills and discovered that he had the knack for business. In fact whenever he decides to do a task, he likes to be challenged. So he not only learned about the music business, but he came up with his own social networking business called Diverse Music Solutions or DMS. This is a dynamic organization that assists new emerging artists with music publishing opportunities and they also run community focused projects.  He mentors and goes to schools and he speaks from his experience in the music business and shows these students and emerging artists the realities of the music business.  He also came to the realization that he can also act and write scripts and even direct a series. His Webisode called Forbidden Truth – BLACK GENESIS is proof of this talent as well. The Series is a fictional drama exploring the daily lives of diverse London communities brought together by their local environment. His other acting credits include being in Star Wars 7 and Now You See It.

Spoons believe that as an artist, your work should be purposeful and reflect who you really are and not just the status quo.  You should also ask yourself why you are doing a specific project and what does this project do for you besides put money in your bank account.  Your work should bring you happiness and you should be able to stand by your work knowing that you accomplished much with it. His feelings in life are just as profound.  He feels like in life you need to be able to give back and not just take. You should be able to do things in your community without being political or religious about it.  You should also do things in your career so that it can continue to sustain you.  Believing in yourself, finding what your niche is, and knowing what to do to avoid the traps that can pull you out of your purpose and find balance in your career and life are really important  in being successful and knowing what your limitations are.  Having a support system is also key. He credits his vocal teacher and mentor Lisa Millett for nurturing his singing ability as well as his mom for helping to keep him grounded. Our conversation was enlightening and gave insight about a man who is truly a triple threat.  Maybe he’s more than a triple threat, because we will definitely have more coming from him creatively in the near future.



Now for my favorite part as always. I get to share with you where to find more information about this multi-tasking talented man who I am now honored to call him my friend.

Music Solutions .org, :http://musicsolutions.org.uk

Twitter/Instagram: @spoonface1

Free Slide Share: 5 things for emerging talent to consider:http://bit.ly/dmsotr1

More About DMS:http://bit.ly/dmsmb1a

Personal Website:http://spoonface.net

Forbidden Truth Links: Webisode 1,2 and 3.




password for Forbidden Truth videos:

Password – ftsuccess1


I also like to let you experience his vocals by leaving you with his video of the song You See the Trouble With Me (Black Legend). Enjoy.


Colonel Red: Up In Sound

This is the song Up In Sound Written and Performed by Colonel Red

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How can I begin to tell you about one of the most interesting and musically innovative men I had the pleasure to meet via the net? The man that I am speaking of has my complete undivided attention. Give it up for Colonel Red! Why is this so? His musical history is one of the many reasons he speaks so eloquently (I love a man with a huge brain and he has one very intellectual-like). I also love the fact that he is totally transparent to people he has a connection with. Musically he is a classical artist. He is very intricate. However, you can understand where he is coming from. The fact that he is so versatile you will never ever become bored with what he presents to you. His musical message touches on subjects such as love, relationships to human growth, and change, as well as songs that encourage working toward your goals.
Colonel Red comes from the UK born in the town of Birmingham. He is biracial. His father is Jamaican and his mother is English. He considers himself a black man. A very proud, strong, Jamaican man. I mention ethnicity because he feels like his background has everything thing to do with being the catalyst for his musical growth and who he is as a man. Speaking with Redz (his preferred name) was more than a joy. While conversing with him, I listened carefully to the way he expressed his feelings about music, the industry, talent, and the world. This experience was like getting a private invitation to peer into the mind of a musical genius.
He is a veteran artist that was in a band called, “Pride and Politix.” He has played everything from jazz, rock, reggae, funk and soul music. He was signed to Atlantic Records under his name, Nikki Romillie by one of the most powerful women in the music industry: Sylvia Rhone (My Hero). She has been responsible for many other artists you may know, such as Envogue and Simply Red.
Here is the song Hold On by Pride and Politix.



Please notice his vocals as the lead singer of this band. He was good then, but now as Colonel Red, he is even better. You know what they say about the fine wine: it gets better with time.
Redz like any other musician has had his share of ups and downs but it was the downs that inspired him to take charge of himself and music and create his music label INK REBELLION. He has come full circle and returned home and decided to bring his music, his creativity and his way to run his business. He had reinvented himself and began to accept his diverse way of playing music. He is now comfortable in his own skin and has taken control in ways he had never done before. You can hear about his journey musically on all of his CDs. My favorite is the song Up In Sound from the EP Love Wars, it gives a short bio as to how he took charge and decided to do things his way despite trials and tribulations. Colonel Red has traveled a long way from Pride and Politix and his journey to reclaim what belongs to him is currently underway. I encourage one and all to revisit and embrace this awe-inspiring man and see why he is Up In Sound to get his message of peace and love for all the world to experience.
Now as you know I get to do what I love to do and that is share how to get more information about Colonel Red.
In order we have his website, his EPK link and his sound cloud page


Colonel Red EPK link: http://epresskitz.com/COLONELRED

Sound Cloud Colonel Red :https://soundcloud.com/colonel-red

I like to end things on a high note so please enjoy this video by Colonel Red ENJOY!!!!!!

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Traebeanz: The man who has Conquered the World

Ladies and Gentleman let me present to you from Tifton, Ga the man who has triumphed over a con-man in the music industry and a health crisis that would change his life forever. It was this health crisis that lead to his journey that summoned up his courage and faith. This experience is what inspired him to bring to the fore a cause that is near and dear to his heart and it made him into the man we see before us today.
Traebean or Traebeanz is a singer and song writer with heart. He was introduced to music at an early age watching his aunts and uncles as well as older cousins perform in Macon GA in a family choir put together by his grandmother. This performer at the age of five was turned onto rap music. This was during the time when rappers like MC Hammer and Cool Moe Dee was popular. It was then that his cousin Dr. Lou and his partner that were in the lead of starting the music industry in Tifton GA. These were the men who showed him how to perform and helped to start a love affair for him with rap instead of singing in the beginning. It was this cousin Dr. Lou that had the idea to include the family choir and a group called the Crushing B Boys featuring a female cousin who called herself Candy girl as part of the family musical empire. Dr. Lou wrote their rap lyrics. Because they were kids, he kept the lyrics clean. With that consideration, they were all supported by the younger cousins’ parents. He was around six or seven when he started to travel around to different little towns and cities surrounding them to perform. The group would compete in talent shows around the area. The Crushing B Boys would win so much that they could not compete in any more talent shows.
Fast forwarding to Traebeanz teen years, he realized at the age of thirteen that girls liked singing, so that’s when he began to sing. He also began to free style rap at that time. When he began performing, he would love the way the crowd made him feel. That began his stint doing the talent shows from 13-16 years of age. He was being educated about the music business. He then had his first manager at the age of 16. She was from a small town in GA and was very ambitious. She was also working A&R as best she could. She took him to a showcase in Atlanta GA. They performed for an independent artist putting out his own music. He was also performing, at this time, with a first cousin from the rap group he was in as a child. He had two other gentlemen with him in this group, and they were singing 112’s song Love Me, and they blew everyone away. They were then noticed by Father MC. The same one who put out Mary J. Blige, and had the hit song “I Will Do for You”. If you are too young to know who Father MC is ask your parents or grandparents.
The manager of Father MC told these young men after their performance that he loved their act. He asked if they were available to stay for a 112 concert that was taking place the next night. He truly showed his interest in the young men. The young men did stay and attended the 112 concert. This was Traebeanz first concert that he had ever been to at the age of 16. He describes this experience as if they were in a movie. Father MC had them go to the VIP section of the club where they were. They were asked to sing a song they wrote called “Memories” that was written for their manager. Their manager’s sister had gotten killed so they wrote that for her. Father MC then took out his phone and began to call people concerning these talented young men. Father MC at the time was looking for acts for his distribution deal for his label, but he lied to the young men stating that he was the Senior Vice President of Capital Records. He basically was taking advantage of some small town talented young people for ill-gotten gain. You can actually go on google for more information on how Father MC went from respected music Icon to con man. This was a terrible blow to the young men who thought they were well on their way to fame and fortune. This is where faith comes in. One of the Assistants to Father MC involved happened to be a relative to one of the members in this group and it was her who saved the guys from heart ache. She told them not to sign and don’t believe everything you hear in the music business.
Now we are going to move ahead. After the major disappoint from Father MC, he decided to do what a lot of young men from the hood do. He hustled, and from that experience, he ended up being incarcerated and gained a nickname on the streets. That name is Traebeanz, because he sold ecstasy and in the streets ecstasy is also known as beanz. His real name is Trae, so there you have it. During this trial and tribulation he was still learning and studying the business. He did manage to get his high school diploma because that was what his mother wanted for him. He also learned about marketing when he was not aware of it by watching MTV news. Trae just continued to grow and learn and make connections to keep his dream alive and he was doing well in that respect but then tragedy struck in 2007.
It was the year 2007 when Traebeanz was in for the shock of his life. He was diagnosed with the eye disease Keratoconus.

According to Reference.com Keratoconus eye disease occurs when there are not enough antioxidants present in the cornea to protect the collagen from the harmful byproducts made by corneal cells, states WebMD. Collagen is the name of the protein fibers that hold the cornea in its usual dome shape. The condition is most often diagnosed in teenage patients, although it is not uncommon for doctors to see it in children or patients up to age 30. Rarely, people first develop Keratoconus eye disease at later ages.
About one in every 2,000 people has Keratoconus eye disease, meaning it is neither a common nor a rare condition, according to the National Keratoconus Foundation. People diagnosed with the condition visualize the world differently than people with normally shaped corneas because it is the job of the corneas to refract light entering the eye. In the early stages of the disease, patients commonly experience only slightly blurry vision and light sensitivity, so they may only require eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision problems. More advanced treatments become necessary as the condition progresses
He went through five failed cornea rejections, which one almost took his life. His journey began when he was caught up on some charges and he had to do 90days at a prison boot camp. During an eye exam was when he was first diagnosed with his eye disease. When he came home from the boot camp he went to a Dr and he was properly diagnosed. He was happy that he could see after his last cornea surgery. That night he began to experience pressure like he had never heard before. He and his mom had to wait until the next day to see the Dr. They ended up sending him to a specialist an hour away from his home in Albany GA. They tried to save the rejected cornea and could not. The pressure got worst he was in so much pain. So then his mother and aunt ended up taking him to Tallahassee FL and they met the Dr. that saved his cornea he ended up having his last surgery in 2014 and he can now see 20/20. If you want to learn more about the eye disease Keratoconus you can got to the National Keratoconus Association website, please click on the link below. Traebeanz is also the international spokesperson for this eye disease and he encourages all to make sure they get their yearly eye exams. Eye health is very important.

Traebeanz did a video in 2016 called Get Away there is a snippet at the end of this video it is for a movie that showcases what it is like in this busy music mogul’s life as he juggles his music career and help guide others musically aspirations as well as help run a marketing company all while dealing with the ups and downs of having KC. The video is at the bottom of the page. Traebeanz has certainly worked hard and faced many adverse situations to be the success that he has become now and this is only the beginning for him. With all that he has been through you can truly say he has conquered the world and you better believe that the sky is the limit for this musical warrior from Tifton GA.
Now I get to do what I love to do and that is share where you can find out more about Traebeanz.

You can also find him on Sound Cloud


If you are interested in his marketing company Treasure Marketing you can go to


Here is the link to his music company Perfect Music Records


You can also check out Traebeanz on Facebook


Keratoconus Information
In August of 2016 he released a video called “Get Away”, which I personally love. Here is the video

Azborn Bey the New Clear Poet Hope for Hip-hop Or The Resurrection of a Genre

When we think of Hip-Hop or when I think of Hip-Hop or Rap I am transported back to the 1980s where it all began in New York. People like Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Eric B and Rakim, and LL Cool J were the original microphone fiends. They were delivering a message giving us all a front row view of life in the hood. These pioneers laid the groundwork for dropping knowledge. KRS1 was one of the pioneers of conscious rap taking cues from the street poets of his time. In the 1990s through 2000s, we saw the emergence of less knowledge, more imagery. The negative imagery featured the sexualization of women, and the honoring of your friendly neighborhood drug dealer. This led to a dangerous situation for young black males. The scenario perpetrated this lie: You too can be successful in the Rap game all you have to do is sell drugs and use the funds to support your career.
The reality is that drug dealing had changed and the punishment exceeded the crime. There are now lots of talented rappers doing time like a murderer. Some will never see the light of day or see their dreams of becoming a successful rapper come true. Vulgarity became the norm in a genre that was once considered a fad. The youth and many other people suddenly became desensitized to what they were viewing and feeding their minds. Rap was being killed by the music powers that be and the fans.
It is now 2016 and there is a resurgence of rap artists that are paying tribute to “drop knowledge.” They are speaking on issues that matter to the black community as a whole. They are giving us hope that maybe all is not lost in this genre that once held a place of dignity and true creativity. Kendrick Lamar and others like him are carrying that torch for the mainstream listener. There is, however, an independent musical warrior with a style all his own. His mission is to give African Americans knowledge pertaining to their culture. He uses his lyrics to tackle subjects like the 14th amendment, governmental control and mental slavery. He allows the listener to define “truth” on his own. Who is this rapper slash spoken word artist I am speaking of? His name is (drum roll please…) New Clear Poet! Or as I call him: Nuclear Poet. He is powerful and dynamic like atomic energy. He is in-tuned with his people including the things that matter to us as a race. He is what he speaks. He truly is a man of honor. His intellect is hypnotizing and mesmerizing. He is easy on the mind, soul and spirit. His song, I Am, is referring to people in history that perpetrated the game as we know it. He even talks about the recent murders committed by the police including their representatives. No one is doing that really but he boldly proclaims he is a King and you can’t help but believe not only he is but we all are from royalty and we need to stand up and take our place. It is a powerful illustration of how the status quo works to keep us down as a nation and we willingly help.
The next song that is of great importance is called Life Is Forever. This song speaks on the philosophies and language is used to shape us as a people. He does not give us answers to the many issues that perplex us as a people but he causes us to think, become who we are once we discover the tools to educate, and equip ourselves; to be ready to take our rightful place in society.
This highly intellectually sound, sexy, incredibly gifted man is the reason why I have fallen back in love with Hip-Hop. Once again he has given me hope and a reason to find pleasure in a genre that has now become a home for degrading and tearing down the people it’s supposed to represent to the world. He is on a mission to show us the way to open our eyes and see that the Emperor is truly naked. There are changes that truly need to be made in this business called Hip-Hop and Rap. Music has the power to heal and uplift and Poet as his friends call him takes that very seriously. I hope you as true music fans will take the time to seek him out and support the movement to resurrect the Genre of Hip Hop you will be glad that you did. Now this is my favorite part of this article paying homage to this spoken word mastermind. I get to share where you can find out where you can hear his music and get at him. The first place to find our enlightened guru is a music website for independent artists called I Compositions please click on the link below and be prepared to have your mind blown.
The next site is Reverbnation he has two songs on there you will adore and gain appreciation for his artistry
You can also find him on twitter
So as always I wish you nothing but love and peace and lots of soul and thank you for supporting this eloquent wordsmith New Clear Poet the man who could possible save the world of Hip-Hop.

Introducing Morris Mills Is he a Rocker or soul-man or is he just Purple?

Morris Mills Profile Pic(this song called U Turn Me on2 and the photographs are owned by Mr. Morris Mills and are being used with his permission)

Morris Mills is a world-class musician destined for greatness. How do I know this? All you have to do is listen to his digital CD “Purple”. It in itself is an ambitious undertaking because it is a double digital CD musical project. A rarity like this has not happened since 1996. If my memory serves me right, Janet Jackson was that artist.I am doing this blog a little bit different because Morris Mills had me do his liner notes and I have written some things there you all need to see. This however is a critique of “Purple” and maybe even a little bit of a fan letter at the same time. The first thing I need to tell you all about is the fact that he reminds me of Prince.You need to check out the song “Purple” which is the title tract. I love this song and it is a very fitting tribute to his friend Prince. It is haunting and soul stirring and as one of my friends said, so eloquently she had to “close her eyes because it was as if Prince was doing his own heart felt tribute”. This song is a tear jerker and will shake you to your very core as you flash back to where you were and who you were with when you got the news that Prince Rogers Nelson had died. I had to admit those feelings of disbelief and sadness came flooding back and I had to thank Morris for letting his music show the world how we all felt. Morris is a very well established artist. His guitar playing is hypnotic and he does things with his vocals that Prince did not do. He is a story teller and the pied piper at the same time, because listening to his music allows him to seep into you and you find yourself following him everywhere he goes on this magical mystical tour of his. I am very serious about my music especially if an artist decides to take on a remake or play another persons music and does it his way while paying honor to that performer. I want you, the reader, to sit back and check out this rendition of “Do Me Baby” by Prince performed by Morris Mills. He did this before Prince died but it is so right on time enjoy.

Another one of my very favorite songs on this album is called “Girl U Turn Me On”. I can actually see Dj’s and remix artists having fun with this song because it is already dance-able and fun. It puts you in that party mood and you escape back into a time when you went to the clubs and some guy was checking you out. You can almost hear a man saying these words to you as you both meet on the dance floor crossing a very crowded room. His song “God is Love” let’s you never forget that we are not alone no matter what is happening in our lives, and the guitar playing on this does what his vocals doesn’t because he takes you spiritually higher on this song and this is something that we need these days. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. “Disarm” is a song that was originally done by the Smashing Pumpkins and his rendition is spot on and it has that new wave rock feel to it. This musical Chameleon can not be boxed in because he can sing to you gently and soulfully in the song “Hello”. He can totally rock you out in “Jamie’s Girl” and have you on your knees as he finishes out the double cd venture with his rendition of “Purple Rain”. The many moods of an extraordinary musician can be found on this CD “Purple”.I thoroughly enjoyed this CD so much, and I give it a 10/10. Would listen again multiple times in its entirety. And I really hope you all enjoy it as much as I do and here is how to get it just click on the link. https://morrismills.bandcamp.com/. I can not ssay enough abut my friend Morris Mills. He is One in a million and I am very proud to share this musical gem with you all. I would say he is beyond Purple he is truly out of this world.Now you all know the drill if you want to know more check out these links below.

I will now leave you my sweets with a video called Hello from the sexy one himself Morris Mills

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