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e Are Jersey Magazine is a subsidiary company birthed out of the parent business entitled Jersey Turn’t Up Entertainment. Having achieved rising success within only two years of business, the owners wanted to create something that would expand their networking repertoire while promoting positive talent both locally and abroad. The idea of creating We Are Jersey Magazine began when co- CEOs, Daniel Banks & Bridget Papino, were featured in the July 2014 issue of another magazine company. After discussion with the owner of that magazine, as well as experiencing the positive responses that exposure generated towards their entertainment business, they decided to begin a magazine company of their own that would target a new type of entertainment promoting style. We Are Jersey Magazine’s goal is designed to provide exposure, references and resources that will influence all those aspiring to do something positive with the talents they possess. Through the lives of the individuals that are highlighted in the magazine, it is the desire of We Are Jersey Magazine to encourage, uplift and inspire anyone to continue to soar to greater heights and deeper depths with their abilities. While We Are Jersey Magazine primarily focuses on talent within the state of New Jersey, it is open to talent presented from abroad. The single focus is the promotion of positive talent so others can read and possibly experience for themselves the benefits that these talents offer. “We Are Jersey” is a positive platform with great opportunities. are highlighted in the magazine, it is the desire of We Are Jersey Magazine to encourage, uplift and inspire anyone to continue to soar to greater heights and deeper depths with their abilities. While We Are Jersey Magazine primarily focuses on talent within the state of New Jersey, it is open to talent presented from abroad. The single focus is the promotion of positive talent so others can read and possibly experience for themselves the benefits that these talents offer. “We Are Jersey” is a positive platform with great opportunities.

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bony Rodrigues is a 17 year old rising Singer and musician of Cape Verdian decent. Ebony was born in Paris, France and raised in Newark, NJ. She currently attends Arts High School as a senior piano major. She’s been performing as a pianist since the age of 8 and started singing at 12. She is bi-lingual and sings in Cape Verdean creole (Portugese) and English. She has performed in places like the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and on Cape Verde’s television show Show “Da Manha” She will be attending Kean University in the fall. Her voice is a perfect mixture of soulful and sultry.Be prepared for this blossoming beauties career! Her new Single “Steadily” will be released this summer. The song is a tale of a crush that just needs to be something more. Something we can all relate to!

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onscious Rap aka (C.R.) was born and raised in Elizabeth New Jersey, and is of Haitian descent. He graduated with honors from New Jersey City University in 2017 with a Psychology degree. Music has always been in his life since he was 8 years old, and CR gave his life to music completely in 2016 when he started JOTF Records. Combining rap and singing, he is an original, never spitting other people’s bars and writing his own material. His major influences are Jay Z, Nas, Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Chris Brown, and the legendary Tupac. His sound cannot fit into a box because he is constantly playing with his voice, developing different accents and pitches to capture the character on whatever song he creates. Be on the lookout for his music which you can find on one of the links below. Instagram Facebook Twitter Soundcloud Youtube

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usette Isabel DeLeon, better known by her stage name “Z”, is an American independent and multi-talented recording artist who, as a gifted musician, singer and songwriter, specializes in the Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop genres. For her debut single in 2015, Z collaborated with renowned New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap. The single, “Nobody’s Better,” garnered over 60 million plays on Spotify and birthed a fervent following of fans eager for her next release.

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was born and currently resides in New Jersey. Her background is one that is quintessentially American with her maternal grandmother having made her way to the USA from the Dominican Republic in 1968 to pursue a better life for her seven children. A hard-working woman, she scrimped and saved to ensure her six girls and one boy could fully take part in all that America had to offer. All became citizens, attended public schools in New York and joined the workforce, soon raising their own families. Z’s parents both originally from The Dominican Republic, moved to NYC during their teenage years. Shortly after getting married at 19 and 21 respectively they took up residence in a small apartment just across from the George Washington Bridge. Z’s brother Albert was soon born followed by her sister Natalie. Her parents then moved to New Jersey, where the girl destined to become “Z” was born on September 21st, 1995. Z has always had a love for music. Even as a toddler she would break out in a passionate rendition of a myriad of song she would memorize by ear. Despite this prodigy-like gift, her innate ability to sing wasn’t noticed until, in kindergarten, she attended the Memorial School of Paramus, NJ. Her music instructor there was prepping the children to sing for a school concert. Z was asked to show her classmates how to sing “Pearly Shells” and took note of her extraordinary ability. This led to a phone call to Z’s mother informing her of her daughter’s prior unnoticed

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special and beautiful gift. Ever since Z has credited her mother as being her “number one supporter.” Soon she was enrolled in vocal training and then accrued over a decade of experience in classic, opera, pop and mainstream vocal training. In 2002 Z and her family moved to New Milford, New Jersey where Z grew up. She attended B.F. Gibbs Elementary school where she learned to play her first instrument, the Violin. Aside from learning the basics of the violin in her younger years, Z also took up modeling, acting and dancing. In 2014 Z graduated from New Milford High School and went on to attend Bergen Community College for business. Still pursuing her music, she had a discussion with her parents about how she wanted to turn her passion into a career. Z wanted to leave college and put all of her efforts into music. Z’s family supported this decision and allowed her to focus solely on her craft. This decision changed Z’s life.

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Z is absolutely in love with everything music, (“some of my best friends, are my playlists”), and how a song is capable of moving her in many different ways. This is precisely why she turned her passion into a budding professional career so as to affect this experience upon those who so passionately follow her on this extraordinary musical journey. Z will be releasing more music this 2018. To stay updated with her daily posts and work, follow her via handle “@itsyourgirl_Z”

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alcolm Mathis, also known as Soul the American Dream, is an inspiring new artist from Passaic, New Jersey. Soul has been writing music since the age of seven years old. He’s been inspired by artist like Nas, 50 Cent, DMX, Eminem, & Tupac. They influenced Soul to write stories and not be afraid of being yourself. Soul’s vision is to spark the minds of the next generation with the words in his music, to make them want to do something in life and be better. Soul is currently working on his next project, entitled “No Way Out” that drops May 4, 2018. Soul has been issued on MTV’s Artist to Watch, Source Magazine, Hot 97, Sway Universe, Hiphop Weekly, Hype Magazine, Vlad TV, and Worldstarhiphop. Soul wants to show the world that legends have no time and they have no age.

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slam Abdelwahab, better known as $ati aka “the Savior”, is an Egyptian and Puerto Rican vocal painter born October 11,1996 in Staten Island, New York. The term Sati used as Islam’s stage name has an abundance of meanings. However, the name found him through his own research in the Arabic language. “Sati” in the Arab language translates to “shines bright”. In Buddhism “Sati” represents mindfulness, which was another interpretation that would resonate heavily with Islam. $ati always had a fervor for music, with his mother being one of his earliest musical teachers. “No matter what genre, music always spoke to me like no other language could”, says $ati. As a youngster, he had various aspirations, including break dancing, science, wrestling, comedy, and poetry. Recreationally, $ati would also freestyle with friends for fun, but his musical journey as an M.C. began when he met Griiief, (aka Eduardo Romero). $ati says, “Man, I would’ve never thought of hopping on the mic, if Griiief didn’t suggest it, but I’m eternally appreciative that he did”. Soon, $ati would find a love for something that initially began on a trial basis. They began creating music together, and within two songs, $ati’s development sky rocketed, as did his confidence as an artist. “I’ve always been a self-teacher, but in Hip Hop, my best mentor was time”. $ati, now four years in the game, and the other half of the group the Outliiiers, shows how far passion and purpose can drive a person.

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o you enjoy listening to classic hip-hop records? Do you know any artists who remind you of those times? Well if you don’t, Eduardo “Griiief ” Romero is the artist to listen to. Heavily influenced from 80’s and 90’s hip-hip, Griiief is recreating that sound with a twist of his own. Griief was born in Astoria Queens, New York on October 7, 1995. He later moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey at 8 years old. His first passion was playing baseball with his two older brothers, trained by his father, but later out grew it after playing for a couple of years. As the youngest sibling, he would listen to what the older siblings around him were listening to which included artists such as 50 Cent, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Fabolous, Max B, Dipset etc. Music classes were a part of his middle school years, which also helped expose him to an array of genres from classical composures to classic soul. The first rap he wrote was a “diss” to some kids that he and his friends didn’t get along with. When 8 Mile came out, it inspired him to want to be a rapper. After his first rap, he would later get into recording and writing more music at the age of 13 in his living room with a USB microphone. His closest friends around that time would record with him as well, but he didn’t do anything seriously at that point. He received a lot of hate from other artists in the town of New Brunswick, which led him to cease rapping at age 15. Two years later at the age of 17, his passion reignited, and he picked up rapping again under the artist name “Mac Blaze”, which later changed to “Rome Da God”, and eventually to “Grief Milodon”. The frequent name changes occurred while he searched for a name that encompassed his identity and style. Around this time, Griiief discovered classical hip-hop artists such as Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Wu-Tang, ATCQ, Big L, Big Pun, Biggie, Brand Nubian, The Pharcyde, and 48

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(Puebla, Mexico - “griefo” meaning pot smoker). The third eye concept (metaphysics) is the reason why he put three I’s in his name to also distinguish it from the word “grief ”. During the Spring of 2013, Griiief met his current best friend/brother/music partner Islam “$ati” Abdelwahab. After freestyling together at a local party, they exchanged numbers and began spending time together at various social events. $ati introduced him to a group called “The Underachievers”, who influenced them to delve into spiritual/mystical/esoteric concepts such as chakras and dimensions. Together, they created the group “Outliiiers, aka Buddha Heads” in the first few months of his senior year of high school. They have since made their debut to a remix over “Protect Ya Neck” by the Wu-Tang Clan. Rapping has become a passion for Griiief, and he continues to grow daily with his love and hunger for music

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Where are you from? $ati: I was born in Staten Island, NY and resided in NY for a large chunk of my life. My mother is Puerto Rican, and my Father was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. I’ve lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and currently reside in New Jersey. Griiief: My parents are from Puebla, Mexico and when they came to the US, they traveled and settled in New York, so I was born in Astoria, Queens but moved around 7/8 years old to New Brunswick, New Jersey. How did the group name “Outliiiers” aka Buddha Heads come about? Griiief & $ati had English 12 together, and one day they were talking about coming up with a name for the group. Griiief decided to get up and check out the books that were on a shelf in the corner of the classroom, and the first one that caught his attention was a white book titled “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. Around that time, Griiief was carrying a pocket dictionary, so he looked up the definition and felt it represented the three members. The alias “Buddha Heads” came along when Griiief didn’t liked being called a pothead so he thought that there WE ARE JERSEY MAGAZINE| Issue 24

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must be another term and realized a “buddha head” was another term for it. Also, a buddha head represents Buddha’s wisdom, and epitomizes peace and harmony due to the calm smile on Buddha’s face. What’s an “Outliiier”? An outlier is a noun which can mean a person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system. Griiief: An outlier to me is someone who stays true to themselves; stays true to their morals, beliefs and truths. Someone who doesn’t change to please other people, or to be accepted. They stay true and know the right people will love them. $ati: What an outlier to me is anything that deviates from what is normal, or even expected; simply by just being.

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How did you guys meet? Outliiiers, or Griiief and $ati were first introduced in a Writers Workshop class at New Brunswick High School. Both members of Outliiiers enjoyed going to local parties and would briefly greet each other. Outliiiers wouldn’t start frequently hanging out until after they freestyled together at a rendezvous in their town. Through time, the friendship would grow a fervent bond smoking the “best buds”, with the first official Outliiiers’ song being a remix to “Herb Shuttles” by The Underachievers. After several remixes following “Herb Shuttles”, Outliiiers continued establishing the original sound they hold today, creating their own reality. What are some of your influences? $ati: “Life is my biggest influence, because without living how I do, many of my lines wouldn’t exist. I also look up to the artistry of Kid Cudi. I respect his versatility in the music he creates. He’s the only artist whose lyrics I know by heart, aside from my own”. Griiief: Traveling the world, doing what I love, and being able to take care of myself and my family while doing so, is my biggest influence. Growing up, I didn’t really listen to 90s hip52

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hop/rap, but once I studied the culture and did my research, I was highly influenced by artists such as Nas, Big L, Big Pun, Ras Kass etc. The pioneers of hip-hop are my biggest musical influence. Why rap? Music is a universal language. Rap is our outlet. What was your introduction to music? $ati: “As a kid, I took a lot of mandated music classes in school. It wasn’t until I heard Kid Cudi’s song “Day N’ Nite”, that I started to appreciate the art of music”. Griiief: During my years in elementary school, I played the saxophone and attended music classes. In my younger years, I listened to what my friends at the time were listening to, Lil Wayne, Dipset, 50 Cent, Drake, Max B and many others and that became my inspiration. Explain your style? Griiief: My style is like water, it can take any form.

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$ati: I believe to have several styles, and as I evolve, there’s more to come. My style can make some think, and if it doesn’t, the flow is always there to vibe out with. No matter what, I always put a meaning into every word spoken. Talk about your debut EP “P.O.V” $ati: P.O.V took time for us to put out, but it’s unarguably worth the wait. As a debut project, it upheld its title’s meaning and delivered our perspectives on politics, spirituality, and consciousness. I believe P.O.V is an important milestone in the Outliiiers legacy.

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Griiief: Even though our project was prolonged, I’m glad that we dropped it when we did. Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen, when we’re ready for it to happen and we we were ready on 4/22. Our debut project was our first step in our musical journey and presenting ourselves as the duo that we are. Listening to it takes me back to the time when we were working on it; such a wonderful learning process, and we’re still learning and growing. Are you working on any new music/projects? $ati: Currently I’m working on finishing up my solo debut demo entitled “Maxwell Ali”. After its released, I plan to only focus on duo content to further our discography. Griiief: I have a mixtape titled, “The Search Within”, which started as “Dying to Survive”. The name change came about because I felt “Dying to Survive” was a concept needed to delve into further, and I felt my mixtape didn’t touch on that concept, so I changed it. There are a lot of songs that aren’t on any project that I plan to drop before dropping my solo project. There’s no set date as to when I’ll drop it, but when I’m ready I will. Once our solo projects are done and released, we’ll be dropping a lot of duo projects/songs. What’s the message from “Outliiiers”? * Accept and trust yourself, realize that it is okay to not do what everyone else is doing. * Be yourself, unapologetically and genuinely yourself. * The world will adjust to you, don’t adjust to the world. 54

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* You are not alone, we are here. * Find yourself and express it to your fullest ability without holding any parts of yourself back. * The right people will love the real YOU, don’t change so people can like you. What is your overall goal? Impact lives, create timeless music, and raise the vibration of the planet.

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lepto is an up and coming rapper emerging from the unforgiving city

of Newark NJ. The Essex County dweller’s raw, smooth, and laid-back demeanor is a refreshing sound in today’s rap scene. His unique ability to take you on journeys through the everyday Brick City lifestyle with just the stroke of his pen, shows his determination to make a mark in the rap world. Clepto has moved often, primarily throughout the Essex County area. This allowed him to be able to adapt to his surroundings. He was always a curious kid, who loved to ask questions, and take things apart to find out how they worked. His parents separated at a young age, causing his living situation to fluctuate, but they both remained active in his life. His greatest influences are his family and his city life, and he attributes most 60

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of his success to the support and experiences from his community, which has also been part of his inspiration. Clepto began his path into music at an early age, via poetry which later evolved into rapping. As early as 10 years of age, he’d always put his feelings and thoughts on paper; the rapping side didn’t take over till Clepto was about 14 or 15. Music was around him constantly wherever he lived, as it was common for neighbors to blast music from either a car or a bedroom window. It was in 1998 though, when he first heard a cassette that his cousin gave his sister for her birthday called ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’ (by DMX), that peaked his interest in rap music and changed his outlook on everything. DMX was from NY, just across the water from New Jersey, yet his music reflected a similar hood life that he saw every time he stepped out of his own neighborhood. DMX delivered lyrics so raw and genuine that everyone believed and felt everything he said. That’s when Clepto saw and felt the power of rap. Clepto is musically inspired by everything… from what he sees from the start of his day to the finish. “Raw life” is what inspires him through his environment. From the stories he hears, to the wild events that he sees from day to day, Clepto’s music comes from his reality, interactions, fears, imagination, joy, family, relationships, friends and more. Clepto has many stories to tell; some which are funny scenarios, but many are that of not so pleasant events. All those things go into his music and gives it life. Other musical influences include artists such as DMX, 50Cent, Cam’Ron, Dipset, D-Block, Lloyd Banks, J Cole, Young Jeezy, Troy Ave, and Beanie Sigel. He also likes throwing on old school artists like Bill Withers, Al Green, Peabo Bryson, Juice Jones and just melting into that era. WE ARE JERSEY MAGAZINE| Issue 24

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Clepto has been an artist under the record label and management team MBKVISION ENTERTAINMENT for about a year. He was approached by his MBK LA FAMILIA brother and CEO/Manager Mr. Jose G. Morales, and joined the team of artists and professionals in this developing musical empire. Since then, Clepto has collaborated on a few songs with his peers of MBKVision Entertainment. He states, “We’re always evolving, growing, building, and picking up speed! We don’t sit still…instead we just keep rising”. Clepto’s single is titled Primetime, which brings in his sincerity to music and encourages everyone to shine brighter and grow in the talents they have to offer. Patience and a sensitive ear plays a huge role in his vibe of creating his projects. His latest project entitled Brick by Brick seeks to give his listeners inspiration. Everyone’s character is built brick by brick, and the audience will get a chance to watch how these lyrics give credence to Clepto’s platform. Clepto’s biggest highlight of

his career to date is performing at the MEV venue in Middletown NY, on the same stage as artists including Peter Gunz, Keith Murray, Brand Nubian, and Mr. Cheeks. Clepto explains that, “Music is a lot like time travel; we’ve been given a huge gift of jumping in and out of timeless eras by a simple search and play button”. Clepto, given the chance would love to do a collaboration with DMX. Overall, Clepto’s goal is always to try and do

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things independently and within MBKVISION, but life is about networking and opportunities, therefore he remains open to unique opportunities as they are presented. Clepto believes, “Growth is what I look to always achieve�. He hopes to be able to tour in the near future, so keep a close eye to his social media outlets, as many performances are being scheduled. To follow Clepto, go to the following; Instagram: @ItzClepto SoundCloud: under Clepto For bookings/features contact manager/CEO: @mbkvision_ entertainment / @josegabriel0357

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cott Paul is a versatile music artist from northern New Jersey. He seamlessly transitions from boisterous raps to soothing vocals, while giving you unique perspective on his turbulent journey to success. Being raised in a home with a single mother, 2 other siblings, a lot of love, but little money to go around, Scott was encouraged from a young age to use his talents to channel his emotions and use his ambition to chase his dreams. Scott Paul is making moves and breaking barriers! With his light as air sound and his deep tantalizing lyrics, his music is moving in a lane of its own. Performing alongside stars such as Kid Ink, J.Cole, Fetty Wap, Trey Songz, and seen in his latest music video “Je Ne Sais Quoi”, Justina Valentine, Scott is rising to the top at full speed and hasn’t lost his momentum yet! Stay tuned for what happens next.

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orn and raised in New Jersey, Steven Thomas, a DJ of all musical genres, has been leaving his mark in the entertainment industry. His fun-loving personality, and ability to liven up any event coined him with the name WildBoy; from there his career has taken off! WildBoy has spun at major colleges such as Rutgers University, William Paterson University, Johnson and Wales, etc., and can often be seen spinning at major clubs and events in the Tri-State area. Wildboy showcases his effortless skills and talent and the positive feedback of his supporters is undeniable! He has spun alongside of the breakfast clubs own DJ Envy, Hot 97s own DJ Wallah, as well as the cast of “Orange is the New Black, cast of Blood Sweat and heels, America's next top model contestant Cory Wade, Lil Mama, Marc John Jefferies, PNB Rock, and many more! DJ Wildboy is the next big thing, so make sure you follow him!

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