K. Michelle is BACK with a NEW sound and new LOOK

The R&B Soultress K. Michelle is back with not only a new sound but a new look as well. The former Love and Hip Hop artists has really came a long way since first appearing on the show. 

With joints like, “Can’t Raise a Man,” , “VSOP,” and, “Love Em All,” you know you are getting some hot music. 

Kimberly Michelle, better known as K. Michelle is gearing up for her new album, The People I Used To Know, which dops December 8th. Right on time for Christmas and would make the perfect stocking stuffer. She’s released a few hot tracks like, Birthday, Song Cry and Either Way  featuring R&B singer Chris Brown. 

We all know K. can SANG! So surely, this album won’t disappoint. 

Click the link below to watch the video to her hot new song, Birthday.

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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.”

Boy Buh-Bye to Love & Hip Hop Hollywood


Well, well, what can I say…If you’ve watched part 2 of Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, you’ve seen the messiness and the tea. If not, well let me spill it for you. 

We open with a few of the cast on the couch. The host ask if Mr. Ray could be cordial with Zell. (This is Love and Hip hop no one is just cordial). Well, Mr. Ray said, “I don’t want to be cordial with him.” Well that must have sparked something off in Zell because instead of giving Mr. Ray a hug like he looked like he was attempting to do, he sneaks a couple punches in and is escorted off the set and into a car. He doesn’t return to the set. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Ray is backstage crying and trying to understand why he was punched; why he’s bleeding. A1 tries to sympathize with him and once Mr. Ray comes back on stage all of the case has pretty much taken up for Mr. Ray and said Zell was wrong for hitting him the way he did. Although, they themselves have been doing the same thing all damn season.

Alexis was caught laughing at Mr. Ray although she denies it. 

Later, Ms. Nikki Baby and Masika get into it for some comments she made that weren’t even directed towards Masika. But Nikki this time wins as the clap back queen when she said to Masika, “You live like you’re in a struggle and you look like one too.,”,and “My heels are higher than your whole self esteem.”

A none bothered Masika lies on the floor, taunting Nikki to come swing at her. Of course nothing happens, they break for commercial and all is well with the cast. 

Keyshia Cole was the perfect example of unbothered. We finally get to the love triangle of Brooke, Bridget and Booby. Keyshia not here for the drama gets off the couch and joins the rest of the cast near the audience. Clearly, Brooke never really wanted Booby and was clearly using him to make Marcus jealous. Booby, on the other hand may have been feeling her but not so much he brought Bridget on the trip to Catalina island with him. Bridget was left looking like a used up rag as usual. Her ex stating that he felt he dodged a bullet. But when Keyshia performed, her latest song, Incapable, you could see the love or perhaps some form of feelings or expression there for Keyshia. Perhaps, he’s still in love?!?

Later, we get to see Tearia discuss her alcoholism and the intervention that took place and lead her to rehab. Tearia calls out Cisco for playing her and of course he denies it but later apologizes for it. 

Lyrica, the orange hair queen who’s been dipping her nose in everyone’s business all season discusses why she was so upset her husband A1 would even consider working with other female artists that aren’t her because she’s so talented and the women aren’t even on her level.  Later, A1 says he does it all so there’s no need for his wife to work with other producers. Um, there was no point of y’all being on the show but yeah ok.

We close the show out by watching Safaree get emotional because he’s leaving Cali and going back home to New York. Hmm, just in time for the New York season to start. Chasing a paycheck suppose? This wouldn’t be the first time a Love and Hip Hop cast mate has jumped ship to another state for the show. 


Well anyway, another season is dead and gone so let us get ready for Yandy, Remy Ma, MariahLynn, and joining the cast is Superwoman, Lil Mo’ for season 8 of Love and Hip Hop New York. Get ready for more ratchetness to begin next Monday, same place, same time. Vh1 at 8pm. Get your popcorn ready!

Artist RICA Has a New Brand & Sound

The talented 25 year old, independent, female artist RICA was born and raised in Washington, DC. RICA took interest in music during her 6th grade year when her fellow classmates created a rap group and would beat box in class. Poetry and writing short stories was RICA’S specialty but she decided to take those writing skills and write a rhyme. The rhyme was so good that the others in the group wanted her to write their lyrics. RICA was apart of two music groups during her high school years ran by Mega Don Productions which afforded her the opportunity to get in the studio and perform at local open mic in the DC & MD area. Soon after the group split up RICA decided to take her career in her own hands and went solo. RICA purchased a condenser microphone, a refurbished laptop and taught herself how to work audacity DAW and began creating. March 2015 , RICA released a mixtape titled ‘Thee AnitVirus’ that was recorded and mix by RICA in her studio apartment.

​”I am not a pro, but the mix was decent. The quality of course could’ve been better but I had to do what I had to do due to lack of funds to spare” – RICA

The mixtape was released under RICA’s old stage name ‘ENTREE‘; no not the meal. March 2016 RICA decided to take a new approach and elevate her sound by working with Live Band and music production team “Flux180” to acquire new music for the year. Her latest self titled release that is now streaming on all digital platforms is a great body of work that she exemplified her many styles as a artist.

When listening to music by RICA you get two things, which is quality and variety. Who doesn’t love variety ?

The many sides of RICA is what makes her a flavorful artist worth savoring . Forcing ears to listen with her passive yet aggressive tone, RICA can cruise the live drums and 808’s mellow or up-tempo. She can paint you a vivid picture of your life and her life, evoking human emotion or she can emerge solely in confidence and go bar for bar with the next artist and hold her own.

Young Urban Voices Magazine had a chance to catch up with the lyricist during her busy schedule. 

YUV MAGWhat are your current projects that you’re working on? 

RICA: Currently I’m focused on my brand as an artist and working with different producers to deliver great music.

YUV MAG: Do you have any albums out? 

RICA: I just released a EP self titled RICA and a few singles that’s now available on all streaming platforms. You can find all the information on my website RICAforever.com & the listening party video for the EP is available as well.

YUV MAG: Where can people find out more about you? 

RICARICAforever.com

social links

IG: RICAforeverx

Twitter: RICAforeverx

YouTube: RICAmusicradio

Soundcloud. RICAmusicradio

YUV MAG: Musical Influences? 

RICA: T.I. was a big influence but more so as a person rather than an artist. Different genres of music influenced me. I am attracted to versatility, so listening to all types of genres growing up developed my knack for music to be more than one dimensional. The genres consist of blues, classical, pop, gospel, reggae, rock and country music to name a few.  

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.  

Misty Copeland: An Unlikely Ballerina

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On June 30, 2015, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African American woman to be appointed principal dancer by the American Ballet Theatre Company.

Misty didn’t start dancing until she was 13 years-old, which for ballet is considered a late start, by taking a free ballet class at a local Boys and Girls Club. However, some have titled her a ‘prodigy’ in the ballet sense because she was already winning dancing awards and gaining recognition by age 15. She then went on to accept a couple full scholarships for some intensive programs, one of which was for ABT. Among 150 dancers, Misty was one of 6 girls chosen to join ABT’s Studio Company. She then went on to be chosen as soloist for Swan Lake with the company and was promoted to principal dancer after that.

There are many things that set Misty apart from your ‘average’ ballerina. For one, her late start to ballet and her ability to quickly learn the techniques. Another is what some have said to be her ‘unusually muscular and curvy’ body (for a ballerina). Also that she is African American and a ballerina, two descriptions that don’t find themselves paired too often. In a company of 80 dancers, Misty was the only African American ballerina at ABT for the first 10 years of her career. If this was not enough, Misty Copeland has also been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine this year. Misty’s ad with Under Armour showcases her amazing dancing and has more than 8 million views on YouTube. She has danced along side Prince while he performed and accompanied a couple of his tours. She also has co-authored a children’s book, ‘Firebird’ and written a 2014 memoir, ‘Life in Motion; An Unlikely Ballerina’, which has been optioned for a movie.

Misty throws herself into every opportunity that comes her way, blurring the lines of pop-culture which can be: short lived spurts of what is the newest and hottest trends, with a classic art form such as ballet: described by Misty herself in a PBS interview; ‘(the ballet world), I don’t think is an art form that’s quick to change or to adjust and evolve’.

Misty’s next prospect is making her Broadway debut as Ivy Smith in ‘On the Town’, which includes, not only dancing but, singing as well. She hopes this new challenge will further her in her ballet career.

Her Twitter page is freckled with congratulations after the news broke about her becoming principal dancer. With tweets from Star Jones, Taye Diggs, pics of the Under Armour team delivering a truck literally FULL of flowers to her, and even tweets from Oprah!

She doesn’t let any of this go to her head however. When interviewed on CBS following the announcement of becoming principal dancer in a July 6th interview, Misty humbly stated, ‘…I’m just standing on the shoulders of so many who have set this path for me, and they may not be seen or recognized or have been given an opportunity to have a voice but I’m here representing all of those dancers…’

An interviewer then asked, ‘You know what I love about your story is, you really owned this moment. You didn’t just say I’m a ballerina who happens to be an African American. You understood the symbolism of the moment. What do you want people to see when they see you?’ to which Misty replied, ‘I wanted to set an example for what the future of dance holds. I think ABT is setting that standard now for classical ballet. You can dream big. It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you come from, what your background is…that’s the example I want to set and what I want to leave behind.’ She went on to say, ‘I think this is just the start. It doesn’t mean that the work is going to end. It doesn’t mean it’s going to get easier for the next generation…that it’s going to be a walk in the park. But I think it’s going to open up those doors for people….’

She added to this thought in another interview with E! stating that ‘Barrack Obama being president of the United States doesn’t mean racism has disappeared’. She explains how she and all of us have more work to do.

‘Being a black ballerina, definitely, is everything. My life and my path as a ballerina would be completely different if I wasn’t an African American woman. It has provided more obstacles, I think, than I knew when I discovered ballet at 13 years-old but at the same time it has made me want to persevere even more and I think it has made me a stronger person because of it. There’s so many more obstacles to overcome, but I absolutely love classical ballet’.

 

References:

All retrieved on July 13, 2015:

http://www.mistycopeland.com/home.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/misty-copeland-on-new-broadway-role-on-the-town-first-black-principal-dancer-at-american-ballet/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misty_Copeland

http://nypost.com/2015/07/13/misty-copelands-tough-balancing-act/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRJ8oDSy21Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-VgXR_rl9U