By Valerie Victor
While Lihtz is no new comer to the camera, he is just as familiar with the microphone. After creating a platform and building his audience as a cast member of “Empire,” one of the highest viewed television series, Lihtz has now re-focused his energy on building his rap career. This MC got his big break in television, exposing his music to the world, and he hopes to continue to grow his fan base worldwide.
Lihtz took a major step forward in his musical career with the release of his official music video for, “Simplicity,” his latest single. The song was released as follow up to his recent release of, “Fishscale,” produced by AListFame. The clip, which is directed by Guru Media Group, matches the audio’s emotionally charged theme of appreciating the simple things in life. With all eyes currently onLihtz, there are rumblings of major recording contracts in the works. This is sure to be augmented with collaborations from Fat Joe, and even Meek Mill.
When you said, you didn’t really see yourself as a rapper. What is it that you saw yourself as? Did you not see yourself as a musician?
Lihtz: More than anything, I just didn’t want to be ordinary. I feel like everyone in my neighborhood wanted to be a rapper. At the time I knew, I really had the potential to make it. Anything that I do, I want to be the greatest at it. It’s one thing when your friends tell you that you’re hot [musically], but you need that type of reassurance from the world.
How long have you been making music?
Lihtz : I didn’t start recording music until I was 15, at my mans [friend’s] in-house studio. I was paying for studio time out of my own pocket, at a small studio in South Philly. Over time I started to realize the sound I was looking for.
I lived in Atlanta for eight months around 2011-12. When I lived there, it changed my whole vision of music [on the marketing aspect]. It groomed me to become a businessman. When I came back to Philly, I got shirts and flyers for every event.
Tell me about your record “Simplicity”?
Lihtz: In the record I’m referring back to a time in my life where things were just more simpler. Like my love life, my relationship with one of my homies, and myself.
Do you have a musical project that your currently working on right now?
Lihtz: It’s titled, “The Switch Up.” Throughout the project go back and forth about things. Like on the first record, you’ll hear how many times I switch up the memory. The Intro track is called, ‘Contradiction’. I’m contradicting myself, talking positive, and negative things. There’s a particular line in the record, (Starts Rhyming,)
“What if I told you, your beautiful; What if I said your unusual, What if told you’re looking for someone else, but the whole time your loosing you. “What if she act like she bullet proof, but deep inside is funeral.”
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By Valerie Victor
The Game starred in A&E Networks’ three-part docuseries about the history of Compton, followed by the release of a new 11-track companion project of the same name, ‘Streets of Compton.’ The documentary recently premiered parts one and two. The third and final hour will premiere on today, June 16, 2016 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E Networks. The brand new docuseries also features exclusive new music from The Game’s companion project, “Streets Of Compton,” which is expected to release tomorrow, June 17, 2016.
The city of Compton has a story to tell, and The Game is the narrator. Taking the audience through the streets of Compton, he paints a vivid picture for all to see. While introducing the world to Compton, The Game also lets the world into his personal life and upbringing. Exclusive appearances from his mother, Lynette Baker, father, G.A. Taylor, manager, Cash Jones, and childhood friends Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, and former Black Panther, Robert Johnson help weave his story together.
Few people know the story of how the city went from a predominantly white, conservative suburb of Los Angeles in the 1950s to ground zero for notorious gangs like the Pirus, the Crips, and Sureños in the 1980s. This documentary, tells the city’s history, and illustrates how the iconic music, culture and style that came out of the area in the ‘80s and early ‘90s were influenced by the drugs, gangs and political turmoil of the time.
The series is filled with exclusive interviews and appearances from individuals such as the former Compton resident and actress, Niecy Nash, comedian, Paul Rodriguez, and musicians Lil Eazy-E, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, DJ Speed, Tha Chill, MC Eiht, AD, Payso and Problem.
Other Compton notables featured in the documentary include Mayor, Aja Brown, former mayors Omar Bradley and Eric Perrodin; former Compton Councilwoman Patricia Moore, members of the Compton police department gang unit; gang experts and many more.
Ultimately, the documentary is one that will touch many, and open the eyes of even more. It is not only informational, but it is a story that takes you on a ride through the Games’s life, and the lives of thousands that live in Compton today.
In addition to the documentary, The Game is releasing an 11-track Streets of Compton companion project. The album is a testament to Game’s respect for his hometown of Compton. The album is authentic, hard-hitting, and brutally honest, which matches the tone of his documentary. The Game recruited the League of Stars, Bongo, among other hip-hop producers. The album boasts guest features from fellow Compton artists like Problem, Boogie, J3, Payso, Micah, AD, Av and more.
The projects was produced by Creature Films and eOne for A&E Network. The executive producers for Creature Films are Mark Ford, who also serves as director, and Kevin Lopez. The executive producers for eOne are Tara Long and John Morayniss. The Game, Cash “Wack 100” Jones, and Alan Grunblatt, also serve as executive producers on this project as well. The executive producers for A&E Network are, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson.
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By Valerie Victor
After one year, the late Chinx Drugs, an american rapper from Queens, NY, is still remembered for his character, his music, and the influence he had on the hip-hop culture. A documentary titled, “Chinx: One Year Later,” will be released later this summer to tell his story from the people who were closest to him and loved him dearly. Although the documentary will be released sometime this summer, a private screening was held on the one year anniversary to his death. Chinx’s family, closest friends, and loved ones were present to preview the documentary.
To orchestrate the film, Shaquasia “Quay” Brooks, of StarStruckDaily.com, and Jayyiah “Miss Jayyiah” Coles, came together to bring life to the documentary. Both parties created, produced, and directed the piece. Working hard to capture Chinx’s true essence, the ladies made sure to capture conversations with many people close to the slain rapper. The documentary featured Janelli, Chinx’s wife, Viking, one of his closest friends, Nut, his best friend, and even people Chinx came in contact with through his work in the music industry such as Bianca from Love and Hip-Hop and Ceaser of the Black Ink Crew to name a few.
The documentary was put together in such a way that the emotion and the pain of what transpired really touched every viewer. The documentary, is a series of retrospection, with every individual telling a Chinx story or merely expressing how they feel about what happened to him. People speak about fun times with Chinx, their disbelief that he is really gone, the difficulties of coping and moving forward, and lastly, the pain.
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