The R&B song and dance queen dropped a new video for her single, Thinking Bout You. Thus showing us how to ‘Level Up’ with her epic dance moves and killer body. This video is a playful video as she is playing around the room while she waits on a date that arrives at the end of the video. Although we don’t see who the mystery man is. We are sure we all know that Mr. Russell Wilson may be the guy. The cutest part is hearing Issa Rae call and tease Cici about her date. Take a look at the video below!
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.
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”
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
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?
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
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.
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’.
All retrieved on July 13, 2015: