Archive for December, 2009

Artist on the rise

Brockington drops his mixtape today. Photo by Mike Chin Productions.

Darien Brockington
“I was a church boy,” singer Darien Brockington says about his childhood. “Me listening to secular music—there was none of that.” Things have changed since then. In 2006, the North Carolina native released his praiseworthy debut Somebody to Love, a collection of heartfelt slow jams and up-tempo joints sprinkled with hip-hop beats. Brockington’s boy-next-door persona and quiet storm music is reminiscent of crooner Carl Thomas. Continue reading ‘Artist on the rise’

Say aah

Trey gets intimate during his Dec. 20 performance. Photo by Leon Laing.

The Harrisburg area’s smaller urban music market can only attract B-list celebrities sometimes. But on Dec. 20, LeRon McCoy (LeSean’s brother) and Reggie Guy of Dream Catcher Entertainment came on stage and debunked the haters and naysayers. Dream Catcher did manage to bring two A-list acts to Harrisburg, they told the audience. Continue reading ‘Say aah’

‘Dealing’ video

Eric Roberson, neo-soul crooner/songwriter, wooed the ladies at Fort Hunter on Sept. 12. Now he drops a new video for “Dealing” featuring the great Lalah Hathaway, who is Soul Sista No. 1.

Wrapper’s delight

Rapper AR Period helps with food and toy drives. Photo by Leon Laing.

“We’re [doing] our part in giving back to the community not only for the holidays but in everyday life,” rapper AR Period says about local rappers getting their gift wrap on. AR’s company, 71718 Entertainment, and Hungry Entertainment partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to hold a food drive that ended on Dec. 21. Continue reading ‘Wrapper’s delight’

Rakim will still perform

Talk about your obstacles: First the bus. Now the snow.

Rakim’s bus broke down on Nov. 14, so he rescheduled his concert for today. According his spokesperson Matthew Kemp, the show will still go on tonight despite the snow. Judd Goodman, Dragonfly Club proprietor, also confirmed that the concert will be held at his venue. Click here to read our interview with Rakim.

Rakim interview

Eric B. (right) and Rakim. Photo from the group’s Gold compilation album.

The iconic Rakim Allah will rock the mic at Harrisburg’s Dragonfly nightclub on Dec. 19. Rhymefest (co-writer of Kanye’s “Jesus Walks”), windchILL, J. Bair, M.I.H. and others will open up for the celebrity wordsmith. With gems, such as “Paid In Full,” “I Ain’t No Joke” and “Juice (Know the Ledge),” Rakim raised the bar for lyricism while schooling the youth with his 5 Percent Nation teachings. Continue reading ‘Rakim interview’

Kwame Katana

Katana is a wordsmith from York. Photo from artist's archives.

Back in the day—20 years ago to be exact—celebrity rapper Kwamé Holland changed the game with his polka dot gear and radio-friendly debut album, Kwamé the Boy Genius Featuring a New Beginning. (Kwamé even performed at Harrisburg’s Forum back then.) Today, a local rapper with the same moniker is also making his own lane in the rap game. Kwame Katana’s swagger is Mick Jagger. On top of that, the rapper, who reps York, dropped his bangin’ mixtape, I Just Wanna Be Heard in January 2009. Continue reading ‘Kwame Katana’

Upcoming events

I'm diggin' the flyer's design for the Flashing Lights party.

Dec. 10: Smooth Jazz 92.7 Presents the Lancaster County 1st Annual Holiday Cultural Event. 7:30 p.m., Millersville University’s Lyte Performing Arts Center in Millersville. Web:
Dec. 19: Rakim. Doors open at 9 p.m. Showtime is 10 p.m., Dragonfly Club in Harrisburg. Web:
Dec. 20. Fabolous and Trey Songz. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Phone: 520.548.6979. Web.
Mar. 16: Jay-Z with Young Jeezy. 7:30 p.m., Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. Phone: 412.642.1800. Continue reading ‘Upcoming events’

Rihanna on SNL

Rihanna (ft. Young Jeezy) was the musical guest on the Dec. 5 episode of Saturday Night Live.

Win a backstage pass

Fab, aka Loso, performs in Hershey in 2003. Photo by Leon Laing.

Hey ladies: One lucky female can win a backstage pass for the Fabolous/Trey Songz concert. Dream Catcher Entertainment, the concert promoter, will hold the contest through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 6. To enter, e-mail a photo of yourself to Dream Catcher will choose sexiest and flyest pic. Continue reading ‘Win a backstage pass’