Cardi B Scores 1st Rolling Stone Cover

This has truly been the breakout year for Ms. or should we say now Mrs. Cardi B, from landing a number 1 hit on the Billboard charts, getting engaged and she has just recently scored a cover on the Rolling Stones, Hot Issue. 

Cardi who is just 25 years old discusses how she is adjusting to fame, the pressure of following up to Bodak Yellow and not being another one hit wonder. 

The hip hop star also states how she’s feeling “muted” and can’t say what is on her mind as much due to the controversy it might bring. 

Rapping has always been something she’s always been into. It was either college or making money. Of course, Cardi chose stripping as a way to make herself some cash. During her strip club days, she garnered over 1 hundred thousand followers on Instagram. Releasing her 1st mixtape Gangsta Bitch, caught the attention of producers and she signed her record deal and starred on Love and Hip Hop New York, while the rest is history. 

When asked where she sees herself in 25 years she jokingly replied, “Cursin’ at my kids.”

Hometown Artist Discusses Music, New Projects and Being a “Ladies Man.”


Sacramento musician Smurffy is no stranger to the music scene. Born Wyatt LeAaron McThrow “Smurffy” on December 25, 1992. The Genre of music he performs is : Hip Hop/Rap and R&B. Smurffy debuted solo in 2012 at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA. Too Smurffy’s credit he has collaborated with others on several projects. Including dance productions, acting Showcases, as well as collaborating with other musicians. Wyatt LeAaron McThrow has successfully launched his first solo project on YouTube, and www.smurffywmj.com. Smurffy’s future plans are to perform in more venues in the United States. Currently, Smurffy has performed at the following locations: Boardwalk-Orangevale, CA, Johnny V’s-San Jose, CA, Bobby D’s-Redwood City, CA, Blue Lamp-Sacramento, Ca., to name a few.

Music lovers are excited and refreshed by Smurffy’s out-going and engaging personality. The music Smurffy writes and performs is authentic and exciting. 


The young artist took a break from his busy and hectic performing life to chat with Young Urban Voices Magazine to discuss his career and future plans. 

Young Urban Voices Magazine: What influenced you to start music? 

Wyatt: What influenced me to start music initially was that when I was young my father was the percussionist for a reggae band. Music was always around my house and was a constant growing up. What made me want to rap was listening to Kanye West.

YUV: What are your current projects that you are working on? 

Wyatt: At this moment I am working on a new body of work that reflects being young, fly and ambitious. There are a few titles but I haven’t chosen yet. Hopefully it can be a body of work that helps other college aged people such as myself feel inspired.

YUV:  Where did you get the stage name Smurffy from? 

Wyatt: Funny thing is I got the name from my Dad. I’m the baby of the family and my dad is 6’2 so he would call me smurf all the time growing up. When I started rapping I just decided to add to it and I got Smurffy.

YUV: Where have you performed as an artist? 

Wyatt: I’ve performed in many different venues in Northern California, I am looking forward to spreading out and touching new communities and sharing the sound.

YUV: Do you consider yourself a “ladies man?”

Wyatt: I mean, I’m good with women. Some would call me a pick-up line savant. All jokes aside Women tell me they enjoy my relationship based songs, because they are honest from the male perspective. 

YUV:  How would you best describe your musical style? 

Wyatt: I’d say it’s a mix of all of my influences. I would love to say that I’m a mix of all the legends, but also I’m just myself. I love old Soul and R&B samples though!

YUV:  Where can we find out more about you and your music? 

Wyatt: Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter @smurffy1225 

YUV: Who have you collaborated with in the industry? 

Wyatt: I’ve kept it small only making music with people in WMJ which is the imprint me and my collaborator J.mo use. I have dream collaborations that I want, but at the moment I am all about what comes naturally and provides good energy.

YUV: What are your plans for the future? 

Wyatt: To blow up crazy!! I want everything this career has to offer. I want to inspire everyone to follow their dreams and I can only do that by following mine to their limits. So follow me @smurffy1225 and come be a part of the journey!

YUV: Is there anything else you’d like to add? 

Wyatt: “My whole team ballin till we cop 100 grand

They tryna quick sand me but im solid where I stand

Im lookin at my baby picture and he lookin back

and he sayin WOOO I grew up to be the MAN!” – Smurffy *Feelin Like The Realest”

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The Struggle Talk Music, Fans & Their Unique Sound. 

The Dynamic Group: The Struggle consist of 4 Members Each Of Them Currently Live in North Carolina. Each has their own original sound and style. Their style is hiphop,pop,R&B,and soul.

They started 2015 and are already reaching 12k on twitter which proves that achievement is their goal. The members are friends and family they combined together because they knew they had a gift and they want to share that gift with the world.

The Struggle sat down with YUV Mag to discuss their music and unique sound.



YUV:  Tell me what is the meaning behind your group’s name The Struggle. 


THE STRUGGLE: We’re The Struggle because we’re coming from the struggle to make it to the top and we’ll never forget where we came from and hope others can do the same get out of the struggle and chase your dreams! 


YUV: What are all of your names? 

TS: Destiny, Tierra, Curtis, Davon. 

YUV: How did the group get started? 

TS: Davon joined the group later on but we all knew we had talent and wanted to do something good inspire people so we made a music group more talented people are better than one. 

YUV: Who are your musical influences? 

Destiny- Nicki Minaj,Fantasia,Ledisi, Jennifer Hudson,Jackson 5

Davon-Erik Hassle (No Words) & Sam Cooke

Curtis-Drake ,Lil Wayne

Tierra-

YUV: Explain to me your catchphrase, “I pledge allegiance to the struggle?”

TS: Meaning The Struggles Where we come from and we shall never forget it.

YUV: Do you think your family dynamic plays a pivotal role in your music? If so, how? 

TS: Yea talent in dancing ,music etc played a major part in this it’s a generation thing.  Our family is full of talent and they push us to keep going it’s better to have a group with family because when we get mad at each other at the end of the day we’re still family and we’ll always be there for each other.

YUV:  How do you think you were so quick to grow your social media following so fast? 

TS: Because we promoted ourselves very well. 

YUV: How can people hear your music? 

TS: YouTube,Facebook,Instagram 

YUV:  What instruments do you play? 

TS: Piano , drums, clarinet, trumpet etc.


YUV: Do you have an album out or coming out soon?  

TS: Coming out soon 

For those who don’t know please include your links to all your social networks.  Thestrugglemusic.webs.com

Facebook.com/thestrugglemusic

Instagram.com/thestrugglemusic

Twitter.com/struggle_Music 

From instruments to singing to rapping to dancing this unstoppable group joined forces together to take on the music industry and gain fans and supporters while doing it .When they hit the stage nothing can stop them and nothing will their grind is to succeed and be remembered as one of the best out. 


Destiny states- “Watch out world we’re just getting started”.


We Pledge Allegiance To The Struggle.  

Goal Oriented

By Sonsie Zamora

Guide to setting and achieving goals:

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Being accomplished is a sense of self. Having the ability to set goals, and achieve them makes you feel good. You get things done, you have a clearer mind, less stress and you feel better about life because you’re moving forward and on to the next goal as you accomplish others. If there are so many upsides to getting things done, then why are there so many of us that procrastinate? It’s easy to get distracted, there are so many things that can deter us from our course and throw us off track. I’ll give you a step-by-step guide how I set and accomplish goals and maybe it can help you to avoid the distractions and get those things that you’ve been meaning to get done, once and for all.

The first thing I do is make a list of any and all things that I need/want to get done, whether they are major things or just little day-to-day things. Such as; cleaning out that one junk drawer closet in the house, sorting through all of the loose paperwork that has accumulated, finding recipes for dinners, finishing school, applying to scholarships, finally finishing that make-over you started, etc… All of those things that keep me up at night and rattle around in my mind. I find that once I jot them down, I feel much less stressed already. Next I break that major list into three smaller lists; things that must get done this week, things that can be done in a few months, and long-term goals to be accomplished within the year or even more. Depending on the items on your list, you may require even more ‘smaller’ lists. I like to focus on what can be achieved within the year at the most however, because I feel it helps your momentum when you can keep checking short term goals off of your list. It also allows for procrastination when you set your goals too far into the future, because you might think ‘I still have time,’ then before you know it time is up and you missed your opportunity or you’re still stuck with the same to-do list and nothing has been checked off it.

Things that ‘must’ get done of course take priority and I like to focus on the harder things at the beginning of the week so you can get them out of the way. I usually sit down Sunday night before bedtime and write out my weekly schedule, allotting realistic time frames for each thing that needs to get done during the week. If I have a paper for a class due by the end of the week, for example, I’ll allow myself an hour on Monday to write out a quick draft and outline with my ideas. On Wednesday I’ll clean up the draft and add any research and by Friday I’ll finalize the paper. This way I’m not stressing come Friday to try to finish the entire paper all in one sitting. I find by breaking things into tiny weekly to-do’s, that I am more successful and less stressed.

One can apply the same concept of breaking goals up into little tasks, to long-term goals. Let’s say your long-term goal is to lose weight. You wouldn’t start by simply saying ‘tomorrow I will begin losing weight’. First you’d want to establish how many pounds you want to lose and what would be reasonable to lose each week and each month therefore figuring out how much time it would take to reach your final goal. Then you want to write down all of the things involved with losing weight and break those into weekly and monthly goals as well. Such as; cut sugar and fried foods, increase water intake, start a workout regimen, get fun new workout clothes for motivation, join a gym or find a local area to workout, buy a bike, etc. Make sure to keep the goals realistic and break them up into small, un-daunting tasks so you can keep moving toward your final goal and not get stuck along the way.

Distractions can be a huge problem in not reaching your goals. Especially today with all of the cell phone alerts, news feeds, Facebook updates, etc. Try to either turn off your phone and TV when focusing on your tasks, especially if you’re allotting just an hour or so at a time each day for your goals, you can feel less anxiety about allowing yourself that short and uninterrupted time. There’s nothing that can’t wait an hour, especially when the focus is yourself, which is a lot more important that so-and-so’s latest relationship drama or whatever it is. Also allowing your mind to be clear not only sharpens your focus but can also generate new thoughts and ideas and make for a more creative, alert and less stressed mind. Make sure you plan out your ‘fun times’ too. If you’ve been grinding all week, don’t let yourself skip Friday girls’ night, you deserve it. Tomorrow is always another day and you can get right back to the grind again then.

Once you start successfully scratching things off of your list of goals, you will feel your confidence growing and you may start reaching even higher for your next set of goal. Go ahead and start dreaming big! Travel to different countries, do a marathon, write a book, invent something, finish college, get into your best physical shape or whatever else you dream about. You now have a formula to get you there. I hope this helps and don’t stop setting and achieving goals. When you look back on your life 80 years from now, you will feel so fulfilled having accomplished as much as you possibly could and getting the most you desired out of life.