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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Antonio Samar… The NEXT to Hit Fame

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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. The six foot tall, Blatino native from Philadelphia is a triple threat. He’s a recording artist, deejay, and male model breaking into the industry. A graduate of the prestigious University of The Arts where Antonio honed his craft for voice, acting and dance; he is ready to show the world all of the creative talents he possesses.

376224_203971496398810_1808417727_nHis current single “Make It Hot” has been racking in sales on iTunes and performed around the club circuit nationwide. He and his management team have utilized social networking web sites such as ReverbNation to really spread the word about Antonio’s music. In addition to making his own music, Antonio’s made quite a name for himself on the deejay scene. A fan of Madonna and all things Pop music, he’s also done some modeling to breakthrough to the masses. Antonio Samar’s a name that in a year or two people world-wide will have on their tongues. Just as we’ve seen in previous years of newcomers who’ve broke the mold and remixed the industry up, Antonio will be the “next” big thing. Just remember that you heard of him first in Full Blast Magazine.

FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Tell us about your latest single, “Make It Hot.” How did you come up with the concept for this track? Are there plans for a music video for the single?

ANTONIO SAMAR: I was feeling very retro – late 80’s, early 90’s when I wrote it. I wanted something that had that sound but still sounded current at the same time. And yes I will be shooting a video very soon. I’ve been working hard on my next record, but my manager Freddy has been on me about promoting this one the way it should be. So the video will be out very soon.

FBM: How has it been performing your music in public? What’s that experience like for you as an emerging artist?

ANTONIO2ANTONIO SAMAR: You know, it’s always nerve-racking! You never know what the audience is gonna be like. I’ve been playing clubs so I’m always concerned with how the crowd is gonna feel about their night being interrupted for a performance. But so far I’ve had really good experiences. The crowd is rooting for you most of the time. My following is just beginning to grow. I imagine there would be a certain level of comfort that an artist has when they are more established and they know people are there for them. I would think one would be less nervous, not a lot less but maybe a little.

FBM: Now it’s been said Madonna is one of your biggest influences. Is that true? We’re Team Gaga at Full Blast Magazine! Does that mean you’re not a fan of the Gaga?

ANTONIO SAMAR: I promised one of my best friends (Tanya) that I wouldn’t ‘go in’ on Madonna in my interviews. (laughs) But I will say she’s my biggest influence, definitely. I admire her drive, talent, and business sense; she has endless hits and REALLY good music. As far as Gaga, I hate her… JUST KIDDING. I like Gaga a lot. You can’t deny that the girl is amazingly talented. But there’s only one Madonna, and she’s THE QUEEN.

FBM: If the opportunity ever presented itself would you collaborate with Madonna?

ANTONIO SAMAR: Uh…yeah!  (laughs) I just hope I’d be able to keep my composure.

FBM: Have you always wanted to do Pop music?

ANTONIO SAMAR: Definitely. I’m Dance/Pop all day long. I’ve always dreamed of doing what I’m doing now – recording pop music and performing. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am actually doing what I set out to do. Thinking of that always puts me in a  happy place.

FBM: You’re also a Deejay. Do you play your own music during sets and what has the reaction been like?

ANTONIO SAMAR: Of course I play my own records! And people have always kept dancing, so that’s a good sign.

FBM: In your opinion, what makes you a ‘mover and shaker’ in this machine called the music industry and why?

ANTONIO SAMAR: I’m resilient. I’m open minded and a risk taker. Every time I’ve walked through my fears and challenged myself I’ve been rewarded in some way. And things are moving along. I feel like I can only continue to win if I walk in faith and keep putting one foot in from of the other. If you wanna win big, you have to be willing to take big risks, at least that’s my experience. Being able to preserve and not be discouraged is important if you want to succeed in an industry where you’re constantly competing and being judged and often rejected.

FBM: Do you think social networking web sites have helped or hindered you in getting your music out?

ANTONIAO!ANTONIO SAMAR: They’ve only helped. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met people who I don’t know and they tell me they heard my song or saw my show on Facebook and they bought my record. Often (recording) artists profiles are exclusively about the artist and their work. I personally like to post other things like songs I may like, videos, etc. I feel like you then create a more personal connection with people. They become loyal because you then have something in common with them and they want to support you.

FBM: What’s next for Antonio Samar? Do you have a debut LP coming out? More venues?

ANTONIO SAMAR: Yes I’m working on my EP. I have quite a few performances coming up. The web site should be finished any day now, www.AntonioSamar.com. The “Make It Hot” video. The new single “Keep You Dancing.” Besides that, I’m just working hard on perfecting my craft and enjoying the process.

For more on Antonio Samar, check him out here.