Feature: How Much Longer Can The NYC Music Industry Sleep On Tray Pizzy?

June 25, 2015 |  by  |  DEAR READER, NEWS  |  No Comments

The New York City rap scene is a tricky one, you have so many different groupings of where a certain artist fits in, the difference between indie and major, the organic artist and the artist who is being forced on listeners. The best time to check out a local up-coming rapper on New York City radio is during ass eating hours. To be a successful artist in New York City with no financical backing or major co-sign is an uphill battle all on its own. I’m not even from New York and I think I have a better idea of who is making noise and who isn’t, so its really a shame that the industry heads in New York City don’t do a better job of looking out for their own, besides, who wouldn’t want to be the first person to break a dope potential upcoming artist? The people who pull the strings for the music scene in New York City have or can get access to almost anything they desire. But I get it, taking a chance on an artist is a risky one especially when your name is attached to it, but then again life is all about taking risks and giving people a shot. Any and everybody who is somebody had at least 1 or 2 people give them that push or chance to be where they’re at today. Social media damn near runs the world these days, so usually when a dope artist pops off we hear about it on social media first and interestingly enough that is when the music industry wants to take notice and take all the credit for it.

For the last year Bronx rapper Tray Pizzy has been quietly making a name for himself in the big apple with no financial backing, big features or a major co-sign. You can say that Tray Pizzy has grown his brand and fan base about as organic as you can get. Its nothing normal about Tray Pizzy from his glowing red mohawk, his loyal and growing Broke & Trippy fan base, his ability to craft movie like visuals and last but not least his shows. So what I’m basically trying to say is that over time Tray Pizzy has managed to make dope records that his fan base can relate to, he’s been able to build a loyal fan base that will always be in the building when he is on stage, a knack of bringing his songs to life through dope visuals in an era when creativity is at an all time low, and I have to say this again, the boy puts on one hell of a show unlike any indie artist I have ever came across. I remember before Wiz Khalifa dropped Kush & Orange Juice, when he wasn’t as well known, I won tickets to a show of his and he absolutely killed his performance part, the whole crowd was into it, people were dancing and jumping, it was just a good time. Almost 8-9 years later Wiz Khalifa still has one of the best live shows to date, Tray Pizzy is in the same category. If your reading this and haven’t been to a show of his, stop reading, go check him out and then come back to this article.

A few nights ago Tray Pizzy was asked to perform at the legendary S.O.B.’s for Hot 97’s Who’s Next concert series. My big homie Krown Royale actually gave me the inspiration to write this article, he hit me via text and was like “Yo, Pizzy killed his show the other night at S.O.B.’s and nobody is talking about it, blogs, media etc.” I already peeped the footage yesterday and by now its no surprise to me that he bodies every performance, but this was different because it was a Hot 97 sponsored show and if you ask most people they will say Hot 97 is legendary in NYC. The first thing they messed up on was letting Tray Pizzy go first lol, because clearly he had the livest set out of all the artist, no disrespect to the other 2 artist, but facts are just facts. I including Pizzy’s whole performance set below and the energy he brings to the stage is different then most artist. If you fast forward to the end of his set, Tray Pizzy performs “My Borough” which is a big crowd favorite. The energy from Pizzy along with his brother/hypeman Japan they could essentially just let the crowd rap the whole record without saying a word. You might be reading this and not care or don’t understand the significance of this, simply put no other indie artist in NYC is putting on shows like this. From my understanding after Tray Pizzy performed the crowd kind of died down and if thats not a clear enough sign I don’t know what else is.

Aside from Tray Pizzy you have 2 other independent (I’m not including anyone who is signed to a major) artist who are really making a name for themselves and thats Dave East & Manolo Rose. Tray Pizzy has records with these artist and has also performed side by side with them as well. I get numerous submissions every week with Tray Pizzy features, I see flyers almost 7 days a week with Pizzy’s name stamped on, his crew is hitting the streets to make the world aware of the brand. Just the fact that Tray Pizzy is getting so many feature requests is unbelievable because he is an independent artist, it also works in his favor because his name always stays relevant without dropping a single record. Not to mention, Tray Pizzy has been getting consistent spins on Jovonn The Don’s NewNY show on Power 105 every Sunday night. If your not familiar with the show its one of those platforms for upcoming artist that if you get spins on then your moving in the right direction.

From the music industry’s stand point Tray Pizzy might have a lot of work to do, from everything I’ve seen in the last year or so these execs and A&R’s will be kicking themselves in the ass in another 6 months or so, its only a matter of time before Tray Pizzy does blow up and get the recognition he deserves. I know he’s going to keep plugging away, but at what point does the media stop forcing bullshit music down our throat and actually get out to these shows and see who is really popping. The New York City media has been championing all the wrong artist as of late and once Tray Pizzy does pop they will be the first ones to claim they broke him or will want him on there shows and be spinning all his records. But we all know that Tray Pizzy and the Broke & Trippy brand was built from the ground up, the right way. I’m rooting for him to win, he deserves the credit because its hard to build nothing into something. So the New York City music industry should be on notice after the Hot 97 performance because its a new kid in town and he’s hungry. #EAT

Obie Trice Unveils Artwork & Tracklist For “The Hangover”

June 24, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Obie Trice made his return last week with the release of his new single “Good Girls” off his long awaited album “The Hangover”. Along with the iTunes pre-order comes the official artwork and tracklist for project. Features include Estelle, Young Buck & more. Check it out below and pick it up on August 7th.

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.@BigSean To Make Soundtrack Debut On “Terminator Genisys”

June 16, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Chinese pop star Jane Zhang and American hip hop artist Big Sean (G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings) are collaborating on the original song “Fighting Shadows” for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ highly anticipated film “TERMINATOR GENISYS,” which opens in theaters in the United States on the 1st of July.

The partnership represents the first time that Zhang has recorded a song for an English-language film and marks Big Sean’s musical debut for a feature film.

“Fighting Shadows” will be released digitally in Asia by Sony and the rest of the world by Def Jam Recordings. It is available to download at iTunes beginning June 30th.

News: Young Jeezy Announces Thug Motivation 101 10 Year Anniversary Concert

June 8, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

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In what might be the best news of my life, Young Jeezy is set to put on a concert to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his BEST project Thug Motivation 101. See below for the official press release.

Grammy®-nominated rap superstar and CTE/Def Jam Recordings artist Jeezy announced today he will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of LETS GET IT: THUG MOTIVATION 101 with a one-night only concert event on July 25th in Atlanta at the legendary Fox Theatre.

Performing his classic album it its entirety for the first time, Jeezy will be joined by surprise special guests for an unforgettable evening in his hometown.

Thug Motivation 101, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, was certified platinum and spawned multiple hit singles which included “And Then What” ft. Mannie Fresh,, “Soul Survivor” ft. Akon, “Go Crazy” ft. Jay-Z and “My Hood.” In 2012, Complex Magazine named it one of the “classic albums of the last decade.”

Over the course of his successful career, the talented emcee has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and has had multiple chart topping hits. He is a pioneer in the world of trap music, which has since become a genre all on its own. Proving that Jeezy has immense longevity, he released his fifth studio album, SEEN IT ALL on September 2014, which was his first LP in nearly three years and marked the third #1 Soundscan debut of his career.

Tickets for the anniversary concert will go on sale on Friday, June 12th at 10am EST and can be purchased at www.foxatltix.com and the Fox Theatre box office.

News: Travis Scott Announces New Single “3500” Featuring Future & 2 Chainz

June 5, 2015 |  by  |  ARTWORK, NEWS  |  No Comments

Travis Scott took to Instagram where he announced his new single “3500 For The Coat.” The record will feature Future & 2 Chainz. Production will be handled by Zaytoven, Metro Boomin & Mike Dean.

News: Hot 97 Partners With TIDAL To Live Stream Summer Jam 2015

June 5, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

WQHT HOT 97 FM, the #1 station for Hip Hop and R&B, is excited to announce it has partnered with global music and content platform, TIDAL. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), on Sunday, June 7th, TIDAL will exclusively live stream TIDAL X: HOT 97 Summer Jam, the biggest Hip Hop concert there is, from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey! TIDAL members will be able to view the entire nine-hour live stream and a 25-hour replay. Hip Hop and music enthusiasts can catch performances by Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous & Friends, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign & Friends, Omarion and more, and also take advantage of TIDAL’s full catalogue of over 30 million songs, more than 75,000 videos and exclusive content. TIDAL users can view the show on TIDAL’s website and both desktop and mobile apps.

The TIDAL X: HOT 97 Summer Jam live stream will consist of performances from both the Festival Stage and Stadium Stage, as well as backstage interviews, Live Broadcast room, and more!

HOT 97 Summer Jam begins at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) with performances by Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor on the Festival Stage. Attendees can stop by the Festival Village before the Stadium show to check-out the gaming station, social scene, cooling station, and more. The only way into the Festival Village is with your Summer Jam ticket.

Only a limited number of tickets are left! Purchase yours today at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail locations or by phone at 800-745-3000, beginning at $63 with special CLUB 97 packages available, which include premium show seats, access to the VIP Patio on the 50-yard line, an unobstructed view of all Stadium Stage performances, and a full-service cash bar are available for $203.

HOT 97’s Summer Jam is made HOT by Pepsi, CÎROC, McDonald’s, Nutrament, MetroPlus Health Plan, HER Imports, & NJ Lottery/Cash 4 Life. For additional information, go to HOT97.com. For the latest news, follow @HOT97 and use #SummerJam on Twitter and Instagram, and friend HOT 97 at HOT97OFFICIAL on Facebook. Text “Alerts” to 75759 for exclusive updates and announcements.

Wiz Khalifa Announces New Album

May 21, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  1 Comment

Earlier today, Wiz Khalifa announced that he’ll be releasing the sequel to his 2011 album, Rolling Papers. The album will be titled Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album. No word on a release date yet. Stay tuned for more details.

News: Chinx Fatally Shot Early This Morning In Queens

May 17, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Unfortunately the Hip-Hop community is waking up to some very sad news this morning. It is being reported that Coke Boys rapper Chinx was fatally shot last night in his car just after 4 a.m. at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive in Briarwood.

No other details as of yet except for a report by WABC-TV New York which you can check out here.

#RIPChinx

A DOPE Playlist Could Get You Two Tickets To JAY Z’s ‘B-Sides’ Concert On May 13th In NYC

April 29, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

JAY Z REALLY wants Tidal to be your new streaming home. So bad that the GOAT has announced his ‘B-Sides’ concert in NYC on May 13th. The contest, which began this morning at 7:01am and ends on May 8th at 11:59pm, is pretty intriguing to say the least. In order to win two tickets, YOU sign up for Tidal, then curate a playlist focusing in on a certain set of rules. The playlist created will be judged on overall sequencing, incorporation of different genres of music and diversity of artist’s selected in your playlist. Personally, i think this is a brilliant idea but whomever is combing through these playlists and doing the judging has their work cut OUT for them.

In the event of a tie between Playlists, the Playlist with the highest score in the “Incorporation of different genres of music” category will be deemed a potential winner. In the event that there is still a tie, Sponsor will have an alternate judge review and judge the tied Playlist to break the tie. Sponsor reserves the right to not select one or more winners if, in its sole discretion, does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Playlists.

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.@TerrenceJ Donates $100,000 To Alma Mater North Carolina A&T University

April 27, 2015 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Terrence “J” Jenkins, co-anchor of E! News, actor and author, returned to his alma mater North Carolina A&T State University on April 24 to present a $100,000 endowment. Executives from NBCUniversal, the parent company of E!, joined Jenkins for a day of networking and professional development at the University.

In Jenkins’ honor, the department of journalism and mass communication declared April 24 ‘Terrence J Day.’ Campus events included a mentor’s breakfast and “Let’s Talk,” a networking session featuring Terrence J and moderated by N.C. A&T State alum and Vice President of News at NBC10 Philadelphia Anzio Williams.

“I am truly humbled to return to my alma mater and be in a position to give back to the same department and University that helped steer me on this incredibly rewarding career path. I’m inspired by the great work that NBCUniversal has contributed to N.C. A&T State and I am thankful to be able to work together with them on these important programs,” remarked Jenkins.

In March 2014, NBCUniversal established a partnership with N.C. A&T State to further develop initiatives to direct graduates of historically black colleges and universities into media careers. NBCUniversal donated $50,000 to N.C. A&T’s department of journalism and mass communication tosponsor the National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course held at N.C. A&T State and will continue a partnership with the university for four years.

“We are proud to join Terrence on this special day and continue our partnership with N.C. A&T State, which help prepare and equip students with the necessary tools to succeed in the competitive media industry,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal.