Chaotic Reads | The Power Playbook

I told myself at the top of 2016 that I would attempt to read a book a month. Yeah, things that didn’t happen. I did make it through the first book I set out to read for the year, The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Successby La La Anthony. Quick details:

  • 245 pages
  • 18 Chapters + Intro
  • Quotes at beginning of each chapter
  • Personal experiences discussed.
  • Tips for being a power player.

I purchased this book sometime last year and I was interested in her first title, The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness, but this one I knew I couldn’t pass up. It takes me a while to get into books if I’m not feeling it. I took my time reading this one, but it definitely pulled me out of my slump of not knowing what I wanted to do career wise. To read this at the top of the year really put life into perspective for me. I decided to pull a few quotes that spoke to me along with my sharing my overall take on the book.

My passion helps me execute my purpose.

I’m passionate about writing and sharing what I love. You can feel in someones writing when they’re passionate about a subject. For me at one point it was music. That’s what I began blogging about. Then it evolved to finding my own fashion sense and trying out beauty products to be more “girly.”

While I love writing about that and sharing how I’m evolving as an adult, I’m really into organizing and planning and just being creative. That’s what Chaotic Critic has become. A platform to share how the evolution as a young adult and projects that I create and trying to stay organized and motivated. It’s an array of material, but I’m passionate about it. Taking my passion turns into my purpose of spreading that energy to others and helping them find systems that work for them. It’s actually something I’ve been doing for quite awhile.

Kill them with kindness.

This portion was early on in the book. There’s so many people that you’ll come across in life that take joy in bringing you down. Like they really get a kick out of getting under you skin. I have had to learn to let things go and stop giving people that power over me. I can’t continuously let someone get under my skin and irritate me over small things. The best way to crush them as they’re trying to crush you is to just smile it off. Let’s say it’s a work in progress for me, but I’m so over people trying to bring me down just to bring themselves up.

When I think back, most of my successes have come on the heels of being afraid to do something and then talking myself into doing it anyway.

The great thing about this book aside from La La’s personal experiences and begin able to relate to what she expressed was just how versatile she is. She started out doing radio and went about the norm route of going to college, but it wasn’t what she wanted to do. She went back to radio her opportunities kept surfacing from there. She was smart, witty, and not afraid to try something new.

I will never reach my full potential if I keep living in fear of the unknown. If I continuously dwell on the opportunity failing before it even happens, I’m hurting myself. To fully achieve all that I want, I have to step out and act on what it is that I want. If opportunities come to me along the way that’s a bonus, but I have to first start by creating my own.

There are two ways to choose your career path; Follow other’s expectations and examples of follow your own interests, talents, and passion.

I wrote an entire post on finding your lane and this book will forever be a reference for me to continuously move forward. I don’t have to live up to what others want or expect of me. I can only be me and there are people that will accept it and for those that don’t, I’m not changing for them. You have one life, live it the way you want to. Be humble, gracious, and your power will show itself.

There’s so many GEMS in this book that I will be sharing them in my Motivational Monday series for sure. The purpose of the Chaotic Reads series is to highlight books that I can relate to and spark the creativity within.

Until next time…

Sound OFF: Hot 97 versus Power 105.1

Welcome to a new series here on the blog. Since rebranding and renaming my blog Chaotic Critic, I’ve done a lot of planner and other lifestyle posts, but the essence of the name has yet to be showcased. I still want to do reviews and give my take on certain life topics, but there’s so much going on in the blogosphere, on the news, via Twitter or Instagram, that I want to share my thoughts. These are my opinions, no holds barred, real talk.

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This Week In Music (V.6): iHeartRadio Awards [Review]

iheartThe iHeartRadio Awards aired this past Thursday, 5.1.14, from the Shrine Auditorium. The show overall receives mixed reviews from me. There were some things I’d like to see more of and some things that need to be improved. For the first televised appearance I can’t be too hard on the production of the show, but it could’ve been put together better.

First off the best way to describe the seating arrangements and stage is to that of the Golden Globes which is held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The artists that won kept having the camera put on them and to be honest it wasn’t that big of a turnout compared to other award shows. With this being a fan based awards show and all about radio I was expecting more artists to turn out, but it didn’t seem that serious.

Performers included: Pitbull, Drake Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell. Some of the performances were via satellite. My favorite performances were Kendrick Lamar’s cover of ‘California Love’ and Thirty Second to Mars’ ‘City of Angels’.

One performance that was a FAIL in my book was Ariana Grande’s of her new song, featuring Iggy Azalea, ‘Problem’. I recently reviewed the track and it’s pretty good. The problem with the performance and by the look on the faces of Rihanna, Blake Shelton, and Luke Bryan was that of confusion. I understand she wants to test limits and add a little more sex appeal to her squeaky clean image, but the performance was not that great. I know it’s a new song and there’s room for growth but all together this performance needed a bootcamp. The dancing and singing and then playing Iggy Azalea’s part while Ariana danced was eh. They could’ve skipped over that and got to the end.

The highly anticipated tribute to Michael Jackson was another bleh moment for me and I’m not talking the song. I guess I was expecting more, but really didn’t get it. Usher came out and did his usual footwork. Yeah, not really impressed or interested. The song overall reminded me of ‘Baby Be Mine.’ Check out the video/tribute to the new Michael Jackson track, ‘Love Never Felt So Good’, below:

I could not miss talking about Pharrell’s performance. I wish he would have done a mixture of old and new, especially with Gwen Stefani being there and presenting him with the Innovator Award. I would have LOVED for them to do ‘Hollaback Girl’. Maybe one day I can get this collab again. Pharrell did perform a medley of ‘Come Get it Bae’. ‘Blurred Lines’, ‘Get Lucky’, and ‘Happy.’ With the stage setup it wasn’t far for him to go. The audio wasn’t all that great, but I still love him as the artist he is. His work is to not go unnoticed.

Sidebar — I’m so happy that Pharrell and Gwen Stefani have been added to “The Voice” lineup. A reason for me to watch this show. Both will be performing on the show this MONDAY, 5.5.14, where Pharrell will perform ‘Come Get It Bae’ and Stefani will perform ‘Hollaback Girl’. Excited to see those.

Aside from the messiness of the setup of the show I will say that my favorite part was the packages/video montages throughout the show. There was no host, just an MC which was fine. I loved how artists connected to the fans with their recounts of their first memories in Los Angeles. The packages for the nominees was great as well. I just loved how that was set up. That was something that has not been done on other award shows and I hope it remains as a signature for future iHeartRadio award shows.

rs_634x1024-140501181443-634.Rihanna-iHeartRadio-Music-Awards.ms.050114Now for the winners. I talked about all my picks for the awards show and my predictions weren’t exactly correct, but I’m not surprised at who won. Again all voting was done by the fans. Rihanna was the big winner of the night with 4 wins: Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year (‘Pour It Up’), Best Fan Army, Song of the Year (Stay f/Mikky Ekko), and Artist of the year. As for her fashion of the evening I love the fact that she takes chances, but I wasn’t a fan of her hair at all. It’s like when she showed up to the AMAs with her hair in a wrap knowing she was receiving the Icon Award. her outfit was very edgy, as expected, I would just do without the leather jacket and her lip color was great as well. Personally I would have liked this with an asymmetrical bob.

The other winners were:

  • Best Lyrics – Miley Cyrus, ‘Wrecking Ball’
  • Best Collab – Pitbull f/ Kesha, ‘Timber’
  • Best New Artist – Lorde
  • Young Influencer Award – Ariana Grande
  • Instagram Award – Austin Mahone’s Mahomies
  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year – Imagine Dragons, ‘Demons’
  • Country Song of the Year – Blake Shelton, ‘Boys ‘Round Here’

The show overall started and ended on time, actually a couple minutes early as the last award, Artist of the Year, was presented by Jennifer Lopez & Ryan Seacrest. There were a few things that could be fixed for future shows, but for the 1st televised show it wasn’t too shabby. Maybe next year there will be a host and more artists will show up.

50 Cent v. Steve Stoute

Steve Stoute has been in the forefront as of late in a promotional sense for his VH1 documentary, Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop based off his book under a similar title. I talked all about the documentary in my initial post here. While on his press run Stoute stopped by NYCs Hot 97 for an interview with Angie Martinez and he was asked who he thought were the 5 most influential rappers right now.

Dre, Jay, Puff… Kanye… hmph! Really influential, like really changing the culture. Yeah, probably that. There’s guys that are coming up. Rick Ross. Pharrell, if you want to say that. There’ guys coming up. Drakes and Rick Ross who are getting there. To be able to shift tides globally. Bigger than just making hit songs. Drake has a lot of hit songs. Changing things. Making people change the way they dress. That kind of thing. Finding ways to capitalize off of changing markets. Those are the guys. It’s really four guys.

Pharrell is probably there now. I would say Pharrell as well He’s more niche. He’s smart. So smart. But he chooses his lanes well. He definitely change the way people dress a couple of times. From trucker hats to those Bathing Ape sneakers he brought to America. To his contribution, BBC’s been great. I think he’s there but it’s much more niche than it is anything else. It’s global but it’s niche. But those are the four guys who definitely put it down day in and day out. And it’s like 20 years now. I hate even saying that because it just sounds ridiculous, but it’s really 20 years.

In the midst of this 50 Cent was brought up and while Stoute’s comments were valid and he’s by all means entitled to his opinion, one would say he took a few shots.

He hasn’t had a hit in a really long time. He has not made anything musically that’s changed in a very long time. I feel like he’s always gearing up for something that never happens. I think that he’s trying to get back. But those guys… music is a great platform. If you’re an entrepreneur, you have… you’re currently active making music, you’re currently active touching people with albums, it makes it much easier to venture into business deals that will become successful using the music to parlay to get it done. And without having music that’s meaningful over the last, probably the last great song he’s made was “I Get Money”? Right? You know how long ago…? Kanye’s put out three albums, four albums since then.

Angie commented that 50 would probably mention Stoute in a song and his response was:

Great! Hopefully it gets on the radio!

Check out the clip below:

Yes, 50 Cent is not doing THE MOST right now and yes in standings Kanye could be considered more influential. This does not go to say that 50 Cent was not an influential key of hip hop from 2003-2008 because he most certainly was. He was everywhere with the music, fashion, endorsements, he was doing it all. Times have changed and music has changed as far as sound. For Stoute to THROW (subliminal) SHOTS and not expect for 50 to respond, he should’ve thought that through. When 50 saw him at the Knicks game he clearly wasted no time confronting him about his comments. I do not agree with how 50 confronted the situation, but he did it the way he knew how. Who knows when the two would’ve  crossed paths so 50 had to get his thoughts off his chest. I guess there was no avoiding it, but it all boils down to me personally for Stoute to be confronted from 50. When you talk about someone’s career and voice your opinion that’s one thing. To make jokes at what they are and are not doing and try to quickly diffuse the situation AFTER you were joking around and what not on radio is different as well. It’s interesting that some people can’t back up what they say. Again Stoute has a right to his opinions, but if he was comfortable enough to voice his opinion on radio he should’ve known that there would be a reaction to his actions.

iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air LIVE on NBC

iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air LIVE on NBC

Clear Channel’s, iHeartRadio, has become this distinct app that people (with the latest smart phone) can download the app and listen to any radio station regardless of location and create custom lists based off a particular artist/genre. Well the iHeartRadio Music Awards are heading to the big screen, the big screen being television. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will air LIVE on NBC May 1st from 8pm-11pm EST. The 3 hour showcase live performances along with never before seen duets and award presentations. The top artist and songs of the year will be determined by the new iHeartRadio chart.

Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment had this to say about the new iHeart Radio chart:

What’s unique about the iHeartRadio chart, countdown and awards is that all three are squarely focused on what the listener wants. For the first time, these three interconnected programs have shifted the power of how we measure an artist’s success — and, in turn, what’s heard on the radio and celebrated with awards — to the critically important listener.

The award show will feature 13 categories and as of right now each category features 10 nominees. The categories are: Best Lyrics, Best Collaboration, Country Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Fan Army, Song of the Year, EDM Song of the Year, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Alternative Rock Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and more. Listeners can vote here (via Twitter/Facebook) and the voting will last over a a 4-week period and the final nominees will be announced in a one hour live event on March 26th live from the iHeartRadio theater in Los Angeles.

Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming NBC Entertainment, had this to say about airing the award show:

Collaborating with a company that has the global reach of Clear Channel allows us to interact with music fans all over the world. We feel fortunate being on the ground floor of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will deliver an array of great performances from today’s biggest stars.

The award show, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions (and others), will air LIVE on NBC 5.1.14 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.