MEET DENYS

Growing up in Brooklyn, raised by a mother who used to sing and play guitar, Denys was constantly surrounded by a variety of music in his household. From Ukrainian folk music to RnB and Rap, there was a lot for him to draw inspiration from. Rap music in particular, was on every corner and a huge part of the culture where he was growing up in. Before you know it, his notebook was getting filled up with lyrics and rhymes expressing everything he was going through growing up.

Denys has performed at venues such as the legendary SOB’s. He’s already released 5 new singles in 2023 and has no plans of stopping. Momentum is on his side, and he has every intention to keep it rolling. 

Learn more on who is Denys as V-Henny interviews him and his Journey.

V-Henny: Can you tell us how you got started?

Denys: I’ve always loved music since I was a kid. Growing up with a mom who used to sing and play guitar, we always had music playing in the house. There are home videos of me with a mic in my hand at 10 years old just singing my heart out. When I got to high school, that was probably the first time I really started writing lyrics and rhymes in my notebook. I felt as though I really connected with music, and it allowed me a space to express my thoughts and feelings. After years of keeping it to myself, in 2019 I met a group of fellow creatives called Just Royalty, which included producers, engineers and artists. That was the first time I got to see how music and songs were made and being created and how to put it all together. Seeing how it worked and being around that group of guys was the last bit of motivation and inspiration I needed to get started. A few months later I released my first single and I haven’t looked back since.

V-Henny: What motivates you to create?

Denys: Music has helped me a lot throughout my life as a listener. Finding a song that you can relate to when you’re going through something can really go a long way, because it reminds you that you’re not alone. I definitely love creating music because it allows me to turn my thoughts and feelings into something sonically beautiful and it allows me to express myself. But I also love doing it, because hopefully me speaking about certain things and creating songs about certain topics can do for other people what it’s done for me. If even one person can listen to one of my songs and feel something, whether it’s happiness or motivation or any type of emotion, that makes me feel good. I love knowing that I can create something that didn’t exist before that can bring people happiness or enjoyment. Hopefully my music can help someone else express and understand their emotions. 

V-Henny: What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry? 

Denys: I believe that I’m a versatile artist in terms of the stuff I talk about the type of music I put out. I personally don’t really know how to define my sound, because it varies from song to song which I think is important. I never wanted to put myself in a box and be the guy that only makes a specific type of sound. As an artist, of any kind, you’re supposed to have fun with it. Experiment, try new things, get out of your comfort zone. That’s definitely something that I think I do well. I’ve also always been very open and authentic when it comes to my music. It’s not hard to tell if you’re being real and honest with them or not, sometimes it’s more than just about having a catchy hook, and I think people value and appreciate that. This industry is filled with an enormous number of artists trying to make it every single day, but I know there’s only one me, there’s only one Denys, and staying true to myself will always be the most important thing to me.

V-Henny: Have you ever felt discouraged by the industry and if so, how did you overcome the thought/feeling?

Denys: Being in this industry definitely comes with a lot of highs and lows. I think that it’s easy to get discouraged when you work your ass off to create something you’re extremely proud of and excited about and then you release it, and it seems like no one sees the vision like you do. Truthfully though, I believe that it’s really all about perspective. I came to a point where I remembered why I started making music in the first place and that’s simply because I love it and I enjoy it and it allows me to express myself. I started caring less about results and what people think, because at the end of the day, if I create something and I love it and I’m proud of it then that’s all that matters. If someone else happens to like it, amazing. I’ve been at it for 4 years and obviously I want to be able to make a career out of this and be able to make a living doing what I love so yes, the results do matter. But I realized that stressing over those things will only prevent you from overcoming those obstacles. Just have a clear mind, do it for the love of the game, and everything else will come.

V-Henny: Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals? 

Denys: Russ. I’ve been a huge fan of his for a very long time and I’ve even met him back in 2017 before I started making music. Meeting him now and actually being able to pick his brain about music would be extremely insightful. Aside from making incredible music, his work ethic is really unmatched. He’s one of the most successful independent artists out there. He’s also one of very few artists who can do everything on their own, writing, producing, mix and mastering, etc. He’s definitely given me a lot of inspiration and motivation over the years so I would love to meet him and work with him in the future. 

Rick Rubin. One of the greatest producers of all time and just so knowledgeable of the music industry. I’ve recently bought his book, The Creative Act: A Way of Being, and it’s honestly opened my mind to so many new concepts and ways to look at things. He’s created so many incredible songs and worked with the best artists in the industry. I think he’s nothing short of a genius when it comes to music and creativity, and I just think he would be an amazing teacher. Even working in the same room with him would be so insightful. 

Drake. Arguably the G.O.A.T. rapper in a lot of people’s eyes. He has been on top of the industry for so long and it feels as if he’s never going to stop. His catalogue is so incredible and versatile and completely filled with hits. There’s so much to learn from someone who’s able to be so consistent song after song, album after album, year after year. People say being successful isn’t the hard part, staying successful and being able to maintain it is what’s difficult and Drake seems to have mastered it.

V-Henny: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Denys: This is probably the hardest question to answer. The music I make really varies based on what’s going on in my life at the time. I like to think that no matter what mood someone is in they can find a song from me that matches it. Authentic and versatile are two words I’d like to use. I have RnB songs where you listen to it, and you start missing somebody or thinking about that somebody. I have up-tempo pop rap songs where you can blast it while you’re driving with the windows down. I have deeper rap songs that you can play while you’re driving alone late at night, and it gets you thinking. I’m always growing and experiment and trying to broaden my skillset and my catalogue.

V-Henny: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Denys: As much as I love music, sports were really my first love growing up. I’ve been playing sports my whole life, soccer, volleyball, basketball. Even now I always try to find time to play sports and just be active. It’s always been a calming and enjoyable experience for me that completely gets me zoned in and gets me to stop thinking about everything else. So, if I wasn’t doing music, I’d like to think I’d be playing, coaching, broadcasting, anything in the sports world really. 

V-Henny: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?

Denys: At this point in my life, I feel really good about where I’m at in my career. It’s been a very rewarding year for me. I’ve been releasing more consistently, I’ve been performing a lot, getting more recognition and just really feeling more confident and focused than ever. If you really want it, you have to invest in your craft. I bought all the right studio equipment that I needed so that I can make high quality music directly from my room. I’m constantly writing any chance I get. I made sure I invested in the team around me, my engineer, my videographer, my photographer, are all people that I work with consistently. Having the right circle around you, who’s supportive and believes in the vision and wants to help you, is huge. I help them, they help me, and we build success together. I’m always trying to expand my skillset and try to get on beats that are different from what I’m used to. I practice trying to hit different tones and pitches so that I can have different sounds. I’m just constantly trying to learn more and more. Never think that you’re too good to learn or ask for advice or that you’re too good for an opportunity. I put in the work. That’s why I’ve had the success that I’ve had so far and that’s why I’m confident that a lot more success is coming.

V-Henny:  I know you released 5 songs. What are the titles to each song and out of the 5, which song took you out of your comfort zone?

Denys: The 5 songs I released so far this year are named “Elevate”, “5:30 Freestyle”, “That’s On Me”, “Talk No More”, and “Old Strings”. I genuinely love each of these songs. Elevate was the first one I released in January, and it was really all about growth and letting go of things that were holding me back. I think that it really set a standard for my life moving forward. It felt like that song started a new era for me and it really means a lot to me. The one that really took me out of my comfort zone was That’s On Me. In this song I was 100% the most vulnerable I’ve ever been. I have multiple songs that speak on the topic of love and past relationships, but this one was just different. It’s different because of the girl that it’s about and I said things that I needed to get off my chest, but I didn’t know if I’d ever get the chance to say it to her, so I put it in a song. It’s my longest song out of the 40 that I’ve released so I definitely had a lot to say. It’s also my mom’s favorite song so it’s special for multiple reasons.

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans? 

Denys: I genuinely want to say thank you to anyone that’s ever listened to any of music. If you support me in any way, it really means the world to me, and I promise that I’m going to give you guys everything I have. We’re going straight to the top and I will always make sure I show love and appreciation for those that are in my corner.

V-Henny:  Does music help you in other areas of your life?

Denys: I’ve said it earlier and I really can’t emphasize it enough how much music is an escape and how freeing it is to me. Life gets stressful for everybody, and I think that everybody needs to find an outlet that brings them peace. Music is my outlet. Whether I’m listening to it or creating it, it calms me down, it gets me going, it makes me feel so many emotions which is so beautiful. Music is a universal language and it’s honestly amazing how powerful it can be. It’s helped me build confidence, it’s taken me out of my comfort zone, it’s allowed me to meet so many amazing people in my life. I honestly couldn’t live without it.

V-Henny: What’s next for you? 

Denys: I have a lot of things planned for the rest of the year. I’ve been in a really great creative space lately and have written a lot of amazing songs that I’m super excited to release. We have singles lined up from now until the end of the year. The plan is to release at least one single a month and that includes a lot of exciting new content, music videos, visualizers, live performances, etc. It’s also been over a year since I released a project so me and my team have been actively talking about putting something together to release at the end of the year. We’ll see what happens.

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Meet Shauna Moon

Inspired by Foxy Brown, Eve, and YMCMB, Shauna Moon combines East Coast and Southern rap flow, along with vocal variety and storytelling to create her diverse sound. Born in Trenton, New Jersey to Jamaican immigrants, she represents the multifacetedness of the global female hip-hop scene as she experiments with various sub genres of hip-hop, such as; pop rap, trap, ragga, lo-Fi, and trapsoul.

  • Learn more on Shauna Moon as she sits with V-Henny and speaks about her music journey.

V-Henny: Can you tell us how you got started?

Shauna Moon: I’ve always enjoyed music and experimenting with sounds, but I never took it too seriously. I’d like to make my own flows, sounds, and beats when I was in the grocery store or in my bedroom. I’d record them as voice notes with no intention of taking them any further. In 2018, I started sharing Snapchat and Instagram stories of me playing with flows. I saw it as a fun challenge to just write music, with a beat or without one. I started releasing videos of me rapping to beats I found on YouTube or old song instrumentals. In 2020, I posted a freestyle to this UrbanNerdBeats I found and he reposted it. People started following me, and Gatsby, an Oakland artist, hit me up for a collaboration. I never predicted or expected to make music as an artist, but I’m glad that I did.

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music? 

Shauna Moon: If I were to say who drew me to music, I’d say Missy Elliott and Timbaland. I loved to dance as a kid. I’ve seen every dance movie. I grew up listening to Christina Aguilera, Aaliyah, and Ciara, but the music that Missy Elliott and Timbaland produced have had such a long-term impact on me. If I said who inspired me to write, I’d say YMCMB’s Big Three, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil’ Wayne. Lil’ Wayne is one of my favorite lyricists all-time indisputably. His flow is perfectly strung together. Drake is great at creating pop music and experimenting with genres in a way that people want to listen to. This is why he was named Billboard Artist of the Decade. Nicki is lyrically one of the best female rappers to ever live. I like that she plays with vocal variety, wordplay, and theatrics. There are plenty of other artists like Foxy Brown, Eve, Lil’ Kim, and Spice, who are just as noteworthy and have also been my inspirations.

V-Henny: What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry? 

Shauna Moon: Honestly, just being myself. I feel that there is not one thing that makes an artist unique compared to another. We all share similar styles, tones, genres, and expressions. I think what makes each artist unique is how we choose to present ourselves. Our artist identity. I think in the current state of female hip hop, I’d say I play more with different subgenres. But again, I think there are so many artists in each lane. I’m just carving out my space and making music that I enjoy and want to share.

V-Henny: Have you ever felt discouraged by the industry and if so how did you overcome the thought/feeling?

Shauna Moon: I feel discouraged by how hard it is to grow as an artist. Being an artist is not just about making music. You have to do PR and marketing. Artists try hard to go viral to get their music heard. You have to garner an audience, especially when you’re competing against major labels as an independent. I overcome this thought by realizing that I’m doing my best with the resources given to me. I’ve found communities like Rec Philly and have been actively trying to perform as I’ve done with Money World Musiq. You still have to do the other parts, but it’s easier when you don’t have to do it alone.

V-Henny: Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals? 

Shauna Moon: If I were to choose my top 3 people to meet, I’d choose Babyface, Drake, and Missy Elliott. The reason why I would choose Babyface and Missy Elliott is that they are amazing producers. They would have such an impact on my musical direction that I would love to improve as I grow. Being able to know what to add to a piece of art with a seasoned ear is a wonderful skill. I’d also choose Drake because he does a wonderful job of collaborating with smaller artists and expanding their audiences.

V-Henny: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Shauna Moon: I’d love to collaborate with Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Miguel, J. Cole, Jhene Aiko, and DEAN. I feel like these artists and I would have complementary styles, and I’m excited at the idea of collaborating with each of them.

V-Henny: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?

Shauna Moon: I had to relinquish control and learn to work with others. I’m growing to be more of a patient person. I’m so used to doing everything myself, but in music, it’s not sustainable. You need a team. There’s a reason why there are recording, mixing, and mastering engineers. There’s a reason why there are producers. There’s so much that goes into making one song, let alone a lengthy project. And in order to grow, I had to realize whom to work with and how to translate my vision. I spent so much time and money on the wrong things, and I finally feel like things are finally moving in the right direction.

V-Henny: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Shauna Moon: I would consider my music to be hip hop and rap. As for specific subgenres, I’d say pop rap, trap, ragga, lo-fi, and trap soul. I’d love to dabble more in R&B later on, but I am just experimenting all the time. I create whatever I feel like creating based on the sounds I hear or the lyrics that pop up in my head.

V-Henny: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Shauna Moon: I have so many interests. I’m a creative person who has probably done too many things. I’ve written short stories, published articles, done photography, recorded visual poetry, and created content for social platforms. I love managing projects and running businesses. I’m a true busybody and am terribly impatient.

V-Henny: What projects are you presently working on?

Shauna Moon: I’m currently working on my project “Pressure” which is my first mixtape releasing on May 19, 2023! I dedicated late December 2022 to now on recording and planning the release to all streaming platforms. The mixtape is eight songs. It’s a collection of music that represents what kind of music I like to make. I hope people just have fun with it and enjoy it as I do.

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans? 

Shauna Moon: Dreams can start whenever. You can wake up one morning and decide that this is how you want to go about your life. I think what’s most important is determination. If it’s your passion, how much are you willing to persevere with no immediate payoff? I like to reflect on how far I’ve come and push aside how far I have left to go. You have to stay gracious, humble, and hungry.

V-Henny: What’s next for you?

Shauna Moon: More performances, more music, more music videos, and a 2nd EP at either the end of this year or early 2024.

Make sure to follow Shauna as she continues to elevate within her music career.

Meet MITRAE

MITRAE=Money Is The Root of All Evil.

MITRAE is a New Jersey Native, born as Alexander Dailey-Sterling. A unique and diverse Hip-Hop/R&B Artist, Engineer, and Producer with the absolute love to what he does as a creator. The well-rounded talent continue to show his success as he focuses on his path to greatness. Driven to succeed, MITRAE has proven to his fans the impact he sets out and that anything you put your mind into can be accomplished. Lean more as V-Henny caught up with the young artist to discuss his journey and inspiration behind his work.

V-Henny: Can you tell us how you got started?

MITRAE: I’ve always been a student of music, and since the 4th grade, I’ve been in a concert band. Played the Alto and tenor saxophone. I got into strings learning the Bass guitar, it didn’t really stick though. My parents being immigrants, my mother from St. Lucia, and my father from Costa Rica, have brought a lot of culture to my music taste growing up. In the house, all I would hear is Soca, Calypso, Salsa, Reggae, etc. It wasn’t until late in middle school that I got my first true taste of Hip-Hop. During freshman year I would link up with a guy in my school named David who had a basement studio called Underground Studios. I’d write bars to youtube beats or instrumentals to songs I would bump and record tracks in his basement. Eventually, I started recording myself and friends, and when I got introduced to Silk City Lab Productions in Paterson, NJ, I knew this was what I wanted to leave a legacy doing.   

Vee: Who inspired you to make music? 

MITRAE: I was always listening to R&B and Pop myself growing up. My brother had a huge influence on my music taste as well. My favorites as a kid were Michael Jackson, Neyo, Usher, and Sean Paul. When I started making music seriously, I was more so listening to artists like Chance The Rapper, Ski Mask, The Slump God, and Cordae. I was especially intrigued by Ski Mask’s flow and his sound in general, it has inspired a lot of my music.

Vee: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

MITRAE: I don’t like to put myself in a box, I can touch anything that’s given to me. When it comes to being creative I don’t like placing limits on myself. I do have a go-to sound, which is Hip-Hop that is more focused on lyricism. I pride myself on being a positive artist who only promotes love, peace , and positivity.

Vee: How long have you had this creative vision and what pushes you to be consistent?

MITRAE: I have had this vision since my Sophomore Year of High School. My brothers Ri and Ali were with me at the very beginning when I said what I wanted. I remember that day so vividly. We would link up at my boy Danny’s house right up the street and sit in his basement freestyling on different beats for hours.

Vee: Have you ever felt discouraged by the industry and if so how did you overcome the thought/feeling?

MITRAE: Surprisingly, in the beginning, when I knew very little about the industry, I would never get discouraged. Growing up and being a student of the game has taught me so much. People would always tell me how good my music sounded and that I should keep going. I was always humble, but somehow progression has humbled me more. Being independent will truly show an artist what it takes, in terms of drive, to get to the level they want to get to. 

Vee: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

MITRAE: I would most likely still be in school for the music industry and planning to work in A&R, Artist Management, or Marketing. I would still be audio engineering and working on building my Record Label, which is in the works now.

Vee: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?

MITRAE: Definitely a lot of networking. I wouldn’t be where I am without meeting new people and putting myself out there. Just releasing music and promoting is not enough. You have to go out to events, shows, mixers, etc. Anything that has people involved in the music industry, you should be considering going to. Other than that, just having high-quality music and not settling for less once you have a specific standard.  

Vee: In order to succeed in life you have to know how to give credit and give back. Who would you give credit to for your success thus far? Who would you give back to ? 

MITRAE: There are numerous people I could give credit to. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without God, and the support of my parents and family, and I would give back to them. I’m very grateful to be able to study what I love in University. As far as the Industry, I would credit some of my success to my first engineer Shon Godi at Silk City Lab Production up in Paterson, NJ. Before doing real studio sessions with him, I was in the basement recording on a USB mic with a sock over it, the real way lol.

Vee: What projects are you presently working on?

MITRAE: I am currently building an eastern “End of Year” tour. I’ll be in PA, NYC, and NJ. I’m also working on a few releases for the beginning of the first quarter. Just came off of the BET Experience Tour with Mor.Bookings and The Artistry Entertainment, met some super dope artists out there I’m looking forward to working with.  

Vee: What is one message you would give to your fans? 

MITRAE: I appreciate every single one of y’all. If you are still tuned in, stay in tune because I got more to show! If you have been rocking with me from jump, you 318 gang. If you know you know lol

Vee: What’s next for you? 

MITRAE: I have a lot of shows coming up, I plan on doing some big things at these shows and hopefully, getting this business up and running by Q1. Possibly touring in LA for Grammy week. New music, new shows, and more opportunities. I look forward to the future God has planned for me.

Make sure to follow MITRAE on all social media platform, listed below.

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/mitrae/1435362687

Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/artist/mitrae/AR7h9h5qV5Z26xK

Harlem Native Artist Combines Art With Music

Photo taken by Bobby Z

Rikko 009, an emerging hip-hop artist from Harlem is repainting the picture of the way we receive music.

“Why not put the songs to the art,” Rikko 009 said. 

He was introduced to the world of art and music at a young age. His family background includes him being surrounded by novelists, visual art, musical instruments, and different genres of music.

Rikko 009 uses his drawing talents to inspire his music and he is not limited to hip-hop beats, while gospel and rock beats are some of his favorites as well. He discovered that he could use his drawings to inspire his music.

“When I was a kid, my pops would listen to a lot of rock and so I kind of went through a rock phase,” Rikko 009 said. “I guess it’s coming back around.”

He was also introduced to gospel music at a young age.

“My mom would listen to a lot of gospel music and that’s a lot harder to find beats of or make the beats for, but that’s really where I attend to go next as far as my sound and everything,” Rikko said. “I love the gospel sound with a heavy bass like a Kanye, ‘Donda’ type of thing.”

Around the same time he purchased his music kit, he was working at his previous retail job and that’s when he got inspired to connect his drawings to his music. 

Rikko 009 brought a vertical notebook and wanted to draw something from the top to bottom of the page. He wasn’t pleased with the drawings in the first notebook, so he decided to purchase another one.

Photo taken by Bobby Z

“That turned out to be the whole level of accent,” Rikko 009 said. 

This discovery led to him creating a series of drawings called The 00X Project that includes 10 drawings that played a part in him finding his voice.

Fans can look forward to diversity in his newest project. It will include all things hip-hop, but he wants to expand his talent and see what he can become if he really puts his mind to it.

“I’m really looking forward to more of me and seeing how I grow,” Rikko 009 said.

Fans can stream Rikko 009’s newest single “Aint the Same” on all platforms. 

Follow him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rikko.009/ to stay up to date about his latest project. 

Meet Letters From Mom

Letters from Mom

Letters From Mom (LFM) is a multi-genre music duo from Maryland. Members Roam (Stay Ugly) and Lalo are very passionate about their music.

 Letters From Mom brings a sound blend that should be easy to fall in love with. It’s a universal sound. Hence the name, the group said that their music can be viewed as encourage words from your mom.

LFM embraces #stayingugly because they believe being comfortable with your flaws is a beautiful thing. The message throughout their music is peace, positivity, and good vibes. This paired with Pop/Hip-Hop/ R&B duo makes for a diverse sound. From chill Rap songs like “Vibes” to dance-worthy pop songs like L.S.D.  

Hip-hop songs like “Moshpit” shows these guys can do it all.  LFM’s high energy performance matches the energy of their music.

The duo is currently performing just in time of festival season. Look to their socials for more. Their high energy lends itself to cutting-edge performances and visuals comparable to Cirque du Soleil and Missy Elliot.

“Vibes” and “Moshpit” are available on all streaming platforms. The duo is set to release an EP later this year. It’s said to give a rollercoaster of vibes, feels, and emotions. 

The project is rated “E” for everyone. A recent drop of the single “Cupid Creations” said to drop May 2022 promises all the lovey, groovy R&B sound. 

Roam and Lalo will continue to rise until they are done. They feel that if they stick together, there is no limit. 

They deliver innovation in all that they do and want to continuously give people something they can grow with and discover.

To stay connected with Letters from Mom, you can follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lettersfrommom/ . Here they tease their lively performances.

 Their music is available on all streaming platforms. And remember to “stay ugly.”

Meet B-EZ

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B-EZ, the rapper, producer, entrepreneur, and MC of Staten Island, NY shines a light on the
world through his encouraging music. The rapper has opened up shows for hit artists from his home state of New York like Ashanti, Method Man, and Ja Rule. His voice and tone of his music are inspired by artists like J.Cole, Eminem, Nas, etc but he is creating his own flair that
motivates his fans to be themselves no matter the struggle.

B-EZ spoke with Ayanna Williams, a student journalist at Troy University, to chat about his
musical background, the meaning of B-EZ, and his latest singles.

Ayanna Williams: I’m aware that you’re very versatile. You’re a producer, entrepreneur, rapper, and you do it all. Did you grow up in a musical background and what inspired you to start creating music?
B-EZ: “So my father goes by the name of Optometrist, like an eye doctor and he was a
rapper from State Island. I remember growing up at four and five years old on stage with
him and I wasn’t rapping with him, but I was the guy holding up the merch and posters
of him. Seeing that crowd made me want that and because of my upbringing and seeing
the success and the downfalls my father faced, I’m like ok I want to do it my way and
that’s basically where I’m at right now.”
Ayanna Williams: How did you come up with your name?
B-EZ: “I’m an Aries and I have anger and I use to play football, so based on that, my
character and energy are always hyper and a lot of people would tell me to be easy or
calm down. I put that into the music and that’s the same type of thing. I tend to not
overdo it, but I try to go as high as I can with my music. I go above and beyond and I feel
like that encaptures my vibe ‘B-EZ’. He’s energetic, but at the same time, he’s about his
business. It also stands for ‘Ballistic Elimination Zone’. I came up with that when I was
10.”
Ayanna Williams: Tell us about your single “Just Like That” and what does it mean to you?
B-EZ: “The song itself was created by me, my cousin, and my friend. For that single, we
wanted that summertime vibe. We wanted it to be played anywhere. It does have curses
in it, but it’s still like a good vibe and everybody can relate to it. You can play it where
there are palm trees or you can play it when it’s raining outside. It’s a song that can
attract any audience.”
Ayanna Williams: Do you think you’ll expand into different genres?
B-EZ: “Oh yeah absolutely. My music is very versatile. I can go boom-bap, I can go trap,
and I can even try to do melody-type music as well, but versatility is my thing. I like to try different things as far as going to a different genre. Even with my production when I
produce, I produce a lot of beats that are just not catered to one genre – it’s catered to
many. I can make a song or beat for Kehlani or make a beat for Fivio Foreign. I wouldn’t
mind going into different genres with my music or trying to reach a different audience
with a sound that I never thought of before. I just want to grow as an artist overall.”

Stream B-EZ’s latest single “Never Fold” on all streaming platforms

Also on all social media platforms https://www.instagram.com/b_ezmusik/

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Who Is Kenny Boi?

Kenny Boi

Kenny Boi, a singer, songwriter, and rapper from Harlem, NY is representing the LGBTQ+ community with his trap and pop bops. Kenny Boi, formally known as Ken Hefner, rebranded himself to Kenny Boi. “Killa Kenzi” and “KBeezy” who are his trap and rap alter egos were created shortly after.

“Music is a forever experiment,” Kenny said.

He is influenced by Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake, but mostly Nicki Minaj and he named his fanbase “Kenzie”. He got the idea from Nicki Manaj because she calls her fans “Barbz” and he wanted to have that personal connection with his fanbase as well. 

“You can expect Kenny Boi to be doing a lot of things on this new album coming out,” Kenny Boi said. 

On the new album you can expect a mixture of hip-hop, pop, and r&b sounds that make you want to turn up in the club or gain confidence. Kenny Boi is balancing versatility and hip-hop while creating conversations in hip-hop that we have never seen before.  

From his stylish swag, unique flow, and confidence, everything about him is “LIT”

“You should never sound the same on any of your albums,” Kenny Boi said. “Just experiment,” the artist said.

His new album “Universal” will be release soon and you will be able to find it on all streaming platforms. 

Bella B Turns Poems Into Raps

Bella B Turns Poems Into Raps

Bella B a.k.a Juice

Hip hop artist Bella B, also known as Juice is creating a new space in the industry by turning her poem into raps. Bella B was born in the Bronx, but grew up on the East side of Harlem. She’s had the opportunity of working with artists like Moneybagz, Cana, and Dreamrichell. Her motivation is inspired by Lauren Hill, Remy Ma, Young MA, Jadakiss, and more.

“I was originally a poet and I was very deep into that and then it just turned into rap,” Bella B said. “I was always into rap, but I fell in love with it to the point where those poems turned right into raps and it was no looking back from then.”

Bella B wrote poems as a source of therapy and an outlet for the things she dealt with when she was younger. “The poems were personal,” Bella B said.

When she transitioned to rap, they weren’t as personal as the poems, but she tells her life stories within her raps. Her EP that was released on March 8, 2022 is titled “Juice” and she named it after her stage name. She also named it “Juice” because she wants to bring versatility.

“I’m giving you bars because I’m big on being a lyricist,” the rapper said.

Each song is different because she lives by versatility and she has something for everybody on the “Juice” EP.

“Everybody likes juice, so pick your flavor,” Bella B said. “What kind of juice you want?”

Bella B has been in this industry for three years and she plans to continue her dreams of being a poet and rapper. She wants her fans to be entertained and for those who can relate to her, to be touched by her rhymes.

“Juice” can be streamed on all streaming platforms

and she can be found on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_juice187/