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I have visited popular wastelands
Bolden places with familiar faces
Mystical traces of war and death
No one questions it however deprived it is left
Wastelands of freedom where you really have no choice
Where life is just as simple as abortion
And we are living in spiritual discourse
Wastelands of marriage where adultery is a common drug
No respect for the covenant of life
Reliving death shot down by slugs
I have visited popular wastelands
Flared veins dope fiends insane
Who’s to blame in this sea of despair
Call it drugs or government see no one cares
Their too busy being silent
Not wanting to go there
I have visited popular wastelands
Back alleyways minds are crazed
Kids never phased wallowing in disrespect
They don’t know they are the future of the last ones left
In wastelands of poverty surrounded by TV
Teaching nothing but how to succumb to slavery
Slavery of their own thinking
Dark minds impeaching
Every gift of intellect
That could raise them out of death
Yeah I visited popular wastelands
And I couldn’t stand the stench
Many standing in the midst of it catching a whiff
Acting as if
There is no sign of decomposition
Not even willing to listen or read the signs
Saying putrescible waste
Instead they stay
I’ve visited popular wastelands
Old and dilapidated memories faded
Walls tainted I can’t stay there
My senses have made me intrinsically aware
Gotta leave this place before it consumes me
I will never be popular and wasted away to a place that never knew me
Yeah I visited popular wastelands

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010, 97.6 BREAKIT! RADIO BROUGHT ITS OFFICIAL KICK OFF PARTY TO HOT TV, LOCATED AT 600 KENRICK DRIVE, SUITE E-16, HOUSTON, TX 77060. BreakIt! Radio invited the community out to enjoy Independent Artists as they broke their talent on the Hot TV stage along with HIP HOP professionals such as K-Rino and Vince Bryant. Special performing guests Golden Boy, Supa Sammy Veal of Kryptonite Records, Sho Stoppa, Young Solar and Yung Tonka blazed the stage in a HOT way.

97.6 BreakIt! Radio, an affiliate of A Team Media and Broadcasting Company, stood right at the forefront of history , changing the face of entertainment as we know it. As a prominent force in their stance on the HIP HOP Revolutionary Movement, the breaking new radio station is set to revive HIP HOP globally, as well as give indie artists an avenue for exposure – breaking them into the industry.

In association with Breaking the Labels, the station owners, Vanessa Chozen Marie and Vince Bryant are dedicated to utilizing the station as a vehicle to “power” the voices of the people in many aspects. The two recognize music and entertainment as vehicles for fueling the MOVEMENT.  Through music and entertainment the two are working to positively impact the local community and abroad.

With a full house at Hot TV on November 6, the voices of Indie Artists, the community and entertainment supporters were heard loud and clear. Since the Kick Off Party took place the internet (Facebook and Twitter) and the streets have been blazing with talk on the success of the event. More importantly, people are discussing the change in media and the representation of Indie Artists in the Houston and surrounding areas. Artists from Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas came out to support and represent their talent live.

The Hot TV stage was laced with pure talent from Indie Artists as K-Rino performed with precision and a verbal eruption, spitting true knowledge. Vince Bryant, showcasing his verbal diversity ignited the crowd performing hits like GoodTimes, produced by the “JDilla Reincarnated” producer, Jeffrey Sadik McNeil. Long term relationships were made at this event and continue to build as artists are coming together to show love and respect for one another. This event proves to be the beginning of many more successful artistic collaborations and events held in conjunction with 97.6 BreakIt! Radio, Breaking the Labels and HOT TV.

In this defining moment where all African American-owned media, entertainment and broadcasting companies are making history in Houston and the Gulf Coast Region, the owner of Hot TV (Houston’s Own Talent), Malik Rasheed, who has been a pillar in the community for surrounding artists has moved the Hot TV Show to Channel 21 (UTN – Urban Television Network), an all African American-owned TV network seven days a week. 97.6 BreakIt! Radio is proud to be a part of this historical moment, hosting the 97.6 BreakIt! Radio Kick Off Party at the very home that has been an avenue since 1999 for Houston artists to gain exposure. 

Trust there is a shift in media, broadcasting, TV networking and entertainment. No truer words have ever been written. The Houston community is standing behind 97.6 BreakIt! Radio, Hot TV, UTN 21 and the Breaking the Labels MOVEMENT to EMPOWER change and to have their voices heard in a major way. 

97.6 BreakIt! Radio Red Carpet History Making Sponsors for this event were Nothin 2 Lose Records (Jason “JBlak” Jackson, Dwight Facey, and Justin Rimer), Real McCoy Entertainment (Blue Royale, Cori Wilikins, Shereece Campbell “MamaStackz”) and Tattoos by Kevo (Kevin Byrd).  Additional sponsors for the event are Fever Entertainment (Jay Merchant) and Black on Black Entertainment (Wood Real). 

For more information regarding 97.6 BreakIt! Radio, contact (832) 969-5666 or email outsidethebox@breakitradio.com. To become a sponsor, vendor or to advertise your business, contact Vanessa Chozen Marie at (832) 969-5666.

For more information on Vanessa Chozen Marie or Vince Brant, visit:
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/vmposey or www.facebook.com/people/Vince-​MostWanted/540619533
Breaking the Labels Blog Spot:
 www.breakingthelabels.wordpress.com
Radio Station Website:
  www.breakitradio.com (Site is Under Construction)
Jeffery Sadik McNeil:  facebook.com/sadikdabeast
Nothin 2 Lose Records:
 http://www.facebook.com/Nothin2LoseRecords
Real McCoy Entertainment:
 http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Real-Mccoy-Entertainment/140821552607057
Tattoos by Kevo:
 www.kevoshow.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

97.6 BreakIt! Radio Kick Off Party

97.6 BreakIt! Radio Kick Off Party

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010, AT 9:00 PM, 97.6 BREAKIT! RADIO WILL HOST ITS OFFICIAL KICK OFF PARTY AT HOT TV, LOCATED AT 600 KENRICK DRIVE, SUITE E-16, HOUSTON, TX 77060. BreakIt! Radio invites the community out to enjoy Independent Artists as they break their talent on the Hot TV stage along with HIP HOP professionals such as K-Rino and Vince Bryant.  Also, special performing guests Golden Boy, Supa Sammy Veal, Sho Stoppa and Young Solar will blaze the stage at this hot event.

 

97.6 BreakIt! Radio, an affiliate of A Team Media and Broadcasting Company, stands at the forefront of making history in changing the face of entertainment as we know it. As a prominent force in their stance on a HIP HOP Revolutionary Movement, the breaking new radio station is set to revive HIP HOP globally, as well as give indie artists an avenue for exposure – breaking them into the industry.

In association with Breaking the Labels, the station owners, Vanessa Chozen Marie and Vince Bryant are dedicated to utilizing the station as a vehicle to “power” the voices of the people in many aspects. The two recognize music and entertainment as vehicles for fueling the MOVEMENT.  Through music and entertainment the two are working to positively impact their local community and abroad.

In this defining moment where all African American-owned media, entertainment and broadcasting companies are making history in Houston and the Gulf Coast Region, the owner of Hot TV (Houston’s Own Talent), Malik Rasheed, who has been a pillar in the community for surrounding artists has now moved the Hot TV Show to Channel 21 (UTN – Urban Television Network), an all African American-owned TV network. 97.6 BreakIt! Radio is proud to be a part of this historical moment, hosting the 97.6 BreakIt! Radio Kick Off Party at the very home that has been an avenue since 1999 for Houston artists to gain exposure.

97.6 BreakIt! Radio Red Carpet History Making Sponsors for this event are Nothin 2 Lose Records (Jason “JBlak” Jackson, Dwight Facey, and Justin Rimer), Real McCoy Entertainment (Blue Royale, Cori Wilikins, Shereece Campbell “MamaStackz”) and Tattoos by Kevo (Kevin Byrd). 

For more information regarding the Kick Off Party, contact (832) 969-5666 or email outsidethebox@breakitradio.com. To become an event sponsor, vendor or to advertise your business at this event, contact Vanessa Chozen Marie at (832) 969-5666.

General Admission: $15.00
Performance Slots: $25
Open Bar and Free Buffet

For more information on Vanessa Chozen Marie or Vince Brant, visit:
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/vmposey or www.facebook.com/people/Vince-​MostWanted/540619533
Breaking the Labels Blog Spot: www.breakingthelabels.wordpress.com
Radio Station Website:  www.breakitradio.com (Site is Under Construction)
Nothin 2 Lose Records: http://www.facebook.com/Nothin2LoseRecords
Real McCoy Entertainment: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Real-Mccoy-Entertainment/140821552607057
Tattoos by Kevo: www.kevoshow.com

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He hit the streets like man
Gotta hustle real hard
Put a ring on her hand
He put the ring on her hand
She looked like man
Gotta fool him real hard
Hide the ring on her hand
He said he met her in a closet
Like a leaky faucet
She was running all out
And he wondered what the cause is
She said yeah I use to get molested
My family life was tested
So I hit the street corner
Where they asked me, “Who the best is?”
She looking like me
He looking like see
I can get you out the life
If you trust in me
So she worked the street habit
Said she had to have it
Not talking bout love
But the paper is a habit
In and outta hotels
Outta clothes like fashion
She a runway model
Or street corner has been
She use to run her mouth much
Familiar with the male touch
He thought it was crucial
That he love her like the future
Took her off the street corner
Sat her down for a meal
Said you wanna meet the coroner
She said naw you fa real
He said naw I’m not fa real
But fa real you just might
If you stay on them corners
Giving dome every night
She said don’t judge
You’n know nut’n bout my life
He said yeah you right
But you living real trife
That don’t mean I don’t love you
I been out here showing love too
Watching you for years
Making sure that you safe boo
Watching me for years?
She said it with an accent
New York strong
She said what… was it practice?
Naw just love
Trying to make sure you was safe
Just working up the nerve
To take you out this place
I been hustling real hard
Tryin’a get you up a ring
Since I first approached you
And ain’t had not a thing
Back then you shut me down
Said my paper wasn’t green
No cash all around me
You wasn’t ready for the king
She said what’s the deal
I got money to earn
And you talking all that mess
I done already heard
He pulled out the ring
Talking will you be my wife
I been yo’ body guard
You been living out yo’ life
I been here for you
When yo’ own heart
Really wasn’t
I been real patient
You casting stones at the covenant
Casting stones at covenant?
Naw I really wasn’t
What you talking bout
Men come a dime a dozen
While you been collecting dimes
You shoulda been my wife
Had this ring on yo’ finger
Took six years out my life
To approach you again
Now I got my money right
You gone act like you ain’t know
That you shoulda been my wife
Remember ’82
You told yo’ girl you had a dream
Said you saw yo’ Adam
And you were like his Eve
Tell me you can’t remember
I’m trying to bench you for the team
Not hold the past against you
Wipe the slate real clean
Yo’ girl’s name was Tina
She use to live up the block
Before she left the hood
She put a time on yo’ clock
Said six years from now
I hope you take his hand
He’s already here
Take the ring from his hand
Said take the ring from his hand
Then you was like damn
When I can make this paper
I’on need a ring on my hand
Put the ring on yo’ hand
Baby like damn
Casting stones at the covenant
You shitting on yo’ man
She hung her head low
Then she reached for the ring
Felt herself waking up
Realized it was a dream
In the hotel room
Reaching inside the cabinet
She put the ring on her hand
Just like it was a habit
Looked over her shoulder
Seen her lover laying there
While her husband was at work
And children, daycare
Put the ring on yo’ hand
Was inscribed inside the ring
Cause casting stones at the covenant
Ain’t nothing but a thing

Mama always told me
Girl, you are gonna get yo’ self a good husband
One who loves and cherishes you
One you can have fun with
And honey you are so pretty
I know he is gonna want a lot of kids
Ones you can raise and call yo own
Have a lot of wonderful talks with
Mama said
And girl you are so smart
I know you are gonna help that man
Run his house like an art
She said I see those boys watching you
They love to see you smile
They just be so filled up with you
I always see them hanging around here for a while
And you are a virtuous young lady
I know cuz I raised you that way
So that man will be blessed to get you
And he will know it in every way
Mama would carry on a bit
And we would keep working in the fields
She’d talk about how I would make a good wife
And silently I would be spinning my wheels
I didn’t wanna be a wife
I didn’t even want no kids
I didn’t care what boy was looking at me
I just knew I wanted to live
Run as far as I could from the country
Try to have me a good life
But all mama could talk about was me being a wife

(Ten years later)

I showed up on mama’s door step
With one suitcase and a belly
One daughter in my hand
Said hi mama this here is Shelly
I hadn’t seen mama in years
Not since the day I got married
I married some city boy
Who rode me away in a carriage
Mama said what you here for child
I haven’t seen you in so long
And where is yo’ husband
He ain’t gonna want you gone too long
I said I know mama
Is it ok if we come in
I put Shelly down
She and mama instantly became friends
Mama could see my face
She said now child don’t you worry
Whatever is the matter now
God will fix it in a hurry
You got yo’ self a real good husband
Who pays all the bills
You ain’t gotta work for nothing
Cuz you got a good man as yo shield
She just kept folding her clothes
And I began to cry
Mama said hush now child
Everything is gonna be alright
I said mama he beats me
He even pulls out my hair
Doesn’t matter if I am good to him
I must always beware
Mama stopped for a minute,
But she didn’t lift her head
She said me and yo’ daddy had those problems
But I don’t wanna talk about him now he’s dead
I said mama I can’t stay
And take this from that man no mo’
He beats me in front of Shelly
Even drags me cross the flo’
Mama said hush now child
Everything’s gonna be alright
You just pray and ask the Lord
To make that man alright
I said yes ma’am
Then I went to my old room
I left Shelly with mama
I was feeling so confused
I took a bottle of pills
How many I didn’t care
All I knew was
I felt pain everywhere

(The next morning)

Mama tried to wake me
But I didn’t make a sound
She even tried to move me
Shelly heard her voice resound
Mama cried hard
And Shelly didn’t understand
Mama regained her strength
Then took Shelly by the hand
She told Shelly
Well, baby doll
It looks like it’s just me and you
Yo mama is gone now
And here is what we gonna do
I want you to be a doctor
Not a nurse of the sorts
Cuz you can do anything
That is deep inside yo heart
I want you to be a lawyer
Matter of fact you should be the judge
You can sit on the Supreme Court
If you study them laws enough
I don’t ever want you to forget
That deep inside you have dreams
Don’t give them up for someone else
Shelly, not even for me
I tried to be a good mother
And an even better wife
But one thing I never did
Was live my own life
Now Shelly you promise me
Before you get too big
If you don’t do anything else
Promise me you gonna live

*** Note: We don’t have to take our children through our past… they have the right to be free

Vince Bryant

Vince Bryant

Be sure to check out the new BreakIt Feature – Vince Bryant

From time to time, I run into Indie artists who deserve some shine. I’m going to do my part to put the good stuff out there… give me your feedback in return. #BreakIt!

Vince Bryant, a native Houstonian and Marine Vet, boasts a dynamic hip hop talent not often heard in the South.  My first impression of Vince Bryant is a lyrical assassin.  Get the full story: https://breakingthelabels.wordpress.com/breakit-feature/

My words are purpose filled
Yet they are but a feather weight in this bottomless pit of a landfill
I wish that every ear would be my pit
And when words fall upon deaf’s ear
The inner man would take over with wit
I wish my words would find a place deep within every heart
And resonate something so fearless
That every person within the distance of its sound
Would gather up like soldiers and fight for their lives as if they are losing it
We are losing it
The battle that each minority has already proclaimed defeat
And instead of standing upon pyramids and beseating thrones like kings
They lay upon masters and past master’s feet
I wish I could take flight upon eagle’s wings
Swoop to the bottom of that pit and allow all to see the microcosm of life
That some have painted as our bigger picture
But what picture are we painting for ourselves
When we have become enslaved by our own minds
We place our dreams on the shelf
I wish I could whisper into the ear of that bottomless pit
Each time we make purchases that make the other man rich
And we roll down the street flossing who got the flyest rims
Yet our children have no education
And college is not at the top but at the bottom of our lists
I wish I could hail like the angels and make a powerful sound
So powerful that when it hits the bottom of that bottomless pit it resounds
Let that resounding build and blow the iron bars off this fortress that imprisons our minds
Release them like the freedom of the slave
Harriet Tubman and Kunta Kinte
And when my words speak
I pray the freedom of an enslaved mind causes us to never look back
That we take our rightful places as kings and queens
Become our own masters and not the masters of another man’s dreams
I wish my words would dissolve this pit
Cause chests to cave inward in search of more than that last breath
Unchanged by the chains that would deliver us to death
I wish my brothers and sisters would fight like soldiers in a battle as if they are losing it
We are choosing it
The battle that most minorities have already proclaimed defeat
Instead we stand upon pyramids and beseat thrones like kings
Shackling our masters and past master’s feet
My words are purpose filled