So FN Dope Magazine Issue I

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hat’s good! Thank you for your interest in So FN Dope Magazine. We are a brand new magazine based on the West Coast looking to make an impact in the entertainment industry by highlighting music, performance, and the entrepreneurial spirit of independent artists, all across the country. Our staff constantly spends countless hours scouring for dope content to feature including, but not limited to, new music, music videos, artwork, interviews, comedy, models, live performances, photographers and bloggers. In other words, we are always looking for new content for our digital magazine as well as our website. It is going to take dope independent artists like you to help build our brand, but it will also take magazines like us to give indie artists a platform to be heard. We would love to feature your music, videos, mix-tapes, photography, artwork, as well as set up interview arrangements for future issues of So FN Dope Magazine. Let’s work together and leave our mark on the industry to show the world why we are So FN Dope!


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FOUNDING EDITORS Walter M. Welch Jr. Corey Norwood Sr. CONTRIBUTORS Shadow Promotions Timeless Music Productions Logostix Graphic Design DNA Merchandize Hustle Daily Clothing 1$t Letter & IG Entertainment Unique Image Entertainment Wave Walker Hooverboards Wave Walker WalkLights Murda Capital BLK KNGS Mercenary B Williams ARTISTS Beat Em Down B Ouji Mercy The Tainers B-Bless PHOTOGRAPHY Cover Photographer: Dyan Jong Contributing Photographers Omar “YXCVLI” Zapien, Kojo, Jack Patterson, Aquavis Warfield, Anthony Notes, Que Duong and Zul-Qarnajn BADD ONES MODELS Loreta Lewis Marisol Mora

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BEAT EM DOWN B B gives us an EXCLUSIVE look at his new album and his perspective of what it is like to be a rapper in Mississippi.


B-BLESS This Queens, NY hip-hop artist is gaining noteriety fast in the big city. He breaks down his new album “The Lost Prince” and discusses his royal African bloodline.


THE TAINERZ This energetic group is electrifying the Crescent City with their music. They give us their thoughts on what it means to be a true entertainer in today’s industry.


OUJI This San Diego rapper gives us a taste of his 5th studio album, which is currently untitled, and discusses some of the difficulties of being an indie artist in this era of hip-hop.


MERCY Our cover artist Mercy gives us an in depth look at her journey as a singer songwriter. Be sure to check out her inspirational story about her journey towards her current project “Dimensions”.




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5 Songwriting Tips For Independent Artists Writers block anyone? Pick up a few handy tips to help when writing your next big hit.


Vantage Point: Mercenary Chronicles with Merc B Check out this comedic recap of 2016. Merc paints a perfect picture of all things we must not bring with us into the new year.


MIXTAPE MAHEM See what SFND Magazine thinks about the next wave of artist entering the mixtape circuit.

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DOPE QUOTES Stay Positive! Dive into some inspirational quotes both the past and present from some very influential people in entertainment.


TOP 10 HOOD FLIX EVER SFND Magazine gives you our list of the top 10 Hood movies ever made. See if any of yours made the cut.



BADD ONES Get to know some of the girls from ‘round the way’. Beauty and brains, class and style are just a few of the characteristics these #baddones have to offer.







or many independent artists, songwriting is a skill set that you simply can not function without. It is the one thing that connects the artist to the audience in its purest form. There is nothing like listening to and experiencing the emotions of a singer/songwriter. Artists like Prince, Alicia Keys, and Stevie Wonder have a special connection with the music that they’ve written. It is a connection that we all are able to identify with when they sing their songs. Obviously, this is a God-given talent, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it also took lots of practice to sharpen the skills that made all of these artists great. As a singer/songwriter myself, I’ve learned to pour myself in to my songs emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually, however there are some specific areas one should focus on while writing.

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irst and foremost, “what” you write about is very important. Pay attention to your surroundings, your personal experiences, and the experiences of those close to you. Writing from the experiences you know about or can identify with is much easier than trying to write something you don’t. Trust me, your audience will notice. Don’t get me wrong. It is okay to fantasize and use your imagination while writing, but try to stay away from subject matters that you have no clue about. Also, don’t be afraid to write songs in the same manner that you speak. It’s okay to use the latest catch phrases, slang, and the latest lingo in your music. Sometimes it just fits better. Remember you are writing a song, not a term paper. As long as your audience understands what you are trying to say, you can do no wrong. Lastly, keep it coming! Don’t be afraid to write multiple songs about the same or similar subject. If you are in a writing mood and all you


seem to be writing is “break up” songs all week long, don’t shy away from that. Keep writing. Sometimes you just have to get it all out of your system. The next week you may only write love songs. It all depends on your mood and emotional state. The important thing is that you keep writing. You can always shop your music to other artists, license them out, or use them for future projects. The possibilities are endless.

RHYME SCHEME Of course we know that not all songs have to rhyme, however many of them do. If you do it right it can really make a song stand out among the rest. Songwriting is very similar to poetry in the sense that there are many different ways to rhyming. Simple rhymes are good but often they don’t leave much room for the imagination. Usually they’re words in which the last syllable rhymes with one of the last syllables of another word in the following line or bar. I encourage you to step out of the box a little more and try some internal rhyming schemes, or to match

This gives you a better variety of words and should make you’re writing more versatile. I’ve also noticed that some people have the ability to rhyme words together that may not necessarily rhyme at all in a normal conversation. This depends on how you say the word. We all have different accents depending on where we were born and raised, the region we’re from, or the city we lived in. I strongly encourage you to let your accent shine. Don’t shy away from enunciating words in your own way when rhyming.

direct result of the writer not having a strong melody developed. If you find yourself in a slump and the lyrics aren’t flowing like you hoped they would, then try to create a strong melody first. Don’t be afraid to hum along to the music until a melody sticks. Once you have a solid melody, you’ll find that it is easier to put words to it, fitting perfectly together like a puzzle.



Perhaps one of the most important components of songwriting is the structure. It is the framework of your skill. Having a distinct blueprint of how your song is mapped out is imperative if you want your audience to connect and follow along with the song. It needs to be somewhat predictable. The audience should be able to anticipate when the hook or the chorus is approaching. They should also know when the verses are coming as well. These predictable moments make the song “a song”. The only pieces of the song that should be a surprise to the listener should be the bridge or the breakdown. Other than that everything should be in the pocket especially for an up tempo joint where rhythm is key.

This is another important component to writing lyrics. Rhythm is the heartbeat of the song. It is what keeps everything on beat and is especially important to consider while writing. You can‘t write a song without a rhythm. Whether it’s a fast paced rhythm or a ballad like rhythm, it is important to find one. This usually shows up simultaneously with the melody. You can create a rhythm without a melody, but in most cases you can’t create a melody without a rhythm.


A catchy melody is not always an easy thing to come up with because without it writing anything at all can be almost impossible. I personally believe that majority of the cases of writer’s block are a

In conclusion, I hope this information was a bit helpful to you. Just remember to have fun and to always keep writing. You never know the lives you may touch with the songs you create.

“Writing from the experiences you know about or can identify with is much easier than trying to writesomething you don’t. Trust me, your audience will notice.”


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“No matter what you going through, never give up because someone is watching”.” Beat Em Down B




e had a chance to sit down and interview one of Mississippi’s dopest up and coming artists BEAT EM DOWN B. Check out his interview with SFND Magazine.

the sound of it, you are definitely on the road to success. Tell us a little about your latest project “Tha B-Ginning Volume 5” and how it came about?

BeatEm Down B: Tha Wonderful SFND MAG: Wuz Good Beat Em World is the last installment to the Down! Man we appreciate you do- B-Ginning series. It’s pretty much ing this interview with us. We’ve a journey into my world and my been looking forward to getting to views on the world today. know more about you and all that you got going on with the music. SFND MAG: By allowing your Lets go ahead and get this inter- audience to journey in your world, view poppin and let the people you have an opportunity to conknow a little more about you. Tell nect with those who walk a similar us, with all the momentum that path and because of that it seems you got going on right now from as though a lot of people have been your music, if you could describe connecting with your music. What “yourself ” or your artistry in one advice would you give to other word… what would it be? upcoming artists that may be inspired by your artistry? BeatEm Down B: Visionary… You gotta have depth and substance in BeatEm Down B: No matter what your music. you going through, never give up because someone is watching. SFND MAG: No doubt… Especially being an independent artist. SFND MAG: You are right, soI feel you on that. With that being mone is always watchsaid, tell us what you think is the ing. Fans, other artists, most difficult part about being an and you definitely gotta independent artist in today’s in- watch out for the haters dustry? cause they are always watching. Now, many BeatEm Down B: Being patient, fans may not know just waiting on your moment be- you outside of your cause it’s a lot of discouraging shows or your muthings that will happen during the sic. Tell us a little road to success. more about yourself. What are a few SFND MAG: Yea man we’ve listen things that your fans to a couple of your projects and by may not know about

you? BeatEm Down B: I played varsity basketball in high school and we won a state title. My favorite food is shrimp. In the sixth grade me and four of my homies won first place in a talent show rapping Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony’s Thuggish Ruggish Bone. I was Layzie Bone. SFND MAG: LOL! That is hilarious. I take it that Bone-Thugs was one of your favorite artists growing up. LOL… Speaking of favorite artists, what artists have you worked with so far and who could you see yourself working with in the future? BeatEm Down B: Pretty much just my Y.A.R.D. family. On Da Yard Entertainment is up next! But…. I would love to work with Lil Wayne. SFND MAG: Yea man I heard that Y.A.R.D. mixtape and it is DOPE! We definitely gotta have all y’all back for an interview here in the near future. I’ll have my people set that up.

“Well, I’m from Mississippi and they’ve barely scratched the surface for talent here.”… JAN/FEB 2017- SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM

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SFND MAG: We also hear that you’ve been nominated for another Mississippi Hip-Hop award this year. You’re nominated for the Mississippi Choice Award. That’s quite an honor. Obviously you are making quite an impact with your listeners. If you had to give us one word or phrase to describe your music How would you describe it? BeatEm Down B: Pain Music SFND MAG: What is your personal favorite song on your album and why? BeatEm Down B: “Say Somethin” because on the things that are going on in the world right now. SFND MAG: With so many independent rappers flooding their music on different social media outlets these days, do you find it difficult to distinguish yourself from other artists? Tell us what makes your style different from other artists out there?


talent from the Sipp...Name another artist / producer/ or musician that you think is “So FN Dope” and why? BeatEm Down B: Big Steve from 4 Bars/ Royalty Street Records, he’s all of the above. It’s no sweat. He makes it look effortless. SFND MAG: No doubt, we’ll see if we can hit him on facebook or twitter or something. Anyway, BeatEm Down we appreciate you for giving us a moment of your time, We wish you much success brotha, but before you go please let everyone know where they can find your music on the BeatEm Down B: Well I’m from Mississippi and they’ve barely internet and how they can locate scratched the surface for talent you on social media? here… Besides that, I’m willing to speak the truth, no matter the top- BeatEm Down B: Datpiff, Reverbnation, soundcloud @beatemic. down01 / Videos on Youtube @ SFND MAG: Barely scratched the derrick hair and southern Royalty surface in Mississippi huh??? Ok... OK... well now as you know So FN / Facebook @Rodney BeatemDope Magazine is always search- Down Quinn ing for new talent. If Mississippi / Instagram @beatemdown01 is untapped territory then we defi- / Twitter @BeatemdownLSR nitely need to get at some fresh


n o r h C y r a n e c r e M Merc B Written by: Mercenary B. Williams


y the time you read this it will be 2017. Hopefully you’ve made your list of resolutions, checked it to make sure you put things there that you know for sure you’re going to keep and omit the stuff you don’t have time for. Lol. But seriously, every year I sit, like most people and reflect back on the past year and I make a decision on what to take with me and what to leave. Here are a random list of things that we should leave in 2016.

1. Donald Trump - Can we leave this orange

colored, yellow haired, built like a auntie, dry mouth, lying, looking like he snort coke fool in 2016 please?! I mean he lied, grabbed vaginas, went on trial for rape, filed for bankruptcy, rigged an election, and ran the most racist, sexist campaign in the history of the county and guess what... HE WON! How Sway?! How?! Just leave buddy here. For real. Where’s El Chapo when you need him?!

2. Kanye West - This nut case right here...

Look. I’m praying for the man. I personally think he needs help. Professional and spiritual. He doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going. And now he’s meeting up and kicking with our Orange Crush face ass president. Somebody please video tape the day Old Kanye finds New Kanye. I don’t wanna miss that confrontation.

3. The Kardashians - Let’s see. Kanye is

lost. Lamar Odom almost bottomed out and he’s back in rehab. Tyga basically committed statutory rape and now his baby mama is dating Rob and that’s



a whole mess. Bruce said fuck all this shit and said I’m gonna just go be every woman. Mane get these folks out of here! They’re worse than the plague.

4. Waist Trainers - Look. I’m all the way

here for getting in shape but if you have so squeeze the life out of yourself to do so then it’s not worth it. I mean is a flat stomach really worth passing out at any given time because you’re choose suffocate the hell out of your rib cage?! Smh

5. Men with Perms - This was cool back

when Little Richard and David Ruffin were popping but if I see any man come in the barbershop talking about “Let me get that wash and Just For Me” we throwing hands right there on the spot!! Women are not checking for dudes that look like Holiday Heart. I promise.

6. Mumbling Rap - I’ll be first one to admit

that I’m all for the trap/turn up music but these new cats though... They gotta go. I mean it would at least help if I understood what you were saying. I tried listening to 21 Savage theother day and immediately went into my prayer closet, repented for sins, and asked God to give me back the 685 brain cells I lost in the 3 minutes I listened.

nicles 7. Social Media Challenges - Some of these are

cool. The positive ones anyway but after a while they get extremely annoying. Everybody wants to set a trend. I get it. WE get it. Now just go away and stop this shit. They’ve clearly gotten out of hand. This “switch it up” challenge is extremely asinine! Ladies here’s a free tip: If you and your man participate in this challenge and he’s comfortable wearing women’s clothing then chances are your man likes boys and performs at “the club” on the weekends. Now you know what he means when he says “hanging with the fellas”.

8. The System - The 13th

Documentary certainly revealed lots of things we already know or didn’t know. And 2016 saw some of the most horrific crimes by police against minorities, most of which were caught on camera for the world to see. The killers(not cops. Killers. Murderers) often walked free. Black folks got so tired and it happened so often that we stopped making hashtags. Then the same system tried to pain Black Lives Mater as a terrorist group while the real terrorists wear blue uniforms and are sworn to serve and protect our communities. Man fuck the system! Leave it here in 2016. Let’s recreate and restructure it.

9. The Term “Thirsty” -

Please let this die. I swear if you like somebody you’re “thirsty”. If you compliment somebody you’re “thirsty”. Hop in their inbox or DMs then you’re “thirsty”.(Wait that is kinda “thirsty” though. Ha!) But seriously. Let this term die. We care so much about what people thing that some of y’all have missed out on your soulmate because you let social media tell you that showing interest is “thirsty”. Man forget that. SHOOT YOUR SHOT!

10. Did I mention Donald Trump?

! The worst candy ever know to man is Candy Corn. Donald Tump is orange with yellow hair. What does that resemble?! You guessed it.. CANDY CORN. I knew we were doomed from the start. Seriously have a happy and awesome new year. Set goals and achieve them. Don’t let anybody or anything stop or deter you from anything you’ve set your mind to do. If this is truly your year then go out, be proactive, grab it by the balls and take what’s yours because it’s out there waiting for you. Y’all share that... Stay Up. Stay Blessed. Stay Free. - Merc

PHOTO BY: Jack Patterson of Jack Patterson Photography JAN/FEB 2017- SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM

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“My advice is, do your research, have a plan of attack, and be financially smart.”



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FND MAG: Man we definitely, want to thank you for interviewing with So FN Dope Magazine. We are very glad to have you. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from, and how did you get started in music? B-BLESS: My name is B-Bless, I’m from Queens, NY, born and raised. I got my start in music around the 2008. I always loved Hip hop, I originally wanted to be behind the scenes and start a label, but I was convinced by my boy K.Blake to start rapping myself, and we created the group Paperchase Clique.

SFND MAG: So you rap and you are business savvy as well. That’s how you have to be in today’s industry. So, tell us how you would describe the music you create with Paperchase Clique? B-BLESS: My music is inside and outside the box. I am very moody musically, so I like to challenge myself and do more than just typical rap songs, I feel I can flip out on any beat, whether it be pop, rap, rock. SFND MAG: That’s what’s up. It must be difficult to think outside the box at times with so many artists biting the styles of other artists and actually making an impact in the industry. What do you feel is the most difficult part about being an independent artist in today’s industry? B-BLESS: The most difficult part of being an indie artist is getting exposure. Constantly trying to convince someone to give you a

“I’m very self-conscious on how creative my lyrics are. I don’t like saying the same things everyone else says the same way.”



chance no matter how proven you feel you are. SFND MAG: Do you feel that you distinguish yourself from other artists? What makes your style different from other artists out there? B-BLESS: I actually take time in writing lyrics; I’m very self-conscious on how my creative my lyrics are. I don’t like saying the same things everyone else says the same way. SFND MAG: Very cool man. Let’s talk a bit about your album. Tell us about your latest project . B-BLESS: My latest Project is ‘The Lost Prince’ album. I named it that because I am a legit African Prince. My father is a King in Ghana (mom is Black American) so I named it ‘The Lost Prince’ to more so describe me trying to find my own path while balancing the two cultures.

out on it. I was in my bag for sure. I didn’t know how dope it was lyrically until I actually listened to it objectively. SFND MAG: Who did you have a chance to work with on this album, and who could you see yourself working with in the future? B-BLESS: I’ve worked with Kojo the Gladiator, Kace the producer, K. Blake from Paperchase Clique. I would love to work with DJ Khaled, he has a true vision of how a song should be and he executes his vision. SFND MAG: Are there any other artists that you think are “So FN Dope” and why?

SFND MAG: Now, that was definitely something that I was not expecting to hear; which kind of brings me to my next question. What are a few more things that your fans may not know about you? B-BLESS: The African Prince thing from the previous question asked. I kind of mention it in passing, to try and keep some anonymity in regards to who my father is, but it’s a big part of my story. I’m also a huge trivia and television nerd. SFND MAG: As far as your album goes, what is your personal favorite song on your album and why? B-BLESS: There’s so many! But I would say the song ‘Everyday’ it’s one of those songs where I blacked

B-BLESS: I think Big Sean is dope, he’s a low key dope lyricist, and I would say Royce Da 5’9 is one of my favorite rappers. Big Pun, Pac, Nas, Biggie and The Roots of course. SFND MAG: What advice would you give to other upcoming artists that may be inspired by your artistry?

SFND MAG: How can your fans reach you on social media?’bblessmusic

“I like to challenge myself and do more than just typical rap songs”

B-BLESS: My advice is, do your research, have a plan of attack, and be financially smart. You don’t have to be cheap but you don’t have to spend a lot of money either. SFND MAG: Where can your fans find your music on the internet? B-BLESS: My music can be found on, ITunes, apple music, Spotify, Tidal. Pretty much everywhere you can stream and download. Just type in B-Bless and my whole catalog will pop up.


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.. PHOTO BY: Que Duong and Zul-Qarnajn

With all the talent searching we do on the internet here at So Fn Dope Magazine, I must say that it is both rare and refreshing to come across a group of young men that is talented, exciting and charismatic all wrapped in the same package. This New Orleans based trio is definitely kicking up some dust in the Big Easy. Meet The Tainerz and check out how they have been making moves in the industry.


FND MAG: What part of New Orleans are you from? T Daddie: The East.

Dallas: The East. Deelo: I’m from Nashville, TN but I was raised down here in New Orleans. SFND MAG: EAST BEAST! Deelo: Yaaah! That’s the life. SFND MAG: How did you meet? Deelo: We actually met through school. T Daddie, “the one with the long hair,” and me we met on the bus. I was already singing and dancing. I was also a solo artist. I’ve been doing this, but I met T Daddie, and he would come and show me videos of him singing and dancing on the bus. So, we started linking up with the music and then we met a third member... then we got Dallas. SFND MAG: I understand that your name “The Tainerz” is actually short for The Entertainers. Who gave y’all that name? Deelo: It came from K. Gates, The Wave (manager)

SFND MAG: When did your pursuit of music become more serious?

Dallas: We’re a triple threat group.

Deelo: I actually started off as a dancer when I was a little kid, but I later started singing and dancing. I didn’t get serious until about two to three years ago.

SFND MAG: We know you have the single “Super Cam” out and it’s doing well. Are you guys working on an album?

Dallas: I was about six or seven years old when I started singing. When I first discovered my voice, I thought I could make it better and display it to other people. So, every time people would ask me to sing I would just sing for them. Then I started dancing, just for fun you know...but when I got to hang with the Tainerz I got better, and they showed me how to control my dancing, and not be too out of control with know. SFND MAG: With so many artists breaking on to the music scene everyday, what makes you guys different, and what will make you guys stand apart? Deelo: I think our group stands out because we can do anything. Any record you tell us to...we can make that record. We can do any record, R&B, Pop, Soul. We act, sing, rap, dance, and model...we do everything.

Deelo: : Yaaah a triple threat!

Deelo: No, we’re actually working on an EP. We don’t have an album coming out. I know our manager was talking about an we don’t have an album coming out at this moment. SFND MAG: How did your relationship come about with The Wave? T Daddie: Our relationship with Gates is deep. At first, he told me the right things because I was lost at one point. So, he showed me the right way. So our relationship with Gates is great. SFND MAG: Knowing K. GATES for more than 15 years I know how many hats he wears...the businessman, the strategist, the artist, the entrepreneur. What roles does he play with the group? Deelo: He is our manager, the stylist, a producer and also another artist on some of the songs and a great role model.


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FND MAG: What do you guys feel is one of the most important things you’ve learned from being in his circle? Dallas: His straight forward personality, because when he has a conversation with us he just gets to the point. He doesn’t lie to us. He wants us to be successful. T Daddie: Can I add something to that. The most important thing that I learned from being around Gates is being humble, because when we first started I was feeling like “we gotta make it.” “We taking all day … this taking all day”... but he started to tell me things and it started to add up, so I actually learned how to be humble and have patience.

feel pressure. T Daddie: We definitely feel pressure, but I think a lot of people have good talent...but people don’t know how to put the songs and stuff together. A lot of people will sing their heart out and all kind of stuff but they don’t know how to put the songs and everything together with it and they will have good publishing and good people behind them.

SFND MAG: We’ve been hearing about the New Orleans music scene for a while, what do you guys feel you bring to the “gumbo” which is New Orleans music? T Daddie: We refer to ourselves as New Orleanians. Deelo: How can I put this in a certain way...I think in our music we would have a little word that represent New Orleans we try to put our slang or the way we talk into all of our music the youthful “New Orleans sound” is something that the world hasn’t had in a while. SFND MAG: New Orleans generally has high expectations for artists being that No Limit and Cash Money set the bar relatively high. Do you feel the pressure to succeed for your city? Deelo: Yeah we actually do...we


SFND MAG: Let’s talk the NOLA Awards. How was that experience on the red carpet? The lights...the cameras...the action! How was it performing in front of some of the city’s elite? T Daddie: The experience was a great experience. Being backstage with a lot of people that are actually exposed to the music world. People that have made it and are doing great things with their life...people we look up to and

to be backstage with them and ready to perform on the same stage as them. That was really some great exposure and I felt great about it. I was shy before I went on but when we hit the stage all of that went away and it just starts feeling like energy. So was a great experience.

flies, but I ain’t never scared. I know when I get out there I be wanting to stay out there longer even if I’m tired...even if I’m about to fall...I be wanting to stay on the stage even longer cause that’s just how I am. That’s how passionate I am.

Deelo: Yeah, yeah, yeah, it was a really good experience. I’ll let you know right now, I ain’t never scared I might have a little butter-


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t i t a h w s ’ t a h T … k r o w “It’s . ” s i y l l rea SFND MAG: You guys were nominated for the best song of the year for your smash single “Super Cam” in a stacked category with the likes of Young Greatness, Denisia, and Teezy Baby, just to name a few. How does it feel to be a young group on the music scene and already be nominated for such a top tier award? T Daddie: It actually makes me feel higher than some of these local rappers in New Orleans. I feel like we almost there, but like we right in the middle we just need one more thing we

need to it actually makes me feel like we right there. All we got to do is keep doing what we doing. I feel like we just have a couple more steps.

SFND MAG: You know the next question...drum roll please...did you guys win?

Deelo: This is just the beginning. We have the records and the performance we just need one more step.

SFND MAG: It’s still a great honor to be nominated in such a distinguished category.

T Daddie: I feel we did the best performance wise. We just need better promotion. Deelo: That push…that push.


The Tainerz: No, we did not win, Young Greatness won.

SFND MAG: Is there any artists that you may or may not have met at the NOLA Awards that you would love to work with in the future? The Tainerz: Denisia ,Young Greatness, and Teezy Baby...we would like to work with all three of them. SFND MAG: How is it growing up in New Orleans having the success you’ve had with your single “Super Cam”...being nominated for awards, shooting videos, working with other celebrities, doing shows and still having to be a normal kid when you’re at school or home? Does it get overwhelming at times? How have you handled it so far? T Daddie: It’s not overwhelming. You have to go to school but you have to put your work in for the entertainment. You have to make time for those things, so it’s not overwhelming. It’s work… that’s what it really is. You’ve got to work hard to get where you want. I feel like in school and the entertainment business you’ve got to have time to put in all that work for all those things. It’s not a lot of work but it’s enough work to… ya know… keep motivating yourself to get where you’re going.


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Deelo: But the ladies...yeah, yeah, we got the ladies.

SFND MAG: Who do you feel is So FN Dope?

The Tainerz: (Outburst of laughter) .

SFND MAG: Where can people find you online and where can they listen to your music?

T Daddie: Mike Jackson and Chris Brown.

T Daddie: We get a lot of love, a lot of love, it’s amazing! Even the dudes relate to us...everybody can relate to us.

instagram/ thetainerz snapchat soundcloud youtube

SFND MAG: How are the ladies treating you? LOL!

Deelo: James Brown and Usher. Dallas: I have a lot...these artists influenced me a lot...Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and Nsync.


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n what seemed like an ordinary Friday night in early October, SFND Magazine happened to stumble upon a rare gem at Timeless Music Productions studio in Sacramento, CA. We accidentally walked in on a recording session and what we heard was something truly undeniable. In the middle of recording his song “All In� off his 5th studio album we were compelled to introduce ourselves and requested that he interview with our magazine. He gladly accepted. So without furher ado. Check out our interview with the So FN Dope ON THE VERGE artist Ouji.


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FND MAG: First of all, we appreciate you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down and interview with So FN Dope Magazine. We are extremely glad to have you. Why don’t we kick things off by having you tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from, and how did you get started in music? Ouji: My name is Ouji. (Pronounced O.G.) It’s my last name. I am from San Diego, California. I started writing lyrics when I was sixteen and began producing beats when I was eighteen. I started off on music low key. Just stayed in my room and never thought twice about leaving the house without making something memorable. SFND MAG: No doubt, that’s what’s up. So you are a producer and a rapper. That’s definitely a plus especially in today’s industry. So... evidently you are passionate about what you do based on the time you have already invested in your craft. How would you describe your music? Ouji: My music is just an expression of self. My pains... my triumphs... my story. SFND MAG: So if I asked you to sum it all up and to describe “yourself ” or your artistry in one word, what would it be? Ouji: Important SFND MAG: “Important” I like that… That’s pretty deep. To me that says that you’ve got something that we all need to hear then. That’s dope! Not many

rappers would use that word to describe themselves. Speaking of other rappers, not to compare you to anyone that is out there already, but I have to ask; what do you feel makes your style different or what is going to separate you from other artist out there. Ouji: What separates me is that I am not afraid to show my flaws and that I am always growing and evolving as an artist. My journey is just beginning, but once it commences, the world

changed drastically over the last ten years or so. Many artist now days are not even seeking record deals anymore, instead they prefer to go the independent route. Personally, what do you feel is the most difficult part about being an independent artist in today’s industry? Ouji: By far the hardest part about being an independent artist is being patient. You have no one but yourself putting pressure on you and at times it’s hard to navigate yourself through certain things. Certain obstacles. SFND MAG: Patience is a virtue and you’ve definitely stayed the course thusfar. You never know, your opportunity may be right around the corner. Speaking of around the corner, you are about to drop that new project on us soon huh? Tell us a little about the project.

will begin to document my growth, and how innovating I become with each passing body of work. SFND MAG: I like the fact that you mentioned growth. Not many artists acknowledge the fact that there is always room for them to grow or to get better or to improve. Perfecting one’s craft should be the goal of every artist in my opinion. SFND MAG: Now, lets switch gears a little bit and talk a little bit about the industry . Many people are saying that the industry has


Ouji: My latest project will be my fifth and most mature body of work to date. I will be releasing a single titled “All In” and afterwards I will be releasing one to two songs at a time. As far as a time frame in terms of completion it is still undecided. All I can say is that it will be something memorable and most importantly necessary. SFND MAG: I have no doubt that the project will be dope! I was blown away at what I heard in your session at Timeless Music Productions a while back. You are definitely bringing some heat. Can’t wait to cop the album when it drops. Now, I’m sure you’ve collaborated with other artists, If

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them a better view of who Ouji really is.

Ouji: I have worked with an artist named Xandra and we have a song that should be released in the next few months. I honestly don’t care who I work with. As long as he or she can sing or rap his/her ass off, I’m content.

Ouji: That music is just the start. Ten years down the line I don’t want people to just see me as a rapper/producer but as an important cultural figure who impacts more than just the spectrum of music. Also, that I represent a wave called the “IX” which is my city. San Diego. Everything I do will be for my city and for the better of all mankind.

SFND MAG: So, there is at least one singer that we could look forward to hearing on one of the tracks here soon. Can you name any other another artist / producer/ or musician that you think is hot in the streets right now? Ouji: I honestly don’t know many artists at this present time. I’ve been so busy doing my own thing I haven’t been able to reach out to many. I could only say Xandra, this young female talent who has a unique voice and can sing incredibly. SFND MAG: Which song is your personal favorite on your album and why? Ouji: My favorite song on my new body of work, which remains untitled, would have to be “Glitterati Boy”. The beat speaks volumes and how I change and mature throughout the entire song is something I really look forward to showcasing to listeners. SFND MAG: Speaking of your listeners and fans and supporters; how about telling them a few things that you feel they may not know about you. What would you like to tell them that may give



you possibly see yourself working with in the future?

SFND MAG: That’s dope. You rep for your city. That’s good to hear. What do you say to those back home in san Diego who are aspiring to become a rappers or producers, maybe that 13 year old kid who just started making beats, or that dude who’s just recorded his first mixtape or cd? You have any advice for those up and coming artists?

Ouji: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. It takes time to find out who that may be, but once you find out what sound you own, try to make it better and better. Standing out isn’t that difficult. Standing out in a good way is. SFND MAG: That is definitely some sound advice. Well, Ouji, once again we appreciate you for devoting some of your time to So Fn Dope Magazine for this exclusive interview, its definitely been a pleasure. We must do this again sometime after the album drops. Before we go please tell the people know where they can hear some of your music online.

Ouji: My music can be found on Soundcloud under the name “Ouji”. It’s the page that has a picture of a younger me on it. SFND MAG: And how can your fans reach you on social media? Ouji: Just leave me a message on my IG which is linked to my soundcloud or message me directly on Soundcloud. I’ll respond.

Twitter: @oujimusic Snapchat: christopheramin Instagram: christopheramin

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1$t Letter

Jose Guapo & HoodRich Pablo

Thoroughly enjoyed this mixtape. Not only do I like his bars an punchlines but, I like his aggressiveness and confidence to take on some of the biggest names in hip-hop head on!

We give this project 4/5.We need more mixtapes like this one in the game right now. We needed this.




Chevy Woods

NBA Youngboy

All around solid album. Nothing too special but we can’t really say nothing bad about it either. We thought it was kinda DOPE.

We definitely have mixed feeling about this one. There were some songs we thought were really DOPE, and others we thought weren’t. This one is hanging in the balance.



Supreme Ace


Honestly this wasn’t my favorite. It had some OK parts, but we could do without hearing this one again.

This was dope! Really like his style. Can’t wait to hear more from J $tash.


Sasha GO Hard She really goes hard though!


On DA YARD ENT Bar for bar, this is one of the best rap groups I’ve heard in a while. No weak links in this crew. I felt that lyrics, delivery and the content was A1. They have all the different components and could be a force to be reckoned with.


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DOPEQUOTES “Some of y’all are not where you want to be in life. Yet you party every weekend. What exactly are you celebrating?” – T.I

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are. While your reputation is what others merely think you are.” – Jay Z

“A man who treats his woman like a princess is proof that he has been born and raised in the arms of a queen.” – Wiz Khalifa

“Forget yesterday, live for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” – Rick Ross “Never let a couple of good memories make you move backwards. Look ahead and move on.” – Chris Brown JAN/FEB 2017- SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM

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DOPEQUOTES “Music doesn’t lie. If there is “Opportunity is everywhere. Get yours.” something to be – Young Jeezy changed in this “Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” world, then it -Louis Armstrong can only happen through music.” -Jimi Hendrix “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” Malcolm X

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”. -Nelson Mandela. ”Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey 50 - SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM - JAN/FEB 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA I must admit when we first heard this young lady sing at a music showcase on Venice Beach in Southern California back in August 2016 , it gave us chills. The sheer power in her vocals and the passion she exudes resonates though her music and leaves you with an undeniable impression that she is destined to be a STAR. Her voice is often described as a fusion between Adele and the late great Amy Winehouse but even that comparison does her voice no justice when you hear her sing live. Check out our exclusive interview this amazing talent from Los Angeles, California, Mercy.



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FND MAG: What’s good Mercy, first of all, we thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to sit down and interview with So FN Dope Magazine. We are ecstatic to have you be the first to grace the cover of the very first issue of our magazine with your stunning beauty and undeniable talent. We appreciate it.

base, by the time I got to 13 and had discovered Bjork, Portishead, Fiona Apple, Seattle Grunge Rock, and Radiohead I was stuck in my childhood turmoil living a soundtrack of these things. It was a lot to feed on! Plus, I’m not even getting into Ella, Billie, Amy... that would be too much. :) I fell in love with

SFND MAG: How did you first become interested in music and when did you fall in love with it? MERCY: My mother always played music in the house. I can remember Saturday mornings with the radio blasting; my brothers and I always dancing around the house. My mom was the coolest chick. I’d say she was the original “JLo” if you ask me. I had so much good music played to me at a young age. My two brothers played rap all day every day, but the good shit. What’s that? “Oh you know”. Gangstarr, Digital Planets, Pharcyde, Too $hort, Tupac, Biggie, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, and the list goes on. Then you had my mom playing some killuh 90’s pop…Janet, Madonna, Tony Toni Tone, Sade, Zhane, SWV. I had an aunt who I was with all the time who played nothing but Motown. I had the Supremes down by the time I was five. So, with that as a

tar since I was 16. My mom suddenly took me out of school and put me into independent studies. One day she took me out to my grandpa’s house and he always had a Spanish guitar in his TV room. Never touched it. I always remember it looking so lonely like an abandoned child in a cold corner. He saw me looking at it. Then, he said for me to take it home. That summer I stayed in my room and never came out. Constantly played that thing and started writing my own songs. Haven’t parted since. I am completely self taught. I dabble with the keys but I’d say the guitar and my vocals are the only thing I can get away with rocking comfortably.

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music the moment I heard it. Do we ever know the exact age? I was a little girl dancing in my diapers, I guess. I’d have to say every memory that I have I can link up with a song. Music is my peace of mind. SFND MAG: So, how long have you been playing the guitar? Were you self-taught? Do you play any other instruments? MERCY: I’ve been playing the gui-

SFND MAG: Do you come from a musical background/ family?

MERCY: So, I’m supposedly related to Elvis Crespo. This is what my Grandma says. Other than that, my whole family is deeply influenced by music, but they can’t sing to save their lives. No bull shit there. Just take their asses to karaoke, you’ll see. SFND MAG: Who are some of your musical influences? MERCY: I would say that my music would be very different if I didn’t listen to Ella Fitzgerald, Bjork, Radiohead, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Portishead, JAN/FEB 2017- SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM

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and Madonna. Just to name a few. SFND MAG: So, let’s talk a little about your music in particular. Tell us about your latest project and how it came about. MERCY: “Dimensions” has been my main focus for over two years. A year ago I didn’t know it would be called “Dimensions”. It was a lump of clay I had to sculpt. My main thing on this EP was that it had to be different than what I had done last. I made this EP

SFND MAG: “Dimensions” is such a DOPE title for an EP. What is the meaning behind that name? How exactly did you come up with it? MERCY: I went through different phases to get here. My whole life fell apart about two years ago. I was trying to make music and live a 9 to-5 life and I almost drove myself insane. Lost everything. My job—gone. My partner—Gone. My Mind—Fucking GONE. But, I stayed working on my music. That

the old music (folk, indie, acoustic pop) with the new sound (electro, ambient, neo soul) Everything else would figure itself out. One day, I just started looking at all the songs we were working on and felt that I was finally making myself vulnerable to every mistake and every little perfection. “Dimensions” was the perfect name to what this album was turning into. SFND MAG: Which song would you consider being your personal favorite song on your album and

“For me, that is the epitome of being an artist; to paint a picture unlike anybody else. Make my own colors. Create my own canvas using my voice.” called “Have Mercy” with my amazing friend/producer Lynne Earls. It was such an incredible experience. I finished it up and had no idea how I was going to get it out. It was so well done. After a while, I hit this plateau and fell in a deep depression. By the time I got to this EP, I knew it had to be different. I went through this musical hurricane that brought me through so many seasons. The conclusion was “Dimensions”. A double EP consisting of two sides of music that shows the yin and the yang, the concrete vulnerability of my vision.

was my sanity. I was working on tracks with my producer Ziek and we were working on this “project” with no name. I knew I had to put something out but I had no idea what it was going to be. I just knew I was tired of playing acoustic shows., I wanted more, I wanted a deeper sound. I wanted to experiment. As everything was falling apart, I took certain jumps off these imaginary cliffs with the help from my awesome co-writing partner/producer Ziek. I started attending the Musicians Institute in Hollywood learning about marketing and branding, I came to the conclusion that I was going to mix


why? MERCY: For me, RIGHT NOW, (hard to say). I love “ Tell Me” Gotta give credit to Ziek. He brought this song on so randomly. It was one of those songs that lyrically fit me so perfectly at the time and came out so swiftly. Those are the songs that stick, no? :) SFND MAG: Did you work with any other artists on this project? If so, with whom have you worked with so far, and who would you like to work with in the future? MERCY: I did a lot of collabora-

tive work on this album. My main man Ziek has been there since the beginning of the whole entire “I want to do something differently” phase came about. SFND MAG: What has your creative process been like for this album and where does your inspiration for songs come from? MERCY: As of lately, I’ll normally hear a hook in my head, or feel something so strongly that I’ll just need to grab my guitar or my

it comes to your artistry? Mercy: For me, that is the epitome of being an artist; to paint a picture unlike anybody else. Make my own colors. Create my own canvas using my voice. Years ago I was trying to do exactly what I’m doing now. Make a difference and put out something that I was not only proud of but could see others bopping their heads too but, I got sucked into making songs that I felt would “sell” and I was beyond bored of the end product. That’s

percussion on my guitar because I could never find a good drummer. I started getting into Abelton Live which allowed me to incorporate new effects that enhanced my music. So now, I’m a mixture of indietronica/neosoul/pop. I’m a unicorn. What can I say! SFND MAG: Does your style of music fit in a certain core audience? MERCY: Appealing to an audience who has loved and lost, lived

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computer and start working on a beat. I have a really great musical family that I take my ideas to, and they either add something to it or say that’s “So FN DOPE” (see what I did there) just by itself. For the most part, for “Dimensions” Ziek and I worked closely together. For the first time, I let someone else take the reins. SFND MAG: It’s very easy to get boxed in to the commercial taste of mainstream media and its consumers; How important is for you to paint your own picture as an artist? How important is it for you to be multi dimensional when

exactly what it was. It was a product. So it was no longer about the music. SFND MAG: How would you describe your music? What makes your style different? MERCY: If I could say anything about what makes me “different”… it would be that I sing from my heart regardless of the sentiment. Passion, and quirkiness drive my melodic riffs. I started off as a folk singer. Just my acoustics and my voice. As the years passed I would reach a new level of musicianship. I started incorporating the manual

and learned. My jazzy influence appeals to the old school lovers, the neo-souls (floetry, old school mixed with new school giving you that classic beat) SFND MAG: In your opinion, what is the most difficult part about being an independent artist in today’s industry? Do you feel like social media has made it easier for Indie artist to gain notoriety? MERCY: The most difficult part is that as an artist you must know yourself. I see a lot of carbon copies these days. I crave innovaJAN/FEB 2017- SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM

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tion and authenticity. Regardless, I think social media is an amazing tool, but as an artist my responsibility is to be my true self. With social media, I feel like it’s a double edged sword. Just as much as I get exposure, I am allowing you to see more than just my music.

SFND MAG: How can your fans reach you on social media?

SFND MAG: Do you feel like you have created your own lane or that it is necessary to create your own so that you won’t get lost in the shuffle of musical monotony?

MERCY: I went through many cycles. I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I tried for so long to be what I thought the industry wanted me to be. Catchy, Visually appeasing, The Whole Package and I realized that I was never happy. I was trying to be what everybody else wanted to be. I think that this is everybody’s story. Finally, I came to the conclusion that I was going to do what fucking made me happy. That was fuse all the styles that touched my soul over the years and not be afraid haw the package looked. That’s exactly what “ Dimensions has become. In the early 2000’s we were beginning the EDM phase filled with nothing but catchy hooks and constant 808 beats. I’m not going to lie I began to get depressed after 5 years of this. Then Amy Winehouse came along and rocked my fucking world. We started getting back to the old school. They started doing a lot of cool remixes mixing the new school with the old school vibes. I was really digging the mixture of pop and dance with soul. It deeply influenced me. So in the moments of me going back where I started my obsession with acid pop ballads and heartfelt “ love me not” tunes I knew that I had to start that journey. That journey…” Dimensions” SFND MAG: What advice would you give to other upcoming artists that may be inspired by your music? MERCY: Be true to yourself. Be innovative. Be different but through all that know your strengths and milk the fuck out of it. Oh ya and be good to everyone around you. Don’t be a dick. :) SFND MAG: Where can your fans find your music on the Internet? MERCY:



SFND MAG: Name another artist out there that you think is So Fn Dope and why? MERCY: I’ve been working with this awesome songwriter/artist Nehi Thompson. If you were to mix Robin Thicke and D’Angelo you’d have him. Killer voice. Killer guitarist, and his songwriting skills are amazing. He’s finishing up his EP “Cassettes and Castles”. Keep a lookout…

“I sing from my heart regardless of the sentiment.”


In my opinion, this is definitely a dope gangster movie to add to the roster. This flick gives a flawless depiction of the hardships of growing up in the heart of Kingston Jamaica and how two childhood friends reunite to extort a Miami drug lord. This film embodies all the components of a great hood flick starring Reggae superstars Damien Marley and Spragga Benz.

petty crime in order to make ends but not before and incident from meet starring, Beanie Siegel, Dame his past comes back to haunt him. Dash, Memphis Bleek and more…

5) Juice

This film is a must see. A bond between friends is broken when one of them gets carried If you haven’t seen this classic hood away during a liquor store robbery flick you’ve obviously been sleeping and kills the clerk. Paranoid that under a rock. This unprecedented his friends may go to the police, film captures the harsh reality that he slowly starts taking them out many young brothers faced grow- one by one starring Omar Epps ing up in the L.A. during the 90’s, and the late great Tupac Shakur. starring a young Ice Cube, Morris This is a flick Chestnut and Cuba Gooding Jr. Nuff Said ! is literally about sitting on your ass all day long. This laugh out loud leg-slapper is the epitome a classic hood film starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. The sequels are good too.

7) Boys In The Hood:

9). Friday

4) Scarface:

6) Menace II Society: This film is a bone chill-

8)Paper Soldiers:

One of Kevin Hart’s earliest films. This lighthearted comedy about a brother who needs a to make a living in order to support his family. He eventually turns to a life of

ing reminder of how what goes around comes back around. From the robbery scene at the beginning... until the drive by shooting at the end, this film walks you through the day in the life of a young brother trying to survive the killer streets of South Central L.A. Surrounded by both good and bad influences, Kane has an opportunity to get out of the hood,


Paid in Full… Honorable Mention

3) City of God

This flick is about a young aspiring photographer trying to survive the unbelievably terrifying gang infested slums of Rio De Janiero. This subtitled film is sure to captivate you and reel you in to everyday struggles of the youth in this South American city. This flick is a must see!

2) New Jack City:

Two words… Nino Brown!!! If you hadn’t seen this, then stop what you’re doing right now and go rent this!!! Starring Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock and more…

1) Belly:

This flick is number 1 on my list. Starring hip-hop icons DMX, and Nas, this film immediately catches the eye of its audience from awesome florescent visuals in the opening scene at the gentlemen’s club all the way until the intense monologue at the end and the acting was actually pretty good.



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Loreta Name

Loreta Lewis




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Occupation: Student & Model Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Top 5 Songs: Big Sean: Bounce Back, Future: Lie To Me, Drake: Controlla, Kamiyah: How Does It Feel, Young Dolph: Fuck It Top 4 Movies: Best Man Holiday, Suicide Squad, All of the Twilight Series, The Craft Top 3 Things You Look For In A Man!: Ambition, Smile and Manners Top 2 Things That Irritate You: Someone eating with their mouth open & a lazy person. Social media info: IG: @Loreta.Lewis Snap: @LoretaSpivey


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Hobbies: Dancing, playing sports, hanging out with my dog, cooking, designing clothing, and traveling. Top 5 Songs: Jeremih ft. Chance The Rapper, Young Thug and The Weekend - Pass Dat (Remix), Rexx Life Raj - Shit N Floss Bob Marley - Wait in Vain Young Thug - Digits Roy Woods - You Love It Top 4 Movies: Friday Inglorious Bastards Step Brothers The Dark Knight Top 3 Things You Look For In A Man!: Great sense of humor, intelligence and moral integrity. Top 2 Things That Irritate You: Compulsive liars and cruelty to those who cant defend themselves. #1 goal for 2017: To continue to grow as a better person and in the process setting a positive example forthose around me. Social media info: Instagram: @buffalosoljaa Snapchat: @buffalosoljaa



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