Got a chance to lay down some vocals on this short film movie soundtrack! Coming soon .. wait on it 🔥 #Repost @alfredrashad (@get_repost)
Big shout out to the homie @jayharper_official for coming through and being the true THESPIAN/ENTERTAINER🎭 that she is. Writing music for film is a really unique and different experience. The freedom it allows is kinda cool…
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RIZE OF A DIETY: A Prologue is in post production and will hit various digital platforms soon…
Kandi Burruss kicked it back to the ‘90s recently when she posted a photo of herself in the studio with *NSYNC. The throwback snapshot harks back to a bygone era when the boy band was hard at work on their sophomore album No Strings Attached.
Kandi was recruited by the guys to help craft tunes for the release, eventually helping to co-write their deliciously great track “It Makes Me Ill.” And, if you think it looked fun to work with the guys just by glancing at the photo, the Real Housewives of Atlanta singer/songwriter confirmed to The Daily Dish that it really was a party.
“I have another picture of the same picture with all of us shooting birds at the camera, but I didn’t think that was good for their image at this point so I didn’t post that one,” Kandi told The Daily Dish.
“We were young. We were having fun in the studio. I had wrote the song 'It Makes Me Ill’ for them on their No Strings Attached album and She'kspeare was the producer, and we just had a good time. They were super talented. They were really silly in the studio too, so you see Chris [Kirkpatrick] was acting crazy in the picture. It was really fun working with them. I really enjoyed it and I’m glad I had the opportunity. It’s so funny to see where we started and where we are now.”
On this day in music history: October 27, 1973 - “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight & The Pips hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 4 weeks on October 20, 1973. Written by Jim Weatherly, it is the first pop, and fourth R&B chart topper for the legendary vocal quartet from Atlanta, GA. Songwriter Jim Weatherly pen a number of hits for Gladys Knight & The Pips over the years including “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)”, “Where Peaceful Waters Flow”, and “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” to name a few. The classic “Midnight Train To Georgia” was originally titled “Midnight Plane To Houston” and had been recorded by Cissy Houston in 1972, though her version is not a hit. When Gladys Knight & The Pips sign with Buddah Records in early 1973, they will work with producer Tony Camillo (Tony Camillo’s Bazuka) on “Imagination”, their first album for the label. The basic track is recorded at Camillo’s studio in Somerville, NJ with former Funk Brothers Andrew Smith (drums) and Bob Babbitt (bass), along with Barry Miles (piano) and Camillo himself (electric piano). Knight and The Pips record their vocals Artie Fields Recording Studio in Detroit. Issued as their second single on Buddah in August of 1973, it is an immediate smash, simultaneously climbing the pop and R&B singles charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #71 on September 1, 1973, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Midnight Train To Georgia” wins the group a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group, one of two awards they receive in 1974 (also winning the pop group award for “Neither One Of Us”). “Midnight Train To Georgia” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — provided details supporting the parents’ worst fears. They said six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.
The last time J. saw her daughter was Dec. 1, 2016.
“It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” she said. “I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”
According to Mack, Jones, and McGee, the women living in Kelly’s Duluth, Georgia, “guest house” or his Chicago recording studio last summer included:
A 31-year-old “den mother” who “trained” newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually. She had been best friends since high school with the girl in the videotape for which Kelly was tried in 2008. She recently parted ways with Kelly, these sources say.
A 25-year-old woman who also has been part of Kelly’s scene for seven years.
A recent arrival, a 19-year-old model who has been photographed in public with Kelly and named on music gossip websites — a rarity among the women in his circle.
An Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with Kelly around 2009, when she was 19. (She is now 26.)
And an 18-year-old singer from Polk County, Florida. Mack said the Florida singer is Kelly’s “favorite — his number-one girl.”
Mack, Jones, and McGee claim that women who live with Kelly, who he calls his “babies,” are required to call him “Daddy” and must ask his permission to leave the Chicago recording studio or their assigned rooms in the “guest house” Kelly rents near his own rented mansion in suburban Atlanta. A black SUV with a burly driver behind the wheel is almost always parked outside both locations. Kelly confiscates the women’s cell phones, they said, so they cannot contact their friends and family; he gives them new phones that they are only allowed to use to contact him or others with his permission. Kelly films his sexual activities, McGee and Jones said, and shows the videos to men in his circle.
Mack, the star’s former personal assistant, said Kelly almost always tells the women to dress in jogging suits because “he doesn’t want their figures to be exposed; he doesn’t want them to look appealing.” She said when other men are in the same room, Kelly “would make the girls turn around and face the wall in their jogging suits because he doesn’t want them to be looked at by anyone else.”
If the women break any of Kelly’s “rules,” Mack and Jones said, he punishes them physically and verbally. For example, Jones claimed that Kelly held her against a tree and slapped her outside of a Subway sandwich shop in spring 2013 because she had been too friendly with the male cashier there. McGee said she never saw Kelly hit anybody, but also said he was running a “cult” and manipulated her emotionally and sexually.
“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” McGee said. “But Robert is the devil.”