Misfit Tunes The Magazine June 2016 issue #12

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Misfit tunes The Magazine June 2016 Issue #12

Chance the rapper

Content Misfit Tunes The Magazine :: Issue 12 :: June 2016 www.MisfitTunes.com


24 Chance The Rapper



Editorial :: Go-Go Music is Dead?


Facebook Introduces 360 Photos


Cover Story :: Chance the Rapper


SoundCloud wavess GoodBye to DJ mixes?!


What is Misfit Tunes?


Q&A 18?s w/ Nesha Nycee


Art :: HeySheDraws

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12 Q&A 18?s w/ Nesha Nycee

Diggin’ in the Crates “Total” Horoscopes

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What is Misfit Tunes? Misfit Tunes, is an orga-

nization dedicated to publicizing Domestic as well as International Indie and/or little known artists from all genres of music to the awaiting masses. We use several vehicles to publicize Indie Music, such as: Misfit Tunes The Magazine, Misfit Tunes The Blog, Misfit Tunes TV, Misfit Tunes Radio, and the Misfit Corner. These are Misfit Tunes primary vehicles to promote the artists music. We currently offer these services at absolutely no cost. Yes, I said FREE! Why does Misfit Tunes do it? We do it for two main reasons: 1.We do it for the LOVE of the music. The current top 40 selection leaves Misfit Tunes wanting more from music, which is why we promote indie and/or little known artists. The music industry has become so saturated with clones that the music has gotten lost in translation or merely forgotten. We believe it our duty to keep good music relevant! 2.We do it to change the industry. It is our belief that the industry has become too

much about money and no longer about the art of creating music. With the current state of the economy and the advent of so many free internet tools to make music, it’s now the perfect time to usher industry change. How can I as an artist support Misfit Tunes?

· Keep us informed on your career by emailing us an artist bio, your music, pictures, videos, and any information on upcoming projects. · Encourage your fans to support Misfit Tunes. The more people we have supporting Misfit Tunes the more people with which to share not just your music, but also the other artists’ music we support. · Provide Misfit Tunes with exclusives. Let us be the first to break a new video or song, as well as details on upcoming events or new projects. · Invite us to events. If you are having an album release, performance, and/or any event you’d like us to cover, send us press credentials or put us on your guest list. We want to support all events, however that can become very costly and those funds will take away from the services we provide since we don’t charge for our services.

· Make Misfit Tunes your number blog and source for Indie News, Indie Music, and Indie Videos.

Remember, we do this for the love of the music! So if you love your music and want to support an organization that will love your music as much as you do, look no further than Misfit Tunes!

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s of late, I have been hearing the most disgusting rumor. Folks are saying one of the most blasphemous things...Go-Go music is dead! WTF?!!! What is even more disturbing is that I am hearing it right here in the District of Columbia. Washington, DC. The birthplace of Go-Go. Like what in

ever and wherever they can, these dudes are taking Go-Go music with them. Why? Because it is ours! Go-Go was literally birthed right here in Washington, DC by the Godfather himself Chuck Brown. We Washingtonians embrace, love and support our homegrown rappers just as we do our beloved Go-Go bands.

than to stand with and stand up for the Go-Go community. I mean it is no secret that DC is going through a major gentrification, but it is a secret that many of the imports love Go-Go music when they hear it, most for the first time. Case in point, Rare Essence turned Broccoli City (one of the largest music

Somebody said Go-Go Music was Dead?!?

Somebody Lied!


the whole hell is wrong with fools? I mean, yes, Rap has found a home in the District. DC officials, as well as those in MD, seem to be doing everything in their power to make it difficult for bands to perform, venues turn bands away, and the Nation’s Capital is under major gentrification, but I promise you Go-Go music well never DIE. So yeah, Rap has become a mainstay in the area since dudes like Wale, Fat Trel, Shy Glizzy, GoldLink, Logic, Jay Idk, Chaz French and several others have found a spot on the national market. However what most fail to realize is that these dudes incorporate, or at least have love for, Go-Go music. When8

Why? Because they are ours! Now there is one small, yet powerful, group in the area that don’t have love for GoGo. In fact they are trying, hear me, TRYING (cuz it aint going to happen) to eradicate the entire scene. How can they do that you ask. By introducing and passing many laws that make it hard for bands to find stages to perform on. Many of the venues that support, or supported, Go-Go are either closed or being threatened with closure and loss of their liquor license if they continue to allow bands to play. SMH. It’s sad that officials, many of them who grew up listening to Go-Go, now rather have the dollars of wealthy developers

festivals to hit the area) into a massive ass Go-Go thanks to the awesome people over at One Love Massive. Trust me, I was there. Much of the new DC was in attendance and they partied hard as fck with the Go-Go legends. Look, I am so upset at the audacity and outright ignorance of folks to say Go-Go music is dead. Where are ya’ll getting this? Like for real, ya’ll must be living under a rock. Because just this year RE (Rare Essence) performed at SXSW and cranked!!! Had folks from all over the country groovin’ with them. Ain’t no way you can think Go-Go music is dead. Now had they said being forced underground maybe I

wouldn’t be so damn hot. But what you need to know is that the Go-Go community will fight to keep the music alive and above ground, where it started and where it’s meant to be. Maybe I need to start a series so y’all can really see where the music comes from, what is has become, and where it’s going so y’all can fully understand that Go-Go

music deserves the same respect as Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, hell every genre of music. Go-Go music is not a dirty little secret. It is the music of the Nation’s Capital. We are not ashamed to claim it and will never let anyone take it from us. Y’all got me fckd up wit the nonsense. Go-Go music is dead. Pssh somebody lied!

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Q&A 18?s

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t. Louis, MO native and Atlanta, GA raised Dawnesha “Nesha Nycee” Williams is a supernova of talent exploding on the Indie music scene!


What is your government name? Where were you born and raised? Dawnesha Williams, born in St. Louis, MO, raised in Atlanta, GA. “STALANTA”


What made you get into the music industry? My struggles, heartache, and pain did. Music was my outlet and I thank God for my many gifts.


If you weren’t making music, what would

I like learning new things, jumping off cliffs, watching hamsters, and giving back to the community.


How would you describe your sound/ music? Very unorthodox and true to self.


Who are your influences? Number one is always God. Kanye West, Left Eye, Andre 3000, and Missy Elliott


How did you come up with your stage name? Long story short, I was tired of just going by Nesha and my best friend helped me choose my name. It was between Nesha da Beasta, another name, and Nesha Nyce, but she suggested I add another “E.” So glad I did.


What is your most recent project? “Get Into It The EP, is my most recent project. It’s a window to my soul. It really sheds light on the many dimensions of my thoughts. You can actually get into a little of my journey.

you be doing? If I weren’t making music, I’d still be making music. Get into it!


What are your non-music related hobbies?


What are your short and long term goals? Short term, takeover the world. Long term, takeover the world. LOL! But in all honesty, I want to establish my company/label and actu13


What kind of impact, if any, do you want your music to have Do you want to sign on your fans? a major deal or stay I want my fans to leave refreshed and relieved from independent and have total control over your the world’s stress. I want it to music? uplift the culture because it’s so broken. I would love to stay Indie. It’s way more power in your What is one things independency. Labels aren’t needed nowadays and they your fans/supportjust want to melt away your ers would be surprised to creativity and control.

ally become a mogul beyond my music.




Do you have a team behind you? If so, tell me about your team. My team is still a work in progress, but the people i have in my corner are vital and are dedicated. I appreciate what everyone brings to the table. We don’t have huge budgets, hell no budget, but we get out the mud and make it look like gold, PERIOD!


Which indie and/or major artist would you want to do a collab with? Would love to collar with Cyhi da Prynce, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Kanye, Andre, Missy, Left Eye, Melani Martinez


How will you know when you have “made it?” When I’m sitting back comfortably, not worried about anything but my next flight/ tour.


know about you? Hamsters are my spirit animal.


What song would you want to either remake or get on the remix? Diamonds by Kanye West


Have you performed live? If so, tell me about your best and worst

experience. Best performance, all of them, because opportunity is always dope. But the best was recently at a show on the Eastside of ATL. The energy was on a 10,000,000! And the worst was neverrrrrrr LOL!


What’s next for you? Touring overseas and across the country. Touching the world through one lyric at a time!

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Facebook Introduces 360 Photos



n June 9, 2016 Facebook announced that after over a decade of posting photos on Facebook, which quickly became one of the main ways people share their experiences with their friends and the world, that they’re improving photos so that people can share more immersive views of their world. Users will now be able to easily share 360 photos on Facebook. “Simply take a panorama with your phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera, and then post it on Facebook as you would a normal photo. From there, we’ll convert it to an immersive 360 photo that people can explore, similar to how people experience 360 videos on Facebook.” A compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo will alert users that the photo is a 360 photo. To explore a 360 photo on mobile devices, users merely need to tap and drag the photo or move their phone. This can be done on the web by clicking and dragging. Now friends can experience moments in 360 as if they were actually there with you! You will also now be able to explore Facebook 360 photos in virtual reality. The Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, allows users using a supported Samsung device to simply click View in VR lo-

cated in the top left corner of the video, place the phone in the Gear VR, and experience the photo in an immersive virtual reality environment. Initially, 360 photos will

• Once your photo is posted, look around in your photo — or any other 360 photo in News Feed that’s marked with the compass icon — by moving your

only be available to view on Facebook via the web and the latest version of the Facebook app on iOS and Android. Over the next few days they will be rolling out the ability to share your own 360 photos on Facebook. How Do I Take 360 Photos? • Take a panorama on your iOS device or Samsung Galaxy phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera. • Open the Facebook app and share the photo as you would any other photo: tap the status tool from the top of your Timeline or News Feed, select Photo/ Video, choose the photo you want to share, and tap Post.

phone or dragging with your finger. Tap on the photo to view it in full screen. • On Samsung Gear VR-compatible phones, you’ll see a button in the top left corner of your photo that says “View in VR.” If you tap on that button and insert your phone into your Gear VR headset, you can see your 360 photo in virtual reality. If you have any further questions, visit Facebook’s 360 site or join Facebook’s 360 Community group to be a part of the daily 360 and VR conversation. If you are not interested in either of these options, you can also get help at Facebook’s Help Center. 19

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Definitely not you

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There are prophets, rappers, and young men just trying to make it out of the war zones that are their hometowns. Chance the Rapper happens to be all three. The lyrical gymnast, born Chancelor Bennett, is taking the Hip Hop world by storm and doing it on his own terms while remaining true to who he his. Well before Coloring Book and not long before his highly acclaimed Acid Rap, Chance turned a disciplinary action taken against him his senior year at Jones College Prep High School into his introduction to the music game. Chance, who throughout High School dreamt of a career in music, took advantage of a 10-day suspension using that time to record his debut mixtape, “10 Days.” Instantly uploaded the the internet upon its completion, the mixtape was hailed as one of the most well rounded independent mixtapes of its time. The mixtape, which features production from Chuck Inglish and the Blended Babies, garnered high praises which led to the 19-year-old emcee opening for Childish Gambino, who would later ask Chance to join his 2012 U.S. tour. 10 Days stirred the rap scene into a delirious frenzy, leaving fans salivating for more. And just like the mad chemist he is, Chance dropped “Acid Rap.” Released in 2013 to universal acclaim, 26

the project featured Action Bronson, Vic Mensa, Ab-Soul, and Twista, and production from the likes of Jake One and Nosaj Thing.The mixtape is a blend of classic soul, drill, gospel, blues, rock, and house. The release triggered such intense demand that it crashed both hosting site Audiomack and Windy City rap agora Fake Shore Drive. Chance went from skipping high school and getting suspended to being escorted from high school campuses by law enforcement officers due to large mobs of teenagers swarming to meet the young rapper. From the beginning, Chance knew he had to do something for the youth in Chicago, many of which call it ChiRaq. Coming from the notorious Southside of Chicago, a city whose murder rate in 2012 outnumbered American casualties in Afghanistan, and witnessing his close friend Rodney Kyles Jr. get stabbed to death one gruesome night, Chance developed a plan that targeted Chicago’s close-knit youth community. After graduating from Jones College Prep High School, he started something he called Save Money School Days, where he and his manager Pat Corcoran would visit schools around the city selling cheap tickets to his shows and doing meetand-greets with the students. Unlike many local emcees in his city Chance felt an over-

whelming need to give back, as well as bring awareness to the gruesome and senseless violence killing kids. “It’s crazy how many people die here,” Chance says. “It affects everybody here personally. Motherfuckers that are 15 and 16 caught bodies already and that’s not normal. So my plan is to put it in people’s face. Because if nobody talks about it, nothing gets done.” Chicago continues to be described by residents and outsiders alike as a forgotten war zone. A city whose alias, ChiRaq, became the title of a controversial Spike Lee movie. With such a devout love for Chicago, it came as no surprise to locals when the outspoken emcee took Spike Lee to task for his movie ChiRaq. To say he was outraged and livid at the audacity of Spike would be an epic understatement. Chance took to his Twitter account to let Spike know he wasn’t feeling the movie concept in the least. Chance told his Twitter followers he would not support the movie and he even went as far as to encourage his followers to “support your struggling neighborhood DVD man when #chiraq come out” if they must see it. He also said the movie was “goofy” and “exploitive and problematic.” His tweets grew increasingly more serious as he noted “the idea that women abstaining from sex would

stop murders is offensive and a slap in the face to any mother that lost a child here. You don’t do any work with the children of Chicago. You don’t live here. You’ve never watched someone die here. Don’t tell me to be calm!” The outspoken rapper took on Spike Lee out of pure love for his city and for the thousands of people who lost their lives on ChiRaq’s mean streets. Chance openly admits he has not been the same since the violent death of his good friend, which may also be a reason as to why he took on the movie giant in the fashion he did. Nonetheless, Chance’s ultimate goal is to live his life to the fullest which includes bringing awareness to the plight of his city, as well as making good music. Since the release of Acid Rap, Chance has had just about every major record label calling. He flew out to New York and LA for meetings with Columbia, Republic, Def Jam, RCA, Atlantic, Interscope, Shady and Capitol, amongst others. Not one for meetings, nor intending at the time to sign with any label, he took the meeting “to set myself up for when the time does come that I need better distribution or just a bigger team behind me.” To the dismay of many fans he found the team he had been hoping for, however it wasn’t the team one might expect. Chance forwent the labels,

placing his career on hold to join a team of musicians, sort of a band of brothers if you will. The team, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, is an instrumental squad composed of Donnie, Greg “Stix” Landfair Jr., Nate Fox, and Peter Cottontale. Together they gave listeners a gem of an album called “Surf.” The album, which arrived like a thief in the night, isn’t really a rap album. The emcee’s sound becomes submissive

to the instrumental flow, and production-wise, it has very little in common with contemporary Hip-Hop. “Surf” which is available for free on iTunes pulled in 618,000 full-album downloads in its first week. With such staggering numbers and a highly acclaimed album out, one would think his fans would be satisfied right? Nope. Chance was often asked when will we get an Acid Rap follow-up? To


which he would give a different cryptic answer each time, leaving the inquirer dazed and confused. The answer finally came in 2016 in the form of “Coloring Book,” Chance’s best work to date. The mixtape is arguably one of the best rap albums of 2016. Pitchfork called it “an uplifting mix of spiritual and grounded that even an atheist can catch the Spirit to.”


Chance was able to do what Kanye West’s TLOP could not, and that’s deliver a gospel feel that stirs the listener’s soul. He is able to touch the listener so deeply due to the many trials and tribulations he himself endured between the release of “Acid Rap” and “Coloring Book.” Such things as the lost of his beloved Grandmother, the birth of his daughter, partnering with

a non-profit to raise nearly $100,000 for the homeless, and spearheaded the #SaveChicago campaign to prevent violence. All factors that led to his growth and maturity as an emcee and a man which can be heard on his third mixtape. I know it seems crazy he is just on his third mixtape, especially since he has been touring since 2012 either

opening for major acts, performing at festivals, or headlining his own shows. One would expect a road warrior like Chance to have a buffet of mixtapes and albums under his belt, especially in this microwave music era. Artists, rappers specifically, are releasing new music what feels like every three months. Chance has always said he values quality over quantity. With “Coloring Book,” Chance has definitely changed the landscape of all music, not just Hip-Hop. He took on the industry, demanding they review the eligibility rules, asking questions like: Does the music business side of this dictate what type of project this is? If it’s all original music and it has this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape? What’s an album these days, anyways? ‘Cause I didn’t sell it, does that mean it’s not an official release? What if I never drop a project for sale? Maybe I’ll just make my money touring. Which then begged the question, in this digital era where streaming is the prefered method people use to listen to music, what sense does it make to disqualify stream-only projects and punish artists for choosing to make their music free if your goal was truly to honor the best music being made? The mixtape has changed

the musical landscape, not by just by being a undeniable project, but by also convincing the Recording Academy (better known as the Grammy’s) to abandon a long standing consideration requirement that to be eligible an album had to be commercially sold, which disqualified stream-only releases. So now artists, who like himself digitally stream their music, will be eligible to win a Grammy. Is there anything this guy Chance the Rapper cannot do? Well at least one thing, and that’s sign a major label deal as he sees it as a mute point “There’s no reason to. It’s a dead industry.” From the ashes of the music industry of old, Chance the Rapper emerges like a Phoenix soaring high. If you have not already, I strongly encourage you to catch this guy live and/or click on the album covers in the discography section of this article and become and fan. Chance the Rapper is definitely not your ordinary rapper. He’s a young man fighting to save his city, the prophet leading listeners to the musical promise land, and the rapper who challenged the Recording Academy and won. Oh, and his music is pure unadulterated fire! What more reason do you need to recognize the future is bright for him and those that love good music?

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waves Bye Bye to DJ mixes? www.soundcloud.com


In May, Digital Music News reported the world’s leading audio platform, SoundCloud, will be implementing significant and serious limitations. Although it is unclear exactly what these restrictions will entail, these restrictions could include a complete block on all DJ mixes that are not fully cleared, a decision that would impact an extremely large percentage of tracks. DMN went on to state that these restrictions were a direct result of SoundCloud’s recent deals with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. SoundCloud, launched in 2008 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, gives users unprecedented access to the world’s largest community of music & audio creators. With its continued ambition to unmute the web, SoundCloud allows everyone to discover original music & audio, connect with each other, and share the sounds they hear. In addition, sound creators can use the platform to instantly record, upload and share sounds across the internet, as well as receive detailed stats and feedback from the SoundCloud community.

SoundCloud, despite a sitewide removal of content flagged over copyright infringement, has refuted claims that it may soon restrict uploads of DJ mixes to the platform. A SoundCloud representative told the electronic music and culture channel THUMP via email that the claims made in the article were false. “The DMN story has no truth to it,” they said. “At SoundCloud, we’re on a mission to create a place where all creativity can live. SoundCloud’s creator community, including DJs, is incredibly important to us.” SoundCloud, like many other music streaming sites, have been under attack as of late as more recording artists and record labels are issuing DCMA violation notices. Due to these notices SoundCloud now has a legal obligation to remove all material that violates the copyright owner’s rights. Unfortunately, this means many DJs, producers, and content outlets are finding their mixes which include unlicensed tracks, tracks that include unlicensed samples, and any bootleg remix that bears a recognizable sonic resemblance to an original (and in some cases their entire accounts) are being

removed. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed into law by President Clinton on October 28, 1998. The act criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. Copyright defines a number of legal rights that exist in original literary, musical, dramatic or artistic works, in sound recordings, films, broadcasts and other creative works. These rights are exclusive to the copyright owner, and enable the copyright owner to control how their work is used and to prevent unauthorized use. Copyright laws allow the work’s creator to prevent that work from being copied, control things like adaptation or public performance of the copyrighted work, inclusion of the work


in a broadcast, or distribution of the work both physically and on the Internet. Understandably, many users believe copyright to be a complicated matter. SoundCloud advises users with any doubts regarding the extent of their rights in any sounds, to consult with a suitably qualified attorney before uploading anything to the platform or making any claims or counterclaims regarding their rights. However, wanting to make it easier for users to understand, avoid having their copyright rights infringed upon, and violating others copyright rights, SoundCloud created a simple general guide users should consider before uploading anything to SoundCloud: Can you answer “YES” to all of the following questions? • Did you compose the music yourself? • Did you write the lyrics yourself? • Did you record and produce the track yourself or do you have permission from the producer or record label that made the recording? • Do you have written permission from all copyright owners to use any samples contained in the 32

track? Can you answer “NO” to all of the following questions? Were you signed to a record label when you recorded the track? • Do you have a publishing deal? • Are you a member of a performing rights organization or collecting society? • Have you licensed your track to anyone else? • Does the track contain the entirety or any part of someone else’s song(s) Is it based on someone else’s song(s)?

Cloud? Can you answer “NO” to all of the following questions? • Is the recording rehearsed or recited from a script, play or book (other than one written by you)? • Does the recording contain any music or excerpts from other copyright works (e.g. movie dialogue)?

In a nutshell, DJs, producers, and content outlets should follow this simple guide if they want to avoid being accused of copyright infringement. The absolute For other sounds, including best way to avoid copyright field recordings, podcasts, infringement is to ensure audiobooks or voice mesthat you don’t use anything sages: created by anyone else. Due Can you answer “YES” to the rights extended by to all of the following copyright law exclusively questions? to the copyright owner(s), • Is the recording sponta- you will infringe copyright neous, as opposed to be- if you use someone else’s ing recited from a script, work without their explicit play or book (other than permission. For examone written by you)? ple, if you copy or adapt a • Is it a recording of your copyright work or make it performance? available on the Internet, • Did you make the reyou’re guilty of copyright cording yourself? infringement and subject • Do you have the permis- to have the track as well as sion of anyone else apyour account removed from pearing in the recording SoundCloud. to upload and share the So, DMN was partially recording on Soundright. Your work will be

removed if you are guilty of copyright infringement. However, the removals have nothing to do with SoundCloud being a greedy, money hungry monster as some may think. Yet, a

legal obligation to respect other’s work and their right to earn money from their work without having to worry about pirating of their work causing them to lose money. Simply put, if

you upload something you do not own 100% or have permission to use, it will be removed and you run the risk of losing your account.



“They were always giving me paints and other art supplies to play with and they never really limited my creativity.�


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Long Island, New York native Nikotris who is best known by her monogram HeySheDraws, is one of the DMV’s dopest artists adding her celestial afrocentrism brush strokes to the new Renaissance movement. Throughout school, people knew her as ‘the girl that can draw’ before they even knew the name she was blessed with by her parent. Recognizing this fact, Nikotris decided to wear it like a badge of honor and own

whimsical gesture. HeySheDraws is quite humble for someone with such big talent. I found her very approachable when I met her during the annual Broccoli City Festival held in Southeast Washington, DC,. Introducing the DMV to her artwork, she was bubbling with excitement and nerves as this was her very first showing. She beamed with pride from all the praise her artwork was receiving, while

noticeable. With both of her parents having creative qualities, she was strongly encouraged to explore her creativity. “They were always giving me paints and other art supplies to play with and they never really limited my creativity.” Art has always been something that she has been interested in, among other things such as playing the guitar and violin, gardening, and anything else involving nature. An equestrian for about 10

it. First she was just going to go with “SheDraws” but added the “Hey” for fun as a

also remaining grounded and present. And by grounded and present, I mean the young artist was not too “Hollywood” to answer questions, pose for pictures, or simply say thank you when complimented. A self-taught artist whose only formal training came by way of a high school art class, HeySheDraws discovered her love for art at a very young age. It was around the age of 7 or 8 that her talent became

years, she also has a love for anything horse related. However, if she was not drawing/ painting she would be happy molding young minds as an elementary school teacher. Luckily for art lovers across the country her ultimate goal is to pursue art full-time, eventually being able to provide for herself with the income from her art. Her art is directly influenced by how she is feeling at any given moment. If she


creates something while she was upset, you would be able to tell by the colors as well as the facial expressions of her subjects. The same is true if she creates while excited, happy, stressed, etc. The colors and overall mood of the piece will change, kind of like a mood ring. Random combinations of things that are around her is how she usually finds inspiration for concepts. A color combination in the sky at sunset, a visit to the grocery store’s produce section, and

music. HeySheDraws often listens to a lot of tranquil chillwave and Hip Hop music. Depending on the song, she gets a different vibe, and the artwork just stems from that. Other times she may come up with a concept based on current event or occasionally pop culture. When I asked her how she describes her artwork, acknowledging it to be a “hard one” she gave pause to fully think about the question. After a few seconds she replied, “I guess I would describe it as

celestial afrocentrism. I totally just made that term up, but I think it sums up my artwork pretty well. I like to represent people of color in my work and I always add a celestial twist to each piece.” Made up term or not, I am fully prepared to buy my cosmic ticket to take a ride on her celestial afrocentric rocket. This young artist will surely be around for some time, leaving her brush strokes permanently intertwined throughout the new Renaissance movement.


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The winter of 1996 went down in music lover history with the release of Bad Boy Records trio Total’s self-titled debut album “Total.” You could not turn on any radio station without hearing the talented group. It seemed like every video in the countdown was one of theirs or one of their many hit features. Keisha Spivey, Kima Raynor, and Pamela Long are the members of the R&B trio from New Jersey. The ladies first captured the attention and hearts of listeners when they teamed up with legendary Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G. on his debut single “Juicy.” Their smooth harmony blended seamlessly with his flow,


making “Juicy” a fan favorite til this day. The overwhelming success of “Juicy” led to the trio being featured on both the original version, as well as the “Hip Hop Remix,” of Biggie’s next single “One More Chance” once again yielding a timeless classic. With three massive hits, the ladies immediately went into the studio to start working on their own debut album with Bad Boys Records head honcho Sean “Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, P. Diddy” Combs at the helm. It would be a long wait, nearly one year, before the fans would finally get to hear the complete album and it was so worth the wait. A wait that was largely due to the trio going through

vigorus hours of artist development at the hands of mastermind Diddy. The trio speaks fondly of the education they received, yet make it very clear that at their young age it was grueling. Their pain was transformed into their best selling album, “Total.” The project boasted a whopping 15 tracks, all a must hear. The album spawned three R&B top ten singles including “Can’t You See” featuring The Notorious B.I.G (which also appeared on the soundtrack for the 1995 movie “New Jersey Drive”), “Kissin’ You,” (as well as its remix featuring Sean “Puffy” Combs), and “No One Else” (and its remix featuring 90’s female

superstar rappers Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, and Da Brat). Although it did not break the top ten, “Do You Think About Us,” is a fan favorite among the hit singles. As if their perfect harmony was not enough, each single was accompanied by a video which allowed fans to not just hear the trio, but get to see

them perform their hits. The videos displayed each of the ladies personalities as well as unique individual styles. During an era in R&B when girl groups were plentiful, Total stood out like a warm ray of sunshine on a cold day. Every girl either wanted to be one of the members or their best friend because Total had that homegirl next door feel. Even though you did not know them personally, you

felt like you did because you could relate to their music. Each and every track tells the tales female fans go through in their everyday lives. Although mostly female, the fan base also included plenty of men. Since Total was a group of beautiful women who could sing and dance, why wouldn’t the fellas love

the trio? Their fan base has remained loyal through the decades. Much to the delight of their fans, the ladies are currently on the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour that is scheduled to visit 24 US cities. The tour features Total, Diddy, Lil’ Kim, MASE, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Carl Thomas, The Lox, and French Montana, all performing Bad Boy’s 20 years of hits.

Total, the album and the group, has earned a permanent place in music lover’s hearts. When heard, they get the party going in addition to stirring up nostalgia and fond memories. So next time you go Diggin’ In The Crates looking for a classic soundtrack for your day, “Total” is the one to pull from the crate.

Discography Total

Kim, Keisha, and Pam


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