So FN Dope Magazine Issue 4

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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!

DISCLAIMER: Here at So FN Dope Magazine, we have done our best to provide content that is up to date and correct. However, changes may have occurred since the content was submitted that may affect the accuracy of this issue for which So FN Dope Magazine holds no responsibility. The views and opinions of our contributors are not necessarily shared with So Fn Dope Magazine or its staff nor are we liable for their views and opinions or how they may be interpreted.



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FOUNDING EDITORS Walter M. Welch Jr. Corey Norwood Sr.

CONTRIBUTORS Shadow Promotions Timeless Music Productions Logostix Graphic Design JB & Benny Blue Review Caravan Film Crews On the Real Videos MIC 2 U Mobile Studio Inkk Junkies Tattoos Curve Brows Ron Jones Unique Image Entertainment Unusual Suspects Clothing YXCVLI Wairehouze Entertainment CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mercenary B Williams Taura Stinson ARTISTS Young Gully Saintx Bre Mandi Rose Kerry Thomas Nakuu PHOTOGRAPHY Cover Photographer Omar “YXCVLI” Zapien Contributing Photographers JustMaine Full O Flava Sal Thousands Ninety5 LA @213.visuals Joha Harrison Caravan Film Crews Omar “YXCVLI” Zapien BADD ONES MODELS Lexi






NAKUU Check out our exclusive interview with “ON THE VERGE” artist Nakuu as we take a closer look at how R&B music is evolving in today’s hip-hop centric world.


MANDI ROSE One of LA’ s. newest rising artist is making moves with one of her latest singles” Bout To Ride”. Check out her interview and see what is on the horizon for this bright young star.


KERRY THOMAS Get to know this amazing songwriting guitarist and see why he’s confident that R&B is “NOT” dead. Check out his interview.


SAINTx BRE Check out this exclusive interview as this Atlanta, GA artist gives us a closer look at his album entitled“ Ronin ”.


YOUNG GULLY Take a journey with us to East Oakland , CA as rapper Young Gully gives us an in depth interview about his life and his music. You don’t want to miss this.

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SFND REVIEWS See what albums we think are hot and what’s not as we review the latest projects of some of your favorite artists.

PURE GENIUS Check out some of the most incredible business moves ever made in the history of hip-hop.


GET THA BAG Take a glimps at some of the highest paid artists of 2017 and see exactly how well their hardwork paid off.

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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


WORTH THE W8 See why we feel these highly anticipated projects were definitely worth waiting for.


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.


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Overall #DOPE Eminem album. Although I must say this album was a bit different from his previous ones. Definietly a

The only quarrel we have with this album is that it was too short. It was over before I could get into it good. Great vibe

more serious side to Em .



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#Classic Jeezy Album . I love the fact that he stuck to the script. No gimmicks. No weird experimental beats, just that straight up ATLANTA shit! No Chaser!!!



reat follow up single to Bodak Yellow. We can’t deny that pairing up with 21 Savage for this record was a good choice for Cardi B. She shows no signs of slowing down yet. I ain’t mad... Get Shmoney!!!



This was my favorite out of the bunch. There was so much game on this album. He touched every subject that was relevant. Face definitely didn’t let us down with this one.









I can’t say I loved this album. It seemed very one dimensional, probably because I’m use to hearing the other Migos on the songs with Quavo. I say it was a mediocre album at best.



This was a dope Boosie album. It had some surprisingly sentimental moments but it was a great depiction of what he’s gone through in his past. U






NAKUU Scouting talent is not an easy job. Here at So FN Dope Magazine, we literally go through hundreds and hundreds of artists searching to find those who are truly worthy of being deemed “ So FN Dope” Well, our first artist is certainly just that. We came across his IG and loved everything about it. His music was dope and he was touring and rocking sold out crowds everywhere. We were so glad that he was able to take time out his busy schedule to interview with us. Ya’ll check out this interview with R&B crooner Nakuu.



FND MAG: Nakuu! What’s happening? We appreciate you for interviewing with us brother. We are definitely lucky to have you

NAKUU: Glad to be here with you! I’ve just been grinding trying to make more & more moves for my career & future. It is an honor to be here in the position I am in right now. SFND MAG: We’ve been watching and following you and your music over the last 6 months or so, and wow things have continued to get blow up for you man. We see you on the IG rocking packed out shows venue after venue. That is awesome man. What’s your secret? NAKUU: [LAUGHS] My secret is I never gave up and always tried putting my best foot forward in everything I do. I been making music for about 6 years now and in 2016 is when I really started to make a buzz with my music. It’s been a long process, but everything about it has been fun & I created a lot of memories from the grind. All these packed shows I have been doing is from just being around the right people and it really has been a blessing for me because this is all I ever wanted in life.

own music by myself, which I am glad I did because I don’t have to depend on anybody or any other studio. Ever since then music has been the main thing in my life and the main thing I’m focused on for my future. So far has been a good start and I am excited for what the future holds for me. SFND MAG: For someone who has never heard your music before, how do you think you would you describe it to them? NAKUU: My music is very relatable, emotional wise. Coming from experiences in my life, I create music with stories that has happened in my life or others such as friends and people I know. Creating a new style of R&B music, my music is exciting and brings positive vibes all the time. I Love to make music that people can feel and a couple years down the road, they can still play the songs they loved in 2017 from me because it’s something that attaches to their life and forever they can love. SFND MAG: What makes your music different from the rest out there today? NAKUU: I would say the thing that makes my music different from others in this day in age is that my music brings the emotion and power that old school music brought to the world but in a new generation type sound. You can feel the words I say in my songs and really relate to them.

SFND MAG: What are you working on currently? Do you have any projects that we should anticipate being released in the near future? NAKUU: Right now, I am just focused on dropping hit singles to get the world’s attention. In the future when I get signed to a label, you should absolutely be prepared for one of the greatest albums of this generation and that’s a promise! Once that happens and I reach some goals I have for myself, it’s all a straight road from that point. SFND MAG: How has R&B music changed, say, in the last 5-6 years or so? NAKUU: I feel as though R&B has changed within the last 5 to 7 years because now these days there is not as much music out there talking about real world problems and real life problems most of the music out these days is about the club life and turning up all the time. There is nothing wrong with that but we need the type of music that you can listen to 20 years later and it will still be a hit to come back. SFND MAG: What do you say to those who feel that R&B music is dead? NAKUU: R&B isn’t dead when you have artist like me…. Straight up! SFND MAG: Who are some of your biggest influences that help mold you into the artist that you are today.

SFND MAG: Let’s start off by telling our readers a little about yourself. NAKUU: Well my name is Terrell Bryant originally born in Riverdale Georgia but moved to Pennsylvania when I was around eight or nine. I come from a family of musicians from singers to rappers. My dad “Jason Bryant” Had a band called the “S.O.S Band” back in the 80’s & 90’s. They were Signed artist and all! As a kid watching him and seeing his history, it always motivated me to chase my dreams of music just like my dad did. I started taking music seriously around eighth grade. I got my own Studio and started creating my own music. The process was long because I learned to mix, master and engineer my NOV/DEC 2017- SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM -



"R&B isn't dead when you have artist like me. Straight up!" -Nakuu



“You can feel the words I say in my songs and really relate to them..”

NAKUU: My family of course, Michael Jackson was a big influence also because my mom would buy me all of his tapes when I was younger to a point where I knew all of his dance moves. Life choices and life decisions is also a big influence because without learning in life you would have nothing to talk about. Other artist like Tank, Chris brown, August Alsina, Tyrese, Young Thug, Future, and a lot of underground artist also have molded me to become the artist I am today.

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SFND MAG: Seeing that you are definitely on the road to success and that things are definitely looking up at this point in your career; they say Hindsight is 20/20. In hindsight, if you could …what would you change up to this point in your career or if you could do anything over what would it be?

NAKUU: Another artist I would recommend that is So FN Dope is Kwame Katana! I swear when he gets in the Game he is going to be the next Fabulous or Drake.

NAKUU: You can reach me at Instagram/ Facebook/Snapchat @YaBoyNakuu. I respond to almost everybody on Snapchat. I don’t really get on twitter even though I need to but you can reach me on twitter @YaBoyNakuu as well. SFND MAG: Before you go, could you name another artist that you think is “So FN Dope” and tell us why?

One of the dopest rappers from my area that I know and is actually chasing his dreams just like me. SFND MAG: Once again, thank you so much Nakuu for interviewing with us. It has been a pleasure .We definitely wish you much success and look forward to seeing you at the top.

NAKUU: I wouldn’t change up anything because everything happens for a reason, it took me this long to get to where I am at today because I wasn’t ready, now I feel more ready then I’ve ever felt before. SFND MAG: Any other future endeavors other than being a performer? NAKUU: I think you will catch me in a movie in the future because I love acting! Absolutely LOVE IT! I am a comedian low-key SFND MAG: How can your fans reach




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LOS ANGELES, CA Everyone knows that one of the toughest markets to make it in musically is Los Angeles. As the saying goes, “ If you can make it here, you can make it any where!” With that being said, then clearly this next artist has a bright future in music. Her melodic sound is catchy and refreshing but not easily to defined or categorize, which we thing is a great thing because it displays originality and authenticity. Check out this exclusive interview with the lovely Mandi Rose.

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FND MAG: Mandi! Thank you so much for interviewing with us. We’ve been keeping up with you on social media and we see you are doing some big things. Congrats! So we’re going to jump straight ino the interview. Tell us Mandi, when and how did you first become interested in music? How long have you been perfecting your craft? MANDI ROSE: I first became interested in music at the early age of four when I received my very first karaoke machine. I grew up around musicians and I used to love watching my older brother and sister sing and perform for my family and for their choir recitals. Music always fascinated me and ever since as young as I can remember I wanted to be a singer. Growing up I used to put together little performances for my family and friends with my cousins. We would rehearse a song all day and come up with the cheesiest chores you could think of. I would tell everyone when the show was going to start and i’d be ecstatic to perform in front of anyone who was willing to watch. I aspired to be a big star since then. I loved to perform for everyone and anyone. It infatuated me that I was able to make so many people pay attention to me and watch me with a smile throughout my entire performance. As a kid I used to try and imitate artists like Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Brittney Spears, and Alicia Keys. As I grew older I became more serious and began to practice vocal exercises with my older brother. A few years later I followed in my brother and sisters footsteps and ended up auditioning for the high school choir. For four years I was a proud member of the Montebello High School Choir and not only performed with the advanced women’s group but with the advanced co-ed group during 0 period and an all girls woman’s competitive barbershop group. I was constantly teased about being a member of the women’s choir but never let bullying stop me from doing what I loved most. I realized then that you don’t need to be afraid or ashamed of who you are. You can be whoever you

want to be and do whatever makes YOU genuinely happy and for me music always made me happiest. When I was younger, I was bullied a lot and several times I made a mistake and let that stop me from doing the things that I wanted to do because I didn’t want to have anyone to make fun of me or tell me that I wasn’t a good enough singer. Performing always provided this happiness that nothing else ever gave me. I got picked on all the time but I always reminded myself to rise above it regardless of negative opinions others had about my gift. When I entered the choir I auditioned for endless solo’s during my first couple of years. I sang Demi Lovato’s “ This is Me” as my first ever solo. When I was a senior I was able to choose my own solo and sang Etta Jame’s “At Last” , Kimora’s “Settle Down,” as well as Carrie Underwoods “Temporary Home.” After high school I began recording cover songs and posting short clips on my social media accounts. With an over abundance of support online and positive comments after my dad’s death I began to record and write my own music as a coping mechanism to deal with the devastating loss of my dad who was my everything and my best friend. My father died at the age of 44 on his 44th birthday. After, I fell into a deep depression and experienced extreme anxiety, anger, and even had thoughts of suicide. Music was the only thing that really helped me find my way back and helped me find a reason to keep going and keep on living while dealing with such a devastating hand. I got into a studio and I wrote and recorded a 12 track mixtape soon after and since then have continued writing and recording my own original songs. SFND MAG: Do you play any other instruments? MANDI ROSE: I unfortunately do not play any other instruments but I am interested in taking piano and guitar lessons in the near future. SFND MAG: Do you come from a musical background/family? MANDI ROSE: My family is extremely musical. My mothers brothers- my Uncle David and my Uncle Steve are both musicians who always were in a band for as long as I can remember . My sister and


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FEATURE my brother are both extremely talented singers and musicians. My sister plays ukulele as well as guitar. My brother can play just about every instrument and is the most talented male singer i’ve ever heard. Other than that I was always brought up listening to GOOD music. My families music taste has always been amazing so I grew up around such quality music.

videos along with my new songs directed by Ralph Mariano (RLM Films) Everyone should expect progress. Continuous, progressive, interesting, nonstop progress. I wont stop making music and I hope you wont stop listening any time soon.

SFND MAG: Over the years, who has become your biggest musical influence?

MANDI ROSE: I want my next album to be very emotional and real. I’ve already began writing and I really love the direction I’m taking it this time. It’s really interesting to grow and progress and be able to listen to myself now vs. when I first started recording at 20.

MANDI ROSE: Over the years some of my biggest music influences have included huge stars such as Lauryn Hill, Sade, Etta James, Billie holiday, Amy Whinehouse, Selena Gomez, Ella Fitzgerald, Pink, Alessia Cara, Kehlani, Rihanna, Adele, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, The Doors, Sublime, Carrie Underwood, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and No Doubt. SFND MAG: We had an opportunity to listen to your last album “Back for More” We thought it was pretty dope. Had a cool vibe! So let’s talk a little about your music in particular. Tell us about how this album came together. MANDI ROSE: So, after I recorded and released my first music project which was my mixtape “The Introduction” I got back into the studio and continued to work with a producer names Alex Garcia aka, “Dos Uno” and we decided to continue working together on an EP. We would just listen to ideas/beats he had until I found something that felt right and cohesive. I had a lot of fun exploring different parts of myself that I hadn’t yet worked on or discovered. I shot four music videos after releasing the EP. I released music video for ‘Make it Ours,’ ‘Lies,’ ‘Dont Go Away,’ and ‘Roll One.’ You can watch all of the music videos on youtube SFND MAG: We also had an opportunity to check out one of your latest singles “Bout To Ride” that just dropped this year. That is a dope record too. And the video is fire! What else can we expect from Mandi Rose in the near future? MANDI ROSE: Right now I’m currently working on more music and in the near future you can expect lots of new music

SFND MAG: What direction are you planning to take your next album?

SFND MAG: Have you been working with any other artists lately? If so, with whom are you working on this project? MANDI ROSE: I just released a brand new single with Johny Flows titled, “HERE” available for free on his Soundcloud. Look out for visuals for the official music video for “HERE” mid-november Directed by RLM Films. SFND MAG: What is your creative process like when working on music? MANDI ROSE: When I work on music I like to be alone. I love hearing whatever music or beat Im going to be using really loud on big speakers. I usually start by trying to just feel it out and that will lead to me coming up with the first phrase or word, then a melody, then a hook. Sometimes the lyrics will come first and other times they may come last. Just hearing the music will usually help the lyrics come last and then I can just follows the music. I’ve had a lot of easy experiences when trying to coming up with songs and of course I’ve also had some difficult ones. I’ve written an entire song in less than 15 minutes and I’ve also experiences times where I’ll come up with a few lines one day and then I won’t be able to come up with the next line for days. Writing a song can be so mysterious sometimes. Sometimes a method works other times it may not. Sometimes my own life and my own stories inspire a song other


times I will create a story I’ve made up or imagined or sometimes I write about other peoples experiences that i’ve seen or heard of. I’m always willing to try something new and different. Im never opposed to trying anything when i’m writing or recording . I love songwriting and exploring different worlds in the studio with my voice. SFND MAG: We see that you like to dance in your videos. How important is it for you to be multi dimensional when it comes to your artistry? MANDI ROSE: I feel that its really important to be multi talented when it comes to my artistry. I took part in a show choir for four years, a dance class for a year, and was a captain of my cheerleading team. So I was always performing but I was far from an “experienced dancer” but I do work on choreography for videos because I always want to provide my fans with the best and most entertaining experience possible. I feel stage presence is everything and so I work a lot in rehearsals and at all my live shows by providing my audience weather it be die hard fans or complete strangers, with the best performance I can possibly put on. I love to get out of my comfort zone weather it be in my videos or just in general with my stage presence and confidence levels. The only way you can ever gain confidence is from hard work, practice and positivity. I know my weaknesses and I am able to identify them and work on improving them everyday. SFND MAG: In a nutshell, how would you describe your music? What do you personally think makes your style different from other female artists in the game right now? MANDI ROSE: All my music is pretty different. I work on a lot of Pop, R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, and Alternative R&B mostly but I absolutely love singing other genres like Country, Rock, and Country Pop, Dance pop, and recently I’ve been trying to find the right DJ to work with to begin make EDM music. SFND MAG: Does your style of music fit in a certain core audience?


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MANDI ROSE: I feel that my music can really fit many different types of audiences. My core audience would be somewhere between 12 years old- 45 year old women and men. I feel that my diversity tends to catch the attention of both younger and older crowds at the same time weather it be a soulful ballad or a up tempo pop song. More and more often, music is an accompaniment to our currently situations in our lives. SFND MAG: In your opinion, what is the most difficult part about being an independent artist in today’s industry? How large of a role does social media play in exposure in regards to fans or potential fans or listeners hearing your music? MANDI ROSE: The most difficult part about being an independent artist in today’s industry is the lack of money. Not having a label to help you can make it really difficult to get your music heard and therefore makes it harder to get your music heard. Major indie labels are able to press and distribute records for artist while still offering artists more permissible contacts. For me, the hardest part of being independent is trying to wear so many hats. It gets overwhelming. You need to constantly be promoting, managing, creating, booking, while

trying to make sure everyone gets their cut while you are struggling financially. It’s wanting to give your producers, video directors, dancers, back up singers, but having to work within the constraints of what you’re making which is never quite enough. I try and get my music to blogs and self promote all my music on social media accounts.

scribbling. Nothing you write will ever come by accident. You should never be afraid to be yourself. You don’t have to “fit a certain theme” or write a song with a specific type of structure. So grab a book, write a song, find a beat, record a track, perfect your skill, and believe in yourself and never doubt your ability to be who you want to be.

SFND MAG: Do you feel like you have created , or are currently creating your own lane with your music? MANDI ROSE: I feel like I definitely have created my own lane with my music by continuously being so unique and different. I have an incredibly old soul with a distinctive sound and vibe. SFND MAG: What advice would you give to other upcoming artist that may be inspired by your artistry? MANDI ROSE: Just go for it. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and try something new. My advice for any one clueless as to where to “start” would really just be to start. Spend some time in a comfortable environment where you can just try and create your music or art or whatever it is you want to create and just go for it. I love spending time in my own head. Just writing what ever comes to my mind or whatever I’m feeling. You can just start

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SFND MAG: Where can your fans find your music on the Internet? MANDI ROSE: ALL of my music is on my SoundCloud for FREE! My 12 Track Mixtape - The Introduction 6 Singles and my 7 track EP - Back For More My EP “Back For More”, and my singles “Watch Her Now,” “Rockets”, and “Bout To Ride” are available on all music streaming outlets online such as Apple Music , iTunes, Spotify, Google play, YouTube, SoundCloud. iTunes: SoundCloud: Spotify: YouTube: Apple Music: us/artist/mandi-rose/id1018009153 By following me @MandiRoseMusic on my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat you can stay up to date with new music , new release dates and schedule of live performances. SFND MAG: How can your fans reach you on social media? MANDI ROSE: All of my fans can find me on all of my social media accounts by searching @MandiRoseMusic or searching “Mandi Rose” (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, YouTube, SoundCloud) SFND MAG: Name another artist out there that you think is So FN Dope and why? MANDI ROSE: I really love the messages Logic and Alessia Cara currently work to put out using their platforms as artists. I love the performance and

musical abilities of Rihanna, Kehlani, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars. I’ve always been a huge fan of Eminem and always will see him as the greatest rapper alive. I think Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper are so dope. I’ll forever love Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, The Gorillaz, Radiohead, Nirvana, and System of the Down. I’ve always idolized Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Miley Cyrus, Etta James, and Billie Holiday. There are so many artists I didn’t include but these are just some of the So FN Dope artists out there!

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KERRY THOMAS BATON ROUGE, LA There is just something about the raw sound of the acoustic guitar that seems to bring out all the emotions of a song. Pair that up with a dope singer/ songwriter and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. This next artist definitely has the power to ignite any crowd with his sultry vocals and rhythmic strumming of his guitar. Check out this exclusive interview with Kerry Thomas.


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FND MAG: Kerry Thomas!!! What’s us sir? Very glad to have you man. We appreciate you for taking out the time to interview with us.

of them and man, we’re just blown away. This is what R&B music is supposed to sound like. That being said, coupled with the “current state” of mainstream R&B music today, how do you feel you or other R&B artist such as yourself fit into today’s music scene?

in my approach to songwriting. I want it to sound great but I also want the music to reflect how I feel at a given time in my life. I’ve had some support from the local stations and I am so grateful. However, I know that it’s tough to get spins talking about love. [LAUGHS]

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KERRY THOMAS: First, THANK YOU FOR LISTENING! Means a lot. This is a great question. I think that it is vital for the longevity of the genre that artist continue to share their stories and talents with the world. Music is such an important part of my life and I know that many others feel the same.

SFND MAG: What do you say to the people out there who say that say “real” R&B music is dead?

SFND MAG: Can we just start off by telling our readers a little about who you are and where you from? KERRY THOMAS: I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Went to school here in Mississippi. I was a late bloomer to artistry due to my shyness as a youth. Once I finally got the courage to sing in public, it’s been uphill since. My first EP, Eye of the Storm, was release in 2012. It was the #1 selling MP3 in the RnB/Soul Category on Amazon. It was an amazing project, extremely personal and therapeutic to share with the masses. The recent project, After the High, was released summer 2016 and still getting positive reviews. I play guitar (self taught). I sing. I write. I love R&B music.

SFND MAG: Let’s talk about your album “After The High” for a bit. What inspired this project?

SFND MAG: Man we’ve got to say that you and that guitar are a match made in heaven. How long have you been playing? KERRY THOMAS: I’ve been playing guitar for 7 years now. I bought my first guitar from a pawn shop for $60 (I still have it). One of the best investments I’ve ever made honestly. [LAUGHS] SFND MAG: Do you play any other instruments? KERRY THOMAS: That’s the only one FOR NOW. I really wish I could play piano and bass. We will see if I can fit in some lessons. SFND MAG: If I’m not mistaken, you have a couple albums out current available online. We’ve listened to both

KERRY THOMAS: I don’t think R&B is dead. I heard some AMAZING new albums last week! I think that we consume music faster these days and don’t give some of the music time to marinate. People who say the genre is dead aren’t looking in the right places. SO MANY underground artists with AMAZING records. Just got to know where to find them.

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I think I fit in to today’s scene because of the quality of the product I’ve created over the years, the patience I’ve maintained in order to do so, and my authenticity. I’m not trying to be someone I’m not. The music I create is my true expression and I’d only want real music from others. SFND MAG: Do you find it difficult to appeal to the mainstream audience and compete for FM or online radio airplay? KERRY THOMAS: I don’t think it’s difficult. Some of the music out there isn’t too difficult to write. As I said before, I’m concerned about my own authenticity


KERRY THOMAS: Basically, after the success of my Eye of the Storm, the title was a direct to response to “What are you gonna do now?” I approached this project with caution. [LAUGHS] I had grown as a vocalist and pushed myself harder than ever on the project, specifically on the ballad “More Than Words.” I also wanted to get a cool record on there where I could talk a little noise [LAUGHS]. “The Waves” gave me that outlet. I am very proud of this body of work. Still getting new listeners daily. SFND MAG: The entire album is so dope! I personally love “After the High” and” The Waves (remix) What’s your favorite song on this project and why? KERRY THOMAS: This is like asking a father which of his kids is his favorite. [LAUGHS] I love them ALL for different reasons. After the High was the last song written and I love the live feel. That studio session was epic. ‘Come Be with Me’ is my “ode to the Doo-Wop” paying

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW someone sing it back to me. The ultimate confirmation that I’m on the right track!


SFND MAG: Where would you like to see your music career 5 years from now? KERRY THOMAS: In 2022, I will still be writing music. I think this will always be a part of my life. I plan to write for others more in the future and continue on this R&B journey. SFND MAG: How can your fans reach you on social media? KERRY THOMAS: Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud: Kerry Thomas Music Twitter: RealKerryThomas Youtube: KerryThomas07 SFND MAG: Before you go could you name another artist that you think is “So FN Dope” and tell us why?

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KERRY THOMAS: I think that Daniel Caesar is So FN Dope. He is an amazing songwriter. I also like Kevin Ross. His vocals are on another level, seriously. Closer to home, I would say, Akami Graham, Larry Johnson, Los Brown, and Clint Babers, to name a few. AND I HAVE MORE BUT I DON’T WANT TO WRITE A BOOK. [LAUGHS] SFND MAG: Once again, thank you so much Kerry for interviewing with us. It has been a pleasure. We definitely wish you much success and look forward to seeing you at the top.

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homage to an earlier era of beautiful music that inspired the greats. The Waves is so smooth. I love the beat on “What You Like”. More than Words is an R&B record. I love this song. Love Can’t Live Here is beautiful. I wanted to keep it raw with little production. The ‘WAVES’ remix. Come on. I called in some super friends and they delivered! SFND MAG: Which song do you feel is the perfect representation of you as an artist? KERRY THOMAS: Depends on what time of day you ask me this. [LAUGHS] SFND MAG: Are you working on anything currently? Do you have any

projects that we should anticipate being released in the near future? KERRY THOMAS: I am writing. Going to get back in the studio soon. I am a new dad so my daughter gets the bulk of my time. [LAUGHS] New music is coming though!

KERRY THOMAS: Thanks again!

SFND MAG: We’ve watched some of the clips of your performances on the internet and your shows are “lit.” They are grown and sexy and the ladies love your music. What is the vibe like being on that stage singing your music to a crowd of people that are really feeling your music as your fans do? KERRY THOMAS: It’s difficult to describe. There’s no better feeling than performing a song I wrote and hearing






PURE GENIUS: THE SMARTEST BUSINESS MOVES EVER IN HIP-HOP 50 CENT Rapper 50 Cent had a sizeable payday after his investment in Vitamin Water paid off. In 2007 the company was bought out by Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion. Yes that is billion with a capital “B”. Although it is not exactly clear what 50 cent’s official payout was however there have been speculations that it may have been 100 – 400 million. Yikes!


Dr Dre. and Beats Headphones Compton native and Super producer Dr Dre definitely hit the jack pot when he inked his deal with Monster products to do his very own brand of headphones. Little di he know that a few years later his investment would prove to be one of the single best investments in Hip-hop history. In 2014 Apple buys Beats for 3 billion dollars. After the smoke cleared Dr Dre was approximately $500 million richer making him the second richest man hip-hop with an net worth of $700 million

ated a very successful clothing line Sean John, as well as a lucrative business in the liquor industry with Ciroc Vodka. One of his most recent ventures is a television network called Revolt TV which has music from created a new platform for artists both major and independent. Diddy is currently the richest man in hiphop.


Megastar rapper Jay-Z certainly never looked back after his split with partner and CEO or Rocafella Records Dame Dash. Since then he has continued to grow as a businessman and a musician making some huge strides along the way. The launch of his record label RocNation, as well as his endeavors as part owner of the Brooklyn Nets has made him a very rich man. Not to mention his marriage to Beyonce’ Knowles which makes them a billion dollar couple. Sheesh!


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Without a doubt, 2017 ws a very prosperous year for many in the entertainment industry. Well, some more than others. Hip-hop icons have continuously found ways other than the music to expand their brand, by securing endorsement deals with huge organizations, or by successfully building their own companies into multi million dollar empires. Here is a list of the highest paid hip-hop entertainers and their earnings here in 2017.














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What we like about this next artist is his courage to dare to be different. His ability to step outside of the box and to simply create what feels good and not what the indurstry expects artists to make is inspitring, especially in the “Music Mecca” of the world... Atlanta, GA. Check out his exclusive interview and hear how he breaks down his album “Ronin”.



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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FND MAG: Saintx Bre. What’s good my dude? We appreciate you for interviewing with us brother. Glad to have you.

SAINTx BRE: Man thank you for having me. It’s good to finally sit with you guys. SFND MAG: Let’s start off by telling our readers a little about yourself and where you from? SAINTx BRE: What’s up world! I’m Saintx Bre. I’m a Rap Artist from South side Atlanta aka College Park. In my downtime, I’m a Film Eater, Anime Junky, and aspiring Travel Vlogger. SFND MAG: We’ve been following your music for the last couple months man and we definitely like the vibe that you been putting out here into the universe man. Where do you get your inspiration from as an artist? SAINTx BRE: To be honest... I’ve never really known how to answer that but if I just had to give an answer, I’d probably say it’s humans and their ability to express and understand expressions. It’s a moment of realness you know? There it is... it’s the sensation I get from recognizing the expression in all things. SFND MAG: Saintx Bre… that’s an interesting name, how did you get your stage name? SAINTx BRE: Well my actual name is Jabre (juh-bree), which comes from Gabriel, the angel. For years I was BreFontaine but I woke up one morning and listened to a song I made the night before and realized BreFontaine was dead and Saintx Bre was the ascension. SFND MAG: How long have you been pursuing a career in music? SAINTx BRE: Shiiiiiiiid! [LAUGHS] I just started last night! I met you guys an hour ago! Ten year over night success! [LAUGHS] SFND MAG: Like I said before, we’ve

been following your music for a few months now, particularly your last project “Ronin.” Your style is very dope and a little different from most music out there right now, which is definitely a good thing. You kind of remind us of Childish Gambino a bit with a little twist maybe. How would you personally describe your music? SAINTx BRE: It used to be a direct reflection of my inspirations. Like, as a beginner I would sound JUST like my favorite rappers and try to make beats like my favorite producers. But I never liked one particular sound. I remember watching the movie Desperado with Antonio Banderas as the lone assassin/guitarist and he plays this sad and passionate Spanish style of guitar. For God knows what reason I LOVED IT and wouldn’t stop practicing the guitar until I could play it. After years of trying to separate all these influences--Rap, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and so many more-- I finally said fuck it and started blending them together on top of beats and along came the Ronin. SFND MAG: What do you think makes your music different from the rest out there today? SAINTx BRE: Umm... I think what might separate my music is the vulnerability. Like, I know I’m not the best singer, songwriter but it’s my craft. My willingness to leave a mistake here and there. I try to stay away from the auto tune--and I really love that program-- but I need people to know what it smelled like that day when I recorded that song, know what I mean? Like, it’s not a trick, I’m actually trying to make you cry, laugh, feel. SFND MAG: Let’s talk about “Ronin” for a bit. What inspired this project? SAINTx BRE: Ronin... I debated on telling this but it’s a metaphor. Ronin were wandering samurai with no lord, master or land to call their own. Some would become bandits, bodyguards, or swords for hire, etc. My imagination led me to see Hip-Hop the same way. Everybody has a camera now, everybody’s a protagonist, everybody is a shooter. I feel like while I was away perfecting my sound, craft, and self, my home was invaded. My passion


became everybody’s hobby. When I was coming up, Hip-Hop was in the battle of the best era. “The south had something to say.” You lived and died by your talents and creativity. Now we’ve sort of become these rare swordsman hidden amongst society. These Ronin. SFND MAG: What’s your favorite song on this project and why? SAINTx BRE: I would say... Too Bad. It was the last song I wrote for the album that sort of snuck in there. Truth be told, it wrote itself. I had sold everything and was sleeping on my boy’s floor with like six or seven other Ronin and my girl at the time flipped out! [LAUGHS] Like... “Dafuq??” And… it was a moment of conviction for me. Like, I’d already lost someone in my life for similar reasons before but I lacked the conviction and resolve, so I felt so low about my decision. When I saw it happening again, Too Bad was born and it felt like I’d made the right choice. It’s her favorite song, by the way. SFND MAG: Which song from “Ronin” do you feel represents who you are as an artist the most? SAINTx BRE: Camberry West for sure. The title is from a hood I came from in College Park. My boy had organized a Sunday meet up with all my niggaz from the Southside and I hadn’t seen some of those guys since high school. Although I can’t hoop for shit, I looked forward to seeing them and the song just came out one Sunday. China Cafeteria on Old National is my shit! Go there when you visit Atlanta! SFND MAG: Are you working on anything currently? Do you have any projects that we should anticipate being released in the near future? SAINTx BRE: Yes yes, Ronin 2 is in production and expect a lot more visuals from my company Haven! Expect more “swordplay and storylines” in R2. I’m also doing a tour in Europe in the near future and I couldn’t be more excited!


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" Everybody has a camera now, everybody's a protagonist, everybody is a shooter.."

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SFND MAG: Let’s switch gears a bit From your perspective, how has hip-hop / R&B music changed, say, since you’ve started pursuing it full time? SAINTx BRE: I would definitely say it’s more crowded, but that makes the hidden diamonds stand out that much more. At the same time, it makes the lazy and gifted have to work harder not to be swallowed up in the sea of aspiring talent and ambition. I think Steve Jobs wanted it that way.

SFND MAG: Who are some of your biggest influences that help mold you into the artist that you are today. SAINTx BRE: Man, their all over: Bruce Lee, Tupac, DMX and my Grandmother Essie Mae Relaford inspired me to be REAL and fearless. Andre 3000, Eminem, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando for keeping the magic and mastery of the craft. Prince, Sade, John Lennon, my parents... the list literally goes on man.


SFND MAG: How can your fans reach you on social media? SAINTx BRE: I’m @SaintxBre everywhere! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. is under construction at the moment but be on the lookout for that as well. We got something special planned for the site, so stay tuned! SFND MAG: Before you go could you name another artist that you think is “So FN Dope” and tell us why?

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW SAINTx BRE: Yo, I became friends with a fellow named Jafe Paulino after performing alongside him a year or so ago. Dude and his band is what the game is missing! Oh yeah and Mercy Collazo has been my muse since she covered your magazine. The voice and soul of that woman! Sheesh! SFND MAG: Once again, thank you so much Saintx Bre for interviewing with us. It has been a pleasure. We definitely wish you much success and look forward to seeing you at the top.

"Like, it's not a trick, I'm actually trying to make you cry, laugh, feel."

SAINTx BRE: Again, thank you for having me. It was good to put the sword down for a second and trade stories. Until next time! get at us!


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DOPEQUOTES “But man is “Life is a movie, pick not made for your own role, climb your own ladder or you defeat. A man can be dig your own hole” – J Cole destroyed but not de- "Haters are feated” just confused - Ernest Hemingway


- Drake

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. - Oprah Winfrey

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi 50 - SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM - NOV/DEC 2017

DOPEQUOTES “I wonder if these wack niggas realize they wack, And they the reason that my people say they tired of rap.” – Common “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” – Frederick Douglas Today Was A Good Day – Ice Cube


“If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money you have to help someone else make money” -Russell Simmons

“If you live through defeat you are not defeated” -RZA

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he Canadian duo DVSN is composed of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85(Paul Jefferies). The musical relationship between the two seem to be remnant of the blueprint that Timberland and Aaliyah concocted for R&B lovers that we couldn’t resist. On the “Morning After” Daley has a way of using his rich falsetto to take you back in time while the clever production used by Nineteen85 has the ability to make you feel current and right at home in the now. This album was for sure worth the wait! He’s come a long way since Ice Cream Man. Radric Davis new album “Mr. Davis” gives me the feeling like he’s introducing himself for the first time. Candid, Straight Forward and for the most part well executed Gucci’s new album Mr. Davis takes you beyond the lavish life style and husky bravado into more of personal conversation about his failures as well as his resurgence. Nice to meet you Mr. Davis this album was worth the wait for sure.

No Label, No Cosign, Just Brent …Just because you haven’t heard him doesn’t mean he’s not speaking. It’s refreshing to see R&B and Soul new comer Brent Faiyaz Unapologetic about his heartfelt reality. It brings joy to my heart when I hear artist that are actually singing about something with substance. Baltimore, you should be proud “Sonder Son” was definitely worth the wait! Jumping clean out of the shadows of fellow icons Three 6 Mafia and Eightball & MJG, Yo Gotti is waving the flag for the Memphis movement with robust pride and vigor with this new album “I Still Am”. I can tell Gotti understands the wave the industry is on right now and his ability to continually reinvent himself has made this album worth the wait. it.



YOUNG GULLY What we love about this artist is the fact that he never stops putting out new material. If you scroll down his Instagram feed, you’re going to get a seemingly never ending list of music from a variety of mixtapes. This type of persistence and consistency is what we need more of in the game today. We were initially was captivated by a song of his we heard on Soundcloud called “Neva Change”. We immediately posted the song to our website and knew that we had to set up an interview with this artist. Check out this So FN Dope artist from Savannah, GA, Yung Damon.


This next artist is a prime example of the type of artist that we need to see more of in the industry. He has a proven track record of dropping project after project. What makes it even better is that all of his projects are high quality bodies of work which is very rare in this era of hip-hop. Check out this exclusive interview with Young Gully as we get a closer look into his life and his music.


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FND MAG: Young Gully. What’s the biz homie? We appreciate you for interviewing with us man. We are definitely glad to have you. What’s good though?

acumen and his conversational type flow was extremely inspiring to me. I have many more because I love many other genres of music but those three are top tier in my book as far as hip-hop goes. As far as the bay goes...E-40, Too Short, The Jacka especially, and Rappin’ Ron are among my top influences on a somewhat longer list.

YOUNG GULLY: Little bit of this. Little bit of that. Just getting to it. Happy to interview with you guys. Thank you!

SFND MAG: With the Bay Area having such a rich history in Hip-hop with bringing up such notable artists over the years like 2-Pac, E-40, Too $hort, Richie Rich, Mac Dre, Mistah Fab, just to name a few; what do you feel you bring different to the game to keep that torch lit?

SFND MAG: I must say that ever since we saw you perform at the Blue Lamp in Sacramento, we’ve been following your music and your progress. We can definitely appreciate what you are bringing to the game. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been pursuing a career in rap industry? YOUNG GULLY: I appreciate that. I’m from East Oakland, CA (55th and Foothill to be exact). I’ve done work with nearly everyone in the bay and I’ve been pursuing this rap thing for over a decade now. I started at dropping albums around the age of 17 and I haven’t stopped since. I have recorded roughly 20 to 25 mixtape/albums and over 500 features easy. My crew and label is YHTM (Young Hustlaz Team Muzik). I have distribution with Empire. I also have to shout out my extended family G-TEAM. We are a bunch of artists from different parts of East Oakland who decided to come together for positive reasons to build a less violent rapport and also help 1 another achieve our goals and dreams. That has not been done EVER out here so it says a lot to the city and most definitely the streets of Oakland. SFND MAG: Growing up in East Oakland, who were some of your influences in hip-hop/rap, and how were you inspired by what they brought into the game. YOUNG GULLY: My number 1 influence was Tupac. He came with a message and spread love and I want to follow in those footsteps, just from a different angle. I also feel the same way about Nas. Another influence is Jay-Z. His business

YOUNG GULLY: I feel like for the most part, with the exception of 40 and Pac, they stick to one style of rap. I bring a wider sense of versatility content wise and vocally. I like to harmonize, rap fast or slow, and switch up styles every track. But most importantly, I push a message in almost every song I do. I bring a love for the game in the sense of bringing artists together that is very rare in today’s bay area culture. Although I get extreme resistance in that area more so than not, my heart is there. I want to bridge back the gap and distance we have with each other out here as rappers. I don’t think we have enough artists doing that. I also feel like I’m way more in touch with than hoods out here than everybody mentioned. SFND MAG: Let’s talk a little bit about your music. We are definitely digging one of your latest music videos. “Don’t Know You.” Tell us what the premise for this particular record. YOUNG GULLY: For one, I wanted to show my growth and versatility as an artist. The song is me saying to all the ones who did me wrong in the past and overlooked me, now I have the power to do the same. I am a rebel to this culture and I feel I get blackballed for it. But for some reason I continue to be a leader out here. I continue to win and motivate through showing people that if you go hard, you can still get what you desire, no matter who fucks with you. The song is incorporating all these feelings in a sense. SFND MAG: Do you have any projects


that are in the works right now? If so, are there an album title or release date? YOUNG GULLY: I have three projects in the works with no release dates yet. I have a compilation project titled “HM6 (Hustla Movement 6)” where I chose 15 artists strictly based off their talent and not their buzz to give them the same platform as I have for at least one album. I also have a project with my homie Big Klef from Nigeria. It’s called “Afri-Cali”. But the project I am most excited about is the third one I’m doing. I have two legendary producers doing the whole album with me. Don’t want to reveal it just yet but it’s special. SFND MAG: I think one of the qualities we like best about you is your lyrical talent. You definitely have bars for sure and you go hard on every song. IF you had to compare your style to any other artist out there who would you say that you remind yourself of and why? YOUNG GULLY: I don’t remind myself of anyone. I’m the only person who sounds like me in my opinion. I’ll leave that answer short. SFND MAG: IF you could change one thing about Hip-Hop music today, what would it be? YOUNG GULLY: I would change the way people treat people. I would change the bullshit politics and the weak ass nature of this game. I don’t have as much of a problem with the music people make as many others do but I would definitely straighten out the fake shit that goes on behind the scenes. A lot of these artists have the fame and popularity, but contractually they are getting raped. It may happen everywhere else, but that point is strictly for the bay. I did everything myself so I owe nobody and I would show others how to move the same and be about gaining their own leverage before signing these faulty deals. I would change the stick to one side and the stay-divided mentality these black artists and well-established artists have out here. That shit is stupid. I thought it was more about getting to a bag than hating on one another and things of that nature.








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YHTM SFND MAG: If you could change anything up to this point in your career or do anything over what would it be? YOUNG GULLY: I would have done business a little better when it comes to certain people. That’s the only thing I would change. SFND MAG: Other than rap, do you have any other future endeavors? YOUNG GULLY: Sky is the limit for me. I want to do movies maybe. I may think about writing a book. I want to revamp my clothing line. I want to put other artists on and also give lectures to those in need of game. It’s not enough of that out here. But, I love music so much that it’ll be some years before I get into all that other stuff. I want to transcend though even more so than now. SFND MAG: We always like to highlight things that artists do within the community to give back. After doing a little research, we found out that you donated all the proceeds from one of your albums to a foundation for the late Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a police officer back in 2009 First of all, we’d like to thank you for leading by example and standing in the gap to give back and to contribute to the positivity in the world. In the last few months, tensions have continued to rise and it has become even more apparent that our country still suffers from gross inequality and social injustice. What do you think we can do within the hip-hop community to make a stand and a significant impact to help drive change in this matter?

YOUNG GULLY: I think we as artists need to speak up more about these things and other things. We need to have more rappers that are socially and consciously aware of the things that take place. I have spoken to troubled youths all over and their main problem is they don’t have enough positive places to go to nor positive people to look up to in their communities to show them how to channel that energy and to inspire them. That’s where it starts. With youths of all colors. We have to work just as hard as society itself does to instill something greater into them and from there it will change the dynamic. We sometimes have bigger voices than most politicians do... so if we’re not reaching out and only talking about killing, partying, and drugs etc. all day, we can’t change much. We also have to go at the police and politicians to hit the right targets. We’ve got to start protecting our own. I mean in each and every way possible. That means knowing the law and using it to our advantage and also if need be fighting back in other ways to. We the people outnumber those who commit the injustices and we have to start realizing our power and working together. The rappers and artists period are the real leaders.

FN Dope” and tell us why? YOUNG GULLY: Birch Boy Barie is definitely next up out here. We have been rocking like brothers for some years now and I think he’s a staple in our city. He got some heat so y’all definitely need to check him out. Also AB of YH. He’s in my group but dude is one of the top lyricists in my city right alongside me. These too are next I guarantee it. SFND MAG: Once again, thank you so much Young Gully for interviewing with us. We sincerely wish you much success and look forward to seeing you at the top homie. YOUNG GULLY: All love Thank you for rocking with me!

SFND MAG: How can your fans reach you on social media? YOUNG GULLY: Hit me on Twitter @ Younggully or IG from there I will respond 9/10 and give you any other info. Also subscribe to my Vevo too Youtube. com/younggullyvevo SFND MAG: Before you go, could you name another artist that you think is “So NOV/DEC 2017- SOFNDOPEMAGAZINE.COM -



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A BADD ONE! What does it mean? What does it stand for? What does it represent? A BADD ONE is a synonym of sorts. It means a woman with beauty and brains. It stands for sexiness and intelligence. It represents the jazzy and ambitious woman. A BADD ONE is definitely more than just a big butt and a smile. She is way past Poison; she’s deadly! It stems from way back, the very first time I heard Maya Angelou speak about a phenomenal woman. I realized then that anyone’s interpretation of perfection should be just that… their interpretation. According to So FN Dope Magazine, the perfect cohesive mesh between beauty and brains, entrepreneurship, ambition, and grace not only make you a phenomenal woman but in our eyes, it makes you a BADD ONE.


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