Meet 24-year-old rapper Foe Foe Tha Don, a West Palm Beach native who’s bringing a message to the airwaves. The message? That, no matter what trials and tribulations life brings, never give up. He’s living testimony to that: a two-time convicted felon, Foe Foe Tha Don never gave up. While serving time in prison, he said, he focused on his future, not his past, and worked to perfect his craft. The song featured here, Message, is real and raw; blatantly so.
When asked about his inspiration for the song, his answer was simple. “The song came from stress and letting petty things get to my head,” he said, “like old friends who felt a way because I came home with a different mindset from when I left.” Message voices the struggles, growing pains and hopes of a young talented black man who made some mistakes while living in America—but works to overcome those mistakes. Today, he has a daughter (that’s her in the picture, at top) and a full-time job. With lyrics like “never been the type to wait for a handout” and “I got a daughter now so I move right” and “I was tired of going through the same thing,” his views are eminently relatable. He has released more music on YouTube, including a tune called No Pain; click here to hear it. Wishing you the best, Foe Foe!
On Saturday November 3, I took a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Orlando from south Florida for a party called ‘Blue Rave, Day Rave.’ People to whom I told my plans thought I was loopy. Even my own mother remarked “you really want to drive that far for a party?” However, what they didn’t understand is this: the Rave is not just a party; it’s an experience.
A little backstory. Blue Rave, Day Rave is an all-inclusive Jamaican dance party held annually in Orlando, complete with top-shelf liquor and catered foods and desserts. Can’t beat that for $50.
This year’s venue was odd, to say the least: a junkyard that had been spruced up with neon displays and decorations. But it worked. There’s a saying that Jamaicans can’t arrive anywhere on time. I am here to testify: true. The party started at 6 p.m., yes, but when I arrived at 8 p.m., there was barely any one there! A two-hour drive for a dead party?! But, boy, was I wrong. By about 9:30 p.m., people were pouring in like Red Stripe in a tall glass! Some were dressed in heels and designer clothing, others in active wear. Yet, the vibe was cool. The guest selector, DJ National, knew just what to play to get the crowd singing and dancing, while New York-based comedian and dancehall artist Noah Powa, the MC, kept the energy alive. What added to the night’s hot, hot, hot aura? Free drinks, steadily flowing! I didn’t want to leave! It was a night to remember and worth the drive.
Recently, all over my social media news-feeds, parties and events, men have been proclaiming that they don’t want a Batta Ears Gyal, and it’s getting annoying.The term was popularized by Dancehall artiste Govana in his song Bake Bean. The chorus of the song is as follows “Some man a hype wid a bagga waste gal/Gena gena we nuh wife batta ears gal/Boy go ova yasuh wid yuh macka face gal/Gena gena we nuh wife batta ears gal”. The definition of Batta Ears Gyal is a female lacking ambition or self-worth. However, my question to Govana, and all his supporters, what is equatable to being a Batta Ears Gyal as a man? Lazy cannot do, we need something that is equally as offensive. Maybe a Batta Ears Boy?According to The Washington Post, women are dominating men at college. Last year, woman earned 57.4% of all bachelor’s degrees. But that’s not it, Forbes did a study that showed black woman as the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. Since 1997, the number of businesses owned by black woman has grown more than 322%.In a nutshell, woman are bossing up and the figures are here to prove it. So Govana, we don’t husband no Batta Ears Boys.
Jada Brown is the host of the All Access Show, a bi-continental radio show that airs on 97.1 FM in south Florida and in Jamaica. She is also the owner of JB Entertainment, which does marketing.
Take one good look at the 24-year-old artist Phantomm, and you will automatically see the passion in his eyes. The same passion that has fueled a very successful career in music.
Phantomm loved music from an early start. He recounts how he would come up with lyrics and melodies even while in school and his friends would push him to eventually take his music seriously. These same friends lovingly gave him the name Phantomm, which originates from the popular cartoon Danny Phantom. They call him this because he was quiet and could disappear and reappear without anyone noticing, similar to a ghost. The name stuck obviously, and to this day, he’s still friends with these young men. You have probably seen them calling themselves #TOPWEST.
Phantomm has produced his own genre of music called Bad Breed. He says “I can’t limit myself to saying I’m only a reggae artist or only a dancehall artist. I have my own style which encompasses many different musical elements. I plan to introduce the world to Bad Breed and show them what I am capable of.” Don’t think music alone he is recognized for; good looks as well. His current hit song ‘Bad Breed Gyal’ stems inspiration from a considerable number of girls fighting over the “Bad Breed General.”
Ask Phantomm what’s next and he remarks “I just want my fans to support me through everything. Be loyal to me and I will be loyal to you. I’m focused on bigger and better things. I’m constantly working to put out music that the world needs.” Welcome to JB Entertainment Phantomm, we look forward to working with you and supporting the stardom that’s due to you!