Felicia’s Madcap Podcast: Troop talks about their new single “Lady In My Life”


On March 30th at 7 pm CST, I had the pleasure to interview TROOP. The legendary R&B group which consisted of five black young American all male singing group from Pasadena, California. Troop had earned three #1 singles and ten singles that were top 10 for weeks on Billboard. Their achievements have earned them five albums that included three certified gold and one certified platinum album.


TROOP stood for something more than just a group but actual meaning. Total Respect Of Other People. The group is most well known and respected for its record-breaking number of R&B hits including the cover versions of the songs “All I Do Is Think of You” and “Sweet November”, originally performed by all-time singers The Jackson 5 and The Deele, respectively.

The original song “Spread My Wings” also took off as a number-one hit in during their career.


Starting in the 1980s, after winning on a televised lip singing talent show called “Puttin’ on the Hits,” the group had begun to earn interest from record labels.

Troop was a group created by Rodney Benford with childhood friends Steve Russell, Allen McNeil, John Harreld, and Reggie Warren, whom all eventually signed with Atlantic Records. Troop released their single “Mamacita” from the groups album in 1988. “Mamacita” had gone as high as Number 2 on the Billboard’s R&B Chart.


“Spread My Wings” and “All I Do Is Think of You” (a Jackson 5 cover) were all singles from the album Attitude. Hitting number one charts and remained in the top 10 for several weeks.  Attitude went platinum in 1990.

In 1992 Deepa was released, resulting in the single “Sweet November” hitting number one on Billboard. The group doubled back from Deepa with two more albums, A Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ (1994) and Mayday (1998).

After releasing Mayday in 98, Troop took a break to rebuild, redirect, and refocus on other work behind
the scenes. From writing and producing projects, collaborations and other endeavors it helped to shape the men they are today.

In 2004, Troop reconnected and begun touring the country while finishing up their sixth album. Since returning, they’ve headlined several shows and also shared performances with other artists they toured with in the past. Artists like Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Keith Sweat, Silk, Mario and Jon B.


Troop was showcased on The Late Show with David Letterman, Train and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. Troop made an appearance on the feature film New Jack City, singing a cappella while participating in a soundtrack with Queen Latifah and Gerald Levert. Producing remarkable covers of The O’Jays’ “For the Love of Money” and Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City”.

In October 2006 “Troop” collaborated with “The Mixx” radio station, becoming the root the group and its growth. Russell is the singing voices of several characters, among them doo-wop singer Little Albert and the five brothers who make up the Jackson 5 pastiche (The Campbell Connection) in the 2006 film version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

Steve Russell also wrote “Take You Down” for Chris Brown, “No Air” for Jordin Sparks, and the Grammy Award-winning “Invisible” for Jennifer Hudson. In February 2010 he released his solo CD titled So Random which became the first release from his label Motel Music Media in January 2010.

Allen McNeil released his sophomore solo album Send for Me in November 2011 . Allen has also stepped into the role of an activist. In 2014, John “Jon Jon” Harreld announced that he was dedicating his time to working on a solo project and later released a single covering Luther Vandross “Never Too Much“, which is also in connection with this new project. Unfortunately, Reggie Warren passed away on March 14, 2021, after an illness that he fought over time, He was 52 at the time.

TROOP Member Reggie Warren

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Benny Holiday ft Bubba Sparxxx – Amercian Dream (prod. by Snowgoons)

Benny Holiday
Benny Holiday

The Carolina Messiah aka Benny Holiday strikes again with the south legend Bubba Sparxxx and support by Jupiter May & Kilo Fresh.

‘American Dream’ sounds quiet different than the usual Snowgoons production but in a very good way. This song rounds up the whole Benny Holiday ‘Carolina Messiah’ album and puts a different light on the project.

Carolina Messiah’ is out on March 31st. Preorder for physical copies, including Vinyls, CDs and Bundles, is up at

Benny Holiday


@benny_holiday ft @bubbamathis @iamjupitermay & @828kilofresh 

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E Murda x Shots Almigh x BP feat. Benny The Butcher : Stay True

E Murda x Shots Almigh x BP

“Loyalty Makes You Related” is the new collaborative album from emcees E Murda and Shots Almigh, along with super producer BP. The project features Benny the Butcher, Eddie Kaine and OT the Real. Available now on all platforms:

E Murda x Shots Almigh x BP


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1. The Money

2. Queen Latifah

3. Smoke Something Ft. OT the Real

4. Stay True Ft. Benny the Butcher

5. Principle

6. Boyz N The Hood

7. Numbers Don’t Lie

8. Against All Odds Ft. Eddie Kaine

9. Let the Festivities Begin

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Joey Majors feat. Thavid Ruffin & Big Yount- “I’m Good”

Joey Majors I'm Good

Joey Majors feat. Thavid Ruffin & Big Yount “I’m Good”

Joey Majors has done it again. The track is very smooth, laid back, and melodic. Once again Thavid Ruffin kills the hook with his unique vocals. While being in high demand, Majors keeps pushing music non-stop.

Stay tuned for a future project featuring Big Yount & Majors “Full Moon” project coming soon. In the meantime, check out “I’m Good” down below!; Big Yount</a></div>

“I’m Good” is off Joey’s Wolf In Sheep Clothing Deluxe album out now on all DSP’s.

Joey Majors Wolf In Sheep Clothing

New WISC deluxe album comes with 2 bonus tracks “We Gotta Do Betta” featuring Boldy James & “I’m Good” featuring Big Yount & Thavid Ruffin with the whole album instrumentals for the DJ’s & Emcees to rock.


@joeymajorsviplife @thavidruffin & @bigyount   @thanos_beats (IG)

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King James Worthy & Big Gipp Release “Gipp N Worthy”

King James Worthy and Big Gipp Drop New Ep "Gipp n Worthy"

In the mid-1990s, Big Gipp was a member of the Atlanta-based hip hop group Goodie Mob. Which he has gone on to release six studio albums. The group had a hit with their song “Cell Therapy” in 1995, and Gipp was also featured on the soundtrack for the film Soul Food that same year. Gipp parted ways with Goodie Mob 1999, but the group reunited in 2005 and released a new album in 2010.

King James Worthy and Big Gipp Drop New Ep "Gipp n Worthy"
King James Worthy

James Allen Worthy is an American record producer, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. Worthy’s production, and work includes various recording artists like Fetty Wap6LACKTruth HurtsRobin S, and 112. Worthy came to prominence working, producing, and writing for artists such as J HolidayRobin S.KuruptYung Berg, and many others.  

King James Worthy and Big Gipp Drop New Ep "Gipp n Worthy"

King James Worthy and Big Gipp, first met when Kurupt invited Big Gipp to a studio session. The Studio was at King James Worthy’s house, and these guys have been close friends ever since. Their new album Gipp n Worthy, is currently #9 on the iTunes charts and has been streamed over 1 million times.

Fans can expect a players moodset. The duo credits their creative push from one another, forcing each-other to step out of their normal elements. This is King James Worthy first full project with another artist and this happens to be the first time Big Gipp taylored and catered his music intentionally towards the ladies.

Stepping out of their comfort zones made this a successful collaboration and ability to create music that resonates.

Swag 100 had the chance to interview and review the Gippp N Worthy projecct with Dj PMoney from the NYC Fleetdjs.

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Quando Rondo’s “Recovery” Album: A Perfectly Executed Revival

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Quando Rondo‘s new album “Recovery” is a perfectly executed revival of the Trap&b sound. The production is top-notch, the lyrics are on point, and the vocal delivery is second to none. This is easily one of the best albums of 2023 and it is sure to be a classic in the years to come.

Quando Rondo's "Recovery" Album: A Perfectly Executed Revival

Swag 100 had an opportunity to sit in on Quando Rondo’s “Recovery” album listening session. This is the official Recovery review.

The album starts off with the lead single “50”, which sets the tone for the rest of the album. The production on this track is absolutely amazing, and Quando Rondo’s voice sounds great. The lyrics are very personal and relatable, and the song is sure to resonate with a lot of people.

The third track, “Lost Ones”, is a bit more subdued than the first track. The production on this track is still very good, but the focus is more on the lyrics. Quando Rondo speaks about a lost love ones on this track, and it is clear that he is still hurting from the experience.

One of the standout tracks on the album is “Forever16”. The production on this track is incredible, with haunting piano chords and a somber melody. Quando Rondo’s vocal delivery is perfect for the emotional content of the song, as he discusses his feelings about his neigborhood & his battle with his pain coping with it. During our zoom interview with Quando he states this is his favorite one on the album.

Another standout track is “Me First”. The production on this track is very uplifting, with bright synths and a slow bounce beat. The lyrics are also very vivid, as Quando Rondo talks about overcoming his struggles and having faith in himself.

Quando Rondo's Recovery

Overall, “Recovery” is an excellent album from Quando Rondo. The production is top-notch, the lyrics are on point, and the vocal delivery is superb. This is a must-listen for fans of the trap&b genre, and it solidifies Quando Rondo as one of the best artists in the game right now.

Quando Rondo Recovery Trailer

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Cage Targaryen x Piff Penny- “Insecure”

Cage Targaryen Piff Penny

Cage Targaryen drops his new single “Insecure” featuring Piff Penny! The track is produced by the talented Project Porter. Targaryen & Penny are known for their serious bar work. 

“Cage” is a South Bronx native, who has talent on multiple levels. Known for his live show on Instagram The Bar Show which will rebooting soon, Cage is very knowledgeable in Hip-Hop and is shows throughout his new single. 

Cage and Piff Penny are making a lot of great music this year. Just to name a few, “Better Run” produced by Project Porter features Scotty Beamin and “Loud Pack” which is produced by scratch master Daz Jones.

Be looking for more heat from Cage Targaryen soon. The 4k video of “Insecure” is scheduled for shoot April. 2nd 2023. Check out “Insecure” down below!

Cage Targaryen Piff Penny


Cage (@cage_targaryen) & Piff Penny (@piffpenny) on Instagram


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Messiah Kaine feat. Profit: “50/50 Club”

Messiah Kaine Profit

Messiah Kaine and Profit of Bangout Records release their newest collaboration “50/50 Club” produced by @champanadethat. Messiah Kaine sets the song off with an intro in which he states “I be pouring my heart out on these records … almost like I bleed through my pen … but this one right here!… this struggle ain’t mine! “ then leads you directly into a impressive 48 bar verse.

Profit follows right behind Kaine with his own 48 bar onslaught of lyrical mastery. Both epitomize what it is to be a true emcee in this one, By giving you where they been, who they are and what you could expect from them beyond lyrics. A true statement piece.

50/50 club will be featured on IamProfits upcoming full length album set to drop next month, as well as Messiah Kaines collaboration album title Mutiny set to drop in May.


@messiahkaine @iamprofit @champanemadethat

Messiah Kaine Profit
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The Quest Chronicles: Omoghéné

The Quest Chronicles: Omoghéné I recently had the privilege of speaking with recording artist Omoghéné on The T-Quest Show with DJ ILL NINO. I could tell from the first time we spoke how amazing the show would be.

Before the performance began, we were captivated by her vivacious personality. The cherry on top was having amazing music.

We learn a lot about Omoghéné’s childhood, what motivated her to pursue music, and what fuels her enthusiasm during the interview. She’s a highly talented young woman, and talking to her piqued my interest.


In addition to being a recording artist, Omoghéné is also a producer and a songwriter. She’s aware of how crucial it is to be invested in and involved throughout the process.

Aside from music, Omoghéné is a college graduate. She is aware of the value of a college education. With everything she’s striving to achieve, she’s going to any length to make it happen.


The introduction of her track “Already Mine” to our audience was the highlight of the interview. While known for slower-tempo songs, but she tried something different and succeeded in doing so. The R&B, Pop, Dance, and House genres are all extremely marketable for this fast-paced tune. It’s a vibe that a lot of people could get behind.

Keep an eye out for the video which will be released alongside her project soon.

The Quest Chronicles: Omoghéné

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Straight Official Sit Downs: Angel Faye Russell

Angel Faye Russell

ANGEL FAYE RUSSELL is an up and coming artist that got in our hot seat for this edition of Straight Official Sit Downs. @klassikceo served up the questions and the vibe between the two was dope! Check out their one-on-one down below and click here for more editions of emerging artists on Straight Official Sit Downs!


What is your name? Where are you from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

My name is Angel Faye Russell and I was born in Montgomery, AL. I was raised on “Strong Island” Long Island in the Suburban part of New York. My mama said I started singing when I was about three years old. I would watch 106 and
with AJ and Free . After I saw it, I pictured myself singing on the show. There was no turning back after that.

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

Betty Wright, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce’, and Mary J Blige are some of the artists who inspire me. Their lyrics relate to things that happen every day in life. I like that concept.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is a mixture of Hip-Hop beats, Southern Soul music and Blues type lyrics that usually tell a story. I think it is similar to Mary J. Beyonce’ or Lauryn Hill.


What is your creative process like?

I might hear someone say a phrase like “I know you miss me”. “Imma make a man outta you” or “You’re my baby boo” and turn it into a hook for a song. I will play around with some beats, have some lyrics that tell a story and try to put it together.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, KEM or BabyFace to name a few.

Angel Faye Russell
Photo Cred: The Indie Post

People can take a lot of things from you, but they can never take away your dreams. I’m still dreaming.

Angel Faye Russell

What is one message you would give to your supporters?

I would like to thank God for people like yourself, my management team Joe Mason and Vincent Berry.
My fans whom I consider to be my extended family and everyone in the music industry who supports Angel Faye Russell music.


What is the best talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?

I write my own music and lyrics and I can play my music on the keyboards.

What would you be doing right now if you weren’t doing music?

That’s a good question because I’ve been performing for a while. I guess I would be working with bands or someone else doing music.

Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

I have much respect for Betty Wright, LGBTQ and all female artist in the music industry. All female and LGBTQ
artists face different challenges in the industry that force us to work twice as hard to receive the recognition that our male artist would receive.

Don’t get me wrong, I am straight, but I believe it’s more challenging to be successful with these two groups of people.


If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

If I had it my way, I would love to see Southern Soul Music added as a genre on the music charts and at the Grammys. I am actually working with a board member on the Grammy Voting Committee in California right now to try and make that a reality.

What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

I am scheduled to perform at many venues this year. My ultimate goal for next year is to write a song for or have a major artist perform one of my previously recorded songs. I would also like to perform overseas.

What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?

My FB link- IG link-, Twitter link-, YouTube link-

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