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

Hawaiian Butter Mochi Recipe (Video)

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter (melted)

2 cups of granulated white sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 box mochiko flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 can evaporated milk

1 can coconut milk

1-2 cups of sweetened coconut flakes (toasted)


Instructions:

Mix melted butter and sugar. Add 1 egg at a time as you continue to stir. Add vanilla extract. Mix. Add mochiko flour. Then stir in baking soda. Add evaporated milk and coconut milk. Mix until it the batter becomes

smooth. Stir in the toasted coconut.

How to toast coconut the flakes:

Take a frying pan and heat it up on medium high. Add the flakes and stir until the edges of the flakes turn a light brown. Be extra careful not to burn the coconut. Remove from heat.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

#QuarantineLife — Earn Free Gift cards by doing little to nothing

Now that most of us are in the house on a mandated “Shelter at Home” order, we have a lot of time on our hands. For me, if I’m not cooking, I’m eating, if I’m not eating, I’m putting on my makeup just to hangout in my living room, if I’m not in my living room, I’m shooting hoops in my backyard with my son. If I’m not playing basketball, I’m laying in bed browsing on Amazon. While I’m doing that, why not earn free gift cards and save some money?

We all get a bit hesitant when it comes to earning free gift cards online. But after trying a few apps and websites that claim to reward you with free gift cards, I found two that are completely legit. I always shop on Amazon and I found those $1-$10 Amazon gift cards very useful.


PANEL APP

For Apple and Android Users

I’ve been using Panel App for more than a year and I earned at least $100 worth of $1-$2 Amazon gift cards. All you do is download the app ➡️ PANEL APP

All you have to do is download the app, register, take surveys, earn points, then redeem your points for free gift cards or use it to enter sweepstakes for bigger prizes. Once you hit 2000 points, you can redeem it. I usually redeem my points for Amazon gift cards because like I said, I always shop on Amazon. You can also earn points faster if you refer a friend to download the app. The more you refer, the faster you gain points.

Once you redeem your points, you will receive your gift card sometime between 2-3 weeks.

Screenshot from my Amazon Account

MobileXpression – For iPhone or iPad users Only

Yes, this is legit. But spaces are limited. It usually opens up in the beginning of the month, but it’s worth a try. Mobile Xpression is a trusted Market Research Panel designed to understand the trends and behaviors of mobile users. Some people are very hesitant when it comes to downloading unknown software onto their phones, but I’ve been using this for a year and haven’t had any issues or weird glitches on my phone. To redeem, you just need to earn a minimum of 30 points. The panel sends you an email once a week and you tap on the link they provide you to claim your credits. I just redeemed my points for a $5 Amazon Gift card and already earned 15 since then.

➡️www.mobilexpression.com⬅️


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Pros: You earn gift cards faster, in as little as a week

Cons: Sometimes they forget to send you your gift card. But all you have to do is send them an email to let them know. Their response time is roughly 24-48 hours.


Well, I hope this information helps save you some money in the future. It has for me. A dollar or two can make a huge difference, especially when you’re struggling to make ends meet. Because for a single mom like me, every dollar OFF any price counts! Save some money, earn those points, but most importantly, please be safe out there!

How to generate passive income

Sounds too good to be true, right? The reality is, nothing great comes easy.

First you have to remind yourself that money doesn’t just fall on your lap without doing any work. This isn’t a get rich quick scheme and I can’t 100% guarantee that these sources will work for you, but I will share with you what has worked for me in the present and in the past. With that being said, not every strategy in this article will be a fit for every person.

When my daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer for the 2nd time in 2018, I had to go on FMLA from my regular job and collect Paid Family Leave. If you’ve been on Paid Family leave in the state of California, we all know that CA barely pays you 75% of your regular salary. The pay cut took a huge hit to my finances which put me in a hole month after month. This was when I decided that I needed to figure out a way to build multiple streams of passive income so I wouldn’t have to worry about being broke in the future. The idea here is to build.

Think about animator and filmmaker, Walt Disney. He experienced many setbacks before he created Mickey Mouse but he never gave up. Even after he created Mickey Mouse in the late 1920s, he still experienced some challenges along the way yet he continued to think of new ideas that may or may not work in his favor. In 1937 Disney developed the full animation feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” which became a huge success in the box office. The truth is, everybody will experience a few setbacks in their lives — from investors, small business owners, even street hustlers. But if you stay consistent, disciplined, and dedicated to your craft, you will succeed.

So how do you make money while you sleep? I can’t give out all of my secrets, DUH! But I have to admit, it took me a whole year to figure out the right strategic fit for me and I’m still a work in progress. But I can tell you 3 ways that has helped me get on the right path to financial freedom. I’m still walking that path, but hopefully you can join me and we can learn from each other.

  • Invest in Blue Chip dividend stocks. These stocks are usually strong performance stocks that do well during good and bad times. Think of companies like Coca-Cola (KO), Disney (DIS), and Apple Inc (AAPL). In 2018, at the highest, Apple Inc paid up to $3 per share to its shareholders and according to Yahoo Finance, they are currently paying their shareholders up to $0.77 per share in dividends. If you do the math, lets say that you own 50 shares in Apple stocks $0.77 x 50, you’ve made $38.50 in dividends. Based on my research, I’ve learned that some companies pay dividends every 3-4 months. So what do you do with the money? Well, my friend, the ball is in your court. Some people take the dividends and reinvest. Reinvesting is something I highly recommend. Anyway, I’ll post more about dividends later.
  • E-commerce and Dropshipping: This is HUGE right now. Imagine starting your own online store and selling products that you’re most passionate about or trending. The coolest thing about it, there are companies out there that will ship out the product for you. I have to admit, this will take some work, but it definitely doesn’t hurt spending an hour or two a day focusing on your online store. Shopify is a great way to start.
  • Affiliate marketing. There are companies that will pay you to promote their product. And if that product sells, they will pay you a small percentage from that sale. Sort of like a commission. Amazon has a great affiliate program.

Like I said, one way may be a good fit for you or none at all. These are just a few ways that has helped me generate passive income. It sounds like an easy thing to do just by reading this, but in all honesty, it takes some work. But I do guarantee that once you get into the habit of things and continue to educate yourself more, you will feel more comfortable and it will get easy.

Here’s a bonus, if you like shopping on Amazon, this app will give you free gift cards. I’ve been using this app for 3 years and what I usually do is, redeem my points, stack up on free Amazon gift cards, then use it whenever I want to buy something big on Amazon. A few dollars off does make a difference. I swear it’s not a scam, it’s completely legit, otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it on my website.

It’s called Panel App and you can download it on your phone here: (Note: it is compatible for both Androids and iPhones)

http://panelapp.me/ziici3qjTjmfg6ohHhngvQii