A Dollar & A Dream

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A week and a day later.

So a couple of years ago I got this bright idea to start an entertainment company and i didn’t sit on the idea very long before diving in head first. No seriously, like a month or two after forming this thought with no convincing needed I began sharing my new venture with loved ones and was already in the midst of licensing TWO companies with an acquired partner in tow for one of them.

Now I know what you’re thinking. TWO?! Recipe for disaster…

What can I say, i like to live dangerously.

Now this world is brand spanking new to me and i am learning as i go through lots and lots of trial and error and extensive reading research.

Because i want this to be a success and not being above education, I attended the Rico Love Music Conference with an open mind ready to take in all that was available for me to absorb.

Day 1 was an ordeal which actually started the day before but because we (the partner and I) were determined to get there, we arrived 2 hours late (fuck you Safari Maps) with notepads and ears perked up as if we been there the whole time taking in the stories and guided advice.

Day 2 was amazing.

the beautiful thing about it was that there weren’t only aspiring musicians, mangers, writers, and track masters there. You had potential A&R’s and other startups. Gospel artist. People from the UK, California, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Chicago, DMV, Georgia, & Canada just to name a few.

That day has been playing in the background of my mind since i left.

There are a lot of things that i want to do.

Learn.

Explore.

Build.

I am not a singer. I am not a rapper. I created the companies with the intent to create a platform for women to navigate this tough male dominated industry. I want to see multiple female MC’s at the top simultaneously. I want to be instrumental in making this happen amongst many other things. I want to write films. I want to see if i can be any good at producing a track. I want to know if i can switch my story telling skills into writing a song. I love to paint pictures with words and unique images.

And I also want to share this space with others  looking to define themselves artistically.

Quite ambitious.

I know.

like i said, i live dangerously.

To say i was elated when Rico Love spoke on the difficulty of women breaking through the entertainment industry is downplaying my heart.

The fact that he stressed repeatedly to the guys that ‘this is not a dating service. This is not Tinder.’ Heavily promoting this as a safe space took the respect that I already had for him as an artist to the stratosphere as Rico Love the Man.

It also further drove home why I even started doing this in the first place and why its so important for me to continue with what i am building.

From the networking segment to Rico Love & Bryan Michael Cox talking on

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Humility

“Only choose purpose driven friends.”

Professionalism

“There’s value in compromise.”

Consistency

Writing styles to study

Reflecting on the ideas to develop

& Close Ones perception of you as you grow through changes.

“Be prepared for the fallout”

I took from all of that an outline on what to build on in the next 365 so WHEN i return next year there will be visible growth.

Im not too bothered by my lack of preparedness this time because like i said I’m learning as i grow. i went with an open mind ready to take in whatever knowledgable guidance was at my disposal.

Until next time, every morning i will continue to tell myself,

“THE GIFT IS IN YOU”

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I find myself listening to a lot of artists that aren’t really getting rotation on the radio (at least where Im at) more and more. Each week I am going to try and share with you some of the tunes I have on repeat. Some are more mainstream…and some are not.

This week we have the ever so charming Azealia Banks. When she first started getting buzz off of her 212 track I was kinda feeling like Ms. Erykah Badu, “shit I tried.” And her attitude and frequent rants really was turning me off about her as a person and that alone was diminishing my interest in even giving her music a chance. Recently, I decided to give her another try with her Broke With Expensive Taste album being dubbed the best album of the year or something to that effect. Well, let me just say that I thoroughly enjoyed the album and after listening to it all I kept thinking was that she is proof that there can be success in creating a lane of your own within a completely different subgroup of hip hop. In a time where hip hop and R&B are basically the same and no longer 2 separate genres, in my opinion, and everyone on the radio for the most part sounds the same, it is refreshing to hear another, unique sound within Hip Hop. I find myself digging the Electronic Hip Hop/R&B sound more and more. Dawn Richards I am also a fan of and her sound is very much in the Electronic R&B subgroup.

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https://soundcloud.com/azealia-banks/sets/chasing-time

 

SZA is another one that I love. I dig her style and her music. She and Isaiah Rashad  associated with TDE, (who housed Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and Ab Soul) frequent my playlist.

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https://soundcloud.com/alex-frances/sza-warm-winds-ft-isaiah

 

This Australian Gem by the name Janine and the Mixtape is a producer and Artist and she too frequents my playlist.

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https://soundcloud.com/janineandthemixtape/janine-and-the-mixtape-dark
https://soundcloud.com/janineandthemixtape/janine-and-the-mixtape-little

T H R O W B A C K T H UR S D A Y|||| U.N.I.T.Y. EDITION

‘Who You Callin’ a Bitch..”

This song right here was posted on a past Throwback Thursday and I felt the need to repost it…Not just because it’s a classic but because it gives me such a sense of nostalgia. It represents well….U. N. I. T. Y. At this point in time in Rap/ Hip Hop there were many fly ass women representing and giving us Ladies that variety AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!!! You had MC LYTE, QUEEN LATIFAH, YO-YO, QUEEN PEN, LADY OF RAGE, LIL KIM, FOXXY BROWN, NONCHALANT (ya’ll remember that song 5’o clock), SUGA T., MIA X,  LAURYN HILL, EVE, CHARLI BALTIMORE and GANGSTA BOO just to name a few. I want this back….and since I’m not one to wait on something to happen, well…. Anyway, there is a lot of underground talent and I just would love for them to get some of that mainstream love and support they deserve. I think there are a lot of US out there that desire the same and in due time it will happen but I cant sit back and do nothing, I have to be a contribution in making this happen… Anywhoo, please feel free to share with me one of your favorite throwback female MC’s or perhaps add to the list above….

Mohna Lyssaa

Women in Music: Kat Dahlia

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Back in March I recall driving to my best friend’s house one morning and I heard her Gangsta  song on the radio and was actually feeling it but never got her name. Every blue moon her song is played during the rush hour mix on the radio and about a week ago,  I heard her song again and came home and looked her song up to find out who she was. I like her voice, it stood out to me; it’s different . The 21 year old Cuban-American, Kat Dhalia, born Katriana Huguet dabbles in various genres from Reggae, hip hop, and pop. She is the debut artist under Sylvia Rhone’s new label, Vested In Culture (VIC) in collaboration with Epic Records. I listened to a few of her other tracks and I actually look forward to hearing more from her.  She currently has a mixtape out right now entitled, Shades of Grey so check that out.

Women in Music: Eve

I have heard a lot of feelings about Eve’s She Bad Bad and today I finally took a listen to it. I don’t think it’s bad at all. I have always liked Eve’s music and I’m glad that she is getting back to it  via her own independent label, From The Rib Music (FTR). She Bad Bad is definitely different but I like different. I admire her and any other artist that steps outside the box. Too many times, people become very critical and want to box you into a particular sound and that’s not good for the artist or the listeners. Why? Because, just like we are experiencing in this present time everybody sounds the same. Music evolves. People evolve. Life happens. I hope she wasn’t expected to have the same sound as from the Ruff Ryder days because that would be….well, ridiculous. I like the new sound. I have not yet picked up the album, Lip Lock but after I do so I may give a more in depth review of the album.

WHO IS MOHNA LYSSAA?

Mohna Lyssaa is more so my alias than an alter ego. She’s not a completely different personality….just a new and improved me. I’m not really the center of attention type, I can easily fade into the background. And not really one liking to ruffle feathers , I often times accepted waaaay more than I needed to from others. About a year and a half ago, I experienced something that really left me so broken and damaged to say the least. Now, I am NOT one to wallow in my sorrow and stay in a down and out spirit but for so long. I mean really, at some point steps need to be taken to rebuild yourself and with me it started with learning to love myself again and that meant taking a hard look at myself and some things that had room for improvement. That is where Mohna Lyssaa was born.

She is my confidence within myself that is pushing me to pursue the things I previously wouldn’t have dared to go after. I discovered my passion with her. I am starting to feel like a woman…a STRONG woman again because of her. Mohna Lyssaa is the blogger, business woman, the go getter , not taking no for an answer.

Melissa is the mother, daughter, sister, cousin, family oriented woman, still a strong woman, but a little more private and reserved. Melissa and Mohna Lyssaa  work together and complement one another. One side does not exist without the other. Both are kind, giving, optimistic, ambitious, music enthusiast, and an art lover,  and sometimes it may be hard to distinguish which side of me you have encountered but do know either way it will be a pleasant experience.

With Love,

Mohna Lyssaa

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Throwback Thursday: Music Edition

Ya’ll listen…. way back when Suga T used to be that chick to me… I still dig her. How many of ya’ll remember that Nonchalant song?  JJ Fad def a classic. Da Brat another goodie. I remember Strawberries on Top of Me used to come on the Quiet Storm here in Detroit. These are just a few of my fav songs by women in hip hop….there’s more to come…Enjoy 🙂

Kelly Rowland Is Giving Me LIFE!!!!!

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YEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! I absolutely love this woman. For years I’ve heard many say how Kelly Rowland and Michelle would never be acknowledged the same as Beyoncé or how the only hits Kelly Rowland has are  when someone is featured on the track. Well Got damn, if she not shutting ya’ll down with success. Today her track “Dirty Laundry” is a world premiere that is being played every hour on the hour….and I love it. In a sense its like the underdog finally getting that shine she deserves, moving out of Beyoncé’s shadow that alot of people saw her in. I see her growth within the music industry and I can only imagine what she went through to get to where she is today. I have always admired her and her talent just as much as Beyonce’s and I just estatic that the rest of the world has caught on too.  

It is very unfortunate that she had to endure the things she did within her song but you know “what doesnt kill you makes you stronger” I am happy that she is no longer in that situation and I like how she is showing us a more personal side of her. I am sure it couldnt have been easy and making that track was like therapy. Keep doing your thing, Ms. Kelly…we see you out here.