Friday, March 27, 2009

Keri Hilson's "Turning them ON!"

A lovely Keri Hilson killin' 'em in that dress, parties w' Johnta Austin & JD (Haha @ JD tryna tall up on the couch)
Rich Boy rocked the mic
Fabulous looked like gumby
Diamond & Scrappy showed up representing "Hood Luv" (and WHAT?!)
T.I. signed off
Baby fans at DTLR signing... :)
DTLR pics from BE Magazine
View TONS more Keri Hilson party photos here in FreddyO's gallery, great pics, you don't wanna miss these!

Critics can say what they want about, Keri Hilson. Like how talentLESS she is, how she's JUST another pretty face, or how she's too arrogant to sell records, but the numbers don't lie and "Miss Keri Babeee" showed out. Keri dropped her first album, "In a perfect world" this past Tuesday, with one day sales hittin' at about ummm...85-90k units sold, HELLO! You may not love her, you aint gotta like her, but you gotta respect the hustle.

Hilson made her small mark from sought after, talented writer to song bird after coming onto the scene with her first single, club banger, "The way i are" with producing music legend, Timberland in later of 2007. Smart move Keri. She then threw the illllllllest birthday party i had been to in 2007. ATL shawty! I can't even talk about it too me it was just THAT party. BUT i will tell you, she had major talent rollin' through to show ya girl love that had many people asking the same ol, "Who she (this "one song" unknown singer) effin to bring out all these stars?". But such talk is nothing new in this critical industry. The celebs at Keri's "coming out" party were humble, not stuck in VIP all night but mingling with the fans and media, while Team Keri (Kudos always to Garner Circle PR!) set the whole affair up to resemble your favorite 1980's movie complete with McDonald's happy meals...(yes really), free shots of some tasty madness and gift bags for all guests with things like Hennessy in them. I love a star that's not stingy or at least has pure sponsor power pull. Ummm yeah...memories & good times...aaaaah.

Well Hilson has been on a small tour this week to promote her album across the states making a stop at home in Atlanta yesterday. She packed out clothing store, DTLR last night with a line down the ding dang (thanks Necee) block with fans wanting to get a piece of the tall beauty. Later that evening she had Music Business Politics' Hannh Kang set up club Opera ala Alice in Wonderland style as she partied it up with celeb friends, Polow Da Don (and his bevy of will see), Richy Boy, power mover Shocka Zula (DTP), super producer Drumma Boy (doing BIG things & going out of the country in a few days), Fabulous (love him), Diamond (post Crime Mob), Lil Scrappy (newly DTP signed AND Diamond's boo), Jazze Pha and my favorite, T.I. (prayers & respect go out for his year & a day sentencing given today). There were others too but right now i don't feel like saying all the names so view the above lovely pictures taken from my friends over at the phenomenal
BE Magazine and celebrity photographer Freddy O and see it you can "name that celeb"...or not. I'm still a lil salty that Keri had us waiting till ummm...almost 1 am to get pictures, etc. But i got over it. The DJ WAS HOTT, there were a couple performances, and the party inside was...aight. I just don't find pleasure in partying with a bunch of silly 21 year olds, who mostly took up the dance floor, these days. Besides my job was not to party but to capture. And i think i did just that. So after i did i was ghost. Ciao!

Team Keri! She is rockin' it. Good voice, great production. GET Keri's album here!

Thanks to, Tahira Wright of Branded PR, Nicole & Garner Circle PR and Hannah Kang of Music Business Politics for that last minute entry.

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p.s. special love to Taylor at In The Know, Jason at BE Magazine, Ryon Horne at the AJC and Gyant & SOHH...always a pleasure!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gorilla Zoe, "Don't Feed The Animals" movie event

The man of the hour,Gorilla Zoe
Shawty Lo, Drumma Boy (hot producer, interview coming), a cute kid, Greg Street V-103 Radio, and Squeak, my boy! (Drumma's Manager)
Block, Rocco, Raw Report, Zoe, Raw Report

I liked Zoe's sound from, "Hood Ni**er". Unique voice. I dig him. But i never took him serious as an artist/rapper until last night during his, "Don't Feed the Animals" movie premiere at Atlanta's Movie ATL in association with his newly released album from Block Ent. Films, Bad Boy South & The Raw Report. (BTW why is it that Bad Boy suuuuuuuuucks but Bad Boy South continues to thrive...Maybe the Puffster doesn't run that entity so much. Hmmm??! I digress.)

Speaking of "Hood Ni**er", Gorilla Zoe showed his hood side on this project. No i mean REALLY showed his hood side. The movie featuring Zoe, Block, and a full cast may have been GHETTO but it was real. I appreciate Zoe's no holds barred approach to displaying the truth about the struggle of a shadowed past as he tries to change his life for his music. Add a little bit of drama, a not so kid friendly T&A scene (ummm WOW) and lots of HOTT music from his new album (which i will NOW be copping thank u very much!). Zoe did a great job with his character, himself.

View movie trailer here.

Before most the crew ran off to the after party at Tongue & Groove (the rest partied at The Ultimate- thanks Laura!), I got a chance to talk to Zoe last night, who had just gotten off a plane to hit his premiere, and he told me that even though this is his first film (Block's baby with Block Ent. Films) that he plans on doing much more acting. The main motivation for the movie came in from the album of course. Hey yall...wasn't he supposed to be the original "Biggie" in 2008's "Notorious"? Hmmm. Anyway keep an eye out for ya boy, he's definitely an artist worthy of respect for his originality. He pushes the envelope but not in an annoying way or as if in a desperate ploy for attention.

Buy the album out TODAY, you will not be disappointed! Here are two songs off of the record, one also featured on the movie ("Doe Boy") that i REALLY liked & thought you'd like to. I got the clean version but STILL not for kids please.

Gorilla Zoe, "Doe Boy" HOTT!! (have listened to at least 15 times today...i know i am an addict...)
Gorilla Zoe & Rick Ross, "what it is"

Thanks to Tahira Wright from Branded PR for the invite & sending the songs for me. I appreciate you and your hard work. Check out Zoe tonight on BET's 106 & Park!

Be easy...

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