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Grind 2 Shine: rap group Field Gang

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By Tiffany L. Riley

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with with St. Louis rap group Field Gang.  The three members of the group, Tiny, Castro, and Uno are buzzing in the streets with their smash hit “4EVA”.  This Pagedale trio is currently doing their music independently with hopes of getting national recognition that lands them a major recording deal.  Field Gang is also hard at work on their debut album and planning an upcoming tour.   Be on the look out for this group because they are definitely making noise!  So let’s get it going;  the GRIND 2 SHINE showcase featuring Field Gang:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Wassup y’all!

TINY:  Wassup Girl!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How you doing?

TINY:  I’m good, just out here on the grind.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right.  Y’all making a lot of noise in the streets.

TINY:  Yup we’re out here doing some major things.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s what’s up.  Well let’s get into it…how long have y’all been rapping?  And how’d you get into it?

TINY:  Well me, my brother Castro, and my sister’s baby daddy’s brother Uno been rapping since we were growing up.  We seen other people get into the rap game and I said to myself, “If they can do it then we can too.”  So we started doing tracks and we been rapping as a group for like a year now.  Our name Field Gang basically just means working to get that money.  You know, we out here working in the field grinding.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What made y’all want to be rappers?

TINY:  For the same reasons everybody else do it, we trying to get rich!  We wanna get on that XXL cover.  We out here reppin’ Pagedale, U-City, Kinloch.  No matter what, we always gonna stay St. Louis.  We doing this for the squad.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some hip hop artists you would consider to be your inspiration?

TINY:  Lil’ Boosie, Young Jeezy, we also like Diddy, Jay Z, Birdman.  We wanna shout them three out because we trying to get put on and get a record deal.  Come put us on…..we trying to get like RICH GANG! (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right (laughing)!  You got a popular single out right now called “4EVA”, tell me how that song came about and who worked on it with you.

TINY:  Well Uno brought the track to me and Castro.  Uno is like the STL version of the rapper Future.  The track is hot in the streets.  We do music for everybody, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, everybody.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who would y’all like to do a hip hop collaboration with and why?

TINY:  For me It would be Meek Mill and Big Meech.  Hey y’all ( talking to Castro and Uno) who ya doin’ a colabo with?

UNO:  Anybody that’s hot!!!

CASTRO:  Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Lil’ Boosie.  I only fuck wit real n*****.

TINY:  Yup, we only fuck wit real n*****.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do y’all have any mixtapes/albums out?

TINY:  Yeah we’re currently working on our first one called It’s Real in the Field.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I can’t wait til it comes out!  What are some venues you’ve performed at?  And where would you like to perform at?

TINY:  We’ve performed at The Coliseum here in St. Louis and we also performed at Eiffel Society in New Orleans.  The after party at that club was filmed in a video, it’s on our YouTube channel, Get Reel Cinema.  We met Lil’ Boosie in the video and gave him our cd.  We would like to perform at The Fox Theater.  We’re puttin’ on for our city out here and showing these n***** out here how we do it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:   Where do you see yourselves five years from now?

TINY:  On top of the world sitting next to Hova (Jay Z).

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects/performances?

TINY:  We’re working on some mixtapes along with our first album. We just did a track with rapper Laudie.  We got a project coming up with Jussbeatz (makes beats for Lil’ Boosie and Gucci Mane).  We’re also trying to get Tiffany Foxx on a track.  On June 8, 2014 we will be performing at The Loft.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can people listen to your music?

TINY:  Everybody can check out our music at http://www.fieldgangent.com , http://www.instagram.com/field_gang , http://www.facebook.com/field_gang . They can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fieldgang1 .  Also check out our YouTube page Get Reel Cinema.  We posted our first video on there back in March of this year.  The first week we had 1,000 views, six weeks later it was at over 3,000 views.  Now we have our new video on YouTube and worldstarhiphop.com with Lil’ Boosie.  It’s been on there for five days and already has 1,000 views.  We just posted a new video a couple of days ago for our single First Time.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you wanna give out?

TINY:  Yeah, I wanna give a shoutout to my mama, God, The Squad, Stacks, Pretty Tony, Dope Boy, Taylor Made, Parkside, Pagedale, U-City, UNC!!!  We wanna let people know that we ain’t about that blood crip thing.  Just give us them Ben Franklins.  We ain’t trying to make any diss songs so please don’t make any about us or we will get wit you.  Also we’re open to working with anybody that got some hot shit.  You can send us your music.  If it’s hot then the first time it’s on us, but the second time you got to pay.  We doing this shit independently and at the same time want to help others get on and give back to the hood.  We also need a manager so come holla at us!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there it is.  Tiny it was cool talking with you.  Y’all are gonna do some major things for The Lou.

TINY:  Fo’ sho, that’s what we’re trying to do.  Thank you and everybody checkout our videos on our YouTube channel Get Reel Cinema.

 

Tiffany LaShonda Riley

tlashondarileyteamepic@yahoo.com

 

 

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The Walk Of Shame 4 The Rise To Fame-Pt 2 by Tiffany L. Riley

Sex, lies, and videotape LOL!!!  Here it is, part 2 of The Walk of Shame 4 the Rise To Fame!!  Get ready for more jaw dropping and eye popping news on these raunchy celebs and new found pornstars!

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Jennifer Toof a.k.a. Toastee was a contestant on the second season of Flavor of Love in 2006 but was eliminated after Flavor Flav discovered she had a “pornographic past”.  Shortly after that Jennifer got back into the business and made a sex tape.   Unlike some of the other reality stars/celebrities, she admitted that she made the tape and was looking for a distribution company to sell it.   Of course, it was picked up by none other than Vivid Entertainment.

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The film titled Toastee Exposed was released in 2007 while Jennifer was a contestant on VH1’s Charm School.  She expressed her excitement for doing the movie and said that she enjoys being nude and that more people should be in tune with their sexuality.  Her tape is still a top seller for Vivid Entertainment.

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Kendra Wilkinson was one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends on the hit TV show The Girls Next Door on E!.  In 2009 Kendra moved out of Hefner’s famous mansion when she met her future husband, Hank Baskett.

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After getting married and having a son a year later, a sex tape surfaced of Kendra and a high school boyfriend that was made in 2005 when she was just 18 years old.  It was titled Kendra Exposed and released in 2010 despite Kendra’s efforts to block the film from being sold.  Vivid Entertainment secretly distributed the film, paid Kendra a sum of $680,000, and told her she would be entitled to 50 percent of the sales.  Even though Kendra received a nice payout, she would’ve preferred that the tape was never released.  Since then she has had a successful run at reality TV.  Her show titled Kendra aired for three seasons on E!, and she now has a new show on the WE TV channel titled Kendra On Top.

 

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Montana Fishburne is the daughter of legendary actor Laurence Fishburne.  She saw how successful Kim Kardashian’s tape was and wanted to follow in her footsteps (girl, did you forget who your daddy is??).

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Montana first shot an hour long scene in porn star Brian Pumper’s film Phatty Rhymes & Dimes 14.  Brian accused her of trying to leak the film so he “shelved” it, but that wasn’t the end of the road for Montana.  In 2010 she made her official debut in Montana Exposed.  With scenes shot in a car, hotel room, and shopping mall, she felt the film’s debut was very important as she wanted to jump start her career.  Montana’s film was a commercial success with Vivid Entertainment and she is planning to make more films in the future.

 

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Joan Laurer a.k.a. Chyna is a former professional wrestler who was in the WWF from 1997 to 2001.  Chyna has posed for Playboy twice, starred in several TV shows, and has a sex tape…..well 6 of them to be exact!!  WHAT IN THE HELL???

Chyna’s first tape debuted in 2004 and was titled 1 Night in Chyna.  It starred her and her ex-boyfriend Sean Waltman and was released by Red Light District Video.  The follow up to her debut, Another Night In Chyna came years later in 2009.   Chyna switched things up in 2011 and partnered with Vivid Entertainment for the release of her next tape Backdoor to Chyna.

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Backdoor To Chyna was supposedly a hit for Vivid, but it sparked major controversy due to Chyna engaging in a threesome in the film.  Although she claimed to not enjoy making the movies, she went on to make three more films because the money was great.  As the old saying goes ‘money talks’…

She is currently still under contract with Vivid and plans to make more films (surprise surprise).  Some have wondered if she ever misses her days of working as a professional wrestler; her response: “Not really.”

 

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Farrah Abraham gained popularity after appearing on the hit MTV show Teen Mom.  She was on the show for four seasons until it ended in 2012.  The following year there was word that a sex tape surfaced of her and alleged “boyfriend” porn star James Deen.

Originally the pair said that the tape was stolen but later admitted to leaking the film for publicity.  The film titled Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom was released through Vivid Entertainment.

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Farrah was paid $1.5 million for the movie but received a ton of backlash from the public.  Her parents even took her on The Dr. Phil Show to receive therapy and advice from Dr. Phil.  I think it’s safe to say that their attempt to help was unsuccessful because Ms. Farrah recently released the sequel to her sex tape, Farrah 2: Backdoor And More, starring herself and James Deen yet again.

Farrah said she has no regrets on making the sex tapes and that she looks forward to working with Vivid Entertainment in the future.

Well this ends part 2 of our little stroll down The Walk of Shame 4 the Rise To Fame.  I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: Vivid Entertainment has gotten PAID over the years!!!  I know there are many more celebrities/reality stars out there with similar stories, but these folks seemed to receive the most media attention.  Should they have done it??  It’s not for me, but hey, whatever floats your boat I suppose…good luck!  Who am I to judge?

 

Tiffany LaShonda Riley

tiffanyriley84@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Walk of Shame 4 The Rise to Fame-Pt 1 BY TIFFANY L. RILEY

On April 21, 2014 the world was taken by surprise; two reality stars made their debut in the sex tape game.  Who am I talking about??  Hint…..they both are on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta….

MIMI FAUST & NIKKO SMITH

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Now I know what you guys are probably wondering: What the hell is going on with Mimi?  Why would she “lower her standards” to be in such a movie?  Who “leaked” the video?  Is she trying to compete with Joseline Hernandez?  These are all very good questions, but y’all are missing the bigger picture here.  SHE IS TRYING TO BE EVEN MORE FAMOUS!!!  So far it seems to be working for her.

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First of all, Steve Hirsch, the founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, somehow got the tape in his possession (you will see more on Love and Hip Hop Season 3).  It’s rumored that Mimi herself leaked the tape, but she strongly denies doing so.  Whatever way the tape got there, it’s been working in her favor….well somewhat. Pre-sales of the “Scandal in Atlanta” raked in right around $400,000, making it the best pre-debut in history.  But Mimi and Nikko only got about $225,000 a piece before signing off on it…..OUCH.  So will they cash in on any more money from the sales?  We will have to stay tuned for that.

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Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith are not the first reality star couple to make a sex tape.  So….WHY DO SOME PEOPLE WANT TO DO SOMETHIN’ STRANGE FOR SOME CHANGE?  IS IT EVEN WORTH IT AT ALL?  Some of the people mentioned below made sex tapes and their careers went to the next level while others were not as fortunate.  So get ready for this special review as we take a stroll down the WALK OF SHAME 4 THE RISE TO FAME!

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Motley Crue band member Tommy Lee and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson were a hot married couple in the late 1990’s. The two were married in 1995 after only knowing each other for three days…(BLANK STARE).

In 1998 a sex tape of Tommy and Pamela surfaced.  The couple said the tape was stolen from their house and that it was of them being intimate while on their honeymoon.

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The sex tape titled Stolen Honeymoon was released in 1998 by a distribution company.  Later on it was bought out by Steve Hirsch from Vivid Entertainment with Tommy and Pamela’s consent.  This was Tommy Lee’s first sex tape but Pamela Anderson’s second (she had a sex tape with Poison lead singer Bret Michaels which leaked in 1998).

Tommy and Pamela made $1.5 million dollars from a lawsuit they filed against the distribution company who released the tape without their consent.  The couple later divorced in 1998 due to a domestic violence incident . Their sex tape is still very popular today.

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Paris Hilton is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels.  She had a modeling career at age 19 and was a well known socialite.  In 2003 Paris and her former friend Nicole Richie were finishing their reality show The Simple Life when news of a sex tape surfaced. The sex tape was of Paris and her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon.  Paris said that she was under the influence of alcohol and doesn’t remember the video being filmed.

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Rick Salomon sold the tape to the Red Light District distribution company and the movie titled 1 Night in Paris was officially released in 2004.  Paris took Rick to court over the tape but they were able to reach a settlement out of court for about $400,000.  When Vivid Entertainment bought the rights to the video it was rumored that Paris made $14 million dollars.  She said that was not true and that she donated some of the money awarded in the settlement to charity.

Paris went on to become a big reality star from shooting several seasons of The Simple Life.  She also has her own perfume line, apparel line, and has recorded two studio albums.  Paris is currently signed to Cash Money Records and has been deejaying overseas making $100,000 per show.

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Former video vixen Karrine Steffans a.k.a Superhead was a notorious groupie in the entertainment/hip hop world known for sleeping with numerous stars including Ja Rule, Jamie Foxx, Puff Daddy, Shaquille O’Neal, Vin Diesel and Usher.

Karrine released a book in 2005 titled Confessions Of A Video Vixen.  In the book, she described her sexual encounters with these men, and others, while explaining what was expected of a video girl in the hip hop world.  Karrine however had a dark secret she had not revealed.  She filmed a sex tape under the stage name Honey with porn star Mr. Marcus.  She had a couple of scenes in Mr. Marcus’ DVD titled Cool Spot.  Mr. Marcus said that he hadn’t realized who Karrine was until he saw her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she was interviewed about her book.  He said he knew he was sitting on a “gold mine” and had to re-release the movie to expose her.  Karrine tried to block the tape from being released but was unsuccessful.  The tape released in 2005 and was titled Superhead.

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Mr. Marcus said that Karrine had excellent oral skills and that she earned the name “Superhead”.  To date Superhead is the best selling African American porn tape of all time.  Karrine is not in the public eye much anymore but she still writes from time to time.

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Kim Kardashian got her start in 2006 in the entertainment world as a stylist to the celebrities.  Around this time she was in a relationship with R&B singer Ray J and was spotted hanging around Hollywood, CA with Paris Hilton.  Kim was starting to get into the limelight but was not quite there yet even though her father, Robert Kardashian, was famous for representing O.J. Simpson during his murder trial.  Kim, according to close friends, was desperate for her own fame.  So what would be a good way to increase her popularity???  MAKE A SEX TAPE!!!

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Kim Kardashian and Ray J made their sex tape while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.  They both said that the tape was stolen, but sources close to them said that the pair made the tape on purpose to increase their fame.  Kim claims she was “horrified” by the leak of the tape and did not give consent.  Ray J, however, had a different story.

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He said that Kim did give consent and that the tape was her idea.  There was documentation that revealed that Kim gave her consent for the movie to be distributed through Vivid Entertainment.  She was paid $5 million dollars for the movie while Ray J only received $1 million.  The couple, who broke up before the tape was released in 2007, has the highest selling movie ever in the history of Vivid Entertainment.

Kim Kardashian moved on and is now a reality star powerhouse.  Keeping Up With The Kardashians has aired for 10 seasons on E!.  She has a daughter, North West, with fiance Kanye West, and the couple are rumored to wed in May 2014.  Ray J went on to star in his own reality show For The Love Of Ray J which aired for two seasons.  He is set to be on the next season of Love and Hip Hop LA.

 

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Dustin Diamond a.k.a Screech was a popular character on the 1990s hit TV show Saved By The Bell.  In 2006, after not being seen in the public eye for a while, Dustin re-appeared and had a surprise for everyone…HE MADE A SEX TAPE!!!!

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The tape, titled Screeched: Saved By The Smell, was supposed to be of him and two women in a bathtub engaging in a lot of different hot and raunchy acts.  People close to him were saying that it was a publicity stunt because he needed the money.  Apparently those people were right.  In an interview on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network in December 2013, Dustin admitted that he leaked the tape.  He also said that he used a body double with the two women and that it’s actually not him.  He hoped to make lots of money off of the tape and get back into the limelight.  DID Y’ALL WATCH SCREECHED OR WAS I THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN’T CARE???  LOL!

Now this is only the beginning, stay tuned for the scoop on more celebs who have taken the infamous WALK OF SHAME 4 THE RISE TO FAME!!

Tiffany LaShonda Riley

tiffanyriley84@yahoo.com