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!
“F-’em then I get some money!”
Or in this case, ‘Drug ’em then I get some money.’
New York born rapper Cardi B recently went on her IG live to address those stating how she didn’t deserve her fame. Cardi B replied back in the live rant by saying she had to resort to doing what she had to do. The ‘Money,’ emcee admits to bringing men who wanted to engage in sex with her to hotels. There she would drug them and rob them while they were unconscious to pay for her studio time and producers.
Many have taken to social media with memes comparing her to Bill Cosby. The famed comedian actor, best known on the hit TV show, The Cosby Show. He was found guilty of drugging women and he has since been in jail. But why is there no jail time for Cardi B? Does the #metoo movement only protect women? Is this some sort of feminist agenda to emasculate African American men? Does it make a difference because now the roles have reversed? The victims are men and the perpetrator is now female?
Has the power of feminism gone too far? When did it ever become okay to meddle with the health and well-being of another human? In her defense, as she tears up, that no one was supporting her with the studio time she needed to make her records. So, she in fact had to do what she had to do. As we all know she makes no efforts to hide her troubled past as a stripper. But sometimes, celebrities must learn when to be quiet. This may have been a bad move for her. Let’s see if she’ll be able to recover from this travesty with the height of the #metoo movement as well as her career.
What are your thoughts? Were her actions justified or has she gone too far?
There seems to be a misconception in the black community that a girl can’t mature and “Level Up.” Hit R&B singer, dancer, and model Ciara has been the subject of criticism as of late. As early 2000s rapper Slim Thug took to radio air waves dishing his opinion on how Ciara can’t truly be happy with Russell Wilson because she is accustomed to thugs, and bad boys and Russell Wilson is well…a square. Here is the video of what the rapper spit out about the talented songstress and her marriage.
But what is seeming to be so troubling is how black men can’t accept the fact that somebody accepted Ciara for the woman that she is. Along with her child. Yes! A single black man married, a single black mother and made her a wife. They also had a child of their own. What Future didn’t see in her Russell did and now they have a beautiful family together. What woman hasn’t made poor dating choices throughout her life. She went from a girl to a woman. God forbid she matures into a “grown woman” status. Hence, the title to her new hit song, “Level Up.”
Ciara seems to be a subject of criticism since the beginning of her career. She has been talked about simply due to her height, and not being born a full blown woman which was soon debunked. But what we can’t figure out is why she needs to be labeled as “damaged goods,” just because Future (Ciara’s ex and son’s father) deemed her unworthy although he has several children of his own. It seems like Future is the one who needs to think about his own future with all the kids he’s making. Besides why would Ciara need to be with Russell solely because of his cash when she is making her own just fine. It seems to us that when ever people are happy there will always be haters waiting to throw salt in the game. Russell Wilson may be what other bad boys consider ‘simp’ but only if they knew these are the men that real women truly want. Not the smooth talking, future faking, baby momma having, trail of babies everywhere with no future guys.
Ciara wanted a man with a ‘future,’ and she finally got one is what it seems like and now that she is glowing and leveling up in life everyone has something to say. Well, Cici go ahead and be happy with you and yours.
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 MAG: What 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?
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.
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.
Evolution in life is usually thought of as a gradual process in which something changes in its final form. This describes Songtress and author Stacye Branche’s third disc, The Evolution of Living in Truth.
Branche started her musical career as a young child singing in school. Branche later received a recording contract right out of high school.
“I had a friend who worked at a record label and brought them (producers) to hear me,” Brance says.
She later wrote songs that received submissions to the soundtracks of such films The Brothers, Biker Boys, Blue Moon and several others as well.
Capitalizing on her silky soprano, three octaves range, this Los Angeles native channels her Alternative Soul for her music that is a blend of rhthym and blues, pop and Jazz. Life experiences have helped shaped the voice behind her 2001 album, I Believe, and the 2004 follow-up For The Man I Love.
Branche who is a popular blogger became inspired to write books after a few hopeful requests from her fans. She has penned three books entitled, It’s All In How You Look At It(thoughts and questions about life. )
Relationships: and the things we don’t talk about and Its All In How You Look at it(thoughts and questions about love and relationships). Which are stories to help us have better relationships with others.
“We must first learn to love ourselves if we hope to have relationships with others. ”
Branche offers some needful advice to those looking to get into the music industry.
“There is no one way to get in the industry, Branche says. “You just have to create your best work, whether it’s through music or writing books. Do your best work and in time you’ll be guided to the right people or someone will notice you.”
With a vocal style borne throughh study of the emotional nuances of Minnie Ripperton, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, Branche has combined that knowledge with the influence and inflections of her work with Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert and The Emotions to bring her distinctive style full circle.
In essence, she has found her “truth”.
“This album embodies the time I’ve spent growing as a person, as a writer and now producer,” Branche says.
“The tracks are a kaledioscope offering my fans a true sense of myself, my evolution.”
Ok people!!! It’s here again. The 2016 Billboard Awards are airing this weekend!!! Leading the pack are The Weekend with 19 nominations, Justin Bieber with 16, Fetty Wap and Drake tie with 11 nominations and Adele and Taylor Swift with 8. I’m rooting for my girl Adele!! HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIIIIDDDDEEEE!!!! Yasssss! And of course my future husband Drake, duh lol…performances by the Biebs, Rihanna, DNCE, Nick Jonas and so much more. You know that imma have ALL the details for you tomorrow night!
Recently, one of my favorite artist have become Jazmine Sullivan. I’ve listened to her music when she first came out with, “Bust Your Windows,” and “Need You Bad,” but it wasn’t until I was going through my own personal turmoil that I fell in love with her music. I discovered how amazingly talented she was.
Sadly enough she isn’t as popular as other female singers perhaps because she doesn’t sell sex because she uses her talent to get ahead in the entertainment industry.
Oddly enough, she’s being compared to singer Adele. Fans of Sullivan have taken to social media stating how her talent is equally if not better than Adele’s. But because she’s (Adele) white, she happens to get a pass and a pathway to success.
Sullivan says she’s glad people are recognizing her but feels there shouldn’t be a comparison because we’re all equally talented. Perhaps working on the Jazmine Sullivan Brand will reach more people and grow a larger fan base.
But if you haven’t listened to a Sullivan song you truly are missing out on a great experience. Her music is very relatable to things we go through in real life.
BET will be hosting a top twenty countdown to the biggest scandals and memorable moments this year like the infamous Bill Cosby scandal, Straight Outta Compton box office hit. The “BET 20 of 2015” will be hosted by Shaun Robinson and Marc Lamont Hill and will air Tuesday, December 29th at 10pm.
Also, airing on BET will be “106 & Party, hosted by Keke Palmer and correspondents Kat Graham and Rotimi. Several performances by Fabolous, Dej Loaf, French Montana and several others. It will reveal the top 3 videos of the year as well as the top five viral moments of 2015.
106 & Party will air, Thursday, December 31st at 11pm.