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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Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Trina bombarded the scene and blew our minds with her nasty “Nann” verse? It has been 10 years of memorable magazine covers (everyone remembers that KING magazine shot), hot singles (that song with Kelly Rowland was on constant replay), albums that function as instruction manuals for other “Bad Bitches” in training and that infectious laugh. 10 whole years of Trina, a female rapper from the MIA, who came through and set trends, set examples and set the competition in their place. She is evolving and expanding her reach through the industry and crossing unexpected boundaries and we love where she is headed…and with 10 years of interviews under her belt, she is still Amazin’.

FULL BLAST: It feels so good to see you out. You’re on BET, MTV and on You Tube with two new videos… It’s been so long since you’ve been out, where have you been?

TRINA: I’ve been working! I’ve been in the studio recording the new album which is out in stores May 4 entitled AMAZIN’. I’ve been doing shows, on tours, just working all over the place, in the states, out the states, everywhere. The work don’t stop, you know? It just continues to go on. I just try to balance it out from actually performing and recording the album.

FBM: Ok so for “Million Dollar Girl,” how’d you get Diddy and Keri Hilson on the same song?

TrinaSH050070Final21TRINA: Actually the “Million Dollar Girl” record was supposed  to be me and Keri. I think she has an amazing voice so I automatically knew I wanted to use her on the hook.  Then Diddy heard the record and wanted to get on there. He’s such a great artist and such an icon and I was like I’m honored more than anything to have him on the record. He just jumped on and I was like ok. He is one of the most amazing artist, I must say, that I’ve ever worked with. He’s very humble, very respectable, he on point, a perfectionist. He came to the set with a lot of energy and you know, it was such an amazing thing. I didn’t know what to expect being in his presence and I gained a whole new level of respect for him. He is a great person.

FBM: Was this your first time meeting and working with him?

TRINA: It was my first time working with him. I actually met him a couple of times out and about, so actually being able to work with him, seeing how he works and how he makes magic, it was just a beautiful thing.  On the set for “Million Dollar Girl,” we had a great chemistry. We laughed a lot and we just had a great time.

FBM: So who else can we expect to hear from on the album?

TRINA: Besides the one with Diddy and Keri Hilson, I have the second single coming out which is featuring Monica. I’ve got Lyfe Jennings on the album, Flo-Rida, Nicki Minaj and Lady Saw, [Lil] Wayne and Rick Ross is on a record together and man, I got some heavy hitters on this one.

FBM: Ok its crazy for me to hear you say you’ve got Nicki Minaj on the album because she is like a hybrid of you and Lil Kim, like a 2010 mini version. So how have you maintained your “Baddest Bitch” title with her in the mix because she is holding her own.  Do you feel like you have to be like “Wait bitch, I’m still here”?

TRINA: You know, it’s just interesting because I feel like I love her character, I love the way she does her thing. When I came into the game I was embraced by Lil Kim, Eve and Missy and now with her coming into the game, before she started doing so many records and it was just the whole grind and mixtape thing, I know how hard it is to try to get into the game and when you see her putting it down, you respect that. So I respect that about her. I respect her for doing her thing differently. We have two different styles. I’m Southern and she’s from up north so it’s a lot of different chemistry and I wanted to feel that. That was the first thing I thought of when I did this record with her and Lady Saw, three different females doing three different things, same thing but three different styles, three different ways. Lady Saw brought the island flavor, Nicki Minaj brought the up north flavor and then me with the down south and just to see how good it went together, I love that. You know I give Nicki her props for grinding it out and coming from just getting into the game and making a name for herself. It’s like once you get in and that door is open, you just have to smash it and that what it’s all about. I know the feeling because I have been smashing for 10 years and it’s a great thing. As a female it so closed door, it’s not a lot of space and so male dominated that you damn near knocking down the windows and pushing through barricades to get in. Once you get in, I think that instead of people putting you down they should just be like that’s a good look. It has been a very empty space so it’s like here we go. Just like me doing the Ludacris remix with Eve and Diamond and her coming onto the scene with Crime Mobb and moving on to the next phase. Now here she [Diamond] is standing on her own, trying to do her own thing and it feels good to me. We had a blast on the [Ludacris] set trying to learn the dances, you know, just hanging out, acting like girly girls and I think that’s what most important. I think that is what’s missing.

FBM: Yeah that’s good because most of the time we hear the cattiness of women so that’s cool that you all support each other. Speaking of girls, is your group Pretty Money on the album?

TRINA: They are actually in the studio working on their first single. We actually did a record for the album but it was one of those records that was a crazy sample that was almost impossible to get cleared and I was so upset about it because it was one of my favorite records. We just diverted and went into the studio to start working on Pretty Money. I am actually not featured on the single, I’m like an intro on the record and I just let them do their thing. It’s going to be a great record and I am looking forward to it, I am so excited about it. They are really fun and energetic, like little firecrackers ready to explode. I look at them and I laugh and smile, I motivate them and they understand it’s not easy being a woman in this business. You have to be serious and you have to do your thing, so I am just happy to be working with them and trying to get them out there.

FBM: This is definitely a hard business for women so how do you think the industry has changed you?

Trina_pub_pic_2MAINTRINA: I think I’m changing in the business aspect because as an artist, you make records, you do your show but then the more you grow the business aspect starts to develop. Everything is about venturing out, doing something different and taking it to the next level . You have to make sure you’ve got your business right and the right people working for you and just around you. As a woman, I know that’s exactly where I’m at, everything is business mode. It’s a good thing and it’s a 24 hour job. I’m focused and I can see myself doing different things like a television show and probably acting. I foresee so many things outside of the music. I have a cosmetic line that is launching in May with lip glosses and eyelashes, you know, girly stuff. I know girls love lip gloss and nice pretty lips. It’s very fun just to be able to go into a whole other field of just cosmetics and beauty.

FBM: Trina, everybody wants to know, what is your work out plan? The stomach is in, the ass is right, hips and thighs in check…what is the secret because I love fried chicken!

TRINA: And me too! So you know how hard that is! I am going to be honest, I ‘m not the person that loves the gym the most. I absolutely hate it but because what I love to eat, all the good wrong stuff, the red velvet cakes and the sweets and doughnuts and just the great stuff, I know that I have to do cardio. I at least try to do three to four days of cardio a week for like an hour. I don’t do too much weight lifting but I have to do lunges and squats. I do too much running around on stage so the lunges and squats help me be ok in heels when I am performing, it strengthens my legs. I want to try other stuff and I am constantly thinking I want to start toning or do my arms but I am so stuck on cardio and squats and I just don’t have time. I don’t care if you hate to work out, just do some kind of cardio because it helps, it really does.

Pick up Trina’s new album AMAZINin stores/iTunes on May 4.


Twitter: @TrinaRockstarr

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