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

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!

Step into the Temple of Doom

“The Picasso of Words”, up and coming hip hop artist, DOOMZ DAY describes himself in our recent interview.

Doomz Day The Headless Horseman, is out to stimulate your brain cells. He released the controversial music video, “American Lie” in 2018 which exemplifies the unfairness and injustices of the system towards African-Americans. The video opens up with a slide show beginning with a photograph of 12 year old, Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed on November 22, 2014 by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio. Afterwards is an image of 37 year-old Alton Sterling, who was also shot and killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The video presents previous footage related to police brutality and a variety of protests; subsequently ending with a powerful message, “Spread Love Not War.”

I remember when I heard Doomz Day’s music for the very first time close to two years ago. His voice reminded me of DMX with a dash of Method Man. As I turned up the volume on my JBL headphones, I was like, “YO, this guy is mad dope!” What struck me the most was the message in his lyrics — the ability to deliver a powerful statement in a song. His music is definitely not for the spineless yet it also gives you a deeper understanding of the issues concerning social and racial justice.

“Once I got my first Hip Hop Instrumental tape, it was a wrap” – Doomz Day

East Coast lyricist, songwriter, and promoter from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Stephen “Doomz Day” sure has his hands full. He first hit the studio with his family when he was about 15 years old. Stephen engaged himself in ciphers in New York and recorded his first track when he was 16 years old. His best known pieces are: “American Lie” feat. Deji, “House of Mirrors”, “The Lion & the Wolf” feat. Head Ice, “Rhyme Over Matter” feat. Dom Pachino which are all out on digital platforms. He also manages DDay 100 Entertainment.


Now let’s step into the Temple of Doom and get to know the Headless Horseman:

CRYS: How would you describe the music you typically create?

DD: My music is informative, makes people wanna research what I’m spitting about. Conscious and at the same time gutta, keeps it balanced.

CRYS: What artist would you compare yourself too?

DD: I wouldn’t compare myself to any musician or emcee, but rather like the Picasso of words. A little abstract and different when I paint with my rhymes, but makes sense when looked at in an angle and certain perspective.

CRYS: What makes your music different from other artists?

DD: Not trying to sound the same as a majority of these artists out, I have a different format of flow and versatility. I can do something for the streets, clubs, ladies, or drop knowledge, able to come at all angles.

CRYS: Where is the farthest venue that you’ve ever performed?

DD: I performed down in the M.I.A. at an official spot called Miami Live, dope artists and good vibes down there.

CRYS: If you could collaborate with any artists, who would it be?

DD: Definitely would have to do a joint with Red Man, Meth, Busta, Immortal Technique, Joyner Lucas, and J Cole. I came up to them, well most of them. They’re some great lyricists and would be marvel to put some epic jewels together.

CRYS: What was your favorite era in music and why?

DD: Each era has their classic songs but my favorite is the Golden Era 90’s. Everybody has their own distinguishable sound and style.

CRYS: If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

DD: The way these major labels rape the artist of their creativity. That’s the reason why these rappers feel they all have to sound the same in order to sell.

CRYS: What advice would you give to other upcoming hip hop artists?

DD: To perfect their craft, be original, and teach through their music because the seeds and world are listening.


Doomz Day is currently setting up a blueprint for an East Coast tour. His newest single, “Sanitarium” will be dropping soon. DDAY100 gear is also in development. His hard work ethic, music and creativity, on top of being a father, speaks volumes. His lyrics will have you deeply immersed in thought, you will find yourself uncontrollably addicted and caught up in his lyrical labyrinth filled with the untainted truth. Just remind yourself that you can always do your research on Google.

Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for Doomz Day!

Sneak peak of “Sanitarium”

Follow Doomz Day on Social Media:

Instagram: DoomzDay7

Don’t forget to hit the SUBSCRIBE button on YouTube: DoomzDay100

Juni B la pesadilla, emerging Spanish rapper from Brooklyn makes waves in the Latin Music Industry

New York is a breeding ground for fashion, endless murals, and musical influences such as the Notorious B.I.G., NAS, Mos Def, 50 Cent, Method Man, Big Pun, and Jay-Z. But that isn’t the only reason why I love to travel to the East so much. Not only is this California girl, raised out of the San Francisco Bay Area, addicted to the amazing graffiti art, bodegas, and Spanish food in Brooklyn, I find myself driven to find the dopest independent artists from the grounds of one of my favorite Burroughs.

Located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn is the Marcy Houses “Marcy Projects” where rapper and entrepreneur, Jay-Z spent his early years, along with known rapper, Memphis Bleek, who released his debut album “Coming of Age” over 20 years ago. Furthermore, in the Marcy, the undeniable talent doesn’t just end there; while it continues to produce more up and coming musicians of all generations.

Photo: Crystal Tolentino

Born in Humacao, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, now living in Brooklyn — Spanish Rapper and Founder of Latin Squad Music, JUNI B la pesadilla found his passion in music at the young age of 10, is determined to make big waves in the Latin music industry.

The fluidity in his flow, his versatile style, in addition to his chaotic vocalization, certainly sets a strong parameter to his content. JUNI B’s energy will, without a doubt, hit you with that high degree of musically inclined heat — track after track and music video after music video.

Chekea como me Rio

Inspired by known international artists such as Tempo, Mexicano, and Daddy Yankee, JUNI B took his extraordinary talent to another level by displaying his music on YouTube, Instagram, and on digital platforms — releasing the singles: “Bad Girl”, “Josiador” (My favorite), and “Trabaja & Moltea”.

“What makes me different from other artists? I write different…”

JUNI B la Pesadilla

Being that we live a 5 1/2 hour flight away from each other, along with a 3 hour time difference, I woke up early on a Saturday morning to initiate a short interview with JUNI B.

CRYS: How would you describe the type of music you create?

JB: Organic and strong

CRYS: What makes your music different from the others?

JB: I write different.

CRYS: Where was the farthest venue you’ve ever performed?

JB: In a small club in Queens. I was like the fill in tho.

CRYS: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

JB: If I can collabo, I would like to do a song with Mikey Wood.

CRYS: What was your favorite era in music?

JB: Jay-Z in 96 because he came from the bottom and now look, we from the same hood lol.

CRYS: What else do you do besides making music?

JB: I’m a father, was working two jobs, now I do one, just trying to make it for my kids so they can have a better life.

CRYS: If you can change anything in the music industry, what would it be?

JB: The jealousy, so everyone can eat together because in Union is where the power is.

CRYS: Can you tell me a little more about Latin Squad music?

JB: Well, LSM came from my partner Big G in Florida. We link up organically, started making music together, til this day we still working together putting that name up High Latin Squad Music.

CRYS: Do you have any shows coming up?

JB: No, looking forward

Although he doesn’t have any upcoming shows on schedule at the moment, he is currently working on releasing his debut album. In the meantime, you can download his singles on all digital platforms and watch his music videos on YouTube.

SUBSCRIBE to his channel here:

JUNI B la pesadilla

Broaden your mind to a whole new genre because JUNI B la pesadilla is DEFINITELY an artist you should watch out for in 2020! Period.