Understanding Ywada

BY PHONZ L. REYES One of the worst things that could dimmer the shine on a new musician’s  career is being compared to someone in the industry who is already established. As a music enthusiast you want to experience someone new for their own unique sound and talent. Sarasota, Florida native singer and songwriter Ywada (pronounced [...]

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Seeking Sebastian Mikael

WRITTEN BY PHONZ L. REYES It’s often funny when interviewing musicians in person because you never know what to expect as a journalist. Especially with newcomers on the music scene, because you never can quite calculate how far stardom is going to take them. But when you have an ‘inkling’ that the person you are sitting [...]

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Just Audubon

COVER FEATURE BY PHONZ L. REYES When people think of Manhattan, they often think of Times Square, SoHo, and all the other areas of the island that are south of 110th Street. Neighborhoods to the north are often overlooked. But MTV decided last fall to change the perception and often negative stereotypes associated with Uptown Manhattan, [...]

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The Beauty In the Black Era

COVER FEATURE BY DEV GILLESPIE There isn’t one successful music artist you will meet that doesn’t have a story of trials and tribulations that they had to over come with perseverance in order to reach their full potential and make it to the top. Now a solo artist, Dawn Richard has experienced many faces of the [...]

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Redefining Greatness With No Malice

Cover Story By Dev Gillespie When you’re talking about great hip hop music and great artists, IF you know what you’re talking about, Clipse will be mentioned some time in that conversation! After two brothers from Virginia formed the rap duo Clipse and gave us three memorable albums, Malice and Pusha T have both created longevity [...]

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Forever Fantasia

Cover Story by Phonz L. Reyes Grammy Award and Theatre World Award winner Fantasia Barrino is back again with her fourth album release titled Side Effects of You. The 2004 American Idol winner who has captivated music enthusiasts’ heart has been working hard promoting the new project which features guest appearances from Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliott [...]

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King E.N.J.

Web Exclusive By Phonz L. Reyes Hip Hop music is often criticized for its sexualized content and derogatory dehumanization of women. But one rapper is doing his best to bring sex to the forefront in a more positive way and instead bring awareness to a situation many tend to disregard. Werewolf Mafia Entertainment recording artist King [...]

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Ready Set GO

Written by Phonz L. Reyes | Outasight Photos © Ray Lego & Dan Gotti, Photos provided by Warner Bros. Records, 2012 The best part about the music industry is when we get introduced to new talent. Generally speaking, a new recording artist’s debut project sets the tone for their entire music career. Warner Bros. Records recording [...]

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Mateo: Inside My Stories

Written by Phonz L. Reyes | Mateo Photos © Alejandro Garcia, 2012 Mateo has been on the music scene since the mid-2000’s when MySpace was still a social networking web site people cared about. He’s one of the few remaining acts that can actually be classified as a male R&B artist. In a time now where musicians [...]

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Who Is Matthew Burnett?

Within the past few years, there’s been a surge of talent emerging from our neighbors up north. Canadian artists such as Melanie Fiona, Justin Bieber, and Drake have left their impressions on the music industry. Amongst the influx of talent arriving state side, there’s some rising stars as well. You may not know him, but [...]

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Elevating Your Brand: PRSVR

Written by Dev Gillespie Living an “Elevated Lifestyle” not only consist of looking and feeling fly, but also having elevated principles like Passion, Resilience, Sacrifice, Values, and Respect. Put the state of living lavishly and these principles together and you have fashion and lifestyle brand, PRSVR! Newly launched this fall, Pesévérer (PRSVR) is a new Chicago-based [...]

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R&B's Angel: Brian Angel

Over the summer we learned that one of the last standing male R&B groups, Day26 had broken up which caused an internet frenzy. Blog web sites were reporting that Brian Angel (Brian Andrews) had been ousted by remaining members Willie Taylor, Robert Curry and Michael McCluney; and that a Twitter war had been posted between [...]

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Dropping Bombs: Kongo Beats

As a new producer with a developed style from Atlanta to the Virgin Islands, Kongo Beats is determined to create his own lane and more than ready to ride it out. The music industry in full lacks original material, but Kongo Beats is coming to break the cycle and inspire artist to be who they [...]

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Kickin' It with Kayla Brianna

Growing up in the spotlight of a well-known parent figure is not always easy. Ask anyone whose parents are public figures and they will tell you the same. But for Kayla Brianna, she’s not using her father’s name to branch out, she’s making her own moves within the music industry. Daughter of “Inside the NBA” [...]

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You're Not Snob Enough for the Mobb

By Dev Gillespie When you hear the word “snob” you probably think of some stuck up chick that you use to hate in high school, right? Well, Ming Lee is here to tell you differently as she builds her hair empire as the Snob Mobb. Throughout the last two years the Atlanta based hairstylist has been [...]

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Antonio Samar… The NEXT to Hit Fame

By Phonz Reyes To truly make it in today’s entertainment industry you have to be a quadruple threat. No longer are spectators looking for someone with just a voice, but they have to be able to stimulate and ooze entertainment on all levels. Antonio Samar is just the next thing the entertainment industry is waiting for. [...]

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The Reinvention of Anthony Q

By Phonz Reyes After being chosen to an opportunity of a lifetime on national television as one of the five original members of the male R&B group Day26 on MTV’s Making The Band 4, fast forward to five years later there hasn’t been much chatter about former member Qwanell “Que” Mosley since his departure from the [...]

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Redefining Mainstream Music

Article By Phonz L. Reyes For many in the music industry, its challenging living double lives; keeping up a public image one minute and a private one the next. But for House/Rap/Hip-Hop artist, Cazwell this is one of the challenges he doesn’t have to worry about. Cazwell (born Lucas Caswell) has gone from being an underground [...]

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Behind the Beat

Article By Dev Gillespie Sonny Digital is the man behind a lot of new hot beats and a few hit songs that the radio and clubs love. Producer of hit songs YC’s “Rack$” and Future’s “Same Damn Time,” 21 year-old Sonny Digital from Michigan came to Atlanta to make some noise. Being raised [...]

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Platinum Dreams

Article By Phonz L. Reyes Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson has made platinum moves in the music industry for years having done production for over fifty+ recording artists. He’s one of the newest record producers for ‘The Hitmen’- a production team under Diddy’s Bad Boy Management; additionally he is the Music Director and tour drummer for Trey Songz, [...]

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Standing Tall with Jordy Towers

WRITTEN BY PHONZ L. REYES Often we as fans forget that musicians we come to love have made major sacrifices to be in the industry and chase their dreams. Recording artist Jordy Towers is one of those musicians who has sacrificed and made it through some major obstacles in life to be where he is today [...]

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Who's Ca$hin Out?

WRITTEN BY DEV GILLESPIE Anybody with a condo on their wrist is definitely cashing out! Atlanta artist Ca$h Out is on FULL BLAST in every car, radio station, and club in Atlanta with his first single “Ca$hin Out” and it is quickly spreading throughout the country! With his first mixtape titled It’s My Time on its [...]

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Jessie & The Toy Boys: The Future of Pop in Plastic

BY HANNIBAL ALEXANDER It seems that every few months industry insiders predict an up and coming artist will become ‘The Future of Pop Music,’ and they are usually wrong. Simply because the idea of predicting the future is nearly impossible! Just ask Jessie Malakouti – the driving force behind the highly buzzed about Dance/Pop outfit Jessie and the [...]

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Music 101 with Miguel

BY DEV GILLESPIE Music and the industry have been through a lot of changes in the past few years. Some changes for the better and some for the worst, but through it all we are still seeing amazing artists show us that there is still hope for meaningful music. The Los Angeles native Miguel has brought another breathe [...]

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Up Close & Personal with Tyler Jacob

BY RITA FOSTER We are given opportunities to experience the sounds of new artists in the ever expanding field of music.  Many times we like what we hear but, walk away feeling a little underwhelmed.  And sometimes, we are just blown away and can’t stop replaying a song in our heads.  This is the case with [...]

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Rah Digga: This Ain’t No Lil’ Kid Rap

BY JAY DENSON There aren’t too many female MC’s who touch the mic and have a commanding presence such as Rah Digga. Her introduction to the world “Digga Digga, first name Rashia” was one of the first verses I remembered during her stint with Flipmode Squad. Besides her commanding voice that captures your attention when you [...]

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BY AJA DIONNE I am trying to find a word to describe her. Eccentric…funny…random…hot…talented…well-traveled…but the fact is DJ SYNCITY cannot be defined in one word. She has a resume that will blow your mind, under 30 with a peculiar insight and she’s been around the world and ay-i-i. During the hectic All Star Weekend in Los [...]

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WRITTEN BY PHONZ L. THOMAS | PHOTO CREDIT HANIF ABDUR RAHIM | STYLED BY UGO MOZIE | HAIR BY ONYX  There are so many reasons why we have fallen madly in love with Diddy-Dirty Money member Dawn Richard. She first captivated our ears and hearts when she emerged on our television screens back in 2005. We [...]

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Discovering Tinie Tempah

BY PHONZ L. THOMAS Some of the most remarkable recording artists in history have emerged out of the United Kingdom to ‘cross the pond’ and grab the attention of American listeners. Twenty-two year old songwriter and rapper, Patrick Okogwu known to his fans by his stage name, Tinie Tempah will be the next to follow that [...]

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Far*East Movement: The West Coast Edition

BY DEV GILLESPIE Listen to a Far*East Movement track on FULL BLAST and we bet you’ll start to feel “Free Wired”! And if you’re wondering exactly how that is suppose to feel, Far*East Movement (also known as FM), Free Wired is what they call their combination of pop, hip hop, dance and electro music. Topping the Billboard charts with [...]

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"CR" is the Show

BY HANNIBAL ALEXANDER If you feel like the current R&B scene is just recycled beats, concepts and hooks, you are not the only one! In the midst of all the tired “up in the club” tracks and sophomoric bedroom anthems, there are some R&B acts that want to progress on the R&B sound that was created [...]

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Finding a Title for Untitled

BY JAY DENSON When you think of R&B male groups as it applies today, the genre is almost non-existent. Gone are the days of Jodeci, Dru-Hill, and Boyz II Men who dominated the charts during the 90’s. If you were to stop and ask the average person who listens to R&B music some favorites, you’re almost [...]

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According to Hazel-E

WRITTEN BY AJA DIONNE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL-ANTONIO HUNTER Hazel-E has got to be one of the most interesting people on the planet. Actress turned party girl turned celebrity publicist turned Valley Girl rapper turned style maven…she is a force that has been slowly overtaking the world wide web and creeping up on the mouths (and [...]

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Philly Based Duo Chiddy Bangs a Unique Sound

WRITTEN BY JAY DENSON The group Chiddy Bang is made up of Chidera (Chiddy) Anamege and Noah (Xaphoon/DJ & Producer) Jones. The duo teamed up while attending Drexel University and was introduced through a mutual friend. Emcee Chiddy being a resident of New Jersey and Xaphoon born and raised in Philadelphia capitalized on the chance meeting [...]

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Daddy Yankee's In Control

BY PHONZ L. THOMAS & AJA DIONNE When most people think of Reggaeton, the first name to come to mind is Daddy Yankee. He is the embodiment of what a successful Reggaeton artist is with pushing more than eight million albums, endless number one hits to crossover on Billboard’s Latin music and Top 100’s charts, and [...]

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Welcome To Full Blast Magazine Class Is In Session

The New Brand Of  Team FBM is A Force That Will Shock and Awe in the Media Circles, Official Launch April 1st 2010 Nothing foolish About it…  Class is Mos Def in Session  Happy April Fools Take Notes……

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AMPED UP | The Re-Making of Donnie Klang



Brooklyn native, Donnie Klang has been on his grind working on his follow up album after his 2008 debut release, Just a Rolling Stone. Unlike many of the other “Making the Band” alumni, Donnie has been keeping a low profile doing gigs here and there and dipping in and out of the studio in Atlanta to comeback with what’s already speculated to be a monster of a sophomore album. While many know his fresh face from the show, not too many know the struggles Donnie and his family had to go through before “Making the Band,” to break into the music industry. Donnie attended Hofstra University pursuing a degree in Business, but left it behind to follow his passion in music. From being in the group, I.N.T., auditioning for “American Idol,” to now working on his second solo album release, Donnie Klang dusts himself off and in true Brooklyn style – goes back at his goal even harder and re-making himself even better.

FULL BLAST Magazine: How old were you when you started singing?
DONNIE KLANG: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I didn’t get serious about singing until I was about 13 or 14; around high school.

FBM: Why did you get serious then?
DONNIE KLANG: Well I had friends who could sing and we started a group. We never took vocal lessons or anything, we just kind of learned off of each other.

donnieklangFBM: About that group, you took time off of school to go on tour with them, correct? Tell us about that.
DONNIE KLANG: Yeah we actually went on tour and the name of our group was ‘I.N.T.’ It stood for “I’m Not Telling.” So when interviewers would ask what I.N.T. stood for, we would say “I’m not telling.” (Laughs) And they would be like come on just tell us. (Laughs) I know, I know it’s dumb but it was funny. But it was rough, I mean, we kept getting turned down and we were getting older and we weren’t getting anywhere. My mom and their parents kept telling us to go back to school so that’s actually why the group broke up. I had a scholarship before I left and I wrote a long letter saying that it would never happen again because me and my mom - growing up, we didn’t have money like that. We always lived in apartments and stuff. I wrote a letter saying that it would never happen again but (Laughs) it did cause I auditioned for “Making the Band.”

FBM: How did your mom feel about you taking time off from school?
DONNIE KLANG: I mean she was really supportive. My dad was too. They’re divorced but they both were supportive. It took my mom a while to be supportive the second time around because of the last time I took time off.

FBM: How often do you get a chance to see your family?
Donnie: It was really hard at first because we went right off of “Making the Band” to go on tour. It was like a year and I hadn’t seen them. I have three little sisters and it seemed like they grew up so much. I missed my cousin’s and my best friend’s wedding. But I got to watch the wedding videos with them so I kind of made up for it, but if they really love you and support you then they’ll understand.

donnieklang4FBM: Do you like being a solo artist or would you rather have been a member of the group, Day26?
DONNIE KLANG: You know what, that’s kind of to say. Had you asked me that earlier, I probably would’ve said I would’ve rather been in a group, but I like being a solo artist. There’s going to be less drama. I’m not going to argue with myself, you know. (Laughs) It’s easier to be out on the road by myself than it is with 5 other guys.

FBM: Are you still in contact with any of the  Day26 members?
DONNIE KLANG: Yeah, actually Robert I know is working on some things himself, and Willie is too. I just talked to them not too long ago. They’re doing really well, working on a mixtape now.

FBM: What was your reaction when you heard the news of Que leaving Day26, and do you feel like they made the right decision?
DONNIE KLANG: It was a group decision. I mean we try not to discuss this because it’s such a sensitive topic. But a lot of emotions get involved in being in a group and sometimes it just becomes too much.

FBM: Are you still close or in contact with any of the former Danity Kane members?
DONNIE KLANG: Yeah, Shannon actually has a family that she wouldn’t trade for anything.  Aubrey, she knows how to stay in the media – she has a character. Like… I was watching “Dancing With The Stars” and I seen Pamela Anderson, and her character just reminds me of Aubrey. They know how to stay in the public eye. I mean, I have to give her props for that.

FBM: Let’s be honest, how is it working with Diddy?
DONNIE KLANG: (Laughs) You know what, It’s a lot. It has its ups and downs but I think its all worth it in the end. I think he’s hard on a lot of his artists but he has to be. It helped shape us mentally for the industry.

FBM: Let’s go back to your first album, Just a Rolling Stone. How did you come up with that title? Your papa wasn’t ‘a rolling stone,’ was he?
Donnie: (Laughs) No… It was actually a name of a song that was going to be on the album.  But we chose otherwise and just decided to make that the name of the album.

FBM: Do you have a release date for your sophomore project, Welcome to Heartbreak?
DONNIE KLANG:  I don’t actually have a release date. But it should be coming out sometime in May. Because we kind of rushed the album and since I’m not on TV anymore. I’m really trying to take my time with his one. Sort of like how they did with Justin Bieber’s album. We’re going to take it real slow.

FBM: What road are you taking with genres for this album? What should we expect?
DONNIE KLANG: You’re going to get a little bit of everything. It’s more of me writing this time. Last time, they sort of just handed me songs and I was able to put a line here and there but this time, it’s all me. Its for everybody, whether you live in the city or the suburbs, old or young, you’re going to get something out of my music. You’re going to be able to relate.

FBM: What artist would you most like to work with and why?
DONNIE KLANG: Man… A lot of people! I like Usher and a couple of others but we’re trying to be smart and go with people who are hot on the radio right now –  like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, or T.I. I know he’s coming back out with something.

FBM: You used to model, is that correct?
Donnie: (Laughs) Yeah, I used to model as a baby, but I’m thinking about going back into that. It’s something I would still like to do.

FBM: Yeah, we need to get you back into that, ‘Pretty Boy Donnie.’
DONNIE KLANG: (Laughs) I like that!

FBM: Do you see acting in your future?
DONNIE KLANG:  That is something I would like to do. I can definitely see myself doing that.

donnieklang2FBM: Now you know all the ladies want to know if you’re single or not. You have to tell us about your current relationship status.
DONNIE KLANG: I am single. I was talking to somebody, but it just didn’t work out. I’m basically looking for someone who can handle this kind of lifestyle. I can’t give her as much attention as the normal relationship. We can’t go to the movies all the time or restaurants, but I think you can appreciate each other more when you finally do spend time together.

FBM: Would you ever date one of your fans?
DONNIE KLANG: I would really have to get to know the person. And like I said, they would just have to be able to handle my lifestyle. (Laughs)

FBM: I hear you may be doing a reality show. Is this just a rumor, or is this something you’re pursuing?
DONNIE KLANG: We thought about it. Sort of like a spin off from “Making the Band,” but were trying to stay away from reality TV because I’m already known for being on reality shows, so we’re trying to stay away from that.

FBM: You’re also known for having producing skills. Are you thinking about having a label of your own?
DONNIE KLANG: Produce? Yeah, I do actually produce. I don’t want to do too much right now. I have a lot of friends who can sing and my little sister actually sings. I’m thinking about starting a girl group.

FBM: Do you have any advice for other entertainers in the making?
DONNIE KLANG: Basically, not to give up, be yourself and keep pushing. Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

FBM: Anything else you would like to tell your fans?
DONNIE KLANG: Thank you for everything - all of your support and encouragement. I appreciate all the positivity I get.


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