Lady K’s Grammy Adventures!!
A week ago today, I, Lady K, embarked on a journey that I knew would change my life. To what extent was unknown but the music made me do it! Keep reading to see how my trip to L.A. & the Grammys went!
At 6:50am I boarded Delta flight to JFK, then another flight to LAX. I landed in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. Just as the news broke that the legendary Whitney Houston had passed. I took my moment to pay a silent respect and reflect, then made my way to my dreams.
Sunday morning I was ready. Ready to head to L.A. live where, in just a few hours, music’s biggest night would begin. The 54th annual Grammy awards were happening in the same city I was in! That was no coincidence. ;) I hoped in my cab, got down to the Staples Center and started observing.
After a few hours of looking at the red carpet and watching the Grammys get ready to roll. I got into the tent audience that was going to be responsible for making the Foo Fighters and Chris Brown’s performance as live as possible! Both Grammy winners that night (Foo Fighters took home 5 Grammys and Chris won best R&B album!)!
Congratulations to all of the Grammy winners and Kudos to all the performers of the night. My favorites were Adele, Jennifer Hudson’s Whitney tribute and the three live performances I saw from the Foo Fighters, Chris Brown and Deadmau5!!
The energy in Los Angeles Sunday night was definitely enchanting but my real eye-opening experiences happened Monday. My whole reason hopping on some planes to go to L.A. can be credited to a great phone conversation I had with spoken word, lyricist & Grammy winner Malik Yusef. I met up with Malik the morning after he had won 3 Grammys for being partly responsible for Kanye’s hit “All Of The Lights” & for the album Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantsy. Talk about someone who doesn’t let his success get the best of him!
The day started with lunch at the infamous Mel’s Diner in Hollywood where I met Malik’s fellow Chi-town natives Chella ( a female rapper to look out for VERY SOON ) and CD ( amazing producer ). We had deep conversation and funny moments before heading to our next location.
The ASCAP offices! All my real artists know what that means. Yes, I was sitting in the LA office and soaking it all in like a sponge at the bottom of the ocean! I heard stories from Mr. Yusef about where some of Kanye’s biggest singles were born and how their concepts grew. By the end of the meeting, I was an official invited guest to the ASCAP Expo in April (you KNOW I’ll bring all the details back home just for you)! Oh yeah, we ran into DJ Drama on the way out. LoL
Next, we headed to Cavie’s studio. Cavie is responsible for amazing songs with T.I., Macy Gray, Cee-Lo Green, Eazy-E and so many more! I got to watch another up-and-coming femcee Whitney Peyton (nominated for a Grammy this year!) create a HOT song featuring boys from Bone Thugz & Harmony and Pretty Ricky! Got me goin’ through a wall!
After that, a quick stop at Kid Cudi’s listening party for the new album WZRD. If I had to pick one word to describe Cudi’s new piece of work? Phenomenal. He has really stepped out and made so many fearless moves with this project and for that, I’m going to pick up the album the DAY it drops on February 28th! Got to meet Cudi, his musical partner Dot and the homie Omarion!
THEN, to another studio session with newly signed Universal artist YP! I got to chill at the same studio where Malik had been before to work with Roc Nation’s J. Cole! YP is another Chicago native ready to make his mark on the rap scene. I’m excited to hear the final product from that night.
This trip has me so ready to never miss another Grammy again! Whether I’m there as a respected artist/songwriter or as a representative for the media, I’m going to be there regardless! Watch out!
I want to take a moment to thank you, Malik Yusef, for igniting the Grammy flame in my heart and inspiring me to come out to L.A. last week. I respect you so much more now and can’t wait to work with you again!
Also, every Wednesday I’ll be featuring Malik’s blog for the HUFFINGTON POST (Congrats on that amazing accomplishment by the way)!! Here’s the link to his first one --> MALIK YUSEF for the Huffington Post <--
Follow all of the amazing people I met last weekend on Twitter and keep up with their latest ventures!! Oh, and me too :)
@MalikYusef @ChellaChicago @5090MusicDon @WhitneyPeyton @wizardcud @1Omarion @YP27 @DJDrama @Lives4Music @WBLK_937FM
"Once you can be vulnerable, you can be taught." "Greatness runs in circles." -- Malik Yusef