Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Kenneth Whalum




The multi-talented musician goes back to his Memphis roots for a stunning black and white visual story


VIDEO: “Away” – Kenneth Whalum featuring Big K.R.I.T.

MEMPHIS, TN (June 15, 2015) – Musician, singer and saxophonist Kenneth Whalum unveils a captivating new video for his inspiring single titled “Away” featuring Def Jam Hip-Hop star Big K.R.I.T. The compelling, black and white visual, shot entirely in Whalum’s hometown of Memphis, creatively encapsulates the lyrical inspiration of hope heard on the track. Both known for their social consciousness and love for real music, Whalum and K.R.I.T. are back with a perfect pairing following their collaboration on K.R.I.T.’s masterpiece of an album titled “Cadillactica” on the song “Stand By.”


“When I first heard this song from Kenneth, I thought it was amazing. It sounded like something I hadn’t been apart of yet. It’s all live instrumentation and it has so much soul and passion in it. It made it easier to write my verse and I felt I could express myself in a way I’ve always wanted to,” notes Big K.R.I.T. “It’s always dope to work with the homie. It’s a blessing to be apart of this. I’m proud of what Ken is putting out right now. He’s making music that artists in the future can sample instead of what we sample now.”


Whalum says, “I always want to make music that I would want to hear and being from Memphis has played a huge part. They’ve always supported me since the beginning and I was happy to bring an artist like K.R.I.T. to shoot the video there. He’s one of my favorite artists and he possesses a sense of awareness and sensitivity. We both have a mutual respect for each other’s approach to music and what we stand for,” the inspirational artist says. “I just want people to listen. We all have similar struggles emotionally – good or bad – and this song is a quick reminder that it’s all good…everything is going to be ok,” Whalum assures.


Away” is the first official single from Whalum’s highly anticipated upcoming album titled “Through Hell and High Water,” slated for an August release. The multi-faceted artist is currently on a nationwide tour with D’Angelo and his Vanguard band, while Big K.R.I.T. is keeping busy in the studio recording his top secret new project, and working behind the scenes producing and writing for other creative artists as well.


Follow Kenneth Whalum on Twitter and Instagram: @kennethwhalum

Follow Big K.R.I.T. on Twitter: @BIGKRIT and Instagram: @youngkrizzle



XXL Freshman Cover


XXL Unveils The Freshmen Live 2015 Show Dates In New York At The Best Buy Theatre And In Los Angeles At Club Nokia

NEW YORK, NY – June 15, 2015 – XXL has unveiled the most anticipated hip-hop magazine cover: the eighth annual XXL Freshman Class featuring 10 of the country’s hottest up-and-coming hip-hop artists; Fetty Wap (New Jersey), DeJ Loaf (Detroit), Vince Staples (Long Beach), Raury (Atlanta), GoldLink (DMV), Tink (Chicago), Shy Glizzy (DC/DMV), K Camp (Atlanta), OG Maco (Atlanta), and Kidd Kidd (New Orleans).  Today, XXL launches the first in a series of 10 Freshmen freestyles and then three cyphers, hosted by world-famous DJ Drama.

Fans will have the opportunity to view the freestyle sessions from each of the 2015 XXL Freshmen at xxlmag.com. XXL will also feature group and solo interviews with the Freshmen on a wide range of topics plus a ton of behind-the-scenes content.

“We work hard to determine who is going to be an XXL Freshman and are very excited with our 2015 selections,” says Vanessa Satten, Editor-In-Chief of XXL. “The XXL Freshman Class is important to hip-hop as it offers a huge platform to new artists we believe are on their way to stardom. Many of hip-hop’s current stars were XXL Freshmen, including Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore, Big Sean, YG, French Montana, Kid Ink, Future, August Alsina, Boosie Badazz, and more. We are very proud of all of our Freshmen and wish everyone who made it, and also those artists who were not selected, the best of luck in their career. We’ll be watching.”

The magazine will be on newsstands everywhere June 30. The XXL Freshmen will perform live in New York City at the Best Buy Theatre on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 and at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, on Monday, July 13, 2015.  Tickets are available at http://www.bestbuytheater.com/ and http://www.clubnokia.com/ for each respective show.

Celebrity Basketball Game & Sneaker Drive

Celebrity Basketball Game & Sneaker Drive

Camp James




Celebs in attendance also included Kevin McCall, Moniece Slaughter, Michael Blackson, Jay 305, King Keraun, Lil Rome Diddy, Compton AV and more

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 8, 2015) – Atlanta Hip-Hop favorite Trinidad James spearheaded an overwhelmingly successful Sneaker Drive and Celebrity Basketball Game at Crenshaw High School over the weekend. The Camp James event received an outpouring of support and was geared towards providing sneaker donations to those in the community who need it most. The festivities drew a star-studded list of West Coast stars and celebrities including Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Hit Boy, Rosa Acosta, Michael Blackson, Kevin McCall, Compton AV, Stevie Williams, Lil Rome Diddy, Moniece Slaughter, King Keraun, Jay 305, Lisa B, Big U, Eastwood, Cameo, ReazonOverdose and more, with DJ Looney and Power 106 DJ’s curating the sounds for the day.

Over 100 local kids and their families showed up to see Trinidad James, Nipsey Hussle, Marquis Diamond, Young Hollywood and more, on the court battling it out. The “Gold Gang” leader made sure the kids didn’t leave empty handed, handing out gift bags to everyone, and awarded raffle winners with major prizes including new Jordans, basketballs, football helmets and more.


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Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Laroo The Hard Hitta

Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Laroo The Hard Hitta

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The Bay area artist gives fans a new street banger to ride to

“You Know I Do”

Laroo ft. Scrapp Deleon & Jack Tradez

RICHMOND, CA (June 4, 2015) – Sick Wid It Records artist, Laroo “The Hard Hitta, unveiled a new street record dubbed “You Know I Do,” featuring fellow rappers Scrapp Deleon and Jack Tradez. The Bay Area Hip-Hop favorite keeps his thousands of fans happy with a new banger to ride to, just in time for the summer.  Press Play and Turn it Up!

Follow Laroo on Twitter & Instagram: @LarooThh

For more information contact Echoing Soundz

 LiMari Garcia — limari@echoingsoundz.net

Echo Hattix — Echohattix@echoingsoundz.net

Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Richie Rich Returns

Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Richie Rich Returns

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The Bay Area rap icon drops a classic banger for the streets


“Mike Vic”


OAKLAND, CA (June 2, 2015) – Living rap legend Richie Rich makes his highly anticipated comeback to the rap game official with the release of his new video “Mike Vic.” The gritty, no holds-barred street anthem is classic Richie Rich – one of the founding fathers of West Coast Hip-Hop. His new visual showcases his Oakland hometown in an ode to the Bay Area streets. After taking a break from the rap scene for several years, the Hip-Hop icon is back, giving his loyal fans a preview of what’s to expect on his brand new upcoming album “Fed Case.”


Best known for his iconic verse on The Luniz’ remix of the multi-platinum single “I Got 5 On It,” guest appearances on Tupac‘s two biggest albums “Me Against The World” and “All Eyez On Me,” and along with his “Town Bidness” Vol. 1 & 2 albums, Richie Rich’s documented talent continues to keep him relevant in today’s ever-evolving music industry.


“I’m excited because it’s been a minute, but right now is a good time,” Richie Rich says. “The Bay Area is getting a really good look right now with artists like Too $hort and E-40 still successful and newcomers Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini and others. I’m just ready to get back out there.”


Keep up with Richie Rich on Twitter: @RichieRich and Instagram: @thaRealRichieRich


Raw Entertainment Magazine Blokk Movement Community Support

Raw Entertainment Magazine Blokk Movement Community Support

The Blokk Movement

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 1, 2015) – L.A.’s own socially conscious rap artist Melo KAN took action in the community over the weekend by organizing a clothing donation drive on Skid Row. The rising star, who dishes about “empowerment for all” in his lyrics, set up shop in front of the Los Angeles Mission building on San Julian and 5th Streets in Downtown L.A. to provide much needed clothing for the city’s less fortunate.
Accompanied by his Blokk Movement truck and excited volunteers, Melo KAN lead the way in unloading and handing out donated men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in all sizes — just in time for summer.
Check out the Video and Photos Below and Follow @MeloKan on Instagram.
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Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Sincere Show

Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Sincere Show


(Los Angeles, CA) – After finding success as a mainstay on VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop, while also remaining a staple on the Hollywood nightclub scene, Chicago bred and Los Angeles based entertainer Sincere Show is back it again with more music.    This time the guy who’s notoriously at the center of every major Hollywood party releases his new single “What Happens in Vegas…” a theme song for good times in Vegas.   The song is accompanied by a recap of his lively week in Sin City during the May/Pac Fight Week. While the song is obviously coined after the well-known motto of Las Vegas, there’s nothing generic about this song. From the artwork, to the turnt beat, to Sincere Show’s recognizable voice on the track, this track has all the makings of Summer banger.

Having released several high quality videos over the past few months, Sincere Show has maintained a consistent schedule of content releases via his Instagram and the Black Diamonds YouTube Channel. He’s put in the work, he’s built a following now its time to be entertained. As Sincere Show says, “Welcome to the Show!” 

Raw Entertainment Magazine Movie News SISTER CODE FILM PREMIERE

Raw Entertainment Magazine Movie News SISTER CODE FILM PREMIERESisterCode_Premiere

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 8, 2015) – The highly anticipated new film Sister Code opens nationwide in AMC theaters today and the movie’s beautiful cast celebrated the iconic day with a “purple” carpet premiere in Universal City. Sister Code’s leading ladies Amber RoseEva Marcille and Drew Sidora joined co-stars Marcus PaulkAmin Joseph, Executive Producers Don Hale, Jr. and Walter Mosley, along with Director Corey Grant, for a star-studded event at the AMC Universal City Theater.

Celebrity guests in attendance included Rosa Acosta, Tony Rock, Erica Mena, Masika Kalysha (Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood), The Sachika Twins, Rich Dollaz (Love & Hip Hop), Moniece Slaughter (Love & Hip Hop: LA), Mally MallDuane Martin, and Sister Code cast members Anne Marie JohnsonAsia Monet RaySade Kimora YoungLaya DeLeon Hayes and more.

Catch Sister Code in AMC theaters nationwide this weekend. Sister Code was written by Walter Mosley, with screenplay writers Randall Hooper, Darien Curry and Don Hale Jr. and distributed by GVN Releasing.  Find tickets for all of your favorite shows, concerts and special events at Special events.vegas

About Sister Code

Sister Code is the funny and touching story of three foster sisters with drastically different personalities, living together in Los Angeles. Amber Rose plays Lexi, the free-spirited artist; Eva Marcille is Sheila, the corporate killer with a soft side, and Drew Sidora works her magic as Lavae, the glue that keeps the family together. With the revered matriarch of the family gone, the James girls must learn to navigate the choppy waters of love, life and sisterhood without her. And when a tragic sisterly secret is revealed, they must learn to dig deep, put their differences aside, and tap into that never-ending bond instilled in them by their beloved foster mother. Through it all, the three sisters will grow closer, love harder, and ultimately prove that mama James was right all along – blood may be thicker than water, but love is thicker than everything.