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Interview With Chicago’s Very Own Reggae/Trap Artist RastaBwoyKell



Peace Rastabwoykell, so can you tell us how being from Chicago, IL inspired you to build a career in Hip Hop?

Greetings, being from Chicago my family and friends inspired me to build a career in Hiphop. In high school i had met Drubeatz and John Sol and found out they did music and we linked and started a group that eventually turned into our first independent record label. I also had cousins that was into music. They was always rapping and i wanted to help get them out there so i got a camera and learned how to do music videos. We always wanted to do build our own thing so my older cousin always made sure i knew how to keep things in house. From videos, to engineering, to producing, graphic design for cover art, distribution, and marketing. I learned from many videographers, producers, engineers, and rappers while coming up as a videographer/engineer soaking up knowledge and experience shooting videos and being in the studio recording artists. Music became a way of life.

When did you start taking Hip Hop seriously as a career? Also, have you always started with Rastafarian style of rap?

I started taking Hiphop seriously as a career when the Chicago police had stole my camera and equipment. Thats when all i had left was my studio and Haile Selassie says that your life’s work is whatever you are well equipped for so i made a decision that i was going to pursue music and started learning how to be a independent artist. I wanted to make my own brand of rasta music like bob Marley did so I always did Rastafari influenced music like reggae on the side. When i first started i was trying to be more lyrical but majority of what i did was more Conscious/trap influenced. It wasn’t until trapsta fari where i put the two together. Last year I started takin things more serious after my artist/label mate GMM Lil Mari got locked up shortly after we started our own record label. #FreeMari

We read in your bio you started your first home studio at the young age of 15!! That is an amazing story and many youth today will never start that young. Break down the starter equipment that you use to get that studio off the ground.

I first started off with a rockband microphone in John Sol’s kitchen on his windows laptop. I always used Reaper as the recording program and when i moved the studio to my basement I had got me a Lenovo gaming laptop since games require alot of memory and i knew i was going to be recording alot of songs. I also upgraded to a m audio interface and went thru a few condenser mics I only remember the sterling, and a shure mic before I landed on this blue spark mic.

What were some of your earliest memories in hip hop? Maybe as a kid, you saw something and told yourself, “I want to do that”?….

When i was a kid I wanted to be like G unit so bad that i made a group wit my fam called G- Rollaz and i wrote a whole record contract to sign one of our childhood friends.

Do you find most of your fanbase familiar with you from your old projects, or do you feel that you’ve been discovered in recent years more so on the merit of your new music. Please detail.

I would say i I’ve been discovered more thru my new music bcus it gets people to see how I’ve evolved as a artist, but at the same time I often find people going back thru my catalog and listening to my older projects such as Rastaman Laflare, or Trapsta Fari.

Being from Chicago, it seems like Chance & Kanye are the status quo when it comes to Chicago rep! But there has to be more artists who came out of Chicago prior to those dudes right? If so, please give us a few names.

Yes i, definitely, there’s this Hiphop artist named Vitamin C from the south side of Chicago and he actually ended up being part of a Hiphop/Reggae group called God C.O.R.P under the name OG Cush. I listened to their project before creating what i call trapsta fari.

What is your approach to releasing music today in 2021?

I approach music thru ideas and concepts or themes and once i have that content in music form I go thru my distributor under my Record Label and i like to have a few pieces of visual content ready for marketing purposes. Social media plays a big role in my releasing in 2021 bcus its how i connect and reach new people. This year I learned to start having a rollout plan for my projects which has helps alot to keep me on track.

Wow, your latest album “6/8” is a true BANGER in our books, your delivery & style is truly out of this world! Tell us the story behind your recent project, And a little about the album cover concept!

I kept feeling this feeling in my hand so i bought a drum and that eventually lead me to King Solomon’s Mines where I learned how to play drums from the Master Teacher Papa Mangue. I had such a mystical experience of harmony that i wanted to share this in my own way thru music by adding concepts from class into my production such as changing the music timing from 4/4 to 6/8 or 3/4 depending on how you want to count it. I also was heavily getting into sound healing so I added healing frequencies such as 639hz, and 111hz into the production as well. The album cover concept came from me trying to find a way to showcase numbers in a art form and what came to mind was someone who inspired me on my path as a independent artist which was Jay Z and the 4:44 album.

What can fans look forward to next?

Fans can look forward to this new single ill be dropping on July 23rd called “Freestyle” and its in 6/8 timing. That’s also the birthday of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie.

Lastly, we at UGHHBLOG always like to ask what’s your personal definition of underground

When i think of underground Hiphop I think of conscious or independent artists.

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Young Thug Reveals Release Date For Next Album “PUNK”



Young Thug PUNK album release dateDuring his NPR Tiny Desk concert, Young Thug announced the title of his new studio album. The rapper has also revealed the release date of the project.

The album will be titled PUNK and will hit stores on October 15th. The rapper also debuts four new songs during the session.

Watch the full NPR Tiny Desk concert below:

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Nicole Kidman Weaves A Creepy Web In “Nine Perfect Strangers” [Trailer]



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Oscar-winning actress and Miniseries Queen (“Big Little Lies”/”The Undoing“) Nicole Kidman is ready to extend her winning streak with Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers” that’s stirring up buzz with its deliciously creepy trailer you can watch below:

Based on The New York Times bestselling book by author Liane Moriarty, “Nine Perfect Strangers” takes place at a luxury health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as a group of stressed city dwellers embark on a path to a healthier lifestyle–mentally, physically and socially.

Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort’s mysterious director Masha (played by Kidman) who’s on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.

The buzzy miniseries stars Regina Hall (Black Monday), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Luke Evans (The Alienist), Bobby Cannavale (Homecoming), and Samara Weaving (SMILF) who, at one point during the unsettling trailer, lie in graves they dug for themselves.

Other cast members include Tiffany Boone (Hunters), Melvin Gregg (American Vandal), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place) and Grace Van Patten (Maniac).

“Big Little Lies” creator David E. Kelly is co-writing the series alongside John Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) and Samantha Strauss, with Kelley and Butterworth also co-showrunning. All 8 episodes are directed by Jonathan Levine.

Levine most recently directed hilarious Comedy “Long Shot” starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. His other film directing credits include “Warm Bodies,” “The Wackness,” “50/50,” and “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.” He also wrote “The Wackness” in addition to directing.

“Nine Perfect Strangers” premieres August 18th on Hulu.

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Simone Biles Pulls Out Of Team Competition At Tokyo Olympics!!!



The competitions are heating up at the Tokyo Olympics. And, we find out that Olympic champion Simon Biles withdraws. We were all expecting Simone and the USA gymnastics team to take bring home the gold.

All eyes were on Simone to win the gold

Unfortunately, we did not get to see Simone compete in the finals. The Olympic champion was unable to compete due to an alleged medical issue. We reported yesterday that Simone was having some difficulty with her gymnastic routine. In fact, Simone stumbled during one of her vault exercises. However, we could have never imagined Simone would not win the gold.

But the 24-year – old exited the competition with her trainer in tow. When Simone returned, her right leg was wrapped. Clearly, Simone had some sort of injury. Simone was replaced by teammate Jordan Chiles. Team USA was forced to finish the rest of the team’s final without Simone, as reported by CBS News.

At this time, we do not know what kind of injury Simone suffered. Nor, has any of the officials at the Olympics made a statement. Of course, we will give you an update as the story continues to unfold. Surely, Simone fans are disappointed. Nevertheless, Simone is still the G.O.A.T. in my opinion.

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Check out the video above for more details.

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