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.

Castro photos by Santiago Interiano-EpicNights Media-8515

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!

(VIDEO) T.I. Discusses DOE B.’s Passing, Phone Calls With SNOOP DOGG Regarding IGGY AZALEA & New Album Post Paperwork “The Return” On The Breakfast Club

I love T.I. interviews so had to repost this, but have to give credit to Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God & DJ Envy for doing such a great job always talking about topics listeners want to hear about. As an interviewer, I know it’s not easy to ask the hard questions but they do it seamlessly daily on The Breakfast Club making it look easy. Love their chemistry. P.S. Here’s a great #throwbackthursday of our T.I. Release Show Ft. Kanye West & Rihanna at the Key Club in 2008 for Paper Trail, can’t believe it’s been that long since this show. Til this day, one of my favorite to ever produce. It was a few days before he went into jail and I had to write a note asking if he could stay out past curfew to perform at this show… Thank Gof they let him. This is where Kanye premiered “Heartless” for the first time… Time flies!

Happy Socks By Snoop Dogg

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WHO: Snoop Dogg

WHAT: Swedish company’s PR director Malkiel Berry who revealed that the collaboration will show off the artist’s three sides: Rainter Snoop, Rastafarian Snoop, and “Gin and Juice,” Bandana-Loving Snoop. The three pairs will be sold together in special Snoop-approved box sets for $40 on November 1. We got the “Gin and Juice” pair and they made “happy feeet” figuratively & literally around here.

For more info & where to buy: www.happysocks.com/gl/snoopdogg

SNOOP DOGG & L.A. CLIPPER MATT BARNES Host 2nd Annual Athletes Vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game 9.7.14

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WHO:
Snoop Dogg, Matt Barnes, Gloria Govan-Barnes, Nick Young, Rodney Peete, Nate Robinson, DJ Quik, DJ Mayo, Marcellus Wiley, Mike Epps, Ray J, Antoine Walker, Corey Maggette, Omar Gooding, Jackie Long, Red Grant, Brandi Garcia (93.5 KDAY) and many more to be confirmed.

WHAT:
Second Annual Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game
Family Fun Zone will include the Grilled Cheese Truck, Border Grill Truck, Get Shaved Ice, Bounce Houses and more!

WHEN:
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Ticket Office Opens: 1PM
Family Fun Zone & Gates Open: 4:30 PM / Red Carpet: 4:30 PM
Official Kick Off/Game Play 6:00 PM

WHERE:
Granada Hills Charter High School
10535 Zelzah Ave., Granada Hills, CA 91344

WHY:
To benefit the wonderful charitable work being done by:
Athletes vs.Cancer www.athletesversuscancer.org and The Snoop Youth Football League www.snoopyfl.net

TICKETS:
General Admission: $15 kids under 5 are free
VIP Packages: $75 and up
Purchase tickets in advance by emailing avc@mattbarnesenterprises.com or on game day at the gates.

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See footage from last year’s game below from LA Clipper TV:

Who’s going to #SXSW ? @SKEE x @cashmereagency present #respectthewest ft. #SnoopDogg #YG #Ty$ #VinceStaples #AudioPush #Skeme & more. P.S. 3/12 is my birthday & is a @thirdfloorradio Wed. #turnuptime x 1000? 😉 #48hoursinAustin #SXSW2014 #SKEE247👌#thirdfloornetwork (at SXSW 2014 – Austin, TX)

.@travisgarland x @markballas x @snoopdogg ‘s @iamcorib x @malinicole #Tubeathon performances helped raise over $25K to @covenanthouse thanks for your tweets & help! Above see #AbbyLee performed by Travis Garland with talented guitarist @markballas whom you may recognize as the Dancing with the Stars star. Below is @snoopdogg ‘s beautiful daughter Cori B. @iamcorib x […]