Brian C. is more than just an artist. He is a man who has passion behind his words with a message to deliver. Through every song, you can tell that he works hard for the cultire and touches the culture in many ways. He’s based in NY, so you can only imagine what he’s surrounded by living in the city where dreams are mad of. When I first met him last year, I loved his energy about his music and fashion. There aren’t many people or creatives who combine the two but when they come together, it shows us a lot about the artist. As Brian and I talked about everything from his music down to the where he gets his style from, everything he said was with passion and you could tell that behind his art, he makes sure he puts his heart into it. This is something he truly wants to go far with.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of catching up with Brian and we got the chance to have a Q&A to talk about more about his artistic journey, fashion and music. I hope that you all enjoy this Q&A between an amazing artist and I!
1. When did you realize music was for you?
2. What about music connects you to it so
3. Who encouraged you to take music serious? Why?
4. Would you say that this something you want to gain fame from or something you love to do Day to day?
5. Who do want to work with in the future as you continue to rise?
1. What should we expect on your be album?
2. Will you be having any features? Are you big on features for rising artists?
3. What is your goal for this album?
4. How far do you want to take this?
5. What message will you be send through this album?
1. How did you Fashion become apart of your life in such a big way?
2. Who are you influenced by when to
Comes to fashion?
3. Did you always like fashion or was it something that came about as you found yourself as a music artist?
4. Would you say that would also venture as a model as well still make music?
5. Because of the impeccable style you have, would you also like to be a stylist? Do you see that in your future? Why or Why Not?
1. I would say the moment I realized that music was for me was actually a couple of years ago. Early 2017, I dropped a song on SoundCloud, just to give people something of me to listen to while I was working on my 1st album. And Speech of 90s rap group Arrested Development reached out to me and gave me encouraging words about my music and told me to keep pushing and stay true to me and to this day, I take those words close to heart as an artist. Having a hip hop legend like him whose music I grew up on reach out to me like that was enough validation for me to say that I’m a true artist and my music is going to mean something to the world one day.
2. Music is something that has always been embedded into me for as long as I can remember as a kid growing up. Earliest memories dating back to my dad playing a lot of his classic r&b, soul, funk, reggae albums from the 70s and 80s. What connects me to music so much is the emotion that an artist you’re listening to can evoke of you. Hearing the passion from that artist in their music. Their happiness and joy, their pain and sorrow. The story that a song tells and how it can be relatable to something you’re currently going through or have been through.
3. I’ve always had friends who encouraged me to make music and be a rapper. But my childhood friend, Steven Middleton, my last conversation with him like two weeks before he passed away was what really made me go I gotta take this shit serious now. My last conversation with him, and this was back in 2015 that summer, he told me how dope of a rapper I was and how stylish I was and I can go far with this. And at that time I didn’t think much of it. But when I got the news that he died, I instantly went back to that last conversation with him. I lost focus with school and ended up dropping out and made the toughest decision of my life at the time to pursue a music career and really make this thing work.
4. For me, it’s a little bit of both. You gotta love every aspect of what you’re doing in order to keep doing it to the best of your ability. And for better or worst, I love making music, I love the man I’ve became through music. & I would be a liar and a hypocrite if I say that I didn’t seek some type of fame for my music, my fashion, anything I’m doing. But I wanna be able to channel my fame into a positive light and use the fame I gain to be kind of like a symbol of hope and inspiration for other aspiring creatives like me, for kids who want to make something of themselves growing up in the hood like me, especially in Brooklyn. And I wanna be able to do a lot of good for my Bed Stuy neighborhood through my fame.
5. As I continue to rise, I want to continue to connect and collaborate with many of the creatives that New York has to offer before branching off to other cities. I’m a firm believer that New York is the mecca and the biggest melting pot of creatives in this country and there’s so much people from many walks of life doing great things in music, fashion, film, art, etc. I see myself in the next couple of years, managing new artists and helping them jumpstart & navigate their careers. I see myself collaborating with more fashion brands and designers and continuing to work with many great photographers & videographers. I’m all about putting my city on the map and taking care of home before possibly getting the opportunity to work in the mainstream.
1. For my new album “IGNATIUS”, listeners should expect a lot of growth between the 1st album “Coming Of Age” and now. Where “Coming Of Age” was a more focused album, this new one has something for everyone. Music about love and heartbreak. Music and even poetry about growing up in the hood and what the everyday struggle is like. Music about losing loved ones like how I’ve lost my dad almost two years ago. Music about being black in America and even the music industry itself. And even music to have fun and turn up to and vibe out to. I challenged myself and really stepped a lot out of my comfort zone for this album. I drew inspiration from a lot of sources and I feel that because of all of those factors, I’ve made the best music I’ve ever made since I started and I cannot wait for everyone to hear it.
2. So just like all of my previous projects, I am going solo again with no features. Not only there’s no features on this album, but I’ve also took up the challenge of producing every record myself for this album. And this isn’t because I don’t like working or collaborating with others, if someone reached out to me to be featured in their work then I’m down to do it as long as it organically fit me as an artist and creative. But my own individual work is so personal to me as the artist I am that I gotta go solo to really tell the story I want to tell. As far as features for us rising artists today, I’m fully supportive of it as long as it is organic between the artists involved and it doesn’t feel forced and it doesn’t compromise the artistry of the artists involved. There are artists who makes their best music through collaborating with other artists and that’s okay. And then there are artists who makes their best music on their own with no features, that’s also okay and I feel like that’s the kind of artist I am.
3. My ultimate goal with this album is for it to put me on the map in some capacity as one of the best up and coming, rising artists in Brooklyn, even the east coast. I want the people who does take the time to listen to this new album to fully absorb it and feel like they heard a great body of work from beginning to end. And I hope that this album is what truly open many and new doors for me within and outside of music and my career going forward.
4. I want to take this music, especially this new album as far as it will let me go. I’ve been working on this album since early last year and I truly believe in my heart and mind, even if no else does, that this is the best music I’ve personally ever made. Not just as a producer, but as a rapper, as an overall artist. I’ve never put more pressure or concentration on myself as I’ve done with my new album. I’ve put every drop of emotion, passion, lyricism, creativity that I’ve got to give on this album to the point where I feel like I have nothing else left to give as an artist. And if this album doesn’t reach the goals I’ve personally set for it, this may be it for me musically.
5. The best way for me to answer that question is to pull a quote from the last track off the new album. “This grind ain’t for everyone, talented or not, but if you love what you do, you gotta do it from your heart.” Think that’s the biggest message I want people to take away from this album when they hear it. Talent will only get you very far without a hard work ethic and discipline. No matter what you do in life or what your career path is, you gotta give it 100 percent. You gotta dedicate yourself to your craft as if your life depends on it because it does. And if your heart is not fully in it, your mind is not fully invested into it, then you shouldn’t be doing this at all. Life is going to throw one curveball after another at you on your journey. It’s going to place the heaviest of weights on your shoulders for you to carry. And either you’re going to tell yourself that I can do this, I’m going to make it and I’m going to push through all of the bullshit or you’re going to let it break you down completely.
1. Fashion i would say became a huge part of my life over the last few years as I’ve continued to mature into the man i am today. Fashion is more than just the brands I wear or the kind of clothes and shoes I wear. Fashion over the last few years became an creative outlet for me to express myself both as an artist and just being me in general. Fashion have given me the confidence in myself, a love and appreciation for myself that I didn’t have before. When i’m in the outfits that I wear today, I feel like I’m the most beautiful brotha alive and no one can’t tell me shit or make me feel otherwise. I owe that to fashion.
2. I have many influences when it comes to fashion. For the most part, I draw inspiration from the 80s, the 90s, even the 2000s and today’s black and hip hop culture. I take a lil bit of each of these decades and blend it along with my creative mind to form a style and aesthetic that is me and works for me. As far as individuals whose fashion influenced me, as cliche as it sounds, there’s Will Smith on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. His style in the 80s and 90s speaks for itself. There’s also Martin Lawrence on Martin. His style to me is very underrated, like it was 90s fresh, but he also had the grown man swagger blended with it that made him look bad ass during those years. And today, A$AP Rocky has been a huge style and music influence for me and still is. If it wasn’t for Flacko, I don’t think I would ever be as attentive to my overall presentation as an artist as I am today.
3. I’ve always loved clothes, especially certain name brands and designers but I was always a sneaker head and sneaker collector first. Today, my room is like a thrift store full of vintage clothing and kicks with a bed to lay my head on. But It really took me becoming the artist that I am today for me to have the genuine love and passion and appreciation for fashion that I now have. The more I dabbled into music and became more invested into it as a career, the more I took my appearance serious and went on to create a sense of style that is unique to me and that people can recognize me for. Over the years, I’ve learned that music and fashion goes hand and hand and you can’t have one over the other. If you’re an artist, your style and your overall presentation is just as important as the music you make. People have checked out my music literally just off the strength of the outfits they see me wear and how I presented myself on my Instagram page and in public.
4. Over the last few years, I’ve dabbled a lil bit in modelling along with my music and found time in between the music to do photoshoots. After this new album, I do plan on taking a hiatus from music to focus on myself first and foremost, and then focus on other endeavors and fashion may be a big one for me to fully focus on. If I decide to have a full time fashion career, I would love to give it my all as I have with music as long as it’s organic and it doesn’t feel forced. I would love to represent and model for up and coming brands and designers and well established brands and designers alike. I would love to actually participate in NY Fashion Week in some type of capacity. I would love to walk the runway of a fashion show which I’ve never done before. Fashion is such a world of it’s own like music and I’m excited for the opportunities it may present me in the near future.
5. First off, thank you queen, I really appreciate that for real. As far as being an stylist, I’ve played with the idea a lot over the last few years and a lot of people tell me that’s something I should go for and that I would make a really dope stylist. I believe that the future is what you make it, no matter what it is. And if being a full time stylist is in my future, then I’m down for it as long as like i said earlier, it is organic for me and the timing of it all is right. If it does become my future career path, then I wanna be able to give it my full 100 percent effort because I know people who are personal stylists with celebrity clientele and it is a lot more work and a lot more layers than a lot of people outside looking in give it credit for. Anything I decide to do in the near future after this next album, I want to be able to give it my absolute best effort and more importantly, have fun and enjoy what I do without compromising my integrity and who I am.
I hope that you all enjoyed this new and exclusive Q&A with Brian and I. Be sure you to stay tuned for his upcoming project, IGNATIUS, which is set to release this Summer and be on the look out this season for a new single. For now, that’s all folks!
First thing’s first l, let keep Megan Thee Stallion in our prayers as she deals with the loss of her mother. As she has told us, she was the best mom in the world and we are sending our love. As she as the peak of her career as well she has the people going crazy over crazy bars. She’s nobody you can compare to other rappers and by her confidence she’s not bothered AT ALL! The first time I heard and saw the rapper was online through Instagram. She did a freestyle on a radio show to the Big Poppa beat. I thought it was impeccable and her style went well with it. That’s a beat that everybody can’t rap on but if there were a challenge and she were one of the contestants, she won and took the crown! Honestly, I think we have a star here and nobody can get in her way.
Ladies and gents, boys and girls, let’s not take this rise as a way of her “stepping on he necks” of other female artists who are much talented as well. The industry, I believe puts so much pressure on female rappers because they go for her looks to determine what she will be worth to them or other people. We have seen this so much through Love & Hip Hop. Female artists feel like they have a word to get out, find a male producer or DJ and these same men want to play with them for their body and try to convince them that they need a certain look. This “look” that they speak of is all the same. They have to doll themselves up to the point they that they get their bodies done just for this DJ or producer to want to go to the fullout extent for his artists. Don’t get me wrong, marketing is very important but a woman should be free to be herself in anything that she’s doesn’t.
Megan Thee Stallion already has the looks, and style when it comes to herself and rap. All of her songs “slap”, as the kids say and we are more than ready for her to keep releasing music. Yes, she’s pretty but she’s no one to play with. I could go on and on about Megan Thee Stallion because her sex appeal also adds to her talent and she’s not trying to impress anyone with who she is, how she raps and her attitude of confidence. No one can get in the way of that. Make sure you follow the artist on the rise @theestallion. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy and that’s all folks!
Getting to the bag is all fun and games until the person you’re with doesn’t understand the meaning of getting to the bag. Getting to the bag is not just about the money but securing the bag so you can take care of you and the people you care about. Not only that, securing the bag is about making sure the bag doesn’t run out and then you’re left wondering why you’re broke and can’t help the people you care about. This is not to say that you should live your life about money. This is saying that don’t go through life living without a plan, executing the plan and spending money on bulllshit that you don’t need.
People get money confused and thinks about getting the bag but to spend on things they never used to have. That’s not what money is about but it’s to be secure. You should not let money control you because once it controls you, it has its way of changing your mental, physical and spiritual into a darker state. Everything on the inside before you get a bag is full of light and it shows through the exterior. People get money and spend it on jewelry, clothes, “hoes” and cars. Why not invest and build a legacy? You’ll take care of the future generations to come. This is also advice for the Black community because a lot of us were conditioned to work for someone all of our lives instead of being taught to use the stepping stones to create our own. That’s only point one though!
The second point here is that going to the top can be lonely because sometimes the wrong people stop you from growing. You have to stay away from people who complain, don’t take accountability for their actions, and can tell you about everyone else but themselves. Often times the closest ones to us can’t come with us because they are too used to the old us and they can’t take that we’re getting out of that comfortable space. As I have heard before and mentioned to you all, sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to be comfortable. These same people who are comfortable where they are can’t come with you because they don’t know that getting to the bag doesn’t require too much but in fact you have to work extra hard to get where you need/want to be. Don’t fall victim to losing the bag because someone else wants you to stay down with them. PERIOD! That’s all folks!
Recently, I walked away from relationship that I was in for 3 years and it was very hard for me. The thing is, when you love someone, you want nothing but the best for them but they also have to want it for themselves. Knowing this, you have keep in mind that as an individual, you cannot take care of anyone else unless you do it for yourself. I had to learn to be a little more selfish with me because for years I always put everyone first and all of my energy into something but falling short. This go round I wanted to do both and I wanted to reason with certain situations for the better but things didn’t work out the way I thought it would. Sometimes you have to be a little selfish with you to get yourself together for you to be better the next go round.
I learned, I laughed, I cried and smiled but sometimes two lovers just can’t love around THEIR own time. This was a hard pill to swallow for the both of us but things had to happen for the best. This taught me that no matter how much you love someone, you have to learn how to let them go. Sometimes we have to practice the Butterfly Effect as well. If you let it go and it comes back, it was meant to be but if not, you have to let it go because that’s the plan. Putting your needs first does not make you a bad person but sometimes you have to make a way for yourself. Making a way for you, will lead to better things and the right people will come to you. Also, self love and care never steered anyone wrong and that is why putting yourself first is more important than putting your ALL into others.
Put you first and the rest will come! Stay blessed. That’s all folks!
Women’s History Month is another favorite month of mine and should be yours too. This month there have been so many women in the WORLD, who have so many differences that we can speak on today. I have to say, my what a time. Today, in 2019 we are still able to acknowledge the women in history who have influenced so many other women who are flourishing day in and day out. The reason why this month is so important is because there are too many women of today who are taking risks yet not getting their credit for it. We have women who are doctors, lawyers, politicians, MUAs, Media Mavens, Vets and the list goes on. Even though we don’t see a lot of other names that are in our history books, we still appreciate the women who are making a difference and the ones that are trying to find their light.
This month I want to acknowledge the people who myself and others look up to and make a difference. I have seen people all over social media showing love to all the women who work hard and it has been so amazing to see. I hope that enjoy this month’s content will be a delight to see and it will inspire you in many ways. That’s all folks! Enjoy!
Solange haS released her fourth studio album titled When I Get Home. Many people are having mixed feelings and reviews about the amazing singer but I think people forgot soulful she truly is. Solange has this gift of a voice that soothes the soul and cools the tension in the air. She knows how to break the kaos in our lives with just a few simple words. Her last album Seat the Table was nothing short of amazing. The album, visuals and style were put together very well. Solange unleashed something within herself that she wanted to share with the world and grabbed our attention with everything she gave. With this album, I think this the one where the storm has passed and now we can reflect on life’s journey. The sounds, her voice and beats are more relaxed while others may say it’s boring.
Music can have its way of being boring but when you actually listen to what is being played, “it hits different” as the kids say. There were a plethora of songs to go through so I don’t know if the audience really gave this album a chance. I can’t lie, I did listen to a selected few but I feel like the songs I did listen to gave me hope that this album will do just as good as Seat at The Table. Solange has her way of being herself and that we love. From the twerk videos and the pole dancing pictures, we have fallen more in love with the songstress and we would definitely love to see more from her. Make sure you check out Solange’s new album When I Get Home. That’s all folks! Enjoy!
You could not tell me back then on ATL that T.I. and Lauren London were not in love. They had such a great connection, couldn’t stop talking to each other or being with one another. Not only that New New wanted to let him know the truth about her life but she was too scared to lose him. When she finally did let him know, he was hurt but he knew that he really had love for her and that he could make it work since he cared. Long story short, I really loved the bond between them even if they didn’t become gf and bf, I would still be here for it. The bond before the actual relationship shows you how much someone cares and where their mental is at. For me, it’s also the “cute stage” where two people are getting to know one another, they’re friends but still don’t want anyone to know they’re in contact.
We all love this stage until the feelings get involved but even that is the good part because what if this person actually likes you wants to be that person to show you the real version of love? Love shouldn’t come with expectations just because you decide to do something for someone. Do it because you care but if a person cares that much to do as much as you in the relationship or friendship they will actually do it. Never force things. Forcing it means it’s nothing there. New New and Rashad cared about each other but you could tell Rashad really wanted to make New New smile and thought she was beautiful. He didn’t force her to do anything and didn’t put any pressure on her knowing he liked her. He also tried to front on her like she wasn’t nothing more but he knew he was head over heels about her.
Bonds like this let you know what a person is willing and not willing to do for you. When New New lied, Rashad had every right to be upset and stop talking to her. Self worth is knowing that you won’t put up with anything or anybody that doesn’t put anything of value in your life. We should know this by now. We need people in our lives that will care for us yet hold us accountable to be better. That’s all folks! Enjoy!
Oprah Winfrey has been known for so many things during her on-going career. She has given important things to people, offered help to others, has given great advice to people and also a talented Black woman. She has also been known for her talk show, magazine and network. With that being said, she has built a legacy that will go down in history and we will never forget who she is. Aside from her great time in business, people also know her to be another way as well. We know Oprah is all about “securing the bag” but people don’t like the way she’s going about it.
Here we are today and she’s recently in the blogs, tabloids and anywhere else that you can imagine about Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson, years ago was accused of sexually abusing young boys at his home and supposedly molesting a 13 year old boy as well. That’s what the people say and there were tons of people who believed the story while there were others who just knew that the sort wasn’t true. There is a recent documentary about Jackson and his allegations with two accusers that actually lied (sources say) titled Leaving Neverland and these accusers who supposedly lied wanted to come forward and talk about this Jackson interacted with them and for to “bring light” to those who have been sexually abused. To me, this is wrong of Oprah because Michael Jackson is deceased. He has been gone for 10 years and NOW is the time to bring this up. The question is, “What’s the real reason for this?” Is this her way of getting more money? Who and what is this for? I have more questions than anything.
Oprah also knows of the struggles of accusing Blacks for such crimes when they didn’t commit that crime. Unfortunately, some people will use these trials to defame someone. 10 years later and we are at it again with Michael Jackson! That’s all folks! Stay tuned for more as we see the story unfold!
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday night. We are in the second day of the week and I hope that everyone is accomplishing their goals as well. With that being said, I am there tonight to bring you another amazing Q&A. This time it’s with an amazing writer named Nichelle but we call her Sultry Sage. She’s from the Philadelphia area, young and vibrant and her pen never stops going. Each day she is giving you something “juicy” and everyone keeps begging for more. Everything she writes has a way of leaving the mind open to think, “What’s next?” Or thinking, “I can’t wait for the best part.”
Recently she has been working on a project titled Fighting for A Chance and she had two other projects titled, The Truth About Love and Confession of a Broken Heart. The more she releases work the more people can wait for her to release another project. She works very hard at what she does, pleases her audience with her words and if you haven’t yet checked out any of her projects, your chance is now! You can follow Nichelle @Sultry.Sage via Instagram and click the link in her bio to see more. Lastly, to see the Q&A between Sultry Sage and I, you can check it out here below!
1. When did you become a writer and when did you take it serious?
a. I’ve always been a writer, but I started with poetry and didn’t stick with it. May of 2017 I started my first book and I realized I was actually good at it. I stuck with it
and found that it was my passion.
2. How do you get over writer's block? What do you do to control it?
a. If I have writer’s block, I just don’t write. Simple as that when I force myself, my writing doesn’t come out to it’s best ability. But, to control my writers block, I takes breaks, I’ll write for days 5 days straight and then I’ll take day off, and give my mind a day off.
3. If you have a favorite author, who is he/she? Did that same person inspire to read more and get better at your craft?
a. My favorite author would have to be Stephen King. He once stated “ To be a good writer you have to read up to 6 hours a day and write at least 2,500 words. I exceed 6 hours a day. I can read a book or two a day and I mean really read it, not just skip through, I love to read. Now, the 2,500 words have been giving me a problem but I write more and more each day.
4. Where did you get your inspiration from?
a. My readers, when I first started writing I didn’t think people would actually read my work. But come to find out, they LOVED it. They’ll comment and direct message me about when the next chapters or books were coming out and I felt honored. People ask me why I don’t publish my books and get paid. Well because I write things people can relate to and learn from. I enjoy what I do.
5. What gets you going everyday to perfect your craft?
a. My Imagination. The things I think about and picture in my head, no one would
understand or be able to enjoy if I didn’t put it out there. My mind is a different place and I like to share it. The only way I can perfect it is if I write about it. Read and Write, Read and Write and that’s how you get better.
1. Do you want to become the best top seller in just the city or the world?
a. I want to be the best selling author in the world, I want to be known for my books and for my lessons. I want to be known for touching hearts and souls. I want my writing to stick with people forever.
2. What is your main focus for your writing career?
a. My main focus for my writing career? Turn my books into shows or even a
3. What are your overall plans?
a. My overall plans are to write and travel the world. I want to spend my life traveling, taking pictures and interacting with my readers. That’s life for me.
4. Do you want to be well known across the globe?
a. YES! I want to be known. I want men, women and teens to know who I am and to know my work! I want my great spirit to connect me with so many people and
5. If you suddenly do, what other genres of writing do you think you’ll touch?
a. Definitely a medical series. It’s been on my mind lately but I don’t have much of a
1. How many books do you want to create or publish?
a. As many as I can. I plan to be a writer for the rest of my life, for as long as I can.
2. What are your goals for next year?
a. To write, publish “The Truth About Love” and “Fighting for a chance” and to
3. Do you plan on having a book release in the city?
a. Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t receive much love in the city but a small one for those who do support me would be nice.
4. How many books do you plan to publish?
a. For the year of 2019?
5. What imprint do you want to leave after someone has read your books?
a. If you want to talk about something? Then you better talk! Live your truth, be you and love yourself. Every part of you, Learn your lessons and accept them. Don’t ever look at them as a loss.
I hope that you all tuned in and enjoyed yet another amazing Q&A on The Kenlo Show. Stay tuned for the next one which is coming soon! In the meantime, that’s all for now and enjoy folks!
What is it about people who don’t like when you show them how you feel but once you stop that’s when they want to show you they actually care about you? I’ll never undestood it but I’ve been that person who had to fall coward after falling back too much. We all have to play a part of being the good and bad guy in our lives. When I’m in a relationship I tend to be honest about how I feel and sometimes I feel like overdo it but I want the person to know how I feel. What I have learned in this process is that, just because I may feel one way or another about someone does not mean they SHOULD feel the same way. Now it’s one thing if you’ve expressed to a person that you like them then it’s expected of you to show that for better understanding. Then there is another thing when you know you don’t see yourself being committed yet want to waste time and see where it goes. If you know that you don’t see yourself with someone in the end, there’s no need to make things deeper than they have to be.
People who don’t want to express themselves do this because they have been hurt and have this guard up. You don’t have to fall back but you have to let a person know what to expect from you. In other words, you should be more upfront about what you want.
My name is Kennedie. I am a young woman still learning the ways of the world and how to manage. I am currently pursuing a degree in Mass Media. My purpose in creating my blog is to inspire others and to share as well as receive different points of view.