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Busy But My Bills Paid

CNOTES Rocking the crowd.

I am very selective with who I use this platform for, but the conversation that I had with this young star made me actually listen to his music!  His song Busy But My Bills Paid peaked my interest when I saw several people making youtube videos rapping along to it!  I also relate to this song as I work a full-time job, I collaborate with other creatives and internationally promoted  a few tours for my Luxshop4u community members one of whom I styled for.

Natalie:  What caught my ear was your use of words! Busy But My Bills Paid represents many of my fellow creatives and I who work around the clock!

CNOTES:  Yea, when I wrote busy but my bills paid, I already knew it related to everyone!  The single mother, the nine to fivers the hustlers, the women who own their own businesses and each one of us who know they have responsibilities and having our bills paid are always on top of the list!

Natalie:  When I spoke to you earlier in the week you mentioned the Crab in a barrel syndrome!

CNOTES:  Yea especially out here in NY we don’t collaborate much down here! Look at  Atlanta, even the producers are making beats together.   So when u say crab in the barrel if u ever see them in a barrel they are all pulling each other down so the other can get to the top.  That’s what I meant.

Natalie:  How did you get a viral Busy But My Bills Paid challenge going?  That’s a great marketing tool!

CNOTES:  Again the song is undeniable so I just figured it would  be a cool idea for people to really join in on this I wanted to see who is busy and who’s bills were paid.  Lol,  I appreciate everyone who’s joining in on the fun.

CNOTES  filming for the BET Cypher

Natalie:  “Close mouths don’t get fed, that”what mom’s said” What else did she teach you that stands out?

CNOTES:  That’s exactly what she taught me to stand out, lol.  I get so much from my mom and grandma who’s no longer with me in the physical.  I mean even down to my swag my cadence.   I miss them man!

Natalie:  My condolences for your loss!  Aside from them most likely being your number one fan who else would you say is your number one fan?

CNOTES:  I believe I’m my number one fan and worst critic at the same time.  Sometimes I rewind a song I did and I be like damn are they not hearing what I said! Lol

Natalie:  Congratulations on shooting your Bet freestyle last week Friday!   Do you have a team that connects you with media outlets or do you contact them?

CNOTES:  Yea another marketing tool, my team and I thought of you know!  I just network, if I see something that looks authentic and interesting then I inquire, but if it’s not gonna push my career or push the culture I won’t bother.  “Busy But My Bills Paid is a hit record but it’s more to get you moving than me just showing you how lyrical I am.  So I just wanted to give them bars on this freestyle, shout out to all of the legends that I named.

Natalie:  What’s your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

CNOTES:  Uhhh, too many to name  and a few I can’t name gotta keep ’em low lol.  But for the recently it’s been the Barclay center I still be excited like there’s really a stadium in Brooklyn!

Natalie:  Do you think that you would ever partner with a Brooklyn Legend like Lil Cease, Lil Kim, Fabulous for a “Busy But My Bills Paid Remix?”

CNOTES:  All bets are on the table!  I just want us to unite and help each other, follow BIG’s advice and keep Brooklyn moving.

Natalie: Any plans to somehow perform during The Do Over outdoor party on October 1st in Brooklyn?

CNOTES:  Yea that would be great, sign me up!  Lol, if it’s BROOKLYN it’s me

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Eban Brown from the Stylistics

Eban Brown

 

Everyone loves Missy Elliott’s “Sock It To Me!”  We also loved it when Lauryn Hill was singing “Walk right out to the sun hand in hand” on Nas’ If I Ruled The World!  What if I told you that I  spoke with the man who was a member of Legendary Classical R&B groups The Moments, The Manhattans, The Delfonics and currently The Stylistics?  These groups are sampled by our favorite artist’s.

 

The Stylistics photo from their official website

 

Eban with his guitar collection

 

Harold Eban Brown is Decorated with awards from 98.7 Kiss FM Hall of Fame, and NAACP Award for his accomplishments as lead vocalist of The Delfonics. This accomplished  multi-talented artist, is a world-renowned guitarist, composer and singer who has  a huge celebrity fan base.  During this Interview Eban was on vacation in Florida relaxing in between tours.

Natalie: Hi Eban, it is so good to speak with you again!  Thank you for taking the time out of you vacation to conduct a Q and A with me.  When did The Moments realize that their new guitarist was a singer?

Eban: Well, a drummer named Bubbles Jerry Kinchen Jr’.,  introduced me to Billy Brown, my father and Bubble’s father sang together in the 1960s.  Billy Brown was from Ray Goodman and  Brown (The Moments) and when Billy Brown heard me sing, “All I Have” he was floored!  I was 18 yrs old, “All I Have” was one of my favorite songs!  That’s how I became a singer.

Natalie: Wow! How did you learn how to hit those notes if you were focused on playing the guitar?

Eban: My family had a quartet so I easily picked it up.  I never wanted to sing!  I concentrated on my craft and then I looked at George Benson as an example, George Benson sings and plays the guitar.

Natalie: How would you describe your vocal range?

Eban: First tenor, I sing all of the notes in a harmonious structure.  I hear those notes and I stack my vocals one by one Sam Cooke started it then Marvin Gaye revolutionized it!

 

Eban and George Benson

 

 

The Delfonics hit song Ready or Not was sampled by The Fugees and Missy Elliott

 

The Delfonics

 

 

The Moments

 

Natalie: Sexy Mama by The Moments is on heavy rotation on my iTunes!  Music Mogul Sylvia Robinson was a genius.

Eban: I have to humbly thank you!

Natalie: What was it like being a lead singer with not one but two legendary groups?

Eban: It’s a blessing, I do this everyday we don’t take into stock how we help people in their own lives, we think about the gig and getting to our next stop! Thank you for telling me this you are keeping me encouraged and I honor you for that!

Natalie: Wow, you have me stumped! Thank you!

Eban: I was in school idolizing the Moments when the teacher asked everyone what career path they wanted to take.  Some students wanted to be Fireman, Dr’s. etc, I said that I wanted to be the lead singer of The Moments. I dressed like The Moments, and I lived in that mode!  You have to believe what you pray for!

Natalie: I don’t share most of my work because people don’t appreciate it,  they have stolen ideas and don’t support it! I share my work with a select group!

Evan: I am doing this to leave something behind and build my legacy!  In order to do that you, need top media attention!  Be unique as possible and humbly claim it! You should watch the movie The Founders where they talk about McDonalds.

Natalie: Whoa!

Eban: It’s messed up, but it’s business the brothers did not take it to the next level. You need to stop hiding your work! 

 

Ray Goodman and Brown (The Moments) studio photo

 

Natalie: When you were with The Moments did you ever sing the “Girls” or “Look at Me” song in French?

Eban: No, I never had to sing it in French! We performed the songs in English when I re recorded it, they were supposed to bring in a French translator so I hope to do it one day for the best of The Moments with Billy Brown and myself. Billy is singing the first five songs and I sing on the last five songs!

 

Eban Brown and Nasir Jones at the Venetian Hotel

 

Nas album “No matter how hard you try you can’t stop us now!” From Nas’s song “You Can’t Stop Us Now” 2008

 

Natalie: You have a long list of Celebrity fans.  What memory sticks out the most when you met Nas?

Eban: Nas is one of my all time favorites, the way that we met was when Kelis flew us in for his surprise Birthday Party at the Venetian in Vegas I had to restrict myself so no one could see me.  Chris Webber and I were there and Nas said that he was working on a new album and that he wanted me to record a song with him. The party was on Saturday and I was in the studio on Tuesday in NYC recording “You Can’t Stop Us Now.

Natalie: That fast?

Eban: Yes, I would like to work with him again for my own project.  I am hoping to get a hold of him.

Natalie: When I post this Q and A I will to tag him to everything!  I will also make an Instagram post that says Nas contact Eban we need another collaboration!  By the way my husband and I are going to Nas’ concert here in Boston on 9.12.2017!

Eban: That’s great!  The both of you will have a great time!

 

Eban’s Debut Album

 

Natalie: Let’s talk about your debut album Master Suite and your current album Summer Time In Tokyo!

Eban: Master Suite was my very first solo album when I built my own record label Stardom Records. It is an acoustic album and I was getting my feet wet as a solo artist. My current album Summer Time In Tokyo has original songs as well as remade classics by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

Natalie: When do you start your promotion tour for Summer Time In Tokyo?

Eban: Once I have songs on the radio, I should be up and running late September, early October. Then I have to get charted (Have songs on the charts) You get charted by getting spins and competing with other artist’s!  Once that’s complete then my media tour will kick in!  

Natalie: Do you have any special markets that you would like me to promote this in?

Eban: Everywhere!  To the ends of the earth!  Several great records are not getting played because it was not publicized!  “You cannot sell a secret” Eban Brown’s Grandfather’s quote.

Natalie: I forgot to ask you what  you thought about my website? Especially my Q and A’s?

Eban: I wished that I could write the way you wrote!  It takes a certain insight to write that way!

Natalie: I am so honored that you enjoyed it! Thank you!

Eban: Your welcome!

Natalie: What is your favorite Stylistics song?

 

The Stylistics

 

 

Eban: That’s an unfair question!  We have great music but if I had to pick it would be “ People Make The World Go Round.”  It was recorded in 1971 but the same social issues are still prevalent today!   Everyone is trying to make a dollar, Spike Lee even used it in one of his movies that’s how young folks caught onto it.

Natalie: When will you perform your solo and group act in Boston?

Eban: I am hoping to make the connection with Scullards.  I am self managed and once you get a record you don’t have to call anyone anymore!  You need good people in your corner.  I thank God for that!

Natalie: I cannot wait to post this on my website thank you and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Eban: Your welcome I fly back to New Jersey in the morning and then I am off to Chicago and the United Kingdom.

 

James Brown and Eban Brown

 

 

 

 

Discography

1991 The Moments Classic Soul
1993 Delfonics
1993 The Manhattans Classic Soul
2000 Lead vocalists of The Stylistics Classic
2002 “Master Suite”, a Jazz/Pop masterpiece with an amazing acoustic guitar feel. 1st solo album
2004 Restless Soul Jazz and Pop II solo album
2006 Exit 15  Third solo album
2008 Can’t Stop Us Now single with Nas
2009 Determinism an Instrumental album
*Albums
Will Hart and The Delfonics live in Chattanooga
Rob Base, on the Album “Break of Dawn”, which featured the Delfonics, the two songs were “Are You With Me”, and “Chillin”

Natalie’s favorite songs by various by The Manhattans, The Delfonics, The Moments and Stylistics are:

The Delfonics

La- La Means I Love You

Break Your Promise

I Don’t Want to Make You Wait

Somebody Loves You

*Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love) sampled by song Sock it To Me Missy Elliott and The Fugees

*Hey Love
Sampled by Notorious B.I.G

Walk Right Up to the Sun sampled Nas and Lauryn Hill If I ruled the World

The Stylistics

You Make Me Feel Brand New

Your a Big Girl Now

I’m Stone In Love With You

*You Are Everything sampled by Mary J. Blige for You are Everything

*People Make The World Go Round sampled by West Side Connection Ice Cube, Mack 10 and Dub C song Gangsta’s Make The World Go ‘Round

The Moments

Girls

Sexy Mama

Look At Me

Eban’s star power can be witnessed on stage with the following dates listed below.

Eban’s solo act tour dates:

September 8th, 2017 The Stoke Bar and Grille, Plymouth, UK

September 9th, 2017 The Concorde Club Eastleigh, UK

For solo act tour dates  and to purchase his music visit https://www.ebanbrownmusic.net/shows

Japan Tour dates for The Stylistics are:

December 11-25 Japan Tour Billboard Live

UK Tour

October 26, Gateshead

October 27, Redditch Palace Theatre

October 28, Worthington Pavilion

Please visit The Stylistics http://www.thestylistics.org/tour-schedule for a complete list of their tour date!

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