We’re Baaack…Poltergeist!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 by Arthur Blair

Man 2010-2011 was a HELL of year here at W.A.N.T.S. the birth of children, marriage proposals, college graduations, new careers, just pure life changing events! Alas, 2012 is in Full swing and the first is quarter is drawing to close. We are back re-grouping, strategizing and doing what we do best…making moves as only we can. This year will bring W.A.N.T.S. Lifestyle Events, W.A.N.T.S. Radio, and of course wantslifestyle.com is back! So, in this the “year of the apocalypse” as told by the Mayans, we are undergoing a RENAISSANCE , the music is even more dope, the radio is hotter, and our viewpoints/opinions are solidified by our experiences. Stay tuned and keep your eyes on the sky, cause we fly…Comets!…Look Up!

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Ask Arie

Posted in Ask Arie on August 20, 2011 by Arthur Blair

Recently, we here at W.A.N.T.S. Lifestyle were able to grow our family and strengthen an already good relationship with one of the PR firms in our network. We’d like to take this time to introduce Arie Goode, CEO of Leira PR! She will be contributing to this site via her “Ask Arie” weekly advice column. Check it out and tell us what you think. Hopefully the information presented in this column will be informative and useful.

Q: Ari, I was interviewed for a local music mag and some of my words were distorted and weren’t completely accurate to what I expressed. What should I do? – F1

A: [Laughing] This isn’t that uncommon in entertainment journalism. One important fact to remember is 99.9% of all publications both free and paid subscriptions have a bottom line and that is the dollar sign. Why you ask? The higher the readership publications have the more companies will want to advertise in them; bringing more revenue. Cha ching!!! What attracts people/readers? Drama and excitement so if facts for a general interview aren’t exciting enough the editor or writer might take the liberty of “spicing” it up a bit. And it’s all legal as long as it’s kept as open speculation and not slandering someone’s character. My advice’s, if you’re not happy with the article/write-up contact the writer and inquire why the edits were made, and they may have a worthy answer for you and of course you always have the option of contacting the editor as well.
But, take heed and think. Was the article actually harmful to you? If not and you’re just not happy because your words weren’t posted verbatim, I would just let it slide and appreciate the free exposure. They could have easily scrapped the entire piece.
You don’t want to start burning unnecessary bridges over minor details.

Good Luck!

Do you have something you’d like to know? Send me an email: contactsaidarie@gmail.com and on twitter at: www.twitter.com/leirapr_ceo

Comets – Lil Buddy ft. La’Dell Germaine

Posted in W.A.N.T.S. Music Review on August 20, 2011 by Arthur Blair

Recently I received track for review. To my surprise it was from one of my favorite Nashville Hip-Hop artists, Lil Buddy. Lil Buddy is a phenomenal artist, songwriter, and producer. I’ve actually had the pleasure of being in studio with him, and seeing this young man construct a track is an awe inspiring event. Getting back on the topic of this track, Comets, I opened my email to what may possibly be the next club banger for this part of the world. Comets, is powered by a powerful track, incredible singing, and clever verses. Keep reading below for a review of this track.

Lil Buddy, Comets featuring La’Dell Germaine, is powered by a lively rhythmatic track, which opens the first seconds with melodic high notes courtesy of La’Dell Germaine. Lil Buddy then comes in for the first his verse. A solid verse, where he expresses his other worldly style with subtle metaphors like “I stay on my sh!t, you know that i’m fly ain’t it.” The second verse finds Lil Buddy highlighing his team and fellow W.A.N.T.S. Lifestyle members. As well as reinforcing his baller status and musical superiority. Lil Buddy exclaims “I am harder than most, the Viagra flow. You know I stay checking hoes like gynocologists, whoa.” Overall the pulsating track and crooning from La’Dell Germaine make this track a solid club hit. A track easy to dance to, that embeds its hook in your mind, “I’m not like them other guys. I don’t live in the mid-life. I live in sky high life I’m a comet. You said you want to live this life, but you fail to live my life. Now you’re looking sky high, high at the comet.” I’d definitely say Lil Buddy just launched one into orbit with this one!

So long as he is able to load an album or mixtape with tracks like this I am sure everyone will be as enamoured by his music as I am. Be on the look out for his upcoming release In My Own Mind. In addition keep an eye on his team Sydney B., Yall Know Book, Lil Reggie, and Young’nn.

This song and others by Lil Buddy can be heard at http://bln.kr/-LilBuddy615/

Courtesy of Examiner.com

BAG$: Hard Works A $tar!

Posted in Exclusive Interviews on August 20, 2011 by Arthur Blair


How did you get your moniker, and is it an acronym?

Bags: I never know how to answer this question because I’m still afraid of my mom finding out what I used to do [laughing]. The name actually started off as “Money Bags” because the friends I had at the time weren’t exactly model citizens and we used to sell contraband. As the years went on they started calling me M. Bags, and the name eventually got shortened to BAG$. Still you can find people who call me Money Bags if they’ve known me for long enough.

How would you describe your music and your brand?

Bags: My music is universal feel good music. It doesn’t matter what your race, religion, sex, etc., you can enjoy the music I’m putting out. The records I put together make you want to dance or stand up out your seat at the least. I like to say my records evoke feelings out of whoever is hearing it. If you take the record “Let’s Make Up” feet Lady J, you feel like you’re back in the 90’s at a house party or a barbecue with your friends and family.

As an artist that has changed his style and image, how does that affect you staying true to the music and who you are as an artist and a person?

Bags: The reason behind the change is that I was growing and maturing. When I started out I didn’t know myself as well as I thought. As my music got better and I matured I found out what I was comfortable doing and what didn’t sound right coming from me and my brand, so it didn’t really change my image into a totally different person, I just grew.

The friends you have when you’re 15 aren’t necessarily the same people you keep around you when you’re 20,25,30,40 etc. So I’m still true to myself because all this is an evolution of me and the growth of my music.

How important is it to be radio friendly, while still maintaining something fresh and new about your music?

Bags: For me this has been easy, due to the fact that I’ve always enjoyed the commercial side of hip-hop as well as the raw side. When I heard Puff and the whole 96-98 Bad Boy era when he made everything commercial and party like, I can honestly say that’s when I dove head first into hip-hop. With that being said, I can create commercial records as easily as a hard record, which makes it easier for me to transition to commercial success. I’ve always wanted to make people dance with my music and give them a feeling of happiness.

I believe that feelings are what create classic music. When you hear a song that makes you sad or makes your day better you hold on to that record in your heart and that’s what I’m looking for. I also believe that with always keeping your lyrics close to who you are it keeps the music fresh because people who think like you or are interested in you will relate to your style and that way it can be mainstream as well as still fresh.

It is good to see and hear someone using President Obama’s writings as more than a way to push racial apartheid with that being said, “The Audacity of Hope” has a lot to live up to. Will you make any politically charged songs expressing the anger, frustration, and concerns of the American people?

Bags: I’ve actually had songs like that on other projects and also on this one. I had to remove the record I had which was called “Keep on Moving” because it didn’t fit the feeling of the project. With “The Audacity of Hope” I wanted to give people a feeling of happiness through these hard times. They can sit back listen to my music and dream like “Man, I wish I could be doing that right now.” That, in turn will either make them work harder or give them a short release that no drug can provide.

Also since you are running with that title what are your thoughts and views on reclaiming the “American Dream?”

Bags: The ‘American Dream’ is reachable, BUT that same dream means different things for different people. For an immigrant like my father “The American Dream” was to have a house in Dominican Republic and have a house in New York with his family. He kept this dream in focus at all times, now; he may not have had the newest Jordan’s, or been pushing a Bentley, but he made his dream come true. He worked at a job making minimum wage all his life and succeeded because he wasn’t afraid to work hard.

For someone else the dream could be something different. Like my boy Jae-Dub says “nothing of value comes without being earned”, meaning you can’t sit at home all day or at the same position at your job and get ahead. You have to constantly keep the dream in focus and keep bettering yourself as well as those around you.

Hard work has driven you since childhood, what are some of the jobs you’ve done en route to becoming a successful artists?

Bags: I’ve done almost everything you can think of! From McDonalds to pizza boy, dealer, to pimp, almost everything; whatever can bring the money in for bills, I have no problem doing it as long as I can respect myself at the end of the day.

Do you produce in addition to writing your material?

Bags: No, my beats are horrible [laughing].

How hard was it for you to break into your local club and DJ circuit? Who were some DJs that helped you the most thus far in your career?

Bags: Extremely difficult, and I’m STILL not all the way in. My problem is that I refuse to pay for play or payola. I don’t believe an artist should have to pay outrageous prices for one spin on a national radio show. I understand that the DJs have to get paid, and that’s cool, but if you know the artist isn’t on a major label and has good music there shouldn’t be a hefty price tag attached to it. The music is what we all want at the end of the day.

Hip Hop and entrepreneurship seem to go hand-in-hand these days; especially with the decline of the major label, what companies and charities can we expect to see from you?

Bags: I’m really interested in setting up an adoption agency and daycare center for single mothers who can’t support their children on their income. So many mothers don’t have the help they need to pay a nanny or to deal with the situations in their life so I’d really like to help them out. Right now, I donate to “Food for the Poor.” The point of donating is to help enrich the lives of those less fortunate them me, even though I’m not filthy rich, I can always make a difference.

New York is a proving ground for emcees, with so many artists vying for attention what sets you apart?

Bags: What sets me apart is my personality. A diamond will shine differently no matter how many CZ’s you put next to it. You can put any of these up and coming rappers next to me and they look like dull stones. I’m ready for this I have the right attitude, the music, and the right people around me who are looking out for my best interest. My music no matter who you compare it to is still different even down to my voice and the way I flow.

Are you now or have you ever written for any major artists?

Bags: No, but I’m not opposed to it at all.

What artists and producers are you currently working?

Bags: I’m working a lot of talented indie artists like JUMZ, r.O.b, Earn Money, etc. I’ve recently done a few records with exclusive beats by Lex Luger for my new project and he produced the intro for “The Audacity of Hope.”

What projects do you have out and now as well as upcoming, will there be another installment in the “Bitch I’m A Star” series?

Bags: “The Audacity Of Hope” is out now and is hosted by DJ SussOne from Power 105.1 in NYC, the next project is “The Audacity Of Hope 2” and will most likely be hosted by DJ Lazy K (The original Mixtape queen) who is known all over the world for breaking artists such as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Max B, French Montana, Wacka Flocka, and more. Check her disco! [Laughing]

What is Hip Hop missing and how are you as artist improving on the current status Hip Hop?

Bags: Hip hop is missing creativity and substance right now. While there was a point that no one was doing the same thing, right now it’s hard to tell one artist’s single from the next. The ones that really shine thru are because they have different style and aren’t just trying to fit the mold.

How can people keep in touch with you?

Bags: My new website is in development right now, so I’ll keep you posted on that. But in the meantime definitely check out Youtube.com/Bagstheboss, WhatiFeelisHot.com, Facebook.com/bagstheboss, and @Bagstheboss on twitter!

Don Trip and Starlito – Stepbrothers

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3, 2011 by Arthur Blair

Two of Tennessee’s most acclaimed underground artists have teamed up to drop a mixtape. Stepbrothers finds Memphis’ Don Trip and Nashville’s Starlito trading punchlines and thoughts over 15 tracks, fully equipped snippets from the Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Only thing that is missing is “The Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer.” This is a powerhouse mixtape that takes you from the traps east Nashville to traps of east Memphis, while still providing you with an introspective look at both artists. It is definitely a solid mixtape 15 banging tracks with solid production!

Be sure to download Stepbrothers here.

DJ Khaled single “Im On One” #1

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2011 by coolkidzunited

DJ Khaled has earn the number 1 spot. With the backing and support of  YMCMB and MMG  he has took over the summer with his smash hit “Im One One ” ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross.  DJ Khaled new album is due out July 17, 2011.

WE’RE BAAAACCKKK!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2011 by Arthur Blair

W.A.N.T.S. Lifestyle is back linked up with WTST The Blaze radio personality and W.A.N.T.S. Crew member Lil Reggie, host of The Spot. Check us out Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, from 10:00am-12:00pm Central Standard Time. Covering all of your favorite topics, music, fashion, art, television, and new this semester is the Hot Spot Cipher!!! Stay tuned to WTST The Blaze at http://tsuradio.com