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The Inside Publisher J.G.

What a difference a month can make. Some internal ups and downs can really let you know

Editor in Chief

who your true friends are in this

President/Director Operations

With the sudden passing Rodney King and Actress Yvette Wilson

Mills Johnson

Michal Williams

Circulation Manager Nikita Harper

Graphic designers Nicholas Butler Ricardo hospedales

Staff Writers

L’Oreal Goggins Antonio Lewinson Michal Williams Kenya Jackson Special Contributions from

Shahgraphy Antonio Lewinson Photography Shah The Shahgrapher AL Joshua Johnson POSES PHOTOGRAPHY

business called media.

what ese can be said about the month of

June is sometimes we

as humans have to find a way to soldier on. no matter what fate my bring to the table.

For instance the killer of TrayMartin was able to walk

von

freely during his trial but the nation has slowly started to forget that tragedy at hand because wearing a hoodie became trendy.

Michael Jackson once said “they don’t care about us” so should we learn to accept things for what they are and not what you want them to be.through faith, determination and stregnth you will achieve all goals.


The Inside

July 2012 Volume 2.Issue2

Contents Ms Toi the Warrior

R.I.P. Yvette Wilson Rodney King The Poet’s Corner

Ghetto PSA “saggin pants”

Artist Features RIp aka the Rippa T-quest Reggae Artist Nakita Mississppi Rappers Crunk and Bunk

in Case you forgot or just plain ignornat to the fact of who she is. then we must tell you she is the lovely woman featured on ICE Cube’s song “You Can Do It” off the next friday Soundtrtack. Which by the way earned her platinum honors. must we say any more read the exclusive interview.


Look Grand Dad Gangsterliscious Boy FRiends!


Just Gotta show my ass early in the morning!

On my way to several Job inteerviews are you hiring!

Jail here I come its all yours to grab!

I aint got no money so lets take a picture for my boo in prison!


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rowing up in the 90’s i remember this fad that started when Hip-Hop changed to so call gangster rap that ran amuck all the way up to congress. As kids we wanted to imitate the style so suddenly wearing your pants on your waste no longer was the cool thing to do. Sagging them slightly off your waist line became increasingly

popular until Kriss-Kross came out with their “jump video� from there (totally crossed out) Album, Even their backwards style never caught on but the un-limitations of how a young man should sag their pants did. I am not saying they started this trend but Looking at grown ass men and little boys constantly pulling up their pants gets very irritating and makes me wonder do they really love being calling Saggin (Ni**as) backwards.

I am not saying music has destroyed the way our teens and kids dress but it has played a major part in it though. Sagging gotten so bad in the City of Atlanta that they passed a ban on sagging pants(: Baggy Pants: Outlawed in Atlanta? Aug. 24, 2007: abc news). So with this much to say is this trend or an epidemic with a sad case of piss Poor role models. (Celebrities).

If you ask a Police officer who is easier to chase and arrest they will tell you the young men with their pants hanging all off of their ass damn near down to their knees. So I guess in a prison code he is available to everybody. A trend that has started into the most homosexual places of practice is now passed as a law to stop kids from literally showing there asses. Better role models equals better communities.


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ast month Yvette Wilson, who we all loved as Andell Wilkerson from the ’90s shows ‘Moesha’ and ‘The Parkers,’ reached out to the public hoping to get financial help for the mounting medical bills stemming from her Stage 4 cervical cancer. She needed $25,000 by the 1st of June to undergo proper treatment to go up against the cancer which came back “very aggressive,” as she expressed.

"The Parkers" The Parkers (1999) "Moesha" Moesha (1996) Friday Friday (1995) Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

IAM Remembering YVette Wilson

It’s with a heavy heart we report that yesterday evening, Yvette lost her battle and passed away. Yvette’s good friend and ‘Moesha’ co-star Shar Jackson was tweeting for the last few days, asking for her followers to send out prayers, however last night she let the world know that Yvette had passed. Read more: ‘Moesha’ Star Yvette Wilson Loses Battle With Cancer | Necole Bitchie.com


RIP Rodney King

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odney King, whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 sparked the L.A. riots, was found dead at his California home on Sunday. He was 47. Police said King’s fiancée discovered him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their Rialto, Calif., home, about 55 miles east of Los Angeles. Police responded to a call at 5:25 a.m., pulled King out of the pool and attempted CPR, but could not revive him.

King’s representative Suzanne Wickman confirmed to his death to KABC-TV. According to TMZ, King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, told friends King spent the bulk of Saturday drinking and “smoked marijuana at some point,” before she went to went to bed at 2:00 a.m. The cause of death is unknown, but police are investigating it as a drowning. Rialto Police Capt. Randy DeAnda told CNN there were no preliminary signs of foul play. King was beaten by four white LAPD officers following a DUI stop on March 3, 1991. Footage captured

by an amateur videographer showed the officers hitting King 56 times with wooden batons. “I just got lucky that night to have the cameras on me,” King said in April, marking the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots. “When I saw the tape, I was so happy that it was on tape and then looking at it, it was like I was in another body. I felt like I had died in that one, and was just watching it.” The four officers--Theodore


Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012 King was born in Sacramento, California, to Odessa King, who had four other children. His father died at age 42. King grew up in Pasadena, California. In November 1989, King robbed a store in Monterey Park, California. He threatened to hit the Korean store owner with an iron bar he was carrying, then hit him with a pole. King stole US$200 in the robbery. He was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment. At the time of the beating, King was twice divorced and had three children. His exwives were (firstly) Crystal Waters and Danetta

Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon--were acquitted of criminal charges, sparking the riots that left 55 people dead. (Koon and Powell were later found guilty of federal civil rights charges and sentenced to 30 months in prison.)

‘What else can you do?’ I didn’t agree with it, but I understood.” During the five-day riots--marked by widespread looting, arson and racially-charged beatings throughout South Central L.A.--King made his famous public plea for peace: “People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?”

“It felt like Armageddon,” King said of the acquittal. “It felt like the end of the world. I “Through all that he had gone through with his beating and perwas hurt. I was past upset. sonal demons, he was never one to “I was raised not to be violent, not call for reconciliation and for and not to be rioting and car- his people to overcome and forrying on like a wild man,” he give,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a added, “but at the same time, statement on Sunday. there was a side of me saying,

King had long struggled with alcohol abuse, much of it detailed in his 2012 memoir, “The Riot Within.” According to KABC, he was arrested or detained by police at least a dozen times on charges ranging from DUI to domestic violence. In 2011--the 20th anniversary of his beating--King was arrested in California on suspicion of DUI.

IAM Remebering Rodney King


ATL WOMEN SPEAK: 10 REASONS THEY CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT THEIR MAN 1. “I LEAVE FOR SCHOOL AND SOMETHING IS BROKEN BUT WHEN I RETURN HOME HE HAS ALREADY FIXED WHATEVER THE ISSUE IS WITHOUT BEING ASKED” MELANIE, 45 2. “WHEN HE SAYS SWEETHEART WHERE IS YOUR CAR KEYS AND HE TAKES CARE OF ALL THE MAINTENCE TO ENSURE I AM SAFE”KIM, 32 3. “EMBRACES ME WITH HIS STRONG ARMS”MARY, 21 4. “WHEN HE PROTECTS ME FROM ALL HURT, HARM, AND DANGER”TIFFANY,29 5. “WHEN HE TREATS ME LIKE I AM THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE WORLD FOR HIM”SHARQUITA, 27 6. “HE COMES IN WHILE I AM TAKING A BATH AND SAYS BABY LET ME WASH YOUR BACK”BRITTANY, 3

7. “AFTER A LONG DAY AT WORK HE COMES IN AND WASHES AND MASSAGES MY FEET”MICHAL, 31 8. SURPRISES ME WITH HONEY YOU DON’T HAVE TO COOK, HE HAS ALREADY PREPARED DINNER FOR US”IESHA, 31 9. “HE KISSES ME ON THE FOREHEAD”QUAMETTE, 26 10. “FREQUENT CALLS THROUGHOUT FROM HIM TO ENSURE THAT MY DAY IS GOING OKAY”JACQUELINE, 39


ATLANTA’S MEN SPEAK OUT THE TOP 10 THINGS THAT WOMEN DO THAT MAKE THEM IRRESITABLE: 1. “I LOVE TO SEE A WOMAN IN HIGH HEELS” JEFF, 29 2. “WHEN I COME HOME FROM WORK AND SHE HAS MY T-SHIRT AND BOXERS ON”KENT, 36 3. “WHEN WE ARE WATCHING A SCARY MOVIE AND SHE ASKS AS IF IT IS THE MOST HORRIFIC THING AND COVERS HER EYES UNTIL I SAY YOU CAN OPEN YOUR EYES NOW”TERRY, 31 4. “I AM OVERWHELMED WHEN SHE BUYS NEW UNDERGARMENTS AND MODELS THEM FOR ME”JESSE, 38 5. “I COME HOME FROM A LONG DAY AT WORK AND SHE HAS MY BATH ALREADY RAN AND MY CLOTHS OUT. SHOWS ME SHE REALLY CARE”RAY, 28

6. “SHE ACTS AS IF SHE CAN NEVER OPEN A JAR. SHE SAYS, HONEY CAN YOU PLEASE OPEN THIS”MIKE, 41 7. “WHEN I AM FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER, SHE COMES IN AND SAYS SWEETHEART

LET ME TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE”DAMION, 26

8. “I LOVE IT WHEN SHE ALWAYS SAYS LET ME CHECK YOU OUT BEFORE WE GO OUT SOMEWHERE TO MAKE SURE I AM TOGETHER”GLEN, 47 9. “WHEN SHE SAYS BABY CAN YOU PLEASE LEAD THE FAMILY IN PRAYER” RALPH, 44 10.“HOW SHE ALWAYS LAUGHS AT MY JOKES REGARDLESS OF HOW CORNEY THEY ARE” DWIGHT, 34


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daydream of the art you posses accenting your body. running my fingers over your skin feeling every raised line, every ink print, every detailed delicate design. Your muscles make them come alive. you exhale & its a mural of exquisite display for me to see. My own exhibit to admire. I don't want nutn from you baby. I get mine just from touching you. this masterpiece that covers you. we share a similar therapy, a similar fetish. Of ink against skin, imprinted within the outline of a symbolic work of art. the more it stings the more I forget the pain inside. Whether it be the fact that I have struggled to survive the days since the moment I was considered alive and immediately began to die. Or whether it be the multitude of hopeless love I have trapped in my being waiting for someone worthy to enough to release

it and caress it and treat it right. Or whether its just to feel the pain to remind myself that I am strong and I can endure. I don't know if its the same for you but to me tattoos are beautiful.

They take the canvass of a simply sensual structure and paint it into a seductive portrait. I can only imagine the many curves of your muscles embroidered with twists and turns of a image that i can


only hope goes on forever. And I want to take the time and take my time to memorize it with my finger tips with my lips with my tongue if you please

I would love to be your examiner. the burn of your procedure burning in my chest and never put to rest it is you my tattoo artist. It is you who can take this supple sheet of ma-

The Poet’s Corner hogany paper and apply your needle to the colors of the earth and embed them into me slowly and shallow then fast and deep moving across the area like a conductor to his symphony it is you who wipes the excess off and cools the heat that comes from this beauty it is you who can do this and it is you who I lay here teeth clinched begging you to stop but not really wanting you to stop because I know the end result will be alluring and vivid. And after youre done you wrap me up in a cloth so I cant lick my wounds and you tell me to marinate in it. Submissively I obey because you have left your mark permanently and I loved it. This is why they say tattoos are addictive and baby I'm addicted. Its so taboo to love tattoos. And my tattoo artist be killing it. By Loreal Goggins


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st.1985 in Miami, FL, born in Miami Jackson Hospital. Ever since the day RIP AKA THE RIPPA(ROBERT MARCELO RODRIGUEZ)was born he has had no choice but to tackle difficult obstacles. He was raised by a Cuban single mother that came over to Florida back in the SCARFACE TIMES (1980's - in El Mariel). Growing up through tough times; his mother on Section 8 Government housing, WIC Checks & Food Stamps. Living in Hurricane Shelters during bad storms that took out the little housing and personal items his family had. Moving from place to place in both Broward & Dade County. Changing schools because of housing situations and problems in school. As a little kid he learned different personality traits from different family members like; keep your mouth shut, eyes wide, & ears open, Watch your back & look out for people who bring positive to the table. Give respect to get it back, & always look out for yourself & your fam. If you know how to count .. only count on yourself. As he grew older he absorbed everything he heard and saw, which led him to; selling drugs, juvenile detention centers, fleeing and eluding cops

RIP A.K.A

plus run in's with law enforcement religiously. Numerous times behind bars but finally the tables changed for Rip. He started his own family, a son... Rip Jr! A fatherly bond that nobody could break. This in turn created

a new bond with his own father. Now with more motivation and drive to provide a positive future for his son his waking moments are directed to his passion,.. MUSIC. Being a one man show with a desire to


The Rippa

talents and attended barber school. After a short amount of time he successfully completed his classes and graduated. With upgraded skills and a born talent he was ready to begin his career as a barber, making his money either at a barber shop in the hood, or cutting hair at home. His desire is now for the world to hear his life through the lyrics in his songs, to feel what he has gone through & understand how he has achieved all he has done. His words can relate to many peoples way of growing up in the government system and open their minds to the opportunities that are out there for them. If they are hungry enough and work hard, they can achieve it all. "Hard Work Pays Off"

rap, starting with a mini karaoke machine, he has upgraded to the finner tools where he has self taught himself the tricks to producing & engineering his own material. Realizing he wanted a career in his life, he followed one of his

After all is said and done he is a one of a kind individual with determination to be successful at anything he attempts. Failure is not an option, Losing makes him stronger, and Winning makes him Wiser. ->>>>RIP THE RIPPA>>>>


MS. Toi interviewed by

Loreal Goggings


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yricist Ms.Toi is back on the scene with her New Album “I Am a Warrior”, brought to you by the production of Mr. Payback of Heat Makaz Production. We know Ms. Toi for several movie sound tracks such as: Laila Ali’s “Daddy’s Little Girl” the single track called “The Greatest” , Ice Cube’s Hit movie Next Friday with the Hit single “You Can Do It” which is still playing all over the world and radio today and Dr.Dre’s” Up N Smoke Tour” . Osmosis Jones, Save the Last Dance, Da Rocks “Walking Tall” and Ms.Toi’s Hit single “Move to the back of the line” in an episode of Girlfriends.

and my experience being in a new place changed from bad to good. What was your best child hood memory? My best childhood memory is traveling with my older sister at a very young age to go visit our friends and family in Chicago.  I used to love to brag to all my friends how beautiful it is during Christmas time and all year long.  They always wanted to come back with us when we left.

Who were your inspiration(s) growing up? Growing up I was inspired by all kind of music such as: Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, in middle school I was in modern dance and a drill team captain so we danced off EPMD, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and more.  Now with this new album When I got into high school I was everyone wants the exclusive more inspired by Hip Hop artist scoop on what’s happening such as Ice Cube, Ghetto Boys, with Ms. Toikeon “You Can Do Lorraine Hill, Mc. Lyte and more It” Parham. IAMU magazine’s as I ventured from just a listener L’Oreal, had the opportunity to an actual artist. to ask the west coast female rapper a few questions to get What advice would you give amateur artists who want to a little more insight on what, be in the business? Some artist where, when why & how only go by how much money you when it comes to Ms. Toi. Where were you born? What have but if you love what you do you will continue to pursue your was it like growing up? I dreams through the ups and the was born in Chicago Illinois in Cook County Hospital my downs.  In the long run you will family lived on the Southside respect what you have learned, but I was raised in Inglewood by then you’ve paid your dues, California.  My first arrival in created some great relationships, Los Angeles was a little rocky plus see who really has your back because I was the new girl on after you’ve overcome the major obstacles before the real money the block, but I made friends

comes in.

There aren’t as many female rappers in the game. How hard do you think it is and how did you overcome (give an example)? It’s very hard because this is still an all male sport: although we have a couple examples of MultiPlatinum female hip hop artist we know with all the females that are in the game without that same push leaves the game paralyzed to only one artist and never setting the rest up for major success that should come unless it’s a lot of time in between.  I’m still overcoming hard times but I’m consistent by Gods grace I do music every day I consult indie companies and artist, I’m in the process of getting ready for a major show before the year is up and thankful to have a new album to present to the world so I will be fine. I heard you sang a little, is that true? Which song do you think best exhibits that? My song West Coast Gangsta Hit which is on my 2007 release Not Yo Average Chick is a clean album. WCGH is all about the west and I’m singing and doing my thing on the hook in 2007 Greg Mack Premiered my song on KDAY and Nate Dogg R.I.P called in and told me he wanted to work with me and we did the song is on my Hustle Hard part 2 with my H-Town Partner Cl’Che’ called “Something I can go home with”. I write all the songs even when you don’t hear me singing, I just love a good melody. Are you single? Yes I am single


right now and happy because I’ve always been in long serious relationships and somehow my music gets put to the side.  Now I’m putting all that love and energy into my career and watch myself get the results I know I can get because I have seen the changes my life has had because I took this time for me.  I am very blessed in that area for when I’m ready again and I’m sure it will be better than ever. What is your idea of the perfect guy? To me there are really no perfect men but Allah but when I date I look for a man to first be confident in his self not too over the top. He has to work and have an education plus some street smarts the list goes on so without looking like I’m telling IAMU magazine to find me a date cause I don’t need that lol I will just say everyone comes with baggage and if he has duck tape holding his luggage together girls run fast that means too many kids and drama lol.  If you can find someone you’re compatible with and both of you have decent luggage, make a great team you can weather any storm.  But we all have different taste and life only allows us so much time so I enjoy the non perfect black man he is still the most amazing creature on the planet.

If you had the opportunity to change one thing about yourself what would it be? What about in life? I just work on my body daily by eating good and staying active plus I have a beautiful mom and a handsome dad so I think I was really blessed with good jeans.  Being in this rap game you got to keep it sexy so I workout and keep

hope I’m leaving a positive mark in hip hop for the females on good writing and that’s from my teachers in school pushing my writing skills which then lead me to becoming a great lyricist.  To also show the game I’ve been smart enough to act like a woman a think like a man during my struggles and pave a lane for up and coming artist who really

have talent.

it tight.  In life I would like to change and assist if possible how woman are received in this business.  We have got to empower other female artist so we can have more than one artist every other year making a lot of moves.What type of influence would you like to leave on the community? I

When did you realize that performing was your passion & do you have any other? After I broke into the business on the “Burn” remix with Militia I was on my way then a few years after that I was invited to be on “You Can Do It” with Ice Cube my mom shared that I used to sing Minnie Rippleton and Chaka Khan before I could


called Passing the torch at the Loft live every week what do you enjoy about hosting “passing the torch at the loft”? Favorite moment?I’m thankful for the loft it’s given me so much joy being the host I get the crowd going and motivate them to be great artist.  The rap game gets to see more of my bubbly and crazy personality which you didn’t to see before.  My favorite moment is hard because I have so many now but when I first started hosting the loft a guy came and made it rain on me lol..But why he do that? I went on one. Looking my usual adorable self someone made it rain on me a fully dressed sexy hip hop host so I milked it while I was picking up my money making the crowd laugh. USTREAM.TV Passing the torch at the Loft every Thursday 9pm-12am.  Where do you see yourself in 5 years ( career and life)?In 5 years talk.  So as a baby and a little kid while I picked tracks and we Inshallah (God Willing) I will be in a would freestyle off of them but better position and my production I’ve always been known in my every time we got to that track company will be very successful family to have the talent bug.  I everybody would get into and helping launch some other great love to help artist who have what it we all enjoyed the mood and careers as I set a good example for takes I mentor the artist that work energy. From the first couple my team.  And in life just be alive with me at the loft to help them of seconds of the track I knew and well to reap the benefits of all perfect their stage performance and then it was for me.  But taking it the hard work I’ve been allowed to that’s a highlight for me because I to the next level I threw in the put in is good for me because no topic to be about God and Allah get a lot out of that myself. matter what everyday I’m hustling. U Akbar (God is the Greatest) in Arabic was said and I lost How do you keep in shape? I You can find Ms.Toi on Twitter my mind because that’s what rehearse hard and exercise hard MsToiThatReal and Facebook the track is saying to me and and walk in 6 inch heels and stay the rest is history.  That song MS.TOI for updates on shows and busy so basically just eating right “I Am a Warrior” turned out to videos. Contact Mr.Payback at and staying active keeps my body be the title of this new album Heatmakaz@gmail.com for beats I’m bringing to the world. This looking right. and more info on this Hot Album album is executive produced by What was the inspiration for my main producer Mr. Payback from Ms.Toi. I Am a Warrior your “I Am a Warrior” track? of Heat Makaz Productions and 2012 One of my other producers on Ms.Toi Production. my album named Mike from Starr   You have also been seen as lab Productions made this CD the hottest Host of a late with 15 tracks and I would listen night www.Ustream.tv show to them with my ex and friends


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ara "T-Quest" Little is a proud Connecticut native born in Stamford, CT. A talented and gifted young lady in a lane all by herself! She is different & proud of it! She is quiet, but powerful; meek but not weak, fabulous & sexy. This hip-hop diva is about to change the rap game. Not only is TQuest a rapper, she is also a hip-hop dancer. You will find that most of her music is up-beat dance music. She captivates her audiences with her performances. T-Quest considers herself an overall entertainer. You might find her on stage rapping one night, in a play the next night & ripping the runway the following night! God has blessed her with many talents & she's not going to allow any of them to go to waste! Although she can do it all, music is still her 1st love! Whether, rap, r&b, gospel or even pop! She does not like to put into a certain genre. MUSIC is her genre! Her vibe is hypnotic and her stage presence is electric. She will always leave you wanting more of T-Quest! As an accomplished performer and

She leads a positive, determined hard working team where their motto is "Turning dreams into reality". T-Quest is a positive role model. She doesn't smoke nor use profanity! She stays with a smile on her face! T-Quest has a big warm heart & gets a long with everyone! She goes hard on stage but off stage she has the most sweetest bubbly personality but when it comes to business Boss Lady Of CT don't play! When the show is over, it will never be forgotten that TQuest was there!!! She's a BOSS, She's a LADY & CT is what she reps! She's like no other, that's why you Gotta Love Her!

a trendsetter, to her credits she has competed in numerous talent shows and showcases all over the country. T-Quest performs regularly at various clubs around the state. Boss Lady Of CT is the perfect name for her! TQuest is the founder of The Gotta Love Me Movement.

-T-Quest "Ms. Gotta Love Me" www. GottaLoveMeWorld.com Reverbnation.com/ tquest (203) 278-3354


there. It would be nice to see on the television or hear on the radio about a boys and girls club hosting an event or one of the local community centers coming out to the schools to recruit individuals for their programs.

The tone

for each program is to make being successful a trend.

not just “hood rich” suc-

And

cessful but send out a ripple where the message is that its

“cool” to strive for excel-

lence.

If we expect the generation to do better we should

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Story by L’oreal Goggins

younger generation…every day we turn on the television and see another one of our youths being criticized or arrested and we shake our heads like what is this world coming to, what is

Augusta

Some may say a

trap, some may say the ghet-

it on the internet.

Crime within our youth has a lot to do with education. We

Ways to express

them more to do.

There are

only a few decent community

Augusta that have

decent activities for them to engage in.

As far as going

out and having fun only a few drama free venues in the downtown area.

But do they know about them? I rarely see advertisements about the community centers or these type of events around town.

The only way to find them is

word of mouth or googling

adequate security. It took too

The school systems around the coun-

the clubs to beef up the secu-

try seem to struggle in this

we should make sure that

aspect, where crime, in turn

they keep up the momentum.

rity and now that they have

could be the result of fail-

I know it sounds easier than

ing schools in the inner city

actually implementing it in

America. Fur-

school system, it starts with

children? In my opinion, give

the events are safe and have

are educated.

turning into the streets of

ter the community for our

As well as making sure

many people to be killed for

in every city in

Atlanta. So what do we do or what can we do to bet-

time.

have to demand that our kids

to, and some may even say it’s

centers in

ter to do.

themselves and occupy their

et’s talk about the

becoming?

give them something bet-

the community and in the

thermore, not with just our

streets but it takes dedication

the parents who should not

coming together and stick-

and drive. It takes all of us

only teach right and wrong

ing to it. It takes a village to

but should be involved in

raise our children and

their lives as well as getting

ta should be like a village to

them involved in the com-

make our way of life better.

munity. It’s not necessarily the lack of available places because there are places out there for example the

Y and

various community centers in each school district. It’s just that a lot of them are damaged or need improvement.

The decent ones that

offer programs are only known by the individuals that already attend or work

Augus-

Let’s think about the future. Let’s think about our younger generation.


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verlooked by many, yet surprising those who recognized the underground representatives of Mississippi, known as CRUNK-N-BUCK. Born into the same family, the only sons of two sisters, blessed with the gift to bump on the mic. CRUNK, born Ricco Orange and dA BUCK1, born Roderick Webb both inspired by the death of Ricco’s mother at the tender age of 12, created a bond much stronger than brothers. Many verses have gone unheard over the years, from karaoke machines to 24 track boards to pro tools. CRUNK-N-BUCK has been creating lyrics as well as their own unique style striving and determined to be heard. They were making mixtapes before there were mixtapes, recorded on cassette back in 1996 and sold in tha hood for $5.00. It wasn’t the best, but locally it was the begining of something major. People responded with enthusiasim and encouragement, requesting for more tapes, more shows, more of them CRUNK-N-BUCK boyz. However, being youngsters it was hard to come up with the fnancial funds needed to complete a full cd. That’s when two other mc’s, known as Shatterd World, decided to put their thougts

and desires together, and from the bottom-up, they created their own recording studio, known as HCB/ BOTTOMSOUND MUZIK. Dropping their first album 2003, titled CRUNK-NBUCK, Blowin’ Up [http:// WWW.CDBABY.COM/CD/ CRUNKNBUCK2 WWW.CDBABY.COM/CD/CRUNKNBUCK2]it was an instant classic. They then began self-promoting, selling cd’s out of the trunk throughout the south, from city to city,

and still grinding. Carrying a buzz growing stronger and stronger by the day, it seems asif the future would be very bright for the group CRUNK-N-BUCK. Then, the death of their grandmother in 2005, followed by the death of their other grandmother, grandfather, and father all 2006 was a tragic turn of events. With all of the emotions inside, CRUNK-N-BUCK turned to what they knew best, their


music and went back in tha studio for their second album, “UNDISCOVERED” released 2007. As music sales continued to climb, CRUNK-N-BUCK were faced with another major obstacle; dA BUCK1 was sentenced & served two years in Mississippi Department of Corrections on drug related charges. Released 2010, dA BUCK1 immediately returned into the studio, releasing a solo project January 2011 en-

titled: dA BUCK1, “STATE ISSUE MIXTAPE - limited edition”. It was official HCB/BOTTOMSOUND MUZIK had returned for the streets. CRUNK-N-BUCK released “UNDISCOVERED MIXTAPE” July 2011 focused now more than ever, and right back in the studio with the release of their new project,

Crunk N Buck “MICROPHONE MONEY”,[http:// WWW.DATPIFF. COM/PROFILE/ CRUNKNBUCK] CRUNK-N-BUCK is here to stay. The best kept secret since 1995, but CRUNK-N-BUCK is quickly changing that as they continue to make their prescence felt within the music industry one

city at a time. They have paid their dues, and now the reward is what they await. They have crafted their own unique style. They sound like none other. They sound like the real Mississippi suppose to. They are independent, underground artists. They are the CRUNK-N-BUCK boyz...

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Reggae Artist

Nakita


can be viewed on several websites, Google Nakita the Goddess, Reverbnation, youtube nakita just you/ nakita359 facebook, myspace, twitter, linkage, sonicbid, tunecore, jango, one876 entertainment, and other sites. Also nakita’s music can be purchase on itunes and amazon. Nakita can be contacted at Steve Gong Production, email: goddessnakita@gmail. com/ stevesangsterproduction@gmail.com, or call: 876-889-1248 /876-573-7508


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akita was born in Kingston Jamaica on june 22, 1981. Her mother Marlene Ebanks, whom resides in the Cayman Isle for over 30 years, who works in tourism as a hotel manager. Her father who she knows little about and saw twice before his untimely death. 
Nakita was raised by her aunts and grand mother. Nakita was a loved child and was spoilt by her relatives. Nakita went to several schools most of them a couple of months, because of moving back and forth between her mom and relatives. Growing up Nakita was a little entertainer who loved to perform and sing for the family, She loved modeling, dancing and play dress up in her aunts high heels which were way too big for her. At age nine Nakta loved church and was a choir leader, in schools she did drama and speech. And won a few medals for her schools. Nakita always wanted to be a singer, she started to write poems, songs and novels. After leaving high school Nakita started modeling and was featured in miss teen star 1998. Nakita also got pregnant shortly after and had to put

off college for a while to take care of her son. In the mean time Nakita was still busy, being a mom, and a fashion model. She also got a job at Angela’s as a sales rep and manager for a shoes company. Nakita quit her jobs and created her own company called Rudegirlz production music and fashion, which started out with t-shirts for teens. Nakita also opened a hair solon called Nakita Salon and Spa which closed shortly afterwards. Her heart was else where and that was music. Nakita built her first recording studio on the hill at her residence above Manor park area with the help of Steve, and did a couple of recordings. Shortly after Steve and Nakita decided to move the studio at their office on Hagley park road. Steve also decided he

would be Nakita’s manager. Nakita released her first single called War Fi Done then Just You, a love song which hit the air waves at every radio station in Jamaica, several radios in America, and Europe. She also did her first video for Just You which can be viewed on youtube, where she got over 7500 viewers Nakita also did several radio interviews, also with videoally, Re tv, and was on the reggae topten chart, Reverbnation chart in Atlanta. She performed on several local stage shows, and went on tour in Atlanta, and was well received by the audience Nakita is working hard to complete her first album called Just You. Her style is very versatile, and have a mixture of culture reggae, dancehall and pop. Nakita embraces music globally and hope to top the international charts as well as collaborating with artist local and international. Nakita

IAM Nakita


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lot of struggles and losses in his life from the death of his mother at age 12, an absentee father, incarceration, and his departure from his former label, CTE. But with a new label to call home and his proven ability to produce hits such as “Louie Bag” featuring Young Jeezy, Indictment Papers, Problems, and his most recent production this year “She Rockin’ It” featuring Lanate he looks to gain a lot this year. And fans can look forward to Blood Raw’s debut album “Redemption” on his newly

found home, Big Cat Records. Mr Florida’s game plan is to get back to business, repping his state, and Raw music.

IAM Blood Raw


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IAMU: WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Wayne C: San Antonio, TX. But I’ve been living in Augusta, Ga. since 2003 due to the Army. When I got out of the Army we decided to stay in Ga. because of business ties. IAMU: HOW DID YOU GET YOUR NAME? Wayne C: Growing up, I was always the one my friends looked up to and came to for advice. A friend of mine in the military was talking one day and he said my rap name should be the Coach. It just fit perfectly. I’ve been the Coach ever since. IAMU: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC FOR AN AUDIENCE THAT NEVER HEARD YOU BEFORE? Wayne C: My music can be described as a unique southern blend of my native Texas and my new home of Ga. I have a versatile flow that keeps my audiences locked in no matter their age. IAMU: AS A CHILD GROWING UP, MUSIC SURROUNDS US; WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DID YOU HEAR THE MOST BACK THEN? Wayne C: To be honest, before rap hit the airwaves I was listening to whatever was on the radio. Rock, country, pop and r&b. I believe that is what makes me stand out as an artist. I know a lot about all genres of music. Rock was dominating back then.   IAMU: DOES IT DIFFER FROM WHAT YOU LISTEN TO NOW? Wayne C: Yeah I’m pretty much locked in to Hip Hop and R&B now. But I do still tune in to alternative stations just to stay diverse.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST SONG THAT YOU EVER SANG? HOW DID IT MAKE YOU FEEL? Wayne C: The first song I ever sang was just me freestylin back in the days with friends. Cyfers. We would rap to whatever beat that was playin or someone would start beatboxin. It was a good feeling when people were 100% tuned in to me when I was rappin.


IAMU: WHAT MADE YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WANTED TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MUSIC?

IAMU: IF  YOU HAD FIVE MINUTES TO PERFORM ONE SONG WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Wayne C: I wanted to be an artist when I was back home in San Antonio, Texas and my partna owned a carwash together. When it was slow we would write songs to jack beats. I stayed with it. This was after college.

Wayne C: “Candy”. It doesn’t matter what crowd I’m performing in front of. It will work. as told

IAMU: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? Wayne C: Dealing with fakes. Not very many honest people in the business from the bottom to the top. IAMU: YOU HAVE HEARD OF THE TERM “STARVING ARTISTS”? HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DEAL WITH THIS OBSTACLE? Wayne C: Maintain my way of living. I’m good now. Not gonna hurt me if I never make it to that A list. Although I have dreams and goals that I want to reach, I’m blessed now. I’m living somebody’s dream now. Can’t get caught up in that life. That’s how you lose everything including your loved ones. IAMU: IF YOU COULD PERFORM WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD, EITHER DEAD, ALIVE OR BROKE UP WHO WOULD IT BE? WHY? NAME UP TO THREE Wayne C: Biggie, Pac and Beyonce. Biggie and Pac because they are the best that ever did it and Beyonce because she is the greatest entertainer in the business now. We could make some great music.

IAM WayNE C Tha Coach



IAMU July 2012