Charles Grant: A Saints Saint

New Orleans Saints Charles Grant is more than a Saint on the field. He’s one off the turf as well and he was in Atlanta to prove just that with his fourth annual Celebrity Weekend. The Falcons rival football star just also happens to be a native Georgian and he gives back in his own backyard any chance he has.

Grant attracted 200 kids at their annual football camp and treated another 150 at the ESPN Zone. This was a treat for many of the kids who were once a menace in school and in their communities and are now some of the areas smartest and most productive kids in the Atlanta area.

In addition to being a blessing to the children, Grant and some of his NFL buddies showed up at local shelters to feed more than 800 homeless people. In his most humbling tone, Charles Grant relates it to being simply, “…a great experience.”

Here to raise money to turn around and put back in the community, Grant took time to strut across the red carpet at Atlanta’s Mason Murer Art Gallery with a host of his celebrity cohorts. And not to be denied the spoils of luxury, special guests all went home with a swag bag courtesy of Events to Envy. Let’s just say, Charles Grant caters to a girls’ need for bling and much more.

“I’m going to always make sure kids all across Georgia understand that they can make it and they will always have an opportunity when dealing with Charles Grant. They will have a way out.”

Mannie Fresh: Not On Sale

We haven’t heard from the golden child of producing in a while. So where has Mannie Fresh been hiding? He showed up at the 4th Annual Charles Grant Charity Fundraising party in Atlanta. Walking the red carpet and donning a shirt and tie was an unusual look for the 504 boy, but he assured us his attire would change when he was ready to pilot the turntables.

Vowing not to participate in the great oppressive depression, Mannie is waiting out the record labels that are looking to negotiate his rates. In a very adamant tone, Mannie says, “I want Mannie Fresh prices. Record companies are screaming that they don’t have that kind of money to pay, so I’ll sit out and wait til it comes back to that. I’ve been waiting for the depression to be over so people can give me what I want.”

Showing up as the celebrity DJ, Mannie has been DJ’ing more than anything lately. But if you think he’s taking a hiatus from the sound board, think again. You should check i-tunes from time to time to see what he’s putting out independently. Of course people are still checking for Mannie to come through with a sure thing.

“I get a lot of offers. But the labels are taking advantage by saying there is no money because of the economy. I will not get played on that level. The music industry is not suffering! If I check my emails, I get shit everyday that say we want you to do it, but when you call back they want you to do it for half of what you done it in the past. And I say nah, I can’t do it because Mannie Fresh is not on sale! If you do it for one then other people will be looking at you saying well you did it for them! Can you do it for me at that price?

We’re all hoping the depression comes to an end soon. And for Mannie Fresh fans, let’s hope the industry rebounds as well.

One 2 Watch: Verse Simmonds

Now we’re always on the lookout for a new breed in the game. So when I got word of Interscope Recording’s newest family member, it was worth a go-see for me.

Verse Simmonds is a Virgin Island native by way of the Florida sands. Coming with him is the island flare with seductively street delivery in his musical genre called Island B. His music is reminiscent of Caribbean influence, R&B and hip hop.

In old fashioned listening party style, we crammed into the Locker Room studios in the rustic Mechanicsville section of Atlanta to have a listen. A gracious host and artist, Verse gave a sneak peak of his new mixtape The Sex Tape Chronicles. So, I’m thinking he’s read a few too many Zane books, but at least he kept the bold and sexy theme.

Forming his own image, Verse says The Sex Tape Chronicles is something he can control on his own while he carves out his persona for all to see. “Too many artists are sitting out right now. I’m coming with a Bob Marley version of R&B.

Don’t get it twisted. It’s not chill music. Verse wouldn’t recommend listening to The Sex Tape Chronicles alone. It’s definitely music for two or at least motivation to seek out a second party. In the single ‘Intoxicated Text’, Verse delivers a bold booty call that will try your patience but guarantees satisfaction. Verse is set to shoot a video in mid to late July for ‘Buy You a Round’. This single has been tearing up the club circuit and is a sure happy hour anthem.

To experience Verse for yourself, see him on Youtube or at MySpace.