Have You Met The League Of Starz? (LOS Production Group)

By Marina A. Moreno

A lot of times when we’re enjoying the good vibes of proper looking women and gentlemen we find ourselves dancing and singing along to the hits the DJ spins. These can include Eric Bellinger’s “I Don’t Want Her,” Rich Homie Quan’s “Walk Thru” or even E-40’s “Function.” Now, what do all these tracks have in common besides being some of the biggest club bangers? They are all produced by a collection of music’s most talented producers. They are, the League Of Starz, brought together by mastermind and manager Pun. In a similar way that Nick Fury brought together all of The Avengers, it is Pun who recognized the individual talents molded together would make an unstoppable force.

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Every producer seems to have their drop in the beginning of a song they helped make a hit and League of Starz is no different. Before the bass hits you can clearly hear a sexy voice baptize the track with their name, letting listeners know they are the trackmasters underlying the beat you’re grabbing your girls to dance to or boys to scope out a fine dime. Comprised of five producers – Dnyc3, Dupri, Jaynari, Macado, and Trend – League of Starz not only skilled, but knowledgeable enough to be able to continuously deliver content that not only appeals to each and every artist they work with, but to the listener as well.

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Producers Dnyc3, Dupri, Macado, and Trend all originate from the sunny Los Angeles, California and Jaynari is a Milwaukee native who blends in so effortlessly with his surrounding four. Collectively, the five are responsible for previously mentioned hits and additional like Problem ft. Bad Lucc’s “Like What”, Ab-Souls “Twact”, Tyga’s “40 Mill” w/ Kanye West, DJ Carisma’s “Anyways” which features Sage The Gemini, Tory Lanez, and Eric Bellinger, New Boyz “Tie Me Down”, “Good Day” by Tyga, Lil’ Wayne and Meek Mill, “Faded” by Tyga, and most recently, Game’s “T.H.O.T” featuring Problem, Bad Lucc and Huddy.

With a resume full of recognizable hits, and over one hundred songs composed, I think it’s safe to say you’ve met the music of League of Starz. Notorious for providing emerging artists’ with their first real hit, League of Starz has literally changed the lives of the new artists’ they work with by providing each with a hit radio song that manifests into the artist gaining radio play, night club play and millions of streams on You Tube which eventually graduates into listeners purchasing their music and rapidly demanding to see them perform.

League of Starz is currently in the studio piecing together their latest project, “Respect The League” which is set to make its debut sometime next year.

Twitter: @leagueofstarz
Instagram: @leagueofstarz
Website: www.leagueofstarz.com

Have You Met Elle Winter?

by Marina A. Moreno

Think back to when you were 8-years old. What were you doing? As a girl you were probably brushing the hair of your Barbie dolls and as a boy you were probably playing catch with some of your neighbors. Well, not Elle Winter. At 8-years old, this singer-song writer was in and out of recording studios with a number of multi-platinum GRAMMY nominated producers and musical directors. And now, at a mere 15-years old, Elle is taking over the pop-scene one record at a time.

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Growing up in New York City, Elle has always been surrounded by the culture that is art. Predominantly known for their street performers and broad-way shows, New York City is home to many of those pursing and/or destined for the spot light; And Elle is no different. At the tender age of three, it was beyond evident to Elle’s parents that she was made to be a star when they recognized her not only impersonating a rock-star, but also having the vocals to match. Growing up listening to artists’ such as Avril Lavigne, pop princess Britney Spears and even Shirley Temple, Elle was intrigued with all that music was composed of and would perform for family and friends. Little did they know, it was an insight into the future that is Elle Winter.

Like any young girl her age, Elle did realize the rise to her destiny wasn’t going to be easy. She had to work hard, believe and stay motivated. Though struggling to discover her sound and making sure she didn’t lose herself in the process, Elle learned to trust herself as an artist and realized no one knew her better than she knew herself. Though she knew it was easy to be influenced by her superstar surroundings, Elle followed her heart and poured it all out in her music. Paving a way that allowed her to manifest, gain recognition and gain an opportunity to deliver her story to those who believed in her and those who were growing to love her.

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In 2012, Elle took her confident and upbeat personality, wrapped it with her talent and took on the offering from Disney’s “Next Big Thing 5” which led her to conquer a 10-city co-headlining tour; a prelude to what was to come for the singer. It wasn’t too long after in October of 2012 that Elle released “Day Away” via Walt Disney Records, which not only dominated Radio Disney’s Top 30 countdown for three consecutive months, but is also still in heavy rotation today. Joining Elle’s debut hit is her second single, “Want It All” which was released in 2013 via Radio Disney.

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Now in 2014 Elle is keeping the momentum going as an artist under Mrok Music Group. Hard at work on her new album and visuals to pair, Elle continues to collaborate with some of music’s most respected producers, song-writers and video production groups. Elle’s latest video for her upcoming single, “No Words” was directed by Quincy and his FourXample Production team, and feature’s Christian Combs, son to music and media mogul, Diddy. Through her music, Elle hopes to continue to encourage fans to believe in themselves, embrace life and be happy.

Elle Winter’s new video “No Words” will be dropping soon! The song pays homage to the old adage that “actions speak louder than words” whether it be adoration for your partner, family friend or life itself that can’t be explained in words but better felt through the genuine emotions themselves. The song personifies Elle’s positive personality. See more exclusive photos from the shoot here.

(AUDIO) Have You Met Dame Ritter, CEO & Co-Founder Of Funk Volume?

For the past few weeks we’ve worked closer with Funk Volume and CEO Dame Ritter as we partnered to promote the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference on 11/22 alongside HipHopDX, HipHopWired, HotNewHipHop, TeamBackpack, Omnia Media, HardknockTV, SkeeTV & DJ Booth and in doing so was inspired to bring him by additional FVHHC media sponsor, Dash Radio for a rare, exclusive interview co-hosted with partners in crime, DJ Base and Chehade The King. The Funk Volume takeover also features a special “Orange And Black Mix” by DJ Beatcrazed with some of your FV favorite songs.

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Dame, endearingly also known as “Mr. Funk Volume” by his artists and FV fans is far from the usual record label executive. While most come from an A&R/artist background or have an “intern to President” type story, Ritter has the education and experience that matches those of high paid business consultants sitting in corporate high rise buildings across the world which he also once did. Even at a young age, in between countless basketball games, Dame found himself hustling to make a quick dollar whether it be through mowing lawns, washing cars or collecting comics and baseball cards and always managed to never be broke. He moved to the bay to attend the prominent UC Berkeley which led to a business degree and successful career in the financial industry. He later returned to get his MBA at the prestigious Standford University all before younger brother SwizZz and Hopsin approached him in 2008 to start a new, independent record label, which he decided to pursue after being laid off from an office job in Chicago.

Listen below to hear the rest of Dame’s inspirational story to find out more information about the conference which looks to inspire the next generation of leaders and teaching them the basics of how to build a team, increase your video views, how to get on the road and learn from previous mistakes with participating panelists Crooked I, Will Bronson (IamSu), Jarren Benton, Chris Webby and many more. Find out who Dame wish he would have signed to Funk Volume in the interview below. Hope that after listening, it sends a message to you that whenever chips are down and when all else feels, keep it moving.
Threes up to the entire Funk Volume team (Brooklyn Martino, DJ Hoppa, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Hopsin) & more for all of your hard work thus far. #stillmovin

Don’t forget http://www.funkvolumeconference.com for more info! If you are attending the conference, make sure to join the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference Facebook page and join the conversation at #FVHHC. Hope to meet you all soon! Congratulations on making a great decision to #investinyourself – still to this day if I find an opportunity to further my own education I jump at it. There’s always something new to learn or re-learn.

(VIDEO) DJ CARISMA Lab Life Pro Interview

With a name that truly portrays her character, DJ Carisma adds much more than just charismatic flavor to every mix. The Los Angeles based DJ, whose style clearly reflects the diversity and culture of the city she represents, has continued to develop her craft through countless hours of spinning behind the decks. DJ Carisma’s unique style and enthusiasm for music entertains all fans. Her diverse music library that ranges from Hip-Hop, R&B, Electro, House, Dance, Indie, and Top 40 has earned her fans and artist connections of many musical genres.

Carisma’s strive for success and endless submission of mix tapes and made her a professional DJ. After appearing in countless radio mix shows, DJ Carisma’s efforts won her the role as the first and only female DJ at Power 106 radio in Los Angeles. Her presence in the music world is evident as she helped discover, The New Boyz and the Jerk Movement, a hip-hop musical act based in Los Angeles. Nominated for the 2010 IDJ Female DJ of the Year, Carisma has five cameo appearances in music videos that are currently appearing on MTV. Carisma was a premier DJ for BET’s 2009 & 2010 Awards, She also currently hosts two of her very own online radio shows at TheMixShow.Com.

Carisma’s Cookie Jar mixes new and classic R&B hits and streams live every Monday at 9pm. The show features R&B guest hosts, which have included Dawn Richards of Dirty Money, Que from Day 26 and Tierra Mari, and Lloyd just to name a few.

DJ Carisma continues to gain respect and recognition for her efforts not only in music, but also for her community efforts.

Listen to her Third Floor Network #HaveYouMet interview here.

Stay connected with DJ Carisma:
http://www.djcarisma.com
Twitter: @DjCarisma
Instagram: @djcarisma
Facebook: DJ Carisma

(VIDEO) Have You Met Phora? Watch His NEW “Stay True” Music Video Directed By George Orozco

Born and raised in the outskirts of Anaheim, CA, lyricist PHORA is no stranger to Hip Hop. Phora was born into the culture and was participating in the various elements when most kids were learning to walk.

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At age 9, PHORA was influenced by breakdancers like Crazy Legs when hitting the linoleum floor and at 13 evolved into a graffiti artist, thanks to his inspirational father, a talented artist who taught him the basics which he then used to develop his own skill. While most people his age are rapping about mollys or finding the next wild party in seach of girls, Phora finds reward in helping fans who find his music therapeutic when going through similar situations that he raps about in songs like “My Story” that has already garnered over 1 million plays on YouTube, adding to the over 15 million+ plays he currently has.

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Musically, he pays homage to the great writers of the 90s generation including Tupac and Talib Kweli while appreciating producers well before his time including J.Dilla and Pete Rock. Fans have compared him to the likes of the West Coast’s best, mainly most due to his powerful lyricism, storytelling and organic large social following. While the comparisons continue, Phora remains humbled and shies away as people look to call him a leader for the new generation. He sees himself as the “Young Leader of Younger Leaders, an example to people who haven’t found themselves yet, who don’t even KNOW they’re a leader.” A unique voice in a millennial culture that strives to live with “borderless thoughts” and accomplish goals that are within reach and far too realistic to be considered just dreams.

Phora will release his new album “Nights Like These” on December 10, 2014 on his independent record label Yours Truly Records. Following the critically acclaim of his mixtapes and music shown via the comments on HotNewHipHop, HipHopDX, and DJBooth to name a few. Fans can purchase the CD with similar packages that include merch items such as T-Shirts hoodies and personalized insignia at www.officialphoraclothing.com

Check out his latest music video “Stay True” below. The video is a dedication to his longtime team and “Phoraheads” who have been supportive of his musical journey since day one while acknowledging but not phased by the naysayers. The song is produced by longtime partner Eskupe and video directed by George Orozco.

Have You Met Castro?

By Marina A. Moreno
Photo Credits: Santiago Interiano (Epic Nights)

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“Fall in love with the process. You can do anything you put your mind to. If you’re truly passionate about it, you can do it. There is no formula to success. It really is all about hard work and dedication.” – CASTRO

This past year music definitely had its up and downs. No matter what genre you try to defend, you can’t really dodge the bullet that many rappers, singers and producers took. With only one album succeeding at becoming certified platinum in the month of November, music fans began to reflect and re-listen to albums they purchased (or downloaded) throughout the year so that they can crown who they thought deserved the recognition. Not only did appreciators assume that twenty-fourteen would be the year of musical domination, but it was predicted that R&B would be making its long awaited return. With voices like BJ The Chicago Kid, Miguel and Elijah Blake to name a few, why are we so deprived of soulful sounds to make us fall in love, have our hearts broken, and fall in love again? Luckily, all has not been lost. Emerging onto the scene is a singer/songwriter whose voice is powerful yet smooth enough to revive his genre. He is, Castro.

Bred out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Castro is a singer/songwriter paving the path that connects old school R&B to our generation now. Formally part of the successful Polow Da Don co-signed group, i-15 which created hit singles like “Lost In Love” and “Soulja Girl” with, Castro has branched off and grown a deeper understanding and appreciation for the industry he knows all too well; allowing him to fall in love with the process and outcome, all over again. Already experienced in songwriting for artists like Joe and Bobby Valentino, Castro has saved his best lyrics for his upcoming project in which he recruited the talents of GRAMMY nominated producers The Audibles, multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Poo Bear and even rap legend, Snoop Dogg.

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With the blessings of his fans, father, former i-15 member and friend, Das and musical inspirations such as User, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, and the legendary Michael Jackson, it’s only evident the type of finished product we can expect from someone such as Castro, considering who he absorbs influence from.

As mentioned, Castro is currently hard at work crossing from Las Vegas to LA to, prepare to take the music scene by storm with his new album, “You Fetish.” But don’t call it a come back; Let it be known, we are just welcoming Castro home. Stay connected to Third Floor Network and Castro (@Castrosworld_) as there will be an interview with the singer making it’s debut on the site in the near future!