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The Grand Collab: An Interview with Sandra Quinlan

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Perhaps you’ve heard of The Grand Collab. Perhaps you’ve been to Will’s Pub  in Orlando’s Mills 50 District on the last Sunday of the month. But do you really know what the Grand Collab is? We sat down with Sandra Quinlan, one of co-founders of this multi-genre explosion event to find out more about the greatest music showcase in Orlando that our readers might be missing.

The Loud Lifestyle: What is The Grand Collab?

Sandra Quinlan: The Grand Collab is a multi-genre showcase that my friend Chris Mendez (aka DJ Cub of the VLA) started back in November of 2014. The shows are held periodically (generally on a bimonthly basis, but sometimes at different intervals) at Will’s Pub and feature 5-6 musical acts. Local emcee Lauren ‘TKO’ Rohan is our awesome host and DJ Cub is our resident DJ. We also occasionally feature live visual art or the occasional vintage popup shop by Dayglo Diva.

TLL: How did you come up with this idea?

SQ: Cub came up with the name for the event and the concept was spawned following a show I put together featuring Cub’s former band Deaf 2 the Industry, Lake Worth punk band Everymen, and local hip hop trio Table for Three. That particular show was held at Uncle Lou’s and we were stoked that the varied bill was so well received by the audience as a whole. It was after that show that Cub and I decided we wanted to collaborate to form a showcase that would bring a variety of different musical genres to the table, and consequently a variety of different listeners to the audience.

Art by Nico Suave, photo by Sandra Quinlan

TLL: Why do you love hip-hop?

SQ:  Given that both Cub and I are both big hip hop fans, we knew it was important to incorporate that into the Grand Collab on a very consistent basis. This is why we’ve made it a point to include at least one hip hop act per showcase. I love hip hop for a variety of reasons, but I feel the strongest reason is because it is both an empowering force and a communal one. As for it being empowering, hip hop has long provided a voice for those society might have otherwise tried to keep voiceless. Like with punk music, hip hop is the voice of the underdog. It has the power to teach, inspire, empower, or just make you dance. As for it being community oriented, hip hop is far more than just a musical genre- it is a culture that Afrika Bambaataa of the Zulu Nation is credited with breaking down into five different elements: DJing, Emceeing, Breaking (b-boy/girl culture), Graph Writing (graffiti artists) and Knowledge. I have a ton of respect for this culture and feel it’s important for the Grand Collab bill to feature hip hop artists who haven’t totally lost touch with this culture.

TLL: What is the best part of the Grand Collab?

My favorite part of the Grand Collab is its ability to tear down the invisible walls that tend to separate music lovers from good music because of the generally clique-y nature of most music scenes. Don’t get me wrong, these so-called clique-y music scenes are beautiful in their own light, as they often bring about this homey sense of belonging among likeminded audience members. I just think it’s important to expand your horizons and expose yourself to different types of music from time to time. In doing so, you can become more open minded and also experience the offerings of other types of music. What is the worst part of it? Honestly, I think the worst part of it is the fact that our show has always been held on a Sunday night. While I truly believe the Grand Collab is one of those Sunday night gems, if you will, convincing people that our showcase is more appealing than a lazy Sunday at home can be extremely tricky.

TLL: What’s your ultimate dream for it?

SQ: While the ultimate dream for the Grand Collab is something myself and Cub are still in the process of cultivating, my current dream for the Grand Collab is for more people to realize its potential and come out to the shows. As with any showcase, the Grand Collab could not exist without an audience. My dream is for the Grand Collab to be an event in which music lovers of all walks of life can connect over good music (and good drinks, of course).

Ebro Fires Shots At Charlamagne The God, Claims He Tried To Leave “The Breakfast Club”

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Well, Ebro was still drunk from his birthday festivities and shots were fired at The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God. Ebro took direct shots at the rival radio station 101.5, claiming Charlamagne tried to leave his show and start his own over at Hot 97. It’s pretty interesting to say the least that he did this over the air.


Chris Rock Addresses Lack of Diversity During Opening Oscars Monologue

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While last night’s Oscars didn’t do well in regards to ratings, Chris Rock certainly hit on the nail on the coffin several times addressing the long standing elephant in the room in Hollywood.

In Nielsen’s metered market overnights, which include 56 of the nation’s largest markets, the show averaged a 23.4 household rating/36 share from 8:30 to midnight ET, down 6% from last year’s 25.0/38 and 16% below the 10-year high of 27.9/41 from two years ago. And in adults 18-49, last night’s 13.5 overnight rating was down 5% from 2015 (14.2).

“It’s not about boycotting anything, we want opportunity. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. Not just once. Leo gets a great part every year. All you guys get great parts all the time. But what about the black actors. Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors in the world. Jamie Foxx is so good in Ray that they went to the hospital and unplugged the real Ray Charles. They’re like, ‘We don’t need two of these.” says Rock.

In a stellar performance, Chris Rock delivers a comedic look on the unfortunate reality of a two-year run of all white nominees for the Oscars. Watch above.



Cash Money Records Ordered To Pay $1 Million In For Jay Sean Songs

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It seems Cash Money Records is in hot water once again for failure to pay royalties to another artist, but this time it’s Jay Sean. Unfortunately, failure to pay royalties seems to be a pattern for the major label after receiving several lawsuits in the past few years from previous artists.

Orange Factory Music won a $1.1 million judgment for producing several of Jay Sean’s tracks, including 2009’s “Down,” “Fire,” “Do You Remember” and “Lights Off.” Orange Factory filed the lawsuit against Cash Money due to unsatisfied payments to the artist.

Jay Sean spent five years as a signee until he ultimately separated from them in 2014. According to TMZ, Cash Money has twenty-one days to pay the debt.

Masika Kalysha Responds To Reports Regarding Child Support

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To say the interactions between Fetty Wap and Masika Kalysha have been messy would be putting it lightly. There have been reports swirling around saying she is seeking $17,000 in child support from the rapper. From the beginning, it’s been a crazy ride from hearing Fetty publicly deny he is the father to social media brawls between the two.

“I tried to demand him taking a paternity test,” she said to Us. “He doesn’t want to take one. I asked him seven times, ‘Will you just volunteer and do it?’ He refuses.”

However, according to TMZ, Masika wants Fetty to pay pregnancy expenses and child support once the baby arrives. She allegedly listed expenses including $4,500 for rent, $820 for a housekeeper and $2,000 for clothes.

Well since then, she’s responded to the stories and says TMZ isn’t reporting accurate information.



Well, all the best to the parents to be because this is really a mess.

Khloé Kardashian Reveals James Harden Cheated on Her After Asking To Be Exclusive

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Weeks ago, reports broke that Khloé Kardashian was no longer dating Houston Rockets ball player, James Harden. We didn’t know too much about the reasoning behind the split until now.

Apparently, Harden sought her out and asked for an exclusive relationship. However, according to the “receipts,” he wasn’t committed to her whatsoever.

“You know, I just don’t want to put up with people that—you want to be monogamous, but then you’re not monogamous.”

“I’m not into, like, I’ve always said, you know, it’s long distance, it’s this or that, I’ve always said we don’t need to be monogamous,” says Khloe. “Like, you know, there’s a lot of s–t going on in both of our lives. You live in Houston, I live in L.A., like let’s just—let’s see each other when we see each other.”

Watch the clip from Kocktails with Khloe up above for the exchange.

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