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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Letter from the Ladies of MusicaWear Page 2

The Blackline: Product Extension Page 3

The Poets of Hip Hop Event Flyer Page 4

The Poets of Hip Hop Artist Photos Page 5

Cover Story: The Poets of Hip Hop Artist Interview Pages 6-7

The Inspirational Poets of HipHop Event Flyer Page 8


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Rapper/Lyricist; Brooklyn,NY Q: What are your thoughts on the current state of Female Rap? A: I believe most upcoming female rappers have the wrong idea of what it takes to be a rapper. You have to be yourself, you cannot be a clone. You can’t try to be a female version of Meek Millz or another Nicki Minaj. Originality is so important. That’s the only way you'll be well respected. You have to be different. Q: How do you separate yourself from other artists? A: I’m versatile with my music, I can talk about real life, I can make fun club music, I can talk about what’s hot in the world and what everyone wants to hear. I’m marketable. My main focus is to target all groups of people and change the world through my lyrics. Q: Who/what influences your personal style? A: I would have to say my style comes from my fear of being compared to other people. I enjoy being different. I want to open up eyes to little girls growing up in urban areas especially and show them its okay being different. You fit in best when what your doing is truly who you are. I find myself being more secure when I put a n outfit together with my own ideas because I know that’s me. People either love it or hate it. …And I must say I'm inspired by vogue models, they're amazing. Q: Does your music influence your fashion style? A: My music and the way i carry myself don't overlap so much. I don't want to look like a rapper. I feel that my music is more exciting because I don't look like a rapper. It leaves people questioning and Its more impressive. Q: Why did you start making music? A: All my life i've been trying to find myself and

figure out who I want to be. Everyones been through this, there’re people in there 30s still trying to figure themselves out. At a point I wanted to be a massage therapist, correction officer, and psychologist. I got into rappi ng at about 14. It was fun to me. I enjoy the word play and self expression through rhyming. Q: Is your family supportive of your decision to pursue music? A: Glad you asked this question: My mother use to rap back in the days; she was good. I ask her for advice from time to time. She gave up on it after having my sister. She supports me but she believes I should have higher standards or a dream more realistic. There’s no room for other dreams or a plan B. If you believe in yourself enough you know plan B will never matter because you will accomplish plan A. It’s that simple. Q: What is one impression you would like to leave with MusicaWear readers? A. Rap is portrayed as a negative influence to society and is definitely overrated. Many times when I have discussed my career goal with people their usually turned off and have negative feedback. I don't want my music to have a bad impression on me. I’m a smart honor-roll student with many schools sending me scholarships. Just because I rap it doesn't make me less intelligent than anyone else. It’s something I enjoy. I’m doing it because I love it; not for the money. Q Where/when can we hear more of your music? A: My mixtape will be dropping May 1st 2012. I will have Youtube videos and songs about before then. Look out and support. Facebook:Chanel Richie Instagram: CHANELrichie Twitter : @_CHANELrichie Tumblr :CHANELrichie.Tumblr.com


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Hip-Hop Edition: Exclusive Interview with Chanel Richie, feature artist at the Poets of Hip-Hop music event in NYC.

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