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Drake’s Dad Talks Success


Good to see family sticking together especially in the rap world. In this new interview from a Memphis news station rapper Drake’s dad talks about his influence on his son and importance of his Memphis roots.

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Drake Shoots for Complex Mag


Drake
covers the December 2011 / January 2012 issue of “Complex” Magazine where he sits for an in-depth interview that covers why so many rappers Read more ›


Rihanna Album Promo Shoot

Rihanna has unlocked additional promo pics for her Navy and we have them for you inside. As Rihanna’s Talk That Talk drops next week on the 21st, she continues to  release tid bits and nuggets little by little to tease her fans.  Most recently, she revealed these promo pics.


Feel The Energy

is a Brazilian born model of German ancestry. Cintia has featured in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Yves Saint Laurent and magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition (2009, 2010 and 2011).


Jay-Z GQ Men of the Year Interview


Jay-Z
is one of four people to be honored as GQ’s Men of the Year 2011. Joining Hov are Mila Kunis, Michael Fassbender and Jimmy Fallon.

Hov sat down with GQ writer Alex Pappademas and opened up about everything from his dad leaving when he was 11-years old, the decision to reveal Beyonce’s pregnancy, the song “N*ggas In Paris” and more.

Did he and Kanye West argue a lot during the making of ‘Watch the Throne’?
Only about what’s best for the song, which is great.

On dealing with Kanye’s need to be a perfectionist
I think he just can’t help himself. He puts so much into everything, and he’s like, ‘You have to treat it like I treat it.’ It drives you crazy sometimes—like when you’ve put seventy-five versions of a snare on one song and he’s like, ‘No!’ and you’re like, ‘Come on, man.’

On the song “N*ggas In Paris”
It’s not, like, ‘We’re here! We’re balling harder than everybody,’ It’s like, ‘I’m shocked that we’re here.’ Still being amazed, still not being jaded. Having so much fun and then stopping and saying, ‘What are we doing here? How did we get here?’

On his father, Adnis Reeves
If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts—but it’s not like you had a connection with something that was real. Not to say it’s any better—but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.

Read the rest of the interview at GQ.com


Gisele Bundchen Looking Amazing for Harper’s

shoots for the cover of the November 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Brazil.


Summer Never Ends

New face Anja Leuenberger (Fotogen) hits the beach in Valentina Pezzo’s sultry portraits. Styled by Anita Wey, the dark haired stunner Read more ›


Manny Pacquiao Defeats Juan Manuel Marquez


Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez in another very close fight, winning a majority decision Saturday before a sellout crowd of 16,368 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to keep hopes alive for a 2012 match between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Manny Pacquiao celebrates after his decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez.

Judge Robert Hoyle had it a draw, 114-114, as did Yahoo! Sports. But judge Dave Moretti favored Pacquiao 115-113 and and Glenn Trowbridge had Pacquiao winning 116-112. Thus, Pacquiao retained his World Boxing Organization welterweight title and kept alive a mega-bout against Mayweather.


What He Likes

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You ever wonder what your man really likes? What he wish you would do? If you love your man and you you in love you; you have to Read more ›


What You Know About Papito


Latin Artist “Papito Sur 4,” Juan Morales, AKA “Papito” is “La Cara Nueva de la Salsa”

[The New Face of Salsa].  The “new” is meaningful in more ways than one, with his image, fusion of Urban Salsa music, and unparalleled connection with today’s generation.

Papito’s style can possibly be described as a mash-up between his hometown’s gentrification [Williamsburg, Brooklyn] and his Hispanic heritage influences.  Whether you see Papito with a bad-boy frown, an irresistible grin, or all-out smile, -he’s likely to get your attention… and surely saturate your ears with a sweet, dynamic, and percussion-full Urban Salsa sound.

A YouTube video response comment encapsulates this, “This video is pretty cool and the song is actually great, lyrics and music are very engaging.  And this guy, Papito has a cool ‘Artist of the barrio who is just as comfortable walking around Chelsea as he would in Brooklyn’ vibe going on.”

An undeniably present-day acculturated hip Latin young guy, speaks both English and Spanish, is in sync with American and Latin cultures, sport tattoos, cool haircuts, and has a big ambition to continue producing and performing music that connects with today’s generation.  And connecting with people comes somewhat natural. Papito is representative in how Latinos over-index in use of social media with an insatiable appetite of its use, always engaging with his fans via Twitter and Facebook.

“I follow my dream not the competition,” Papito humbly stated in a recent interview. As son to a “Salsero,” it is second nature for him to follow in his father’s foot steps.

Summer 2011 proved to be the beginning of a market-place that has room for fresh Latin Artists, and his performances included the Bronx Walk Summer Festival, Salud Bar & Lounge, New Village Music Festival, Carnival De Loiza Aldea, Fieston Latino, LeFeu, Carnaval del Barrio, SBK Talent Showcase, and AT&T’s 116th Street Festival.

Papito’s performance stages have been shared with the likes of Daddy Yankee, Tito Puente, jr., Toby Love, Raulin Rosendo, Huey Dunbar, Tito Rojas, Conjuto Classico, Tego Calderon, Johnny Rivera, and George Lamond, to name a few.

Adding more buzz to his career has been the live performances with “The Sound of New York” –A musical collaboration with other Latin artists which boasts a live band of top tier musicians.  The collaboration is the brainchild of music composer Miguel Bonilla (DeeGee Works), who began his career as Mark Anthony’s piano player, and whose resume includes productions with La India, Elvis Crespo, Ricardo Arjona, Victor Manuelle, Huey Dunbar, and Don Omar.

As of late, two very honorable and notable performance opportunities, were headlining the Hispanic Heritage and Tribute to the Troops concert for the United States Army’s Fort Hamilton Base (of which an earlier performance was headlined by NEO), and gracing fans at the legendary Copacabana stage –to which the floor scene was full of fans with mobile phones in hand capturing live video of an emerging artist.

Recent media coverage includes, Urban Latino Radio, LaFiesta 98.5, LaMega, 97.9FM –Live performance broadcast from the Copacabana, and Acceso Total -New York, WNJU-TV, 41, ZoomYork, El Especialito, Esp51TV, Pasaje Latino and numerous music, culture and trend blogs.

Papito’s current and longtime influencers include, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Hector Lavoe, Tito Rojas, El Gran Combo, Frankie Ruiz, and Ismael Miranda.

If Papito’s neckline tattoo is any indication of what’s to come, it’s an indelible scripted mark, his musical commitment, which reads “Pa’ Encima!”  A Spanish slang that bears a connotation of much oomph, and translates to ‘I’m going for it’ and moving forward ‘to the top!’

What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
Well… the people, my friends and fans, began to describe me by saying…“La Cara Nueva De La Salsa” –and it just stuck!  So, I’m using it as an artist tagline, and currently it is my Facebook fanpage name.  In English it translates to The New Face of Salsa, and it really summarizes who I am. A present day acculturated hip Latin young guy that speaks both English and Spanish, really connected with American and Latin cultures, sport tattoos, cool haircuts, and big ambition to continue producing and performing music that connects with today’s generation.

I would like to add, that I just started calling myself an “artist” about a year ago. I’ve done music for 11 years but throughout this time I was learning all the different fields there were within the entertainment business. I have always wanted to be an “artist,” and decided if I refer to myself as one I will become one with patience.

I still feel like I’m reaching for those goals, and I’ll always keep reaching for those goals were you can make something that can transcend, that can take you to some other place. Only certain music is able to do that. Only certain great artists have been able to do that, and that’s what I aspire to do. And I think those artists that have done that for me, are my inspiration.

How long have you been in the industry?

I’ve been in the business for over 11 years but due to lack of resources I’ve had to put projects on hold, but these couple of months I have gone full force with my new image and music, cause I believe strongly in what I’m doing now, Salsa for a new generation.

Do you have any projects out now?

Yes, my recent releases are “Mi Unico Amor,” [My Only Love] “Una Calle Me Separa,” [One Street Separates Me] and “Ese Soy Yo,” [That’s who I am] which we just released the music video tohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itxfgM81VoI
Also, I am part of a live performances musical collaboration with other Latin artists, and it’s called “The Sound of New York,” which boasts a band of top tier musicians.  The collaboration is the brainchild of music composer Miguel Bonilla (DeeGee Works), who began his career as Mark Anthony’s piano player, and whose resume includes productions with La India, Elvis Crespo, Ricardo Arjona, Victor Manuelle, Huey Dunbar, and Don Omar.  The most recent performance this month was on the legendary Copacabana stage, and got rave reviews.
What inspires your music?
There are many things that inspire my music. Part of my inspiration comes from things that others can relate to, and being inspired by special music that I’ve heard before from Latin artists like Hector Lavoe, Tito Rojas, El Gran Combo, Frankie Ruiz,etc. Being successful in general inspires me to pursue my dream and that’s one thing about me, I follow my dream not the competition.

Where are you from?

Parents are both from Puerto Rico and I was born in Brooklyn, New York. My artist name says it all “Papito Sur 4,” “lol”  – I grew up on “Sur 4” [South 4th St.] and Bedford Ave.

What artists in the industry inspire you the most today?

There are many artist that inspire me, cause I listen to all types of music but when it comes to salsa “Marc Anthony.”

Why is that?

Marc Anthony has done it all, Spanish, English, Movies, Clothes. Marc has been a great success in general, he has opened up many doors for us as Latin artist. when I was younger I had the opportunity to meet him, in junior high school before he became a success.  And looking at his growth in the entertainment world, he has given me the motivation to do what I love doing.

What makes you different from other artist today?

In the type of genre I’m pursing, my look and the sound itself, there is no comparison.
Everyone is unique, and I strongly believe that the only way one can be truly successful is by having your own identity, even though it is very useful to hear and see what other people do.  At the end of the day, you have to be yourself, and have the courage to stick to your guns!

What do you want your future fans to know about you?

I will always stay humble and that I’m reachable… -so let’s connect on the social sphere.  And let’s ride to the top together.