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The Magazine Summer Issue 2013

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Jayy Starr DonDiva Alley Swag Ill Beast Bakem Da Black Soul

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Sandy Solo TBZey South Philly Sheed Deezin and many more...

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DonDiva Alley Swag Please tell the readers who you are, where you're from and what you do? My name is DonDiva AlleySwag. I'm an up and coming female artist from Boston Ma. Tell us the passion you have for making music and how long have you been doing music? My passion for music comes from the every day life I live. I'm motivated to speak from my experiences through rap. I've been an emcee for twelve years and an artist for more than three years. What's the indie music scene like in your city? Boston has artists that need to be exposed in their light. There are many artists out here with many of talents. Some your musical influences? Some of my musical influences range from Biggie Smalls, Nas, Jay-Z, Bun B & Trill G, TI, Mary J Blige, Missy Elliot, Fabolous, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Faith Evans, Lil Wayne. These are the people I listened to through out my life. How are you received as a female recording artist in Boston and how do you handle your "everyday" music business? I am one of the top female emcees from Boston. I'm also known for one of my many talents as "The Voice" (I am the voice creating controversy in the rap game! In your opinion, is the indie music in your city, correctly represented or does that need to be remedied and why? I believe that the talents in Boston should be recognized in our community. There are a lot of artists that come from many places, but how many of them, do you here about as Hip Hop artists from Boston, actually make it and stay in the rap game? If any A&R or record labels are looking, they should try the BeanTown! Who are some of the artists you've worked with and are connected with if they differ? Right now I'm currently looking to work with some great people from my hometown on my upcoming mixtape called, I Am The Voice and if I were ever to get the chance, I would like to work with Fabulous, lil Wayne, Rick Ross and a couple of big names in the rap industry. What do you do to stay current in a music scene that constantly changes? Well, I'm consistently changing! The question is will the rap game be able to put up with an artist, who is always willing to do what people in Hip Hop don't do. Giving the fans something unexpected every time. What’s your management situation like? Right now, I'm currently looking to be managed but, for now, I have what I call a "guide" who helps me make the right decisions when needed. Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion etc, have helped a great many artists, how have they effected your grind (good and bad)? I've been on YouTube and its help my fan base get better. I also like to use other websites like FaceBook, Twitter, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, LinkedIn, Instagram. These sites have helped me make connections with known artists and producers. I believe networking is the key to success What do you do to stay current in a music scene that constantly changes? Well, I'm consistently changing! The question is will the rap game be able to put up with an artist, who is always willing to do what people in Hip Hop don't do. Giving the fans something unexpected every time. What’s your management situation like? Right now, I'm currently looking to be managed but, for now, I have what I call a "guide" who helps me make the right decisions when needed. What do you do to stay current in a music scene that constantly changes? Well, I'm consistently changing! The question is will the rap game be able to put up with an artist, who is always willing to do what people in Hip Hop don't do. Giving the fans something unexpected every time. What’s your management situation like? Right now, I'm currently looking to be managed but, for now, I have what I call a "guide" who helps me make the right decisions when needed


Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion etc, have helped a great many artists, how have they effected your grind (good and bad)? I've been on YouTube and its help my fan base get better. I also like to use other websites like FaceBook, Twitter, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, LinkedIn, Instagram. These sites have helped me make connections with known artists and producers. I believe networking is the key to success. Any recording deals on the horizon? I don't have any production or label deals in the works, but I'm currently looking for one. At what outlets can we find your music and what can your listeners expect from you? Listeners can expect to hear my different styles of Trap Music, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, and a little singing. My music can be found on Reverbnation.com/dondivaalleyswag and also on Soundcloud.com/dondivaaleyswag. Plans... Short and long term? Right now, my short term plans are to finish school, take care of my family and career to reach my goals. My long term plans are to be successful as an artist or Mentor for those in the entertainment business to help other artist to further their career, no matter what they decide to do in their life. As Martin Luther King said. " We all have a dream" Sometimes we just need that voice or push to further our career in life. How can the listeners contact you? If listeners want to contact me you can find me on Twitter @Dondivaaleyswag, Facebook.com/DonDivaAlleySwag, Reverbnation.com/Dondivaalleyswag, Instagram: DondivaAlleyswag, Google: DondivaAlleyswag. I AM THE VOICE CREATING CONTROVERSY IN THE RAP GAME!

I Am The Voice


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Jayy Starr


Please tell the readers where you're from and what you do? South Central, Los Angeles. I create art in the form of music. I do everything from writing and rapping to singing and engineering with a dab of production. Tell us what was the deciding factor that made music your expression and how long have you been involved with music? I was born with the gift, embraced it at an early age and the rest is history. I’ve been at it for over a decade. What's the indie music scene like in South Central, L.A.? It’s not good and it’s not bad, but my focus has always been the world outside of my city. I see the bigger picture. Your musical influences? Da Brat, Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Ludacris, Canibus, Kanye, to name a few. Tell us about a typical music day for you? Pretty much writing and recording, grub break (laughs), writing and recording. Interviews, meetings, emails and phone calls. Twitter sessions with my supporters (laughs) and listening to new beats. In your opinion, is the indie music scene in South Central, correctly represented or does that need to be remedied and why? I don’t believe there is a blueprint on how indie music in my city, or anyone’s for that matter, should be done. I believe people should be able to express themselves however they want and of course people won’t agree, but that’s life. Everyone isn’t going to like everything and that’s good. That gives the world balance. Some artists will be great, some won’t. The indie artists that I do pay attention to are doing their thing for our coast and I salute that. Industry folks you're connected with? I don’t like to name drop (laughs). I know a lot of people though. People that a lot of artists should be aware of and aren’t, but luckily for me I am! I know a lot of the check cutters and inside men and out of respect for them and their privacy, I won’t say. What do you do to stay in sync in a music scene that constantly evolves? I do absolutely nothing, but me. Being me is something that isn’t a trend therefore it doesn’t have an expiration date and there isn’t a drove of other people doing it. I have never altered my style to fit in and that’s why I’ve stood out and only progressed more throughout the years. I’m blessed with a gift that only gets better with time and I’m always learning new things about myself and my abilities as an artist. So my capabilities artistically, are limitless. What’s your management situation like? GREAT! Websites like WorldStarHipHop, Youtube, Vimeo, etc, have seemed to level the playing field, how beneficial has this been to your promotional efforts and why? Helped of course. There was nothing like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter and Soundcloud etc before. This has only made the industry and being heard more accessible to independent artists. These executives frequent these sites watching for the next big thing or fresh ideas. We can connect with a fan base directly and don’t even have to leave our home. Now for any artist really making moves of course we do get out in the streets and do what we have to do, but those sites only make it easier to be heard. Do you have any deals in the works? I have a few major situations underway, but details aren’t what I can share at the moment. Just stay tuned. Who are some of the artists you've worked with and would like to work with? A lot of independent artists from cities all over the country and even a few overseas. I have some major collabs I’m working on, but my lips are sealed. I would love to work with Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Those would have to be my top two as far as rappers. Daley is a beast to me on the singing end. I would love to work with him What was the first project you dropped and do you have anything ready to be released? First full project I ever did was a mixtape called “Welcome 2 Freshville”. It hurts my ears to listen to it, but it’s dope to see how much I’ve grown (laughs). I’ll be dropping an EP this summer through my label, but as far as my underground music I’m thinking of doing something new for my supporters. What can your listeners expect from you and where we find your music? Nothing but greatness and a radio single this summer that I’m excited about. You can listen directly at www.soundcloud.com/imnotjayystarr or www.itsmyurls.com/ jayystarr for all of my other links. Your plans? Just be on the lookout for a ton of new visuals and content from me as far as short term. On the long term end, I like to keep what I’m doing a secret. It makes for a better surprise when it’s revealing time. How can the listeners contact you? My twitter, @JayyStarr. Thanks for being here, peace. Thank you for having me!


BAKEM

Please tell the readers where you're from and what you do? I was born in Newark, NJ and raised out of Plainfield, NJ. I’m a Lyricist, spiritual teacher and counselor. Tell us what made you want to do music and how long have you been doing music? My turning point transpires from Jefferson elementary school in Plainfield, NJ when I was inspired to play the trombone by my musical instructor Mr. Collins. It was my way to escape the harsh reality that I was facing at the time with the violence of the inner city. I started rapping on corner blocks and behind school stairways with other inspired MC’s from the early 90’s seeking to release their similar views on reality. What's the scene like in Plainfield, NJ? It have become very popular, however it’s too much of a quantity thing instead of a quality thing. Musical influences? Rakim, 2-Pac, Mos Def(Yasiin Bey), Redman, the Wu-tang clan, Eight Ball & MJG, Ice Cube, KRS-1, X-Clan, Run DMC, Notorious BIG, Nas, Damian Marley, Bob Marley, Outkast, Naughty by Nature, Lords of the Underground, NY Oil, M.C. Lyte, Isis, and others that contribute to my upbringing.


Tell us about your movement. My movement consists of taking the elements of Hip Hop, Soul Music and Edutainment. I tend to create my own genre of music as a Hip-Soul artist. I will bring not only music but educational videos on how to build and cultivate the land, and teaching through wisdom I have gained in life. In your opinion, in Plainfield, NJ, is Hip Hop correctly presented and represented by its members? It did at one point, but when you have the wealth in today’s music scene compared to the past, most Indy artist are not trying to follow the rules. There’re more concern in making a dollar and the hype, rather than being themselves and sticking to the moral values of the game. Artists and industry folks you're affilated with? John Robinson, Blk Sun, Phantom Boyz, Nucci Reyo, Dj Gwizz, Dj Puerto Roc, Lords of the Underground, NY Oil. Staying current ? Yes, I’m always finding that new sound but ole flavor that keeps Hip Hop true. That sound that inspires and motivate the masses. What’s your management situation like? I am currently my own manager, because nobody is going to push, believe or go harder for you or promote or handle your career like you will.HOW EVER IF THAT RIGHT SOMEONE COMES ALONG, then I’m willing to negotiate with that true and righteous individual. With the technology being what it is today, how has that helped efforts and why? Video sites only work if you have the material that keeps the audience’s attention. However, when a society that is only fixated on darker side of the entertainment world, you have to be strong and have a willful integrity to do the type of music I do without being labeled as a Christian rapper or conscious rapper. That limits your option to reach the masses of today’s pop culture. Any recording, productions or label deals in the works? Yes, I am releasing my first album “Warrior’s Path” with tune core under my record label “Scimitar Records”. Inshallah July 26th. Day before my Birth Day. Outside of the video sites, how has social networking improved your growth and worth in terms of artistry? It helps to have an avenue to connect with your fans and other artist without the typical industry standard giants that wants a piece of your soul and anything else they can devour. Thank You Tune core and our Military for creating the blue print of what we call the internet today. Tell us the first project you dropped and do you have anything ready to be released? My first projects were singles I released to promote myself, but since then I have done the grunt work on over standing the business side of the music industry, getting my life at peace and meeting my wife who is my biggest supporter, I am finally able to put my work into play. It’s true, the best comes to those who wait. What can your listeners expect from you and where can we find your music? My listeners can appreciate and expect real soulful Hip Hop that is coming from an higher source that has allow me to utilize my creativity, and my life’s experience that has formed the shell you see today as Bakem da “Black Soul”. Check me out at tune core, www.facebook.com/7077bakem7 and reverbnation.com/bakemdablacksoul also, youtube.com/bakemdablacksoul. Your plans, short term and long term? I plan to give Hip-Hop a spiritual upgrade like no other. Just listen and allow me to give you what you have been missing in the Hip Hop world today. I can’t explain how my plans will be, you will have to wait and see. How can the listeners contact you? Serious inquiries can contact me at 707-7BAKEM7 or my email at BAKEMMUSIC@GMAIL.COM or through my Facebook pg. facebook.com/7077bakem7


SANDY

SOLO


Please bless the readers with who you are and where you come from? My name is Sandy Solo and I´m a rapper and producer from Germany. What made you choose music as your way to express yourself and how long have you been involved in it? I was falling in love with Hip Hop in 1986, as a young kid. Back in the day, everybody started breakdancing. Over the next few years, I went from breakdancing to graffiti, to spinning records. Then I started rapping in 1989, because I thought I had something to say and rap would be the perfect way to express myself. Back then, rap music was totally different then today. In 1994, I started making beats because I couldn't find anybody who could make beats for me, the way I wanted them to sound, you know? Over the years, I spent more time making beats than writing raps and I had more and more people asking me about making beats for them. What's the indie Hip Hop scene like in Germany and is it being accurately represented or does that need to be straightened out by artists, not unlike yourself? I think, we have the same situation in Germany like every other country in the World. We have our major rap-acts who are being played on National TV and Radio every day and we have our independent Artists who are traveling from show to show and battles to battles. The only thing that bothers me is, that the cities here don´t connect well. Everybody is cooking their own thing. The acts in every city are well connected but the cities are not. Who are some of the artists and industry folks you have connected with throughout your journey? A lot of german artists, but those names are just names for you. I don´t think that you are very familiar with the German Hip Hop scene. I also worked with alot of people from the United States. I worked with Royce da 5'9'', Cormega, Terminology, Nature (of the Firm), Big Noyd, Havoc of Mobb Deep, Skyzoo, Saigon, Young Noble and Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz, JR Writer and Hell Rell of the Diplomats and I also did two beats on Shyheim´s last Album. What do you do to stay current in an entertainment industry that constantly evolves? Always do your own thing and don't follow the trends, because trends come and go. Let the trend follow you. Hip Hop has become global, tell us about your specific sound, your influences and where you fit in? My sound is and always will be very New York inspired. I'm talking bout that 90´s New York. Drums are the most important thing when I make Beats. Even if I make some kinds of west coast beats or beats that are full of synthesizers, the drums always bang. Most of the time, I use samples, but I like to flip them different and add synthesizers to it and also some vinyl crackles. I love vinyl crackles. I think Havoc of Mobb Deep is responsible for that. I fell in love with the sound he created for The Infamous album and the Hell on Earth album. Since then I loved to use vinyl crackles. That adds some kind of a warm feeling to the beat. But like every other producer on earth, sometimes I just use a perfect loop. Nothing beats the perfect loop of a perfect sample. Never will. In what way has technology helped you with your promotional efforts? The Internet helped me a lot. I connected with Royce da 5'9'' on myspace in 2008. After that, I started working with a lot of rappers from Detroit who heard my beats in the studio.Without the Internet, that would have never happened. It´s a easier way to connect people. It also helps to promote your music. You can reach so many people and can tell them about your new song, your next show or whatever. You don´t have to hand out flyers on the street the whole day anymore. But like everything else, it´s a gift and a curse.You get annoyed by too many rappers who just bought a mic and Photoshop and act like they are singed to a Major Label. They act like they're in the studio working hard but they be on Facebook and twitter 24/7. They think they are hustling very hard, but all they do is post some stuff online. That's not hustling.


Do you have any production or label deals in the works? I started my own label two years ago and I'm trying to get some joint ventures. Thats the future for all rappers, singers and producers. The major labels don´t wanna sign, people off of the streets any more. They wanna sign artists who have a brand and a fan base. You have to build your own future now. Labels are not doing it anymore. Is being a solo artist something that suits your musical style? Totally. I love to work with other peoples but I like to create the song alone by myself. I'm like a movie director. I got a vision. I get the verses or the hooks or whatever and then I start directing. I need to be by myself for this. Same goes for my videos and my promotion. I got a professional PR Team, but I have to pass them the promo pictures and tell them what road we driving. The rest is up to them. Tell us about your current musical projects (albums, production work, etc) and do you have any collaborations in the works? Wow, I started recording my first album in 1999 and started releasing albums and mixtapes in 2001. Since then, I came out with a new album and mixtape every year. I'm a workaholic. To name all my projects would take an extra page. Right now, I'm finishing up my new album called "Der Morgen danach" (the Morning after). that will be followed by another Mixtape called "Die Nacht davor" (the night beaver) which is also almost done. I did all the Beats. I just did some Beats for Ty Nitty of the Infamous Mobb, Edo. G, Planet Asia and a few Others. Pac Dic are also interested in some beats and I'm working on a song with Vado, but he is too busy with his DJ Khaled deal, so we don´t know when we gonna find time for that, but it will happen. I also work with some indie artists from New York. I did some beats for Blazin´ who is a very talented hungry and young emcee and I'm working on a album with my man, Montega Brix. He´s doing all the raps and I'm doing the beats. He's really got something to say and some stories to tell. The beats sound like some beats Havoc would have made for some Mobb Deep songs in the 90´s. Expect some raw and deep stuff. What can your listeners expect from you and where can we find your music? I will always come out with some music. So if people like what I'm doing, they can be sure that I will supply them with new stuff every month, every year. My output is crazy. They can find some music on iTunes, Amazon and all the other platforms out there. They can also find some free Albums and Mixtapes on our Label page (www.diegeldmaschine.com) and Youtube of course. Short term and long term plans? Finishing up all my projects that I have on the table right now and shoot some videos for that. Then we wanna go on tour this Fall. I wanna push my artist in the next two years and try to build a successful future for us. I also wanna work on some movies. I landed a little role in a german movie which will hit German theaters this Fall. I also did some music for that movie. I wanna do more of that stuff. I also wrote a script for a movie, I'm trying to shoot. I wanna stay creative until I take my last breath. That's all I want. How can the listeners of your music and supporters contact you? They can find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sandysolo) or twitter (@sandysolo1) Thanks for taking some time with ETZ The Magazine, peace.


South Philly Sheed South Philly Sheed, grew up South Philadelphia Housing Projects. From the time he was young, he always wanted to make a better life for himself and his family. Sheed immediately fell in love with music, the first time he heard it on his older brother's boom box. South Philly Sheed has been working hard these days from mixtapes to radio performances and acting. As a Philadelphia native, Sheed is set to be center stage for his city, with upcoming independent movies and with his brand new clothing line SWAM and a whole lot more... http://www.datpiff.com/Kdot-Black-Deniro-NHRazzorPook-paperz-Ricky-2-Whom-It-May-Concernmixtape.471362.html South Philly Sheed (Shots From Da Streets) Dvd) http://youtu.be/Po27EfbVMaU


P.O.P. Prince Of The Port


Please bless the readers with who you are, where you're from and what you do? I'm a music artist that goes by name of P.O.P. abbreviated for Prince of the Port . I'm of Haitian Decent, grew up in Hollis, New York home of Run DMC. Please speak on your passion for music, why you chose it to express yourself and how long have you been involved in it? My passion of music runs deep . I listen to everything from Jazz ,Country, Latin, Kompa, etc, but my love is HIP HOP. So you could say before I could read and write I was chant-ting and harmonizing melodies. What's the indie music scene like in your part of town and is it being accurately represented by artists, not unlike yourself? Well the indie scene seem to be saturated with the same kind of industry commercial gimmicky material. I strive to stay away from the norm and create a new lane for myself. I'm that breathe of fresh air. Tell us about the things you do to ensure your music business is handled correctly. It's ultimately up to the artist especially if your Indie . Got to be on top of your affairs and make sure you being taking seriously. This is a shrewd business and everyone is trying to get over. What do you do to stay current in an entertainment industry that constantly evolves? To survive in this industry, you must make relationships!!! You must always network!!! Because you don't know who knows who!!! Technology has allowed music to become global, tell us about your specific sound, your influences and where you come in? Technology has most definitely advanced from the days of analog in comparison to now what we call the digital age. Due the present recording technology there are so many sound , so many effects , so many ideas you could actual bring to LIFE. Has the internet improved your movement? Internet is the best outlet to promote your self .... There's no barrier of people you could reach . You could interact with any and everybody (worldwide). My movement actually stem from social networks, website, blogs etc. And to them I'm thankful.... Do you have any major recording, production or label deals in the works? There a lot of buzz going around about my new project that about to drop in AUG called iPOP. I've been approached by record labels but at this juncture being signed to the majors is not my main focus. I'm a business man, so being independent is the way!!! Is being a solo artist something that you wanted to do? There no one who could tell your story then you! So in that regard, being a solo artist is not being vain its just being P.O.P. Don't be misunderstood I love collaborating with other artist just to show off my various styles. Tell us about your current musical projects (albums, mixtapes, etc) and do you have any collaborations in the works? iPop (mixtape album) is my new project which is dropping next Month. My best work to date !!! I have features with Royal Flush and MOP and Gloria Ryann ... Innovative producers such as Saylobeats and iFresh and Doe Pesci just to name a few! From track 1 through 13 non-stop heat! Instant classic!! What can music listeners expect from you and where can we find your music? You could expect thoughtful lyric catchy hooks and in all GOOD MUSIC! This mixtape album could be heard on any Hip Hop music download site ... From Datpiff to Hotnewhiphop, etc!!!! Keep a look out for it. Short and long term plans? My thought process doesn't let me think in short term lol. There a mean to the end so my long term goal is actually having my own Production Label and also venturing off to the thespian entertainment... How can the listeners and supporters of your music reach out to you? You could reach me at the following social sites... https://www.facebook.com/MRBLUEANDRED https://twitter.com/ MRBLUEANDRED http://instagram.com/ipopinstagramz


TBzey


What City are you from good brotha? Philadelphia, Pa What made you want to get into the music industry & how long have you been doing music? I always had passion for music and i could always write. I performed at My first talent show when i was about 13 or 14. I started recording around the same time. That mad me want to take it farther. What's the indie Hip Hop scene like where you're from? Where I'm from Hip Hop is very competitive. I'm from a city where battling is a big part of Hip Hop. A lot of artist resort to the style and kind of get stuck. It kind of reflect the history and the time my city is in right now when u hear most of the freestyles and songs a lot of artist make. Sometimes we tend to turn people away from us because of the simple fact of how real we are. 9 times out of 10 the artist in Philadelphia talks about what he or she is going through. Our music kinda gives us a break and time to reflect on us and what we want to do. Who and what were some of your influences? Some of my influences come from my struggle, and the people around me. I watched my mom get over some obstacles most people cant, die from. I've watched people like Jay-z, Master P, Diddy. I've watched these guys turn the game around. I watched them take music to open windows for so many other things. That keeps me going In your opinion, is the Hip Hop scene where you're from represented correctly or does it still need work? We cool....Its Philly...This shit gone always be the same. Everybody has their own opinion. That's my city, so yeah i can say its well represented by everyone in it. Whether i agree with all the music or not. We do our thing. Who are some of the emcees, DJs and crews, you're affiliated with? I've done work with Dj Loot, Dj Stash Money, Feek Beats, Currency Division. I'm cool with Dj NoPhrillz. GMS(GET MONEY SQUAD) (IM AROUND) My team, Im affiliated with 2Cocky 2Care, Danger Zone, Head Banger Entertainment. The music scene constantly changes, what are you doing to stay current? I Just Do me. Current projects? I'm working on my first Official Project dropping this summer. I'm On a couple mix tapes dropping from FEEK BEATS, CURRENCY DIVISION, Snap Is Far Out, Keif (Confessions of a Hip Hop Gentleman) Available now. What can your listeners expect from you? Expect great music, great msgs, Real Shit Musical plans? I just wanna place myself in a situation to let the people speak about me. Let the people know what they missing. What the games been missing. I'm a Forbes nigga in the making...Lol..Real Shit though. How can folks contact you? Tbzey (GMS) IMAROUND WE AROUND ASK AROUND!!! #MR.KILLITALL VOL 1.(IMSTILLONMYWAY) COMING SOON!!!BandCamp(Tbzey(Get Money Squad) Reverbnation(Tbzey215)Twitter(Tbzey215) YouTube(Tbzey)(TbzeyCare)+(Tbzey215) #IN GMS WE TRUST!!! #IMAROUND!!! Thanks for taking some time with us, peace. Thanks for the opportunity.


You Can't Stop

DaForce


Please bless the readers with who you are, where you're from and what you do? I am Daforce also known to many as Daforce dawg. Originally from Montreal, but left when I was young. I'm hailing out of Lancaster, California I am a rapper/music producer, my job is to produce material for myself as well as others on our label. Please speak on your love for music, your tenure and why you chose it to express yourself that way? I grew up in a house hold were my father was a school trained guitar player, moonlighting in the studio for many recording artist's. Music chose me, I had a natural ability to memorize songs note for note at an early age. I've been involved in music seriously since 1994, Working more behind the scenes, doing street promotions and events at that time for the artist's of that era. What's the indie music scene like in Lancaster, California? The indie scene in Lancaster is great, rappers and producers are stepping it up, I think we are all trying to do our best, the underground scene has grown so much that it's hard to say, that some one isn't representing the music anymore because it has changed so much. Talk to us about the things you do to ensure your music business is handled properly. Well, its hard to really say, you just try to do things accordingly and to the best of your ability and hope that the people on your team don't drop the ball. I guess you only know if your business was handled properly is by the results you get from that task. What does staying current mean to you? What I do is listen to what everyones doing and try to see what they are really trying to say with their music because after all music is a language all by itself, I really try to keep an open mind about all the different things thats happening some of it i might be indefferent to, but its all good.

Technology has allowed music to become global, tell us about you specific sound, your influences and where you fit in? I'm influence by everything and almost everyone that has done it in a big way, technology has allowed music to become more global which is a good thing, because I believe music is a self expression in itself and everyone has that right to express themselves. I was heavily influence by Motown, plus I use to play instruments so my sound would be more old school, less old school, less electronically generated sounds, but i can do that also. Plus, I like to do my music in a way that you hear different things every time you listen to it. How has the internet improved your movement? It made it much more easier to communicate with musicians and fans. Do you have any major recording, production or label deals in the works? Yeah I am currently with the Unknown Source Music/ Orchard label which is division of Sony Music Entertainment, so we are in the process of trying to upgrade. Plus other labels are showing a bit of interest, but we are just working through the process. Is being a solo artist something that fits your musical style? I would say it does suite my style because, any one that has really listened to my music in depth, has come to realize that style is deep and is definitely not a copy of anyone out there. And i can easily adapt and what everyone is doing if I wanted to. But thats not what daforce is about, daforce is about being a Force and energy that you recognize. Tell us about your current musical projects. Right now I just released Go Go Go, which DJs and music directors are starting to add to their playlist, Go 3x has started to garner some attention. 2nd We have just finished recording a single with UK/Jamaican artist SpoiltChild who was in a group with Alozade and Baby Cham when they were younger. Also i Just wrapped up a single with british singer Allen Radu who has become famous for taking a series of photo's in 1967 of John


What can your listeners expect from you musically? Listeners can expect to hear honesty in the music and lyrics, they can be themselves when they listen to a Daforce song, something that uplifts them not tear them down or make them feel bad because they might not be able to shine like the next guy. Listeners can find my music anywhere you find music. Present and future plans? Short term plans, to release Galaxy Ride, which will have a few well known features within the hip hop industry. And continue to keep my ears to the ground, work hard and continue building. How can the listeners and supporters of your music reach out to you? people can find me on twitter/unksmusic or twitter/forcedog, they can reach me therealdaforce@hotmail.com

"I believe music is a self expression in itself and everyon has that right to express themselves"--DaForce


Where are you from? Southwest Philadelphia Tell us about your decision to get into the music industry and how long have you been involved in music? I've always had a love for music especially Hip Hop and every since I can remember it's been my passion. I've been creating music since I was fourteen, so for ten years now. How is Philly's indie Hip Hop scene, in your opinion? With the success of Meek Mill, Philly is starting to receive a bit of recognition on the enormous amount of talent here. Therefore a lot of us feel inspired to grind harder because he gives us a bit of hope. Quite of few artists have been getting major deals so slowly but surely we are rising. Who and what were some of your influences? Life is my ultimate influence but musically Mary J. Blige, Tupac, Biggie, Jay Z, Beanie Sigel, DMX, Eve & Missy Elliott. In your opinion, is the Hip Hop scene where you're from represented correctly or does it still need work? I think it still needs work as far as supporting each other and realizing that is the only way we'll win! Who are some of the emcees, DJs and crews, you're affiliated with? No one I roll solo... I am not apart of any movements because I am a movement on my own. The music scene constantly changes, what are you doing to stay current? Keeping my music relatable. Who are some of the artists you've worked with, name a few, past and present? Mier Malik, Hot Chok, Miss Porter, Miss P, Airplane Ace... just to name a few. What was the first mix tape/album you dropped and do you have any current projects? My first mix tape was The Barbie Murderess and right now I am currently working on my new EP titled B.W.A. which is due out Spring 2013. What can your listeners expect from you, musically, each time you drop an album, single or mixtape? Raw, real and relatable music that will showcase both joy and pain. What are some of your goals, musically? My only goals is to make history and die a legend. How can folks contact you? For bookings and features msfystee215@gmail.com follow me on twitter @msfystee and instagram @msfystee215 as well as youtube.com/msfystee facebook.com/msfystee

Southwest Phil y's

Ms. Fystee


C'Arron Coleman Where on the map are you from? I was born and raised in Memphis,TN. I currently reside In Aurora,Co. Reasons for gettting into the music industry? When I was young, I played the drums and since then I fell in love with music. It's been over nine years What's the indie Hip Hop scene like where you're from? I am an indie artist that tries to infuse rock and hip hop up to make a clever song or track. Who influences you musically? Wiz Khalifa In your opinion, is the Hip Hop scene where you're from represented correctly? Yes it is, at the moment Who are some of the emcees, DJs and crews, you're affiliated with? Am From Mac Squad, Swag Out MoneyGang Ent & BMG. And My DJ Is From The UK DJ D.PHARAOH Stay current for you means...? Working hard on my music and seeing what type of feed back I need so I can work on it Who are some of the artists you've worked with, name a few, past and present? JustJosh, Mac Flex, Yung Scoot, Baby, Sean Montana to name a few. Have you released any mixtapes or albums to this point? I am currently working on my very first mix tape. What can your listeners expect from you, musically? They can expect good music. I have one hit single called Done With Your Lies. What are some of your goals, musically? To get fame to my name and be a CEO of a music company. How can folks contact you? They can contact me by email of through my manger.


Uptown Philly's Own...

CRANE

Who are your biggest influences? My biggest influences are 2pac and the streets. 2pac not just because of his music, but what he stood for both musically and in his life. People confuse Pac with being a gangster, but he was a rebel who was down to fight for what he stood for. And the streets because the streets raised me and helped me become the person I am from my own personal experiences and from what I've seen others go through. What kind of music do you listen to today? Real Hip-Hop What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player? Nothing really, because I listen to Hip-Hop music, it keeps me in my zone and I try to constantly stay in tune to what's going on in the music. Where would you most like to perform? The BET Awards, Black Entertainment Television, nuff said. If you weren't rapping , what would you be doing? Only Lord knows, because I live, breathe, and believe in my music. If you could dabble in another genre of music , what would be it be? It definitely would be R&B, not only because of the similarities but also the feeling of real good soulful R&B. What genre of music can't you stand to listen to? Nothing really, I love all music. What hidden talents do you have? I can cook and I was and still am good at football. Could you explain your journey in the music game to this point and how you got involved in the music business? Honestly, I feel like I was born to do music. My journey in the music game has been filled with ups and downs. I started out in my neighborhood West Oak Lane aka Uptown Philly with the crew Seven Deuce with production from KDL. In high school, I used to help Eve work with her music before she was discovered by Aftermath. I lived in NY for awhile in Harlem, which was an experience from studios, to sleeping on park benches, and being in Central Booking. Toured all across the country with KRS One with S-Five and KDL and now I'm back in Philly rebuilding my brand the Uptown Legend with production from Celeb-Baby, KDL, and video production from Flash Mob Productions. What would you say to someone who wants to start a music career? Go for it and put your all and everything that you have into it and to believe in yourself.


Who got next...?

Deezin Time has made Deezin one of the most talented emcees around. Born and raised in Prince George's County, Maryland, right in the middle of the DMV, Deezin has been honing his skills, as a Hip-Hop artist, since he was thirteen. With a witty wordplay and hypnotic cadence all his own, he has seamlessly created a new style, that will usher in a new era in Hip-Hop. The self-anointed Stoner Super Amadeus offers what can only be described as righteous change. An avid comic book enthusiast, marijuana abuser, and Chuck Taylor endorser, Deezin not only thinks outside the box, he lives outside the box. His only wish is to get the world to do the same. www.twitter.com/GoDeezin Deezin.Bandcamp.com

www.reverbnation.com/Deezin www.soundcloud.com/Deezin


Jah

Rain

Please tell the readers where you're from and what you do? I am Umar Rajaee Plummer a.k.a. Jah Rain from Carr Hill, Rock Hall, St. Andrew, Jamaica W.I. and I do music as a profession and I'm also making a career from it, where I actually do all parts of the music. I write, compose instrumentals, engineering, singing and producing. Tell us what made you want to use music to express yourself and your tenure? First, I must say that I think music chose me, at an earlier time on my journey because I cannot remember deciding to do music. I just find myself doing music, and out of all the things I went to school and learn to do, I never once found myself choosing or wanting to do any of those things. As music gradually just took over me, I pushed all those other things aside that I went to school to learn. I found myself doing music, ever since I realized that I have the sense of sounds and melody as my Father was also a part of the music and also was a part of a band. I can remember him telling me that he used to take me, as an infant, to band rehearsal. However, I started doing the music professionally in 2006, transitioning from making beats to singing, which I am doing more than ever at this present time in reggae music. What's the reggae music scene like in your city? The reggae music scene in my city has always been on a high level. As you all know, Jamaica is the root of reggae music, meaning we are the creator of reggae music which is now one of the most powerful music, known universally, where everyone in the world loves. It is also known as revolutionary music that fights for truth and equality. Your musical influences? My musical influences, first and foremost, stems from the almighty creator who blessed me with this great gift of talent to do music. Other influences came from my father, Dyrick Plummer, who was and still is a part of music in many ways, you have other great reggae artists/icons like the legendary Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and the list of positive and revolutionary artists goes on.


Tell us about a typical music day for you? The typical music day for Jah Rain has always been a bright and positive one, one that never dull my spirit any at all because I always coming up with conscious vibes weather I am going to build a riddim or write a song because I always inspired by the beautiful things that’s surround so Jah Rain music day always up full and righteous. In your estimation, is reggae music, correctly represented by it's artists? Well, I would say, in my opinion of reggae music in my city, in this time is not correctly represented because of its misuse and the misrepresentation. I can see where it is leaving from the love of the music to a hustling stage of the music. In terms of the love and the appreciation for the reggae music, it loses its root because it has been taken over by others that don’t even know how reggae music came about. I think the remedy that is needed is for the people in my city to start accepting that they are the creator of this wonderful music called reggae. That everyone wants a piece of this treasure, and start show more love and appreciation for the music. This is the way they will start to promote it the correct way in our city. Then the world will see it more as a precious treasure and will not try to abuse and misuse it. Who are some of the artists and industry folks you're connected with? I am not really connected to any of the bigger artists in the industry at this moment, however as time goes by I know I will be connecting to a lot of them. I am currently in a stage of preparation for the bug stage that in no doubt will gobble me up soon, so I just stay humble and keep doing the positive work that needs to be done at this moment and try not to place focus on the hype or fame that I know will come just in time. What does "staying current" mean to you? What I do current to stay in the music scene, is to always doing positive and conscious music for the fans at all time. I never stray from my roots and who Jah Rain represents at any time at all, so I remain constant, because I am one of the changes that reggae music needs right now to regain its roots and its consciousness. What’s your management situation like? I have never worked with a manager before , so I don’t know what it is like to have a management team working with, however this doesn’t say that I will not work with a management team. At the right time and place, one will come that fits perfect with what I am doing and I hope to have a great level of understanding towards the mission that we will set forth to carry out. My way will still remain, everything have its own time and space, so if it means that it will be tomorrow for Jah Rain to start work with a management team, then it will be tomorrow. For now, I still leave myself open and everyone's opinion counts. How has he internet helped the Jah Rain movement? I must say if these promotional websites do help in many ways, to allow others to see you and listen to your music world wide. Any recording, productions or label deals on the horizon? Jah Rain never stops recording, but as far as having a record deal with a label, that has yet to come as I still remain in the preparation stages, not saying that I am not ready for a record deal at any time, because these are the things I am preparing for so I always leave open for these thing in the music world. Who are some of contemporaries you've worked with or would like to work with? Artists that I worked with in the past are Chaka Demus, Little John, Eddie Fiztroy and Lutan Fyah, and some of the current artist that I would like to work with I must say I have no favorite but as long as they are doing positive music to uplift themselves and mankind, Jah Rain is ready and willing to work with them. What can Jah Rain listeners expect from you and where we find your music? My listeners can only expect the same as always coming from Jah Rain which is the most positive and conscious vibes always and that will never change. Songs of motivation, inspiration and more upliftment for my people. They can all find Jah Rain's music on almost every online music store. How can the listeners contact you? People can listen to Jah Rain or can reach Jah Rain, https:// www.facebook.com/jahrain, https://twitter.com/jahrainmusic, https://soundcloud.com/jahrainmusic, http://www.youtube.com/user/jahrainmusic http://jahrai3.wix.com/jahrain, https://www.tidouz.com/ Jah-Rain Skype: jahrain01 Email: jahrainmusic@gmail.com, Mobile: 18764880872 / +447988429226


Your City? PHILADELPHIA, PA. What were your reasons for you wanting to embark on a recording career? WHAT MADE ME WANNA GET INTO THE INDUSTRY IS THE CREATIVITY THAT CAN BE PUT INTO WORDS AND HEARD BY OTHERS THAT CAN RELATE AND GET TO KNOW YOU THROUGH YOUR CRAFT OF MUSICAL TALENT.

First mix tape/album and do you have anything about to drop? FIRST TAPE "LOCK ME IN THE BOOTH" NOW I'M WORKING ON "R.E.A.L. I'M ALSO CURRENTLY WORKING WITH A TEAM ON MY IMAGE. What can your supporters expect from you? DIFFERENT SOUNDS, DOPE LYRICS AND IF ITS A SINGLE, YOU MIGHT GET A PEEK INTO MY PERSONAL LIFE.

Where is Philly Hip Hop for you? PHILADELPHIA HAS SOME OF THE MOST ORIGINAL AND VIBRANT ARTISTS.

Your plans? TO GAIN A SOLID FAN BASE AND BECOME A IDOL/ROLE MODEL FOR THEM.

Your influences? MY INFLUENCES WERE FIRST MY FAMILY & LOVED ONES. THEY GIVE ME THE SUPPORT AND DRIVE..PEOPLE LIKE JAY Z, NAS, DMX, T.I.,YOUNG JEEZY,ETC, MOTIVATE ME TO GRIND AND WORK HARD, JUST AS THEY DID! THEY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE IT'S POSSIBLE.

How can folks contact you? TWITTER@SHIZZIEMACC, FB-SHIZZ BROWN SOUNDCLOUD-SHIZZIE MACC, REVERBERATION-SHIZZY MACK INSTAGRAM-_BIGG_SEAN GOOGLE-SHIZZIEMACC@GMAIL.COM ......THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY AND YOUR TIME!-MAC

In your opinion, does Philly Hip Hop need work or is it being seen in its proper light? I THINK THE HIP HOP SCENE WHERE IM FROM IS THOROUGHLY VISIBLE TO THE MUSIC WORLD Affiliations. R.B.M, EL CAPPY ENT., HOODLUM GANG, I.P.M, DA ENTOURAGE, P-CITY BEATZ, DJ MUSICMAN, DJ OH-BOY, OZLO MAGIC, STREET SCOUTS ENT. Staying current to you means...? KEEPING DIFFERENT SOUNDS & ORIGINALLY IN MY CRAFT OF MUSIC IS SOMETHING I STAY UP ON. Artists you've worked with? IN THE PAST MAGIC, PEEDI CRACK, DON REEF, BLACK ... CURRENTLY, FAT RICH DA GRIZZLE,NITTY ZERO, JIDNAK,Y.B (ATL ARTIST), DON REEF,YOUNG MAR,RICKY V, BANG BANG, ENVY WISE.

Shizzie Mack


REDI BROWN


Please tell the readers where you're from and what you do? I'm Originally from The Eastern Shore Of Virginia and over the years I've lived in Trenton, New Jersey (North Side) Bristol, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Pa. Tell us what was the deciding factor that made you want to do music and how long have you been doing music? When I was young around 8 or 9 years old, one of my uncle's was in a band called P-Funk and he use to take me along with him to all of his band rehearsals and shows that was age appropriate for me, I remember during the drive, he would have cassette tapes of artist' like The Cold Krush Brothers, Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, and Grandmaster Flash playing and I would memorize the words and recite them, eventually I started putting together my own lines that I would rap to my friends and they would encourage me to let more people hear my rhymes, so I became sort of popular for my raps and I remember entering every school talent show using these lyrics. What's the indie music scene like in your city? The Scene is flourishing, so much so that nearly every young adult you'd encounter is either rapping, producing, engineering use computer programs, or has friends that are doing one of those things. Your musical influences? Michael Jackson, Melle Mel, Run-DMC, Scarface, RedMan, Jay Z, Nas, and Killah Priest are my personal favorites and the ones that really influences everything I do musically. Tell us about a typical music day for you? I normally rise at 7:30-8am and turn or my computer and look to see if I have any messages or new beats that has been sent my way, if not, I'll dig through my stash to see what is inspiring me at that moment and begin writing, if I'm not to inspired, I'll begin to listen to previous stuff I've recorded and maybe adjust some mixes, possibly fool around with some production, or listen to some independent music until I get my juices flowing to a level that I wanna create something new and this will go on throughout the entire day until around 9-10pm and this is my daily routine. In your opinion, is the indie music in your city, correctly represented or does that need to be remedied and why? I can only say yes because, it's up to us individually to represent ourselves, most of us don't have label situations so if you wanna be seen or heard, you've got to utilize all the resources at your disposal, in other words it's our duty to make noise and create interest in our music cause no one else will. Who are some of the artists and industry folks you're connected with? I am good friends with Dj Symphony and he's Raekwon The Chef and Ghostface Killah's Official Dj, Dj Juice is an Award Winning Dj for MixTapes and Blend DVD's, Dj Ox is from The Legendary Crew called Da'Masta'Mindz, Shawn Lov, and Custodian of Records are a few of my good friends that are in the industry or making great moves independently. What do you do to stay current in a music scene that constantly changes? To tell you the truth, I stick close to the core of Hip Hop for the Simple Fact that, everything is influenced by the foundation, when I create, I'm current because I'm dealing with what's around me at that particular point in time, but I don't purposely make changes to my sound to emulate the new trends, I bring it how I feel it and whatever the production is communicating to me.


What do you do to stay current in a music scene that constantly changes? To tell you the truth, I stick close to the core of Hip Hop for the Simple Fact that, everything is influenced by the foundation, when I create, I'm current because I'm dealing with what's around me at that particular point in time, but I don't purposely make changes to my sound to emulate the new trends, I bring it how I feel it and whatever the production is communicating to me. What is your management situation like? I manage myself, along with my partner HanSolo of 3rd Phloor Production's however, I'd love to be managed by someone that understands Hip Hop, that would take alot off my plate and free up more time for me to focus solely on the music, I believe that being managed would double my productivity. I have been approached by someone locally about being managed but honestly I need someone that understands the World Stage because my music is all over the world, with the help of me and HanSolo's Networking Campaign's. I would like anyone interested to contact me though, I'm truly a self contained artist so I wouldn't be much trouble. LOL With the advent of video sites like Youtube, Vimeo, etc, have they helped or hurt your promotional efforts and why? Definitely have helped me because I've been blasting music Globally since 2009, yes I started late because I'm from an era where we didn't have these tools so it took me a minute to really comprehend it but once you realize that you have the world at your fingertips, you can begin to brand yourself and create a buzz way deeper than just your hood. Do you have any recording, productions or label deals in the works? None at the present but i have been offered a ton of stuff but I've learned that there are many upstart labels out there that are using the same tools I am so I wouldn't commit myself to anything or anyone unless they show me what they could offer me aside from what I already do. Who are some of the artists you've worked with and would like to work with? I've collaborated with roughly 70 artist' from all over the world and if I'd start naming names I will leave someone out or take up to much space but everyone that I've worked with is a stepping stone to that wider audience that I'd love to have because my name is promoted on so many projects from South Africa, Switzerland, The UK, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, etc. I would like to work with all of my above influences so in the now, I have to keep grinding until they take interest in me. What was the first project you dropped and do you have anything ready to be released? The First Complete Project I dropped was with HanSolo, we have an Album called "Takin' Ya Back" and that's what we attempted to do, was take the listener back to a time where you got Raw and Classic Hip Hop. That Album is still available, along with many more at this time, my current project I have out there now is Called "Back On The Block" and once again, I'm trying to create an atmosphere of early day Hip Hop, Classic times. It may sound like it's about drugs or something cause I'm speaking of The Block but I don't wanna confuse anyone because it's about those times where we hung out with our crew on the Block, simply listening to the latest music and kicking it.


ILL BEAST


Please tell the readers where you're from and what you do? I am a Rap/Hip Hop Artist and go by the stage name/Artist Name ILL BEAST aka ANTLIFE from Bushwick Brooklyn N.Y. now residing in Orlando Florida. Tell us what was the deciding factor that made you want to do music and how long have you been doing music? My deciding factor in recording music and being a part of an amazing culture was the form of being able to express my emotions and real life situations in an art form of poetry, on a nasty drum line with a rhythm and many other sounds collectively to form a unique sound known as Rap/Hip Hop. I started rapping and doing cyphers on the corners of Bushwick since 1993, and to this day I still have the passion I possessed since day one. What's the indie music scene like in your city? In Brooklyn it has always been a major movement for a lot of us, in the new location where I rest Orlando FL, it has flourished to a well rounded city that supports indie/Underground Hip Hop/ Rap since underground ever existed. There's a lot of M.C.'s and many of them tour in Rap Battles and such, as well as in many performances. Etc. Basically it's a True Hip Hop movement in any one of my cities. Your musical influences? Rakim, Krs-one, Kool G Rap, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Jay-z, Biggie Smalls, Wu-Tang, Big Pun, Big L, Boot Camp Click, Smith-n-Wessun, and every lyrical M.C. you can think of. Tell us about your movement. My movement I feel is very simple, create real Hip Hop/Rap for the fans of once true music. Never lose the love or the hunger of making good music. Could be a simple reply but I invite a listen to anything I have made and you can hear passion, love, hunger and skills. So HIP HOP is my movement! In your opinion, is the indie Hip Hop in your city, correctly represented ? In Brooklyn I have no clue at this point, but in Orlando FL, it has reached a plato where every artist has a chance and many opportunities to develop their skills and take it to higher levels than the norms. Many indie labels are making major moves, a lot more than others. What the city lacks is unity in the game, how it used to be. This city would be a lot greater with more unity. Who are some of the artists and industry folks you're connected with? Prince Marquee Dee (Fat boys), Sadat X, Dj Evil Dee, E. Smitty CEO of FatBoy Records, Execs from Universal and Island Def Jam. Majority of ties come from twitter, and also having a digital distribution deal with Island Def Jam, which opened up the doors to speak with a few known producers that recently were signed to major indie labels. Staying current ? The word is trying! lol. Yeah musically I have since released a feature about 4 months ago or less. I really had to learn the value of marketing and promotions online, which I will discuss in question (12). So I dedicated a lot of time to brand the ILL BEAST presence in a higher scale, mentally and physically. Reaching different people and exploiting my music to a wider audience. What’s your management situation like? I have worked with a few people trying to get this role in position but it hasn't quite worked out yet. Still looking for someone concrete willing to take this journey and push our limits to higher levels. I do have a skill that the world needs to hear, and so have had plenty of positive things to say about my movement. So all it takes is the right person to come along and make this happen for us. My doors are always open for conversation, so hit me up and lets make this happen


far everyone who has, they have had plenty of positive things to say about my movement. So all it takes is the right person to come along and make this happen for us. My doors are always open for conversation, so hit me up and lets make this happen. With the advent of video sites, how have they helped or hurt your promotional efforts and why? Well in my case I would say helped, because on a bigger scale the majority of people that has seen my actual footage have been really captivated, I mean to the point where people were saying I love you, loving the fact of the energy and skill displayed in a visual. It's an amazing feeling to have such a response. Especially coming from the bottom, and still in the bottom. It helps artist's reach other countries and many states within USA. So it really helps promote your cause as an artist. Do you have any recording, productions or label deals in the works? I had 2 offers on the table, 2 in which enclosed a distribution deal, but had to put upfront out of pocket cost to one of them in order to seek that deal. Which in that point in time I wasn't ready financially to take that risk. It felt good though to really be in that position and be so close to a dream. Right now I am in the works of a project in which some A&R's are waiting to hear and hopefully the right decision can be made. For the mean while I am currently in a Digital Distribution Deal with Island Def Jam and also WMA Label (World Music Alliance Label), so it's all about playing the right part of the game in which I have extended my knowledge in. Which is dropping the right single and moving along to independent. Using all the Marketing and Promotion skills and putting it to the test. Outside of the video sites, how has social networking improved your growth and worth in terms of artistry? Man it has improved me a lot. I have crazy rotation online, also through college stations like WPRK 91.5 fm, show titled "Early Vibez Reloaded" hosted by Dj Lucky Lefty formerly known as Dj ForHire on thursday nights from 11pm-1am, also on saturdays with"ItsOurShow" hosted by Conshus from 5pm-7pm wprkdj.org or through tune in app WPRK (91.5 fm) located in Orlando FL Rollins College. I have worked with artists from the UK (Chander Emm) formerly known as Dirty Lanks, 2 Duce and Dynasty Bull Gang from Toronto, I have worked with producers from the UK, Coatse Beats, ItsDaKiid Beats, producers from Spain, Don Asero. I mean the list goes on. Everything is online now a days. Before it was all in the physical, and it made it that much harder, now since all these labels and artist's are online, it's easier to reach and connect with many people. One just has to have the right mind set and play your cards right. I am living proof of that. Take us back in time to your first project and do you have anything in the pipeline? My first project is titled "The Raw" mixtape available on Datpiff: http://www.datpiff.com/mixtapes-detail.php?id=351869 I am currently working on many features to drop within weeks and also a new mixtape yet not titled nor a date set to drop. But hoping within the fall sometime. I am just currently working on myself and bettering my situation as well as my music to a bigger extent. I know what I am capable of and know what I want so no need to hurry. I define longevity! What can your listeners expect from you and where can we find your music? They can expect much more music, a whole different sound and a whole new and improved movement with much definition. Also I have been working with a team of artist's by the name of The G.I. League. Which a mixtape has already been dropped on Datpiff by the Title of " Time Is Of The Presence" : http://www.datpiff.com/GI-League-Time-Is-Of-The-Presence-mixtape.117870.html A new mixtape is in the works set to drop mid-summer sometime titled by "In B.A.R.S. we trust" if I'm not mistaken. S/ O to $moke-n-Mirrorz and the rest of the clan. Your plans, short term and long term? My short term plans are to find the right representation of my brand and expand to different levels of success. My long term goal is to have my corporation established with many branches of businesses, restaurants, clothing line, management for artist's, and many other things. My biggest goal is to be able to have jobs for all my true people's that stuck it out through thick and thin and give em a nice reward. Also have many plans in building charities which I am a part of, like Share The Mic and sponsor a few local charities for A.I.D.S awareness and cancer. Stuff like that, just share the wealth with the less fortunate, I am from the bottom, and I know the feeling. How can the listeners contact you? They can contact me on twitter @ILLBEAST they can also go through my website www.ILLBEAST.com which is under construction and follow the links to all my profiles. They can listen to all my music through www.reverbnation.com/ILLBEAST drop any comments, follow me, I will follow back. Leave any comments of anything my name is involved in and it will be very appreciated. I want to thank ETZ magazine for the opportunity and hope that all these questions gave you guys a glance of my life and what I do. I plan to develop a lot more things for the future, a possible book also a movie and many many things. If there is anything else you would like to ask, please feel free to ask me. Hit me up on twitter, Facebook or even my email ILLBEASTKING@gmail.com and I will respond. Peace and Benevolence.


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Photo by Bailey Image


We recently caught up with Glamour Model Vicki Mckillop for a brief chat about why she chose to be a model. Lets talk about why you choose modeling? It choose me, I had a photographer pester me to take my picture,i finally said yes,really enjoyed it then the rest is history. What city and/or country do you hail from? I live in Burnley, England.... Rainy and wet. Sexiest part of your body? I get told its my bum and eyes. Does being a model make it hard for you building a relationship with that special person? It has done for me in the past when I was younger, but not now. Is there anyone who influenced you in your career? My loved ones have been extremely supportive. What's the most positive thing and the most negative thing, if any, you can say about what you've experienced since you've started modeling? I have lost a good friend through her jealousy of me doing well,but i have also gained new friends and travelled the UK. What is the most satisfying thing, for you, about being a model? I was told for years that I was useless and never good enough to be a model by an ex boyfriend, I've sure as hell proved him wrong. Do you think that it is easy to avoid drama once you're in the modeling game? I've never come across any drama,I've had a wicked time... I feel very lucky. Do you think that dating has been hard for you since you started modeling? No, not at all, it does mean more boys want to date me though just because I'm a model. Has any photographer made a pass at you? No never, that would be very unprofessional. What are some of the best and worse pick-up lines you ever heard? I hate chat up lines, they are all terrible. Would you date a rapper, athlete or just a regular guy? I would love to date 50 CENT, I'm very into my fitness also, but you know what I'd be happy with a regular guy. Do you believe love at first sight? No, it grows on you the more you begin to know the person. Have you ever been in love with two people at the same time? Yes ooooops, but I was a teenager then, when everything's confusing. Do you think that physical attributes are more important than friendship when it comes to maintaining a successful relationship? No, I could never have a relationship based on looks, I need to be friends with someone before I can be in a relationship with them. You see a woman hitting on your man, what comes next? I'd get her away.... I have been through that myself, it took a lot of strength to walk away, but I did and look at me now. What are the most important qualities in a mate? Loyalty and trust.


Do you have more respect for a wife that knows her husband is cheating and stays or a mistress who sleeps with someone else's husband? No I don't at all.... I think you need to be very insecure to go with someones husband, and you should never forgive cheating, your worth more than that. Describe a night alone with you. Weekdays I like to chill, hoody on, no makeup, lots of munch and good TV, Weekdays then I wanna dress up, drink champagne and go wild!!! Booty call or make up sex? Make up sex is the best. Have you ever faked an orgasm? Haha who hasn't. Have you ever had an attraction to a member of the same sex? Yes I have..... often ha. Your ultimate fantasy? I would never share that, sorry guys. If you had to choose between modeling or sex and had to give it up for a year, which would it be and why? I'd give up modeling,its not something i take to seriously,I've been lucky and I've had a great time doing it,but i have other things going on in my life also. What kind of stigmas do you think, have been placed on you since being in the modeling business? People have said to be they though id love myself, that couldn't be further then the truth.... When they've got to know me they've been shocked that I'm just an ordinary girl. What do you do in your spare time? Hit the gym hard. In three words, describe your character. Very loving, generous and trustworthy. Would you consider yourself materialistic? Yes, a bit ha. Name a food that's bad for you, but you can't resist eating? Crisps, I love them What is your specialty when it comes to cooking Sunday lunch, I love to cook. What special talent(s) do you have that not too many people know about you? I'm the best at computer games, I always beat the boys. If you could play lead role in any type of movie, what kind of movie would it be? Myself. Finished this line. I can't stand when...? People are rude to others. What goals are you aiming to reach in the industry? I feel like I've done everything i dreamt about as a little girl, I need to make new goals... I also achieve what I set out to do, I'm very determined. Three favorite songs of all time? Crazy for you (Madonna), Fireworks (Katie Perry) and Rihanna's (Only girl in the world). Would you want to be known for your beauty or for what you've accomplished? Both. How can you be reached for booking, photo shoots, appearances, etc? To book me for work or just see what I'm up to please visit http://www.victoria-mckillop.co.uk/


Please tell the readers who you are, where you're from and what you do? My name is Lornnah Stewart. I’m a singer, songwriter, dancer and model from the UK. I’m an artist who knows where I’m going. Going on public reactions, I’m also someone with a distinctive style. Tell us the passion you have for making music and how long have you been doing music? Music to me is a universal language, but one where it’s a story that can be shared with everybody. It makes you happy, sad, tells of heartbreak, or being in love. I started writing from the age of ten years old and also recorded my first track at the age of twelve. How do folks react to the indie music scene in the UK? In the city where I am right now, tends to be either rock music or rap (some would refer to as grime in the UK). However it tends to vary from city to city overall in the UK I would say more grime, dance Some your musical influences? I have such a various range of musical influences for many different reasons but they include, Adele, Coldplay, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, The Script, Janet Jackson, Faith Evans, Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Kelis, Prince to name but a few. How are you received as a female recording artist in your area and how do you handle your "everyday" music business? I feel that I am well received in my area as a female recording artist as well as other areas as I am doing music that’s a little different to what everyone else is doing. My everyday music business is mainly getting out there by promoting my music via media or social networking sites. In your opinion, is the indie music in your city, correctly represented or does that need to be remedied and why? I feel the music scene in some UK cities tend to have certain genre’s that get a chance. If you are doing something different or out of the box no matter how good sometimes it works appealing to fans abroad before being accepted back home. Floetry, Adele, Rita Ora, Jessie J for example. Who are some of the artists you've worked with and are connected with if they are different? I have worked with various artists who are successful in the UK. However Natalie Stewart AKA “The Floacist” from the group “Floetry” is my cousin. Natalie would be more known to your readers. I would describe her music as Neo Soul as I tend to write and perform other genres of music. What do you do to stay current in a music scene that constantly changes? I believe that it is important to try and stay true to who you are as a songwriter and artist. However I do listen to other artists both well known and unsigned. There is always change but you have to appeal to as many as possible. Sometimes just asking your fans or regular folk can really help What’s your management situation like? I continue to get approached by managers, however I have signed a management deal with a heavy hitter who’s hot on the scene. They understand that as a female artist and songwriter, I still like to always have a hands on approach. Video sites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc, have helped a great many artists, how have they effected your grind (good and bad)? In a good way it helps venues, or music execs see for themselves any previous performance I have done and whether they like me. In a bad way it can be a little more difficult and takes a little time to convince as there are many other singers out there so you got to stand out to the rest Do you have any recording, productions or label deals in the works? I am in talks regarding a publishing deal. This is with a major record label. I will announce details of this once everything is finalized. This will also be on the website What was the first project you dropped and do you have any current projects? I completed a number of projects from 2012. For any future projects you can check on my website: www.LornnahStewart.com. This is updated with news of what I’m doing every few weeks


What can your listeners expect from you and where can we find your music? I love experimenting with my music. So expect something for everybody. R&B, Hip-hop, Pop, Acoustic sets, Reggae and Dance. You can either check my website www.LornnahStewart.com or go to my YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCp1ruJSQB0TFyE75B8RKP-Q.

Plans... Short term and long term and please leave us with some lessons on what indie artists can do to maximize their musical objectives? Short-term, to be everywhere and share my music wherever I can. Long-term working abroad wherever I’m received whether it’s the US, Europe or beyond. You need to stay true to you, get your music out there, try getting on radio stations that have air-time for new artists and don’t give up! How can the listeners contact you? You can contact me via my website www.LornnahStewart.com. My Twitter@LornnahStewart1. Email me: LornnahStewart@gmail.com Thank you for getting with us and spending some time, peace good sista!

"I believe that it is important to try and stay true to who you are as a songwriter and artist"--Lornnah Stewart


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