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Roscoe’s Chicken ’n Waffles Closes on Pico After 30 Good Years

Roscoe’s Chicken ‘n Waffles announced that its central LA location on Pico Boulevard is now closed. The LA-based chain dropped the news on Instagram over the weekend, officially ending its run on Pico slightly west of La Brea to focus on the newer Mid-City flagship on La Brea and Washington.

The Pico location closure was in the works for years. In 2021, owner Herb Hudson told Eater LA that the planned move was to shift Pico operations into a bigger, more comfortable space. After numerous delays — the newer location was supposed to open in 2019 — the Mid-City Roscoe’s debuted a few blocks away in October 2021. The iconic chain first opened in Long Beach in 1975 and has a total of seven SoCal locations.

The Pico location was a regular stop for celebrities, tourists, and politicians, including an unscheduled visit by President Barack Obama in 2011. The moment resulted in a three-wing Obama’s special, which remains on the menu. Roscoe’s Pico was also featured as a location in Issa Rae’s HBO show Insecure.

WGLZ-Rochester names Vinny Brown PD of cluster

Bluelight Communications has named Vinny Brown Program Director of Rochester’s top hip-hop radio station, 105.5 The Beat/ WGLZ as well as Bluelight’s sister station Rochester’s top Latin formatted 97.5 La Mega.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Vinny professionally and personally for many years and have seen him lead, teach and nurture both his WRKS and WBLS teams to win in America’s biggest market,” says Bluelight Communications co-owner Manny Bella. “Vinny is a true professional and a consummate master of his trade. I can’t think of anyone more astutely qualified to lead The Beat 105.5, and 97.5 La Mega to win in Rochester.”

“The opportunity to join the team when asked, was naturally such a great fit, I was excited to climb on board. I’m looking forward to serving in a capacity that contributes and impacts the performance of both stations and Bluelight’s continued success,” says Mr. Brown.

A native New Yorker, Vinny Brown is widely recognized as a force in the New York City radio landscape whose accomplishments remain unrivaled. In his previous roles programming New York’s two urban radio stations, Brown’s leadership skillfully guided both to dominate ratings in the market. As Program Director of WRKS he’s credited for taking the station ranking #1 fourteen times, guiding the station through format changes that became the model for other stations across the country. He went on to become Operations Manager for WBLS/WLIB where he catapulted WBLS from its #18 market rank when arrived to #1 within the target demo 25-54.

Outside of radio, Brown has a national profile outside of urban radio within Black culture: He appeared as himself on TV sitcom Martin and was a contributing consultant to the movie classic Juice featuring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Brown also appeared in the Wendy Williams Lifetime biopic and was portrayed in her Lifetime movie.

Bluelight Communications is owned by veteran music executives Manny Bella and Lester Pace.

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DJ Manifest – Sleepwalker Review

Montreal hip-hop producer DJ Manifest assembles a collage of rappers and producers on his new album Sleepwalker. The 15 song project utilizes 80s funk samples and is a salute to the golden era of 90s hip-hop and R&B. DJ Manifest proudly explained to PALM who some of the artists involved were and the role they played in the making of Sleepwalker.

Troy Dunnit was in a group called Obscure Desorder, active in the mid 90s from Montreal. Their DJ was -Trak. PhD (from Montreal) started out in a group called FP Crew but today he’s working as a solo artist. Fresdiedot also from Montreal, is a young rookie. Very talented kid who can rap, sing, and mix. Dex Darwinis a close friend of DJ Manifest’s from Montreal.

He dropped a critically acclaimed album in 2000 with another Canadian rapper named Bless, the two formed a collective group called Platinumburg. The project was well received in Cañada. DJ Manifest did a few beats in the project and added features from the late great Guru of Gangstarr, Afu-Ra, and Mr. Wiggle from the Rock Steady Crew. Meryem Saci is an incredible singer from Montreal and is part of a group called Nomadic Massive. She sings and raps on her own solo projects.

And finally Sha Frank is a new come in the Montreal scene. She’s very talented with a Haitian background. The American artists hail from all over the map.

The US roster on Sleepwalker includes Sally Green, Anthony Danza,  All Hail Y.T., Chucc Global, Mike Steezy, and Pablo Sanders. Sleepwalker incredible compilation put together by one of the hardest working products in the underground. It’s the perfect soundtrack of cruise music with the right touch of nostalgia. DJ Manifest uplifts the music scene in his native of Montreal while incorporating many American rappers and singers who come from the land that crafted the music which he loves. Listen to Sleepwalker on Spotify below:

Power 88.1 Las Vegas adds The Brent Jones Show

Power 88.1 FM announced today that Grammy and Stellar Award-winning recording artist Brent Jones is joining Las Vegas’ top-ranked urban radio station as the host of the newly minted “The Brent Jones Show”.

Reaching over 2.7 million listeners in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, Power 88.1 FM has been serving the community for over 50 years. Playing an eclectic blend of Hip Hop, R&B, Old School, Jazz, Blues, and Gospel, Power 88.1 FM is broadcast throughout the greater Las Vegas Valley on Power 88.1 FM and around the world via the Power 88.1 Mobile App, Power 88.1’s website, and the HD 24/7 Channel.

“The last few months have been absolutely crazy – from my song’s movie debut last week on the Hallmark Channel to our recent sold-out European Tour of Switzerland, Italy, and more – I am thrilled beyond measure to announce the debut of my brand new radio show (The Brent Jones Show) on Power 88.1 FM, Las Vegas’ top-ranked urban contemporary station on January 8th!

The Brent Jones Show will be live in studio and feature not only the very best in inspirational music but also live artist interviews, engaging content, humor, and poignant interactions. With a bold and broad approach to timely and controversial topics, my show is spiritually centered always with an undeniable anointing empowered to reach listeners of all backgrounds and ages.” says Brent Jones

In addition to being a radio host, Brent Jones is an award-winning recording artist, worship leader, father, husband, mentor, entrepreneur, author, preacher, and workshop clinician.  Featured in the blockbuster DreamWorks movie “Trolls World Tour” (starring Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick & Mary J. Blige)a hit song collaboration “Time” with pop star Ariana Grande, and a recent Billboard #1 plaque for his contributions to the Trolls World Tour movie soundtrack, JDI Entertainment artist Brent Jones has spent over 20 years atop the Billboard music charts.  

And as one of music’s top selling recording artists, Brent Jones was recently awarded Gold & Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) – to certify over a million albums sold of “Awaken My Love”, Brent’s critically acclaimed collaboration with music superstar Childish Gambino (who made history as the first rapper to win Record of the Year & Song of the Year – 62nd Annual Grammy Awards).

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Sal G. – All In

​DMV bred, L.A. based vocalist Sal G confronts his demons on his new single “All In.” The perfect banger to pull up to the scene to. MUST PLAY IN THE WHIP AT HIGH VOLUME!!!
The song is produced by Sal G’s brother Luckyy.

Sal G tells PALM “The song ‘ALL IN’ is about realizing that even though I truly want to change my addictive ways, I may be too far gone. The residual effects seem to linger daily and in all aspects of life. Doomed to fail, I continue to battle my troubled ways; searching for light in the darkness I carry…” Stream “All In” on your DSP of choice now!

Southern Rapper Turns into NYC D-Boy – Passport Scoob X Adwerdz – .02 Testers (Review)

Fayetteville, NC rapper Passport Scoob is slowly but surely rolling out his upcoming project When the Dxpe Runs Out. He’s starting 2023 strong, teaming up with Queens, NY based producer Adwerdz to release the double .02 Testers. This consists of two new gritty tracks titled “Razor Ramone” and “Fronto.” Watch PALM’s review here. Passport Scoob tells PALM “This quick EP gives you that old school, boom bap flow with the metaphors and punchlines that is artfully crafted. If you never been in that game, you may not fully understand every double-entendre. This is definitely that ‘2 for $5 purple tops’ music.’” Scoob plans on releasing a new song each Sunday. Follow Passport Scoob  @passportscoob1409  IG: @PASSPORTSCOOB

Dejon Paul and PALM Talk 2023 New LA Rap Report Card

L.A. rap journalist Dejon Paul, founder of A Day in L.A. Magazine has just released his annual edition of the new L.A. Rap Report Card. This years list includes 25 native Los Angelino rappers and critiques them in 11 various categories. Last year’s list went viral and sparked lots of controversy for its harsh gradings and even caught the attention of DJ Mustard.

The 2023 roster for the new L.A. Rap Report Card includes G Perico, Westside Boogie, Jayson Cash, KalanFrFr, Blueface, RJMRLA, Aj the One, YG, Sham1016, Spiffie Luciano, Kendrick Lamar, AzChike, Saviii 3rd, Azjah, Bino Rideaux, Blxst, Roddy Ricch, BlueBucksClan, Lambo4oe, Airplane James, Zoe Osama, Ash Bash, Reason, DollaBoy Mike, Rucci, Baby Stone Gorillas, and HBK Jachi. Again as in the past, the categories artists are critiqued on include lyricism, impact, cadence, flow, catalog, consistency, music videos, beat selection, branding, originality, and versatility.

Dejon and Dylan “PALM” Fleming analyzed the list as Dejon explained what led him to making his critiques. Follow Dejon Paul on Instagram and Twitter @adladejon. Get the inside scoop on this year’s rap report card at RapReportCards.com PrettyAwesomeLitMusic.com IG / Tiktok: _PA.LM Twitter: DylanisPALM

Café Mocha Radio expands to Café Mocha TV on Grio TV Network

Café Mocha, the nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to women of color, launches the Café Mocha TV series exclusively on the Grio Television Network, part of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group.

The series is developed as an extension of the radio show brand and will have coverage in 85% of the U.S. market. In addition to airing on the Grio TV Network, the program will be available on-demand and will be accessible on Local NOW.

The 30-minute lifestyle destination series will air episodes from Dubai, Paris, Barbados, and South Africa to U.S. hot spots including New York, Washington, DC, Nashville, Memphis, and Detroit.

“Café Mocha TV is offering a fresh take on familiar and new places by showcasing and educating people on today’s Black lifestyle experience – an experience that’s culturally diverse, multi-faceted, and thriving,” Symeria Palmer, Account Director at Development Counsellors International said in a release. “Café Mocha TV is not only giving viewers a look at exciting new destinations to add to their travel lists but also valuable insights into how to experience today’s Black culture through food, music, history, art, community leaders and so much more.”

Anchored by host Laila Muhammad, Café Mocha TV builds on the radio show’s mission to provide content from a woman’s perspective led by radio personalities Loni Love, YoYo, and Angelique Perrin. Episodes feature influencers, change agents who inspire social movements, food, fashion experts and spotlights emerging and established celebrities, always closing with a curated musical performance.

“From radio, podcasts and events, we provide entertainment and drive conversations from an unapologetic Black woman’s perspective,” Creator and Executive Producer Sheila Eldridge added. “There is absolutely nothing like Café Mocha TV that’s expanding the conversation globally, and we’re honored to launch our latest television property on the Grio, the home of Black culture amplified.”

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