Q&A with SF Bay Area Hyphy Pop Artist @MissVickyMusic

Even in the most difficult times, along with many others that feel the same way, the music should never stop. During quarantine, many artists and DJs have shared their music through Instagram Live Feeds, posting footage from past shows/concerts, and Live Battles. My favorite battles on Instagram thus far was a tie between DJ Premier versus RZA and the Diaz Bros. Doo-Wop versus Tony Touch. It’s just amazing to see all these artists and DJs come together. Plus I’m a sucker for classics. However, I am also a sucker for the newschool and upcoming talent! I was very happy to do a virtual Q&A with solo artist Miss Vicky, during Shelter in Place due to this Covid-19 pandemic. Lets get to know Miss Vicky:

I first met Miss Vicky during one of her interviews with my friend Elijah, who is a host for The MUSIQ BOX Show, which is a dope Reggae Music radio station based out of San Francisco, CA. You gotta peep that station out. Out of my 15+ years working in the independent music industry, this was the first time that I’ve ever heard of “Hyphy Pop” – Hyphy music with a dose of Pop, which perfectly describes Miss Vicky’s energetic personality. Not to mention her stylish sense of fashion that screams, “Be different.”

hy·phy/ˈhīfē/Learn to pronouncenoun

a style of uptempo hip-hop music originating in northern California and associated with a frenetic style of dancing.

Solo Artist: Miss Vicky @gaugr_

Miss Vicky, San Francisco Bay Area Native, began her singing career when she was 7 years old singing at her church. She joined the choir at her Middle School and sang with them for 3 years. This was when Vicky realized that she wanted to pursue singing as a career. In the beginning of her music career, she has performed at various events such as, SXSW in Austin, Carnaval in San Francisco, Fog Fest in Pacifica, and different areas in San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Miss Vicky has featured in songs with known Bay Area artists such as Rappin’ 4-Tay, Mistah F.A.B., Roach Gigz (rapper/hyphy hip hop artist), HBK Skipper (a member from the Heartbreak Gang, a hip hop record production collective based out of Richmond, CA).

CRYS: What is your singing style and how would you compare yourself to other artists?

MV:  I’d probably say urban pop with a mix of hyphy and rnb lol if Dua Lipa was from the Bay Area that would be me.

CRYS: What kind of music inspires you? And who inspires you?

MV: I would have to say house/pop music. It’s such a vibe and always motivates me to create a new song — My kids, myself, Dua Lipa, Kehlani, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Aluna George, Kelly Clarkson the list goes on lol but those would be my top list. 

CRYS: What challenges do you ever come across as an upcoming artist in the Bay Area? 

MV: The hardest challenge would have to be getting people to take the chance to listen to your music. Bay Area has always been known for Hip-hop and R&B and I just wanna show the world that we are universal! It’s all about the risk. 

CRYS: Are you managed by anyone?

MV: I’m managed by the CEO and COO of a music tech company called Gaugr. It’s an app that helps artist get real detailed feedback on their music from people in the music industry such as DJs, producers, A&Rs, managers, etc. I totally recommend the app download! 

Awesome!

CRYS: What else do you do on your spare time?

MV:  I’d probably be working a 9-5 job and getting my kinesiology degree. I’ve been dancing since I was 4 years old so being a physical therapist was in my agenda if I didn’t perform professionally. 

CRYS: (I love asking this question!) What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

MV:  “Stand out and Be Different. But most of all, don’t lose sight of who you are”. 

CRYS: If you would work with any other artist, who would it be? 

MV: Omg Dua Lipa and Kehlani . No doubt!

CRYS: Anything you want your fans to look out for in the future? Any upcoming shows? 

MV: Definitely look out for new music, music videos, merchandise, shows (once things get normal)

CRYS: I know what you mean, I can’t wait until this is over! COVID GO AWAY!

Miss Vicky has an EP coming out this year so be on the look out for that. Her hottest single “WITH ME” featuring Mistah F.A.B. and newest single “Another One”, is currently available for download on all digital platforms.

You can follow Miss Vicky @missvickymusic on all social media platforms.

www.missvickymusic.com

Announcing the upcoming launch of my designer shoe line —ADKreativ

On Friday, March 27, 2020, I will be launching my first Limited Edition “ADK” shoes from my upcoming All Day Kreative Shoe Collection.

The shoes that I will showcase in my upcoming collection were inspired by East and West coast flavors integrated into one.

ADK

The shoe is 100% handcrafted in Le Marche, Italy, also known as The Shoe Valley. The ADK’s features a classic high top look, pristine quality black leather, a gold sole and comfortable to wear, and eye catching. The insoles are carefully designed and made out of organic cotton and leather. It will also arrive in its own custom box. Shipping is free.

Excerpt from my bio on AliveShoes.com:

As a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I used to take my crayons and draw sketches of different outfits on construction paper. Not sure why I didn’t pursue my dream at the time, I guess you can say, I grew up and lost sight of it. However, my inner love for fashion has never left me. Plus I’ve always been a sneaker junkie. I always tell people that I’ll be wearing sneakers until I’m 80 years old. Moving forward, I travel coast to coast. For me, New York breeds everything fashion. But so does California. My designs are a fusion of two styles into one — it’s like mixing peanut butter and jelly but I also love being experimental like adding cranberry juice to my ginger ale…” – All Day Kreative, Crystal Tolentino

Simple Recipes during Quarantine — Easy Honey Garlic Marinade for Chicken

Eating snacks is cool and all but what about dinner?

I’m currently on Day 3 of “Lockdown” and Trump announced this morning that drugs used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, were approved by the Food and Drug Administration to test as a COVID-19 coronavirus treatment. We’ll see how that goes. I’ve been struggling to adjust to this new lifestyle and it’s tough staying indoors all day especially when you’re a naturally outgoing person.

Anyway, I went to the grocery store yesterday and I noticed that chicken seemed to be popular during quarantine since the poultry section was cleared out. So I walked over to the beef section instead — low and behold, I found a small pack of drumsticks waiting for me next to the ground beef. Score! I grabbed the pack of chicken and a few other things then checked out as fast as I could. The store wasn’t as crowded but it was apparent that people didn’t understand what social distancing meant.

Fast forward, I want to share an easy marinade recipe with you. You can use chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks. But like I said in my previous post, I am not a fancy chef nor did I go to culinary school. Growing up with two younger brothers, I had to learn how to cook so I could feed my brother and myself while my parents were at work or out “gallivanting”.

This recipe is for 5 large chicken drumsticks. I know, I know…this was all I could find at the grocery store.

These are common ingredients that can be found in your pantry!

Honey Garlic Marinade

  • 5 Chicken thighs or 5 Large Chicken Drumsticks
  • 3 cloves of garlic — chopped
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar, I used Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • Ground pepper (optional)

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix.

Add the chicken, cover up the bowl, place it in your refrigerator and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. I normally marinate my chicken for more than an hour. It’s up to you.

And there you go, a quick and simple marinade for chicken. After it’s done marinating, remove the chicken from the bowl and discard the liquid. You can either grill the chicken or bake it. If you choose to bake it, place the marinated chicken in an oven safe baking pan or glass baking dish at 350 degrees for an hour.

I find this recipe helpful to people that normally don’t cook at home. Be safe out there!

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Music: Sycamore Tree
Musician: Philip E. Morris

How I lost 10 lbs in a month — without a gym membership.

This post is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

Hawaii was a month away so I needed to act fast. Unfortunately, my trip to the islands had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All I have to say is that it’s been a crazy 2020 thus far. Especially with the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who passed away in that helicopter crash. I have to admit, I’m still having a tough time accepting it, plus I haven’t completely gotten over the death of Nipsey Hussle either.


Moving forward, I wanted to share my workout routine with you. From the beginning to the end. I’m not fitness instructor nor am I a personal trainer. I don’t even work at a gym! 🤣 But if you plan on following my routine, awesome! Remember to move slowly first then gradually increase your sets.

Please consult your physician before beginning this or any exercise program! As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint or dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately.

  1. 20 minutes of stretching — arms, legs, your ass, your back ( I will show you how I stretch my back in another post)
  2. 15 minutes of jump rope (best cardio ever) or you can walk on a treadmill for an hour or…
  3. Do Burpees – 15 to 20 of them to get your heart going. Or…
  4. Shadow box! But if you have a heavy bag, that’s awesome! Put on your hand wraps, your gloves and be ready to punch the bag. Hit the bag with straight jabs for 3 minutes without stopping.
  5. 15 lb kettlebell workout. If you don’t own a kettlebell you can use a 15 lb dumbbell. If you would like to order a kettlebell, you can find one Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2wfRVBt
  6. For beginners, here’s a good 15 minute Kettlebell workout video that you can follow on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pTVZs7aYrHw
  7. 3 sets of 25 stomach crunches.
  8. Squats! This is the best exercise to tone your legs and give your butt a lift! I usually do 50 squats per workout. Sometimes more.
  9. Cool down
  10. Meditation

I do highly recommend the HIIT workout. HIIT means, “high-intensity interval training.” This is when you go ALL OUT. It sort of feels like you’re doing cardio level 100. The best thing about this workout is that you don’t need equipment however, expect to sweat a lot. Here is a video that will help you get started: https://youtu.be/1skBf6h2ksI

I bet you’re curious to find out what my daily diet is. Basically, I cut down on eating bad carbs (pasta, rice, bread) and replaced it with good carbs (sweet potatoes, quinoa, kidney beans – YUCK) I increased my spinach and kale intake, about 2-3 cups of greens per day. I stopped drinking soda. Whenever I wanted to get my soda fix, I would replace a Coke with sparkling water. I cut off candy! I cut off desserts. I cut off everything that could give me a cavity. I drink LOTS of water.

Working out isn’t just about losing weight or toning your arms. Working out gives you a chance learn your body and be in tune of yourself. To hit your weight loss goal, it takes discipline, determination, persistence, and consistency. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gym. The gym is my safe haven. But I also love saving money too.

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I was glad to hit that goal this month!