The Breeze: Who Is Brad Doggett?
This week’s podcast on Trap Gospel, Serena Williams, 50 Cent featuring Brad Doggett. Brad loves all sorts of music from Justin Timberlake to James Taylor. If you like acoustic guitar and soulful singing, you’ll like this man. Brad splits his time between his native Arlington, Va, and Brooklyn writing songs and making videos.
Erica Campbell is half of the duo Mary Mary. Last month she released a solo album called Help 2.0. One track, “I Luh God,” venturing into a branch of Southern hip-hop known as “trap music” creating “trap gospel.” It resembles secular club music a little too closely for gospel purists.
In spite of Serena Williams’ dominance, she is still reviled by many and there exists in earnings a great disparity when compared to tennis’ top earner by endorsements, Maria Sharapova. Given the complicated history both women’s tennis and Madison Avenue have with race, it is easy to make that conclusion. While I believe the disparity is rooted in race, there are also issues of sexism with endorsements for females largely being based on prevailing standards of beauty, what those prevailing standards of beauty are, and who gets to determine them.
When Lady Gaga filed for bankruptcy in 2009, she has 3 million dollars to her name that she invested in her tour. She had no money to her name, with music and appearances everywhere. She had to file for bankruptcy to hold off her creditors. Live Nation wrote her a check for 40 million as they were the proceeds from her tour. She was no longer broke.
50 Cent filed the legal documents three days after he was ordered to pay Lavonia Leviston approximately 5 million dollars when a jury determined the rapper had intentionally acquired an X-rated video she made with her boyfriend, added himself as a crude commentator and posted it online without her permission to embarrass his rap rival Rick Ross, who fathered a child with the woman. This is not good. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not good.