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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SHE IS A SYN…

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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WHY WE LOVE DAWN RICHARD

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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Lola Monroe's No Stranger

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No stranger to this world of hip hop, sex, drugs, money and controversy; Lola Monroe is taking the world by storm but this time as an artist. Having released a slew of mix tapes Lola has stepped out of the light of former model to an established female emcee. Lola bombarded the industry by using modeling as a stepping stone to enter the entertainment field. A very rare blend of Ethiopian and Trinidadian descent; this exotic beauty hails from Washington, D.C. where she gained much of her life experiences. Lola used her beauty to astonish critics in the beginning but she now wants her lyrical content to do all the talking. Now touring much of the U.S with her very popular mix tape entitled Boss Bitch’s World Vol II: Batteriez NOT Included, Lola does not seize to amaze fans. Accrediting the lategreat Marilyn Monroe for her stage name Lola Monroe has stepped into alight all her own. Attacking the rap game with a vengeance Lola Monroe’s mission is to instill a lasting impression upon all of whom she encounters.

Full Blast Magazine: Do you have a preference as to which name to go by? Or is either one appropriate at any given time? Being Angel Lola Luv is your model name. 

Lola Monroe: Well, I now officially go by Lola Monroe which is my artist name. People don’t refer to me as Angel Lola Luv any more they get that music and being an artist is all I do now.

Full Blast: How easy was it to transition from being a model to a female emcee? Was it easy at all?

LOLA AT YOULola Monroe: The transition from being a model to an artist was a challenge that was understood before I decided to make that move in my career. The challenge had a lot to do with people having a hard time taking sexy images and connecting a voice to it. Those images never came with a voice so they didn’t know my story or struggles nether did they know where I came from. They had a hard time understanding that what I did prior to officially putting out my music and becoming a full time artist was just a job. That’s what you call basically having a one track mind. You can’t deny anyone’s talent or passion based on their prior occupation. That’s like saying a nurse can’t elevate their career and study to become a doctor.

Full Blast: How excited are you about your new mix tape Boss Bitch’s World II: Batteriez Not Included? 

Lola Monroe: I’m very happy about my newest project Batteriez Not Included and even more pleased because it was received very well. I have come into my own as an artist and this project displays not all but most of what Lola Monroe is about. It is hosted by my homie DJ Holiday which is one of the illest DJ’s so I’m glad he is a part of it. He really has been supporting my music and pushing for me so shout out to him.

Full Blast: How was it working with Trina on your new single “Overtime”?

Lola Monroe: It’s always dope working with Trina. I was on the remix for one of her singles “That’s My Attitude” and we also remixed “Run This Town” for my Art of Motivation mix tape. We have got to working together a couple times before but when it was time for my single to drop and I listened to the record I knew I had to get Trina on it. She has been really supportive of me and my music from the jump. I sent her the record she knocked it out and sent it right back. She is really the sweetest girl.

Full Blast: Would you work with any other female artists that are in the industry today? 

Lola Monroe: Yeah, I would defiantly work with other female artists. I have worked with a couple of them. I think when females get together and create dope music it turns into a powerful thing. I love it!

Full Blast: What do you say to people who compare you to Nicki Minaj; Lil Wayne’s protégé?

Lola Monroe: Well, I don’t think too much of it now. Nicki and I have different styles and we have our own movements. I understand that is what they do in this game especially with female rappers. There aren’t a lot of us that are out. Definably not as much as the males in the rap game so they try to put us against each other and or compare us. It is what it is I just focus on what I do. You can’t work towards greatness if your focus is on those types of things. There is enough room for all of us.

Full Blast: Who are some of your other influences?

UDO_6096Lola Monroe: Coming up I was mostly influenced by male artist like Jay-Z and Wayne my biggest musical influence right now is Los. He is an artist based out of Baltimore. I came up in the era of Foxy, Kim and Missy. They have the most influence on me but I have been inspired by all the females in the game. It’s always been hard for females in the rap game so the fact that they left their mark in the game they way they did; is inspirational so I salute them all. 

Full Blast: So tell us about your love for music.

Lola Monroe: I don’t think the love and passion I have for music can be easily described in just words. It’s an outer body feeling that it gives me. When I was a little girl it was an escape and release for me from all my troubles. Now music has given me a way to touch and inspire people through my stories. It’s an amazing thing.

Full Blast: Being that Valentine’s Day is around the corner, do you have a Valentine?

Lola Monroe: Yeah… I have a Valentine.

Full Blast: How many tattoos do you have?

Lola Monroe: I only have two tattoos; one on my neck and the other one on my left hand. I do want another tattoo. I’m going to think it through and make sure it’s the right one and in the right place first. I can only get so many after this so it has to be meaningful and in the right place.

Full Blast: Have you ever gotten a tattoo that you regret; like one of an ex-boyfriend’s name?

Lola Monroe: When I had my first boyfriend I got his name tatted on my neck. I can’t say I regretted it but a little while after we broke up I had moved on and I was in a different place so I got it covered with a blue rose. What’s crazy is about a month ago he got killed. I went to the funeral and they had all blue roses for his funeral. Crazy!

Full Blast: What do you see in the future for Lola Monroe?

Lola Monroe: I see a well accomplished business woman and an inspirational artist that touched a generation of people. I see success and greatness for Lola Monroe.

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