My name is Dexter Kelly. I’m a rapper/singer/songwriter from Pasadena CA. I grew up playing several instruments and writing poetry which lead me to start making music in high school and did it on the side through college. I played D1 football at the University of Oregon/ UTSA so couldn’t fully pursue music until I graduated in 2020. My new single/video “PIPE DOWN FREESTYLE” dropping January 4th tells a story of who I am and allows me to show off my bars and clever wordplay. I make different kinds of music but this song allows me to introduce myself as a rapper and the vision I have for my music career as one of the top rappers in Los Angles.
Young Costa is a latino rapper artist, hailing from the southeast side of Houston, Texas. From the beginning, he was uniquely in his own lane when it comes style variation as a rapper. He gained heavy recognition doing shows around Houston; and other nearby cities, eventually landing him opening acts for Riff Raff, Lil KeKe, GT Garza, and more.
Young Costa, dropped the single and video, for Cope in mid 2020, and by reaction, it proves to be one of those tracks that everyone one can relate to, during depression/hard times. Currently, Cope is one of his top hit singles, videos out to date, and shows to be a undiscovered classic.
Hi, I’m Tiona Deniece. I’m a singer-songwriter, content creator, and sneaker aficionado. I also have a merch line called, “She Likes to Kick it” I’ve been singing ever since I could remember and I’ve been in love with sneakers ever since I was 13.
At what point in your life did you realize your passion?When I was 14 my mom put me in a summer music theatre program. In that program we did a production of “Big River” and I had one of the biggest signing roles in the play. After I got on stage every night and sang my heart out, I knew that I wanted to be a singer and perform on stages for the rest of my life.
What did you learn about yourself in 2020?2020 tested my faith and I learned about how strong my faith really was. I also learned the power of speaking things into existence.
What do you attribute to your success in life and business?My success comes from God. But I also allow myself to fail. I have failed so many times throughout my journey and I’m okay with that because through each failure I learn something either about myself or about life in general.
It is important for us to nurture a community of black women that share, learn, and thrive together. Please share a story of failure that taught you a valuable lesson.When I first moved to Atlanta, I had big dreams. I quit my job, took out all my savings, packed up my car, and hit the road to move to Atlanta. I listened to some people in my circle and I decided to open a business. I used most of my savings and did not do the research. When it was time to pay the bills there was no one there to help me so I kept losing money. When we had to close the business I was left with nothing. From that experience, I learned that you should always do your homework for YOURSELF. Always make sure you know all the details and don’t just jump into a situation feet first.
Please let us know the woman you were 5 years ago and who you’re becoming?5 years ago I wanted to have control of everything and I also worried about everything. I wanted to be on the go and I didn’t like to be by myself. Nowadays, I’m learning how to be more comfortable in my space and I actually enjoy being at home with my own company. Most importantly I’m learning to only worry about the things I can directly control and to worry about my own energy.
What women in your life have been a source of inspiration?I would say, my Grandmother. She is an amazing woman and she has always been a pillar of the community. I am also inspired by so many other women, who go out everyday and make it happen.
Celebrate your wins! Brag, sis. What are you most proud of?I purchased my first home in April 2020. I’m so proud of myself for setting the goal and making it happen for myself. In addition to buying my place, I also created a Sneaker Room and I love it so much! 🙂
Quoting Audre Lorde, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Please share your self-care routine. I listen to my body. If I’m tired I make sure to rest, and I believe you have to rest in order to give your body a chance to recharge and nbe sharp. I also try to do things that take my mind off of stress, for me that’s going window shopping. Walking gives me a chance to reset and clear my mind. The goal isn’t to buy anything, it is to focus on nothing and let that clear my mind.
You are part of our melanin muse tribe. How can we help you on your journey?Support doesn’t always mean buy something ( but you would like to own some of my merch please feel free). I would love for my new tribe to follow my journey and offer encouragement along the way!
J-Brook is at it again, this time with new visuals for his latest single "Layup Drill" Prod by Grizzly Beatz. Witty wordplay and lyricism back by a hard hitting beat, this one will bring you back to the golden ages of hip hop.
While DJ Premier’s So Wassup Video Series continues to organically migrate to all corners of the internet, Tis the season for gifts, and there isn’t a better way to end the year then with two legends collaborating on a new single. Displaying the chemistry they previously exhibited on PRhyme 2’s “Flirt,” (which DJ Premier, Royce 5’9,” 2 Chainz and The Roots also performed together on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon). DJ Premier and 2 Chainz close out the year by gifting fans their new single “Mortgage Free.”
“Mortgage Free” is the fourth single from Premier’s Single Series with Payday Records, which was announced shortly after the iconic label’s reformation in 2017. Previous hit singles included “Our Streets” featuring A$AP Ferg, “Wut U Said” featuring Casanova, and “Headlines” featuring Griselda (Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine & Westside Gunn).
“Since 2 Chainz joined Royce and I on PRhyme 2’s “Flirt,” I returned the love back by sending him a beat while he was in the Bahamas with Statik Selektah earlier this year recording for various projects. I sent him the beat and he sent it back to me the same night” recalled DJ Premier. “I asked him what he was using it for, and he said he would figure out which project it would go on later, since he’s working on so many different ones. Since the end of the year was approaching, I knew that I had one more single left to release on Payday Records. After discussing it with management, I suggested that I put it out. 2 Chainz was down and now we have another banger of Bars and Boom-Bap delivered the way you want it to sound.”
“The record is a reflection of my reality and I feel like an artist’s responsibility is to give the listener some game from time to time” 2 Chainz quips. “So here’s my free game.”
DJ Premier & 2 Chainz’ “Mortgage Free” is now available at all DSP’s.
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