Diva Lounge Radio on 4/23/10 Interview with Bones Brigante and Mandee Monet
If you missed Diva Lounge Radio on wesoliveradio.com this past friday, you missed a great show. We had the pleasure of interviewing BET 106 & Park Freestyle Friday winner Bones Brigante.
Check out his Bio:
BORN IN SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA AS THE FIRST IN A SET OF FRATERNAL TWINS EASHAWN GRIFFIN A.K.A. MR. BONES BRIGANTE QUICKLY RETURNED TO THE EAST COAST WHERE BOTH HIS PARENTS WERE BORN AND RAISED. HAVING A FATHER FROM THE BRONX BY WAY OF HARLEM NY KNOWN TO PLENTY AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF HIP HOP, AND A MOTHER FROM ENGLEWOOD N.J. HOME TO PIONEERING RAP LABEL SUGAR HILL RECORDS IT ALMOST SEEMED DESTINED FOR A YOUNG BONES TO CARVE HIS OWN PLACE IN RAP MUSIC. HE SPLIT TIME ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HUDSON RIVER BEING EXPOSED TO STREET CULTURE AND HIP HOP ELEMENTS. HE GREW FOND OF RAP MUSICS GOLDEN ERA AND HAD A KNACK FOR REMEMBERING RHYMES FROM HIS FAVORITE MCs INCLUDING BIG DADDY KANE, SPECIAL ED, AND RAKIM. HE NOT ONLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MUSIC OF HIS GENERATION, BUT ALSO HIS MOTHERS RECORD COLLECTION WHICH CONTAINED THE VERY MUSIC THAT WAS BEING SAMPLED BY RAPPERS AT THE TIME SUCH AS JAMES BROWN AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC. HE BRIEFLY FED HIS APPEITITE FOR REBELLION WITH THE SOUNDS OF HEAVY METAL TAKING A LIKING TO GROUPS SUCH AS GUNS&ROSES AND MOTLEY CRUE. AS A TEENAGER HE MOVED TO MARYLAND WHERE HE ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL AND PLAYED BASKETBALL COMPETING AGAINST AREA GREATS CARMELO ANTHONY AND KEITH BOGANS. DESPITE HAVING PROMISE AS A LIGHTNING QUICK POINT GUARD, HE LET HIS CURIOSITY FOR THE STREETS GET THE BEST OF HIM. HE BRIEFLY ATTENDED COLLEGE IRONICALLY MAJORING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE WITH HOPES OF BECOMING A BASKETBALL SQUAD WALK ON. THINGS DIDN’T GO AS PLANNED AND HE SOON DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL. IT WAS AT THIS TIME HE BEGAN TO ACTIVELY PURSUE HIS DREAM TO BECOME A RAPPER. WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF INFLUENCES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE HE BEGAN TO CULTIVATE A UNIQUE STYLE OF HIS OWN THAT HE FELT WAS READY TO BE HEARD BY THE MASSES. AFTER MAKING THE FIRST CUT TO THE SECOND SEASON OF PUFF DADDYS MAKING THE BAND IT BECAME EVIDENT TO HIM AND THOSE AROUND HIM HE HAD THE TALENT TO TAKE HIS PASSION TO THE NEXT LEVEL. HE BEGAN TEARING DOWN LOCAL VENUES AND BATTLES SUCH AS 5 SEASONS AND BALTIMORE LIVE AND EVEN BRIEFLY RETURNED BACK TO NEW YORK AND CUT A DEMO WITH D BLOCK PRODUCER VINNY IDOL. AFTER A STRING OF RUN INS WITH THE LAW AND THE BIRTH OF A DAUGHTER HIS DEDICATION FOR HIS CRAFT BEGAN TO SWAY. UPON MOVING TO PHILADELPHIA AND REALIZING HE DIDN’T WANT TO GIVE UP ON HIS DREAM HE BEGAN RECORDING AGAIN, AND IN A YEARS TIME HIS HARD WORK HAS PAID OFF. HE HAS GONE ON TO BECOME AN UNDEFEATED FREESTYLE FRIDAY CHAMPION ON BET's 106 & PARK, BUT MR BONES BRIGANTE IS NOT JUST YOUR AVERAGE BATTLE RAPPER. WITH A GROWING FAN BASE HE PLANS TO RELEASE HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT BAD 2 DA BONES. WITH HIS WITTY WORDPLAY, FLUID FLOW, AND DISTINCT DICTION MR BONES BRIGANTE HAS LET IT BE KNOWN THAT HE IS DEFENTLY A TRUE MC TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR….STAY TUNED! You can check him out at http://bonesbrigante.com or follow him on twitter at @bad2dabones. We also had the pleasure of interviewing R&B singer Mandee Monet:
Check out the freestyle at the station:
Check out her bio:
When you mix street, love, soul, and sexy together, there’s nothing better than the sounds and looks of Mandee Mone’t. The 22 year old singer, songwriter, and dancer has been on the music grind since the age of 11. singing in a church choir caught her fascination with sound of harmony and she quickly began to write and arrange songs. Soon she began to consider taking her talents to the next level and making it a career. After her first recording studio session at the age of 17, she never looked back. Mandee became involved in singing groups including (Taj), an R&B trio. She also taught hip hop dance to the youth throughout the NYc area being that dance was another one of her passions. One of her proudest moments as a Taj member was opening up for neyo at Utopia Paradise Theatre. After the group began to deter, Mandee realized that she had grown more as an artist and a young woman and decided to go solo. Now she represents young women all around the world who dream. Her loving, down to earth, and comedic attitude will make her a pleasure to get to know as well as much fun to work with. With experience of working with various artists and producers and performing for large crowds, there is nothing that the diva can’t handle. Her music expresses the minds and hearts of almost anyone because of her impressive and versatile writing skills. So brace yourself for the next hottest chick coming from the Bronx, New York since who knows when. Mandee Mone’t will take the world by storm.
Follow her on twitter @MandeeMonet and download her single "Do You" on allhiphop.com also download her mixtape "Goin In".
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