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Candace L. Smith is the creator of Phatabulous Magazine.

Phatabulous Magazine is a digital publication that promotes, celebrates, uplifts, and spotlights the plus size man and women in everything they do.

Phatabulous Magazine has been in publication since 2009. In 2012 it debuted as a digital publication.

Every month Phatabulous Magazine looks to spotlight 10 plus size men and women and celebrate them in whatever they do.

This year the focus will be to spotlight women who have amazing and different weight loss journey stories.

Tune in to hear all about Candace’s Black Girl Magic!

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2019 has been a great year for

the Chronicles of She: Podcast and Blog.

Especially for our Let’s Talk About it series.

On this series, I’ve gotten to know the best artists in the music and business industry.

The latest artist I’ve had the honor of learning about is Live Johnson.

He is a Producer, Engineer, Rapper and Graphic Artist and is the owner of his own label,E.D.C (Every Dollar Counts) with a style all of his own.

The three words to describe Live’s music is honest, an open book, vulnerable, and since he wanted to add a 4th one, a show off.

His new song, “Loving My Style” featuring 1st speaks on that honesty.

With a fire beat and catchy lyrics that will have you quoting for days, “Loving My Style” is an anthem on calling out the trolls and haters that look to tear you apart for being who you are, but deep down they want to be you.

I fell in love with Lives blend of urban and relatable quality.

1st and Live complemented each other very well on this track.

1st brought a lot of swag with her verses and originality.

Live is certainly a rap star that everyone needs to know about.

I can’t wait to see what he brings in 2020.

From the Chronicles of She,

I’m Taylor Cathey,

and Happy New Year!

What’s good everybody!

It’s your girl Chronicles of She here with an update from one of my favorite guests: B.Elise.

B. is doing great things down In the big apple. Last month, B. Elise came on my mic to give me the details on her latest projects.

She dropped a new music video for her song, “BOOMIN”, and is looking for love with New York Girls Star, BOOP on a brand new web reality series, called: “For the Love of Boop”.

Here’s what went down during our discussion:

Chronicles of She: How long did it take for you to complete your music video for Boomin ? Where was the video filmed?

B: So It took 2 days. I had one outdoor and the other In studio. I have to give a BIG SHOUT-OUT to @fd photo studios in Queens,NY. They accommodated my shooting very well and smoothly. I highly recommend them.

Their studio rooms are super dope. The outdoor scenes where shot at Coney Island.

I was super HOT!! Everybody was burning up but all in all I got a lot of support. I need to give a shout out to my girl D’elia @unapologeticallyd. Shouts out to @ T-Breezy my boy. Big shouts out to sis @ 24k she shine bright. Def. check out her YouTube @24kglacier.

Shout out to Creative one my castmates on “FortheloveofBoop” you can follow her @unbundled. Shouts out to my girl Sache, SUPER HUSTLER she makes me smile when I see her doing her thing like she got that I ain’t gonna stop till I pop spirit. I really admire that.

Follow her @Sachemi and her friend thank you. Sache has her own show called “Sache Mi” she just started. Dope dope vibes.

Shout out to @misturii my Male model in the video. Killed it!! ...and you know Super DUPER Thank You to Miss RayBeauty.

I don’t know if this whole video would’ve been without her input. She helped with the whole sexy part of the shoot. I really appreciate that. Big thanks to my sister for assisting both days of love you more than you’ll ever know. Thank you Jordan you were a big help.

Big up love and thanks to Haitianpicasso and his team. They were incredibly helpful.

Thanks Coney Island.

Ughh, it was a challenge which I guess would be a con but I like that it was and I was able to complete it. For the most part I love the support I got. A lot of people came out and showed me love and helped out. I really take that deeply.

Well ahhh You know lol I follow her and the creator of the show. I was already familiar with the NewYorkGirlsTv series and Boop herself so I saw on I think it was either Amira’s Page or NYGTV’s page that they were casting so I jumped at the opportunity. I said why not, why not at least try at least I don’t have to be like what if or w/e. I hate that. If I can go for it I out!!!

Chronicles of She: Tell me about this new reality show your staring in called, For the Love of Boop?

B: That was really an exciting experience

So it’s basically about 10 girls who move into one house with the lovely Miss Boop herself to battle over her love.

It’s based in NYC of course.

It’s one of its kind I like point that out FIRST.

It an urban lesbian reality love series, like...WHERE!?!

So def. tune in. ITS BIG for the Culture.

Did you ever watch her show, “New York Girls”? Who was your favorite character?

B: My favorite character is Mya.

Chronicles of She: Do you have new music coming?:

B: Yes Sir. I have other songs out there people!!! Lol but New music def. I have a couple of songs, I could put out I just be OD shy about em. I gotta stop that ASAP so very soon. I just gotta get the business side right then they’ll be released.

Chronicles of She: What are your plans for 2020?

B: 2020 I plan for more show I’m and out of state. My EP more music videos. The public seeing my face more. Etc. the whole nine ya know. I’m going for everything. I’ve learned a lot this year , I’ve matured more in my music career so I expect huge things for 2020.

What do you like the most about BOOP?

B: Her mind she’s very intelligent in an unorthodox way who I like because I’m a weirdo.

She is the person that you would either call crazy if you had a convo with her or just super enlightened.

B.Elise is on the rise and I cannot wait to see what 2020 holds for her.

Be sure to catch new episodes of

“For the Love of Boop”, on Youtube and follow B.Elise’s music on all streaming sites.

You won’t regret it.

BOOMIN:

https://youtu.be/V-2WuibIX-g

For the Love of Boop:

https://www.youtube.com/user/NewYorkGirlsTV

What's good everybody!

It's your girl, Chronicles of She

with a new Respect my Artistry blog story.

On the Let’s Talk About It segments,

I’ve interviewed singers and musicians on my platform for 10 months and I have enjoyed learning about their background stories and how they build their artistry with artist T-Spazz, KONY “King of New York” Brooks, and Notes_82.

A new artist I got to learn about is, Michael Bostic.

He is an R&B singer that comes with a story that is authentic, relatable, intense and groundbreaking.

Growing up in Queens, NY,

Micheal was a devoted listener of Hip Hop music.

He wrote his first song at the age of 9 titled, “Kids”.

That song he wrote chronicled what he was going through as a child who was bullied and how he felt at the time.

As an artist, Michael brings soulful, meaningful music back.

Everything in his music is autobiographical.

His new album: “A L.O.V.E Story” takes aim in telling the truth about love, devotion, and heartbreak.

The one song I connect with the most off of L.O.V.E Story is “Love you just the way you are.” I was taken in by it’s smooth ballads and message behind.

It spoke about loving a woman correctly and not expecting her to change.

His other song, “Tell me” is by all accounts sensual, sexy with just enough vulnerability about a man’s love for a woman.

I love me a feel good R&B track that’s positive and uplifting.

That’s a quality we’re missing in today’s R&B music and Micheal brings all of the qualities well I think are important.

Sensuality, Realness, Love, Honesty, and Romance. With just a hint of nasty.

The instrumentals of the album

make you feel like your right back in the 1990’s era of R&B.

He is without a doubt a singing legend in the making.

Micheal Bostics, “A L.O.V.E Story”, Is available now on all streaming sites.

Be careful listening to it. With the smooth 90s beat and beautiful words mixed together,

you might get pregnant.

Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/album/2NTkuR0LV1HYcQ4rs8gfuC?si=QRtOCa6BS-WAlyG8y3UP1A

The reason why I chose to base this months series on music and call it the Chronicles of Respect My Artistry is because I’ve always been a music fanatic. As I've gotten older, I not only listened to Commentaries of musicians, I became more curious to know about the real person behind the music.

If you really think about it, we love music, and we’re fans of singers, such as Cardi-B, Little Mix, MIGOS, Mary J. Blige, and Ariana Grande.

Do we really take the time to know about their story, what made them into stars, what makes them tick, where does their inspiration come from, and what the struggles are. If you ever been interested in getting to know about your Favorite Singer/Rapper, here’s your chance.

B.ELISE is a Queens,New York native and she has been on the music scene since May 2018. Her music style is free. I call the title of my blog “BOOMIN with B.ELISE,” because it speaks of a good time. I was excited to hear all about her journey in the music industry and who she is.

B.ELISE entered the studio with me around 7:15 PM, she was bubbly, funny, and excited to be interviewed by me. Her vibe was cool, I felt like I was talking to one of my girlfriends over a drink.

Her laugh was intoxicating and she wasn’t afraid to keep it real on the air with me. B.ELISE described her artistry as being unique and urban, and likes to make Hip-Hop, Rap, and Pop music. This is what was talked about at our interview.

“I always knew I wanted to become an Artist. I just didn't have the opportunities in the past and I grew up a little weird so…

I never imagined doing or being anything else it was always a matter of resources. I was always not only listening to the artist but looking at who influenced them and watching interviews just to have the background insight.

I would do and still do my little investigating when I hear something interesting in anyone's interview. Even till this day I read a lot of back stories and watch interviews and commentaries to industry heads and people I may be impressed by. In that way I could gain an over, inner and under- standing of what it is I'm getting myself into.

I've been like that since I was little because this is something I always wanted to do. However I don't know everything , not even close.”

“An artist? So that's one...ok lol. I can't do that. NEXT QUESTION!!! Nah, but if I had to pick one it would be Tupac Amaru Shakur.”

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It took her a minute to figure out who is a living artists she would like to work with, then she thought of Beyoncé just for the sake of the question. The conversation got more interesting.

She tells me that she prefers the older preferences of music.

B.Elise and I like the 90’s R&B, Hip-hop era of Music, Taylor says

“I jumped head first into that answer.

To me the 90’s was the golden age for Music. Rap was all about poetry, it was about thug life, repping for the streets, and telling stories. You could listen to a song and it would take you somewhere. In the 90s it was about a vibe and a movement.”

There's less of that passion and drive in Hip-hop music in 2019, it’s mostly about the vibe of music that gets people interested than the words.

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“Well it's something in the spirit. I write when I get that itch. It may not even be a song it could be a thought, a realization, a poem, anything. However when I do write music I can be inspired by anything from a long car ride, a feeling I got from picture or something I read. So it varies.”

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Taylor says, “Apart of being a musical artist is building your repertoire. B.ELISE has many men and women in music that she looks up to for inspiration, she calls herself a low-key studier of Music. She likes to learn about artists that were around in the 1950’s, 1990’s that interest her.

If it were Aretha Franklin, James Brown and they inspire her, she’ll go out and find every piece of information about their stories. It doesn’t even have to be a rapper, it could be a poet or an actor that drives her inspiration.

There was a couple of years ago that she went through a Bob Marley Phase, and considered it as a sign to dig deeper into his music. She also draws inspiration from black and white films, to certain lines, and what she sees on the street. One of her favorite channels is “TCM”.

She considers these phases as a part of her growth in music and personal life because it comes at the right moment.”

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Taylor says, “The vibe I got from it speaks of a good time feel, mixed with a bit of empowerment for the females. I was taken in by the beat of the song too when I heard it for the first time. It’s funky, mixed with the right measure of hip hop, and island soul. Which is Hot!”

“Well, the inspiration behind "Boomin" is basically that. You know, having a good time not worrying about naysayers. “

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B.ELISE shares that after she got off of a late night shift at work, she went to a see a producer named “YOUNG STOKES”, he use to work with Rapper Chink, and Yung Abudabi.

She went to his house and told him she was tired of working in retail and living the hood life. During the entire time she’s talking to him, he was working on a new sound and told her he was looking for someone with a different style that could use it.

B.ELISE was immediately attracted to the beat of it, without picking up a pen she started to sing, “And the base stay boomin”. The verse had Stokes excited and immediately helped her record the song.

He showed it to her.

Taylor says, “Her next answer caught me by surprise.

B.ELISE didn’t like her own song.

That’s right! After “Boomin” was completed, she was unsure about releasing the song as a single. Everyone in the recording studio thought the song was a smash hit, but B.ELISE remained unconvinced.

With being an artist you can be your toughest critic. B.ELISE admitted she can be tough on herself when it comes to her craft. She wondered if she created the song by accident. She only allowed one person to listen to it afterwards, and was the same thing Young Stokes said.

B.ELISE put the song on the shelf for three years, and then showed it to her sister that was on the same page as Young Stokes, his father, (Including me), and the unnamed person were on. After that realization, “Boomin” the song she didn’t care for started to grow on her, and decided to put it out.”

That’s a quality I love in a female entertainer, and expressing rawness on The Chronicles of She will get you far.

I respect B.ELISE as an artist and as a woman in the music industry, and I wish her the best of luck with her music.

Stay tuned for the premiere of “BOOMIN” the Music Video.

This has been the Chronicles of She.

Have a Blessed Day.

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The Prince of Hair, Teddy Mason who has been having a winning season, has had the pleasure of doing some of the most radical,Black Ink very own Sky and Dutchess actors to hip hop icon Cardi B to now CNN Political Commentator Angel Rye to name a few.

And the list goes on and on.

His Royal Hair Collection is receiving rave reviews, and features a line of gorgeous styles in Customs Wigs, sew ins, and complete with rich colors in black, blonde, and burgundy. Another Winner is CNN Political Commentator Angel Rye.

She is taking her influence for change in politics and to empower young professionals through her organization “IMPACT” with a tour called,

“#WORKWOKE” that has sparked media coverage.

How do Rye and The Prince in the making connect on the same level? With a huge media presence these two stars know image is everything.

In Winston Ohio, he got the opportunity to style the CNN Political Commentator. The fabulous look that the Prince chose for her was a high-top bun, paired with a plaid pant suit and dark yellow silk blouse. Rye was pleased with the updo done by Teddy, and she looked amazing.

ESSENCE OF SHE & The Chronicles of She, sat down with the Prince of Hair to get all of the details on him working with Angel Rye, his newest business ventures, signature style, and his inspirations through the hair industry.

I met Angel through her make up artist.
We were looking for more of a European look, because she was going to be wearing a paint suit and we didn’t want to take anything away from her face, so we did an updo style.
It was such a humbling moment to be in her presence. She has a sweet spirit and a beautiful soul.
Um, no she didn’t. It was a mutual agreement on her style. Was this for an event? She was preparing to speak at the Martin Luther King Program.
It was all of her natural hair, no straightener.
My show airs on Wednesdays title..Tea Time with the Prince of Hair. Tea time is exactly what it says...Time to hear the tea on Hair, Celebs, Entertainment and everything Tea worthy! The listeners will also receive advice on issues or concerns regarding our industry.
2019...not treating me..God is treating me because I'm about to take flight to greatness in 2019 and the years to come!
Michelle Obama, cause a Queen is not complete without her prince. Who are some stylists that you look up to? I have a few, Willa World and Amber the Head Turner.
I'm known for my ol" Nasty Bobs! ...and trust me...they're very nasty!
Signature Color I would have to say Blonde, I just love the warm feeling of the color.

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T-SPAZZ is a multi-talented female rapper that embodies her craft and pushes to make a change in the culture of hip-hop, music and business. During our interview she reveals the in-depth truth that no one wants to talk about in the music industry.

A truth that can’t go on being ignored. It’s been known for years that In the world of Rap and Hip-Hop, the accolades for male and female artists are not held on the same level. A female artist is looked up to because of what she physically looks like, to the clothes she wears, and to the drama that surrounds her personal life, but her talent and story is overlooked in the media.

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For the male side of Rap and Hip-hop, it is easier for them to be noticed because they are seen as the leading force when it comes to making music, their shown more respect, and held on a higher pedestal.

While the female artists are used as a marketing tool to attract attention but not for their music, the respect that should be required from the beginning has to be earned at a cost, and they are exploited.

In my opinion, the most important part about a female artists that should be focused on is her substance, creativity, and the person she is, vs, who is she as a Woman, and what makes her a Dope Artists in the music industry, and lastly, the impact her music provides to its audience should be celebrated.

It takes a certain type of female to bring this personality and drive to the table. T-SPAZZ came into music with these types of qualities and has not folded. In every one of her songs your meeting another side of her, the sultry, the angry, the hardcore, or the sweet T-SPAZZ, this i found very interesting.

She started off as Miss Trina, the gospel artist, this grew her moral background. Than we have T-SPAZZ. She aims to set a new standard in this industry that is forever changing within music.

Her story can only be described as a Lifetime movie that is filled with nothing but lessons. it got me thinking some women accept the situations they are in because they believe there is nothing better else out in the world for them, i took that notion with me when she came into my studio to talk about her rise to fame story, once she came on the mic, my goal was to get to know the woman she really is and what built her into a star.

T-Spazz tells me before the world came to know her as a Rap Superstar, she was born Katrina Benson of Southeast D.C. Katrina was a loving little girl with a strong love for her family, but her life was not without hardship, her parents divorced when she was very young due to her father’s drug abuse. He was mostly in and out of her life, this led Katrina to deal with self-esteem issues that made her believe that she wasn’t good enough. By the time she turned 19 years old she has faced Depression, Alcohol Abuse, and an incident involving Domestic Violence that put her life in danger.

When Katrina became 20 the belief of being worthless was taking its toll on her, she was a single mom raising four children on her own and battling with alcohol abuse. What saved Katrina from continuing a life of drugs and alcohol was her grandmother, who would call her everyday and pray for her. It was then Katrina realized she was broken and decided to herself help.

The guidance from her grandmother opened the door for her into becoming Katrina Benson the motivational speaker and life coach.

T-Spazz couldn’t be birthed until Katrina Benson came into her purpose. So now Katrina Benson, I had now moved to the point of where I am in a stronger place and am able to stand. I dived sea deep into my spiritual beliefs and that kept me grounded, disciplined, and had older women around me guiding me through.

That was working very well for me, but I started to go deep, deep into things andI lost myself. It got to the point i was doing ministry and god had nothing to do with it. So what happened i was growing spiritually and everything as time was going on i’m feeling stronger and everything, then I started doing Gospel Rap under the name Miss Trina.

I don’t have too much music on the airwaves for Miss. Trina, but i do have Youtube videos for everyone to view.I jumped into doing Gospel Rap, for it being new in my face and everything it was very Pure. It was Innocent, it was Worship and meaningful, I was doing it for God.

Because i am very gifted in writing and lyricism i was really good at it. I was able to really rap and i became popular very quickly. Like almost every gospel rapper in my area wanted to work with me. Before i knew it I was doing 5 shows a month, so i was always being booked for things and it got to the point where i started feeling like a superstar.

After that It was no longer about me using it to serve god, it was WOW! I got this! i'm good, by this time i’m married, i got 4 kids, me and my husband have a child together. Because I felt like i'm doing Gospel, the key word is gospel, that means God likes it so this is first.

Once again i dived head first into it and I made that my god, even though I put God in my lyrics, he was far from it.

I wasn’t doing gospel rap anymore to please him, i was doing it now as something to prove i got lyrics, just to prove i could do it. One day I was sitting outside of my house, ya know feeling good about myself, feeling high and mighty.

As i was sitting there i prayed and i said “God could you bless me with this money” and I heard No. So I said no, what am i doing wrong? Because in my mind i'm doing Gospel rap, i’m doing shows all the time, so i’m doing what you want me to do, right?I couldn’t understand why he said no, then he says “your Marriage is out of order.”

I was like WOAH! That’s that serious to you?! No one ever told me that, so then again i thought ministry was important than home. In that moment I found out i was out of order. Completely out of order.But i didn’t know how to fix my marriage, so i had to prayed to God “Show me how to be a Wife” , because i didn’t know how to be a wife.

I’m thankful that my husband stuck by me through the transition. The lord really shut me up, for three years i could not come up with a lyric, not even with a line. It’s like he took the gift from me. By that time i was working on my household, and then people come ask me do i do music anymore? I would no, not no more.

Home was my priority.

There was this one night I have a dream, now in this dream i was working with someone i know named Avery. I was working with him in the dream and he was recording me on my music. This young man i didn’t know he was in that field.

So when i woke up out of the dream, I said wow the lord is releasing me to do music again. After that i got in touch with his mom, i said i told her about the dream that i was working with her son making music. She gave me Avery's phone number, I called him up and i was happy he makes and records music.

I meet up with him and we start recording together, and we did an album. It really didn’t go too far, we put it up on soundcloud underneath Miss Trina-the Rapper, it has over 7 songs on there.

About three months after that, a friend of mine named Rik Torchya, he’s a gospel rapper in DC, hooked me up with a producer named Dazzu. When Dazzu and I got together he took me from the level i was at, to whole other level in professionalism,ahead of the whole class and everything.

We started working together, I did a gospel track with him and another artist. And that's when it came to me,“Trina do the music how it’s given to you. Do the music how it's laid and written down. Stop trying to create music to please people.

Do it how it’s given to you. Do it how it’s in you. It’s not about who say that’s right, that’s right! No more people pleasing Trina.

Thats a big thing with you no more people pleasing. Do real music that's real from you. No more faking, no more pretending, GET FOR REAL. “ After i had that thought, I started investing in myself, all those fans i connected with , the people, I took the advice and started putting music out there and everything.

I was formally known as Ms. Trina when i was doing gospel rap.

When i switched from gospel to just doing regular rap, I guess coming from out of the box and adjusting to the open , i got that name when i was on the line with Dazzu my producer at the time.

I was working with at the time and another artists named Richard Ware, I told them i wanted a new name they were throwing out ideas, i threw out some ideas. That’s when Dazzu said “What about T-SPAZZ?”

At first I was like No! I’m like no, that didn’t sound appealing to. So we started going over other names and then about three days go by and I called them back. I said “You know what I’m going to use T-SPAZZ”.

After that i asked them why did you use the name T-SPAZZ? He said “T for Trina and the SPAZZ because when you rap you be spazzing out. “ I’m like Oh ok! “.

During the journey, the advice given to T-Spazz would also help her with making more important decisions in her career.

For being a gospel rapper, a believer, she had boundaries that she has naturally set for herself and what she won’t do in the music industry. Because it’s just not her.

T-Spazz has turned down features on certain songs and stuff like that because she can’t attach to everything. Whatever she does, she has to keep the integrity, and keep the respect her brand holds, “Because i am not just T-Spazz, i’m also the motivational speaker and life coach.”

So i gotta be careful what i attach myself to. It’s not hard because It’s not in me to do those things, ya know ride around with the tinted windows and shoot up somebody's neighborhood because i just wouldn't do that. It’s not what i represent.”

I am a Hip hop fanatic.

I actually study the arts.

I have been listening to Hip hop since i was maybe 9 years old back when Yo-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, Heavy-D and Da Boys, COOL MOD, I would sit by the radio, wait until certain songs come on so i could push record really quick and when i would record the songs I would learn from each track so i could recite & perform these songs.

Like i told you i was very good at rapping, so i started to study the art of Lyricism, so i am a great lyricist, which is one of the things that makes me stand out. The second one is that I’m a female that makes me stand out, the third is one is I am my own artist in my own right.

I don’t try to imitate Nicki Minaj, i don’t try to imitate Cardi-B, i don’t look to others to try and take from them. I am creating my own brand, my own name and uniqueness.

Fourth, i am paving my own lane which would make me stand out from everyone else, also my rap voice is different. One of the others things that i can do is play with my vocal tones in my raps.It’s almost like i have multiple personalities in one.

I am able to be whatever i want to be on the track and when i hear the beat, i let the beat pick what part of me i’m going to bring to the beat.

For instance every beat is different, if i could give you guys an example, say i’m doing the most feminine, girly girl song, like i did in my song “BABY-SITTER”,in one of the verses i’m like “SWEET-PEA IS WHAT YOU SMELL, BATH AND BODY WORKS, LOTION, AND MY GIRLS WALK IN THE ROOM WE MOVE SLOW MOTION.”

I am reciting from a more feminine kind of tone.

There was another song that i did called “HOOD” with an artist named OSKER D,my verse started off with “STRAIGHT FACTS FROM THIS SOUTHSIDE WITH MY LIL COUSIN MADE FOX FIVE, MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS SON DIED, DROPPED MY HEAD WHEN HIS MOM CRIED, THEM GOONS DON’T CARE THEY BRAINS FRIED” thats just a little sample.

So i can be whatever i want be on tracks and whatever the topic of the song i get. I try to bring whatever format is needed to bring that topic forth.

That also can be coming from me loving the Arts, and i think thats what makes me stand out the most.

One of the artist in Hip-hop music that i like is Missy Elliot. I like her because she created her own lane, she didn’t come out doing what the majority of artists in the industry was doing.

She created her own style and her brand, like everything is unique with her and I love her boldness to step out and say “I’m not doing what everybody else is doing”.

Because i have seen some people come into this industry and eventually the industry changes. You come into the music industry with a vision, but as time goes on that vision starts to become distorted when money is involved.

First off you forget to have fun, and then you become a marketing tool, when the money should be a bonus.

That’s what some of these artists forget about. Like no disrespect money is cool, but when you let it run your life you steer away from the message you originally had.

Look at some of the greatest rappers of today, half of their music doesn’t even sound right today, so most of the time were bobbing our heads to mumble rap, and it's all around one focus Money, Cars, Half-naked women.

The 90’s taught us about true messages, the early 2000’s were all about the realness, come 2010-2011 it all went down hill. The industry got lost in the swag of it and that's where it went wrong and for the women involved, were not even lifting each other up anymore.

Were seeing artist today that are bright and talented don’t get the chance and are put to the side. Or they are put out to the world, but they are not doing music they want to do, instead they are forced to perform the music this industry wants them to make.

It’s not their chosen field.

That is where it all comes down to the depression, the distorted facts. We need to stop putting in the idea in young girls heads that the only way you can become successful in this industry is if you throw on a bikini, twerk, and then BOOM! You are a bonified super-star.

I think the women are exploited and devalued in how the industry promotes them. It depends on the team that is behind you, because sometimes some teams will let you push your artistry and it also depends on the deal you make.

But for some it looks like this industry exploits the women by calling them a out of their names, the guys make songs disrespecting the women and talking about explicit acts with them, stuff like that. But yet when they talk about their voice, the industry upholds them with respect and it’s almost like a hidden agenda being pushed into the music.

It's very scary, it’s almost like music is used to push agendas, to push this way of thinking, or masses that are used to make people accept a way thinking that is okay.

When I was growing up the guys were wearing baggy jeans, now i’m seeing men from wearing those to tight jeans, dresses and things like that.

If you put a certain artists that people look upto in these things at an impressionable age, they will start to adapt to those types of messages in the words because it’s cool.

If we were in the 90’s and we saw a clip of today we’d be like “HOLD UP! I WOULD NEVER DO THAT!” because it would look you know out of order to us.

Now in this day and in age we are in and the way things are, it’s like whatever agenda the industry wants to push, they push it.

“I WANNA GET HIGH AND DRUNK! DO XYZ AND DO NOTHING WITH MYSELF..”

The music is becoming a downer , but i do think it depends on the team behind them and who is pushing them, and i guess if you want to stay relevant sometimes people think that they have to sell-out.

For instance, if i could use someone as an example i would say, i do like his music though, Tank. When he first came out he had the song “Maybe I Deserve It”, it was like Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!

Because it was so real, it was a song that everyone could relate to. You know finally a man saying he deserves this and all that, but in order for him to be relevant to this new generation of R&B fanbase he had to switch up his entire style up.

i’ve seen a lot of things like that evolving with the times and you cross your fingers to pray that it goes in a good place.

I believe in creating positive music or doing real music, just real, like even if your not talking about “You know i was at the playground on the swing and doing this” but just real music.

I do believe that could become a trend again, but it’s going to take someone to do it and not fear being different and just really really really go for it. But then i’m a mom, so when i see the day rappers that my children listen to, looking up from a mother perspective they gonna think i’m old enough to be their mom.

Haha. But i do believe that whole thing can change and positive music could become in again.

It takes a strong person to step outside of the expectations that are set for urban music artists. The power of that industry it can take somebody's soul, like you know who i support for getting out? Lauryn Hill. Because i knew they was coming for her.

Back then i thought Lauryn was crazy for leaving, now years later looking at what's going on in music, i salute her for getting out while she still could and I still listen to her music. T-SPAZZ and I got onto a discussion about Kanye West’s transformation. I know you must have met a lot of different artists, who else have you met?

So i’ve met a lot of artist, sometimes i converse with famous people, a couple of them i talk to on Instagram. It’s amazing how many will reply to you if you leave them a message, or respond to comments on their pictures.

But i have met a lot of people involved in PR, I’ve met some bloggers, a few radio show hosts, and in internet radio show hosting, people who have been in the industry for awhile and have paved the way for certain artists, like people behind the scenes.

I have had help from people who are industry connected, just help other people hear about me, so i have people behind the scenes supporting me. You what know the funny thing is?

The support isn't coming from me so much being a great artist, but because I am great person. It’s amazing how much character can open doors for you. Just being a good person.

I found that to be opening doors for me, communication, talking to people, building relationships, it really worked for me.

Before I came Into the rap game, I just knew about it by all of the things i saw on television,Youtube videos, I really didn’t know much about it.

All I saw was the good side of it for the most part and your a good artists, you driving a ferrari, and you on MTV CRIBS. At that point I associated artistry with success, “Oh your a Rapper! Your a Singer”, then you become this successful person, but once I got into it all of it, i saw that all of that the glitz and glamour a lot of time it’s not even real and started to learn a lot about life behind being a rapper.

I began to get deep into it and thinking about concepts for music videos and stuff like that, people would tell me “Oh you can rent your car from this place! Oh you can rent house from this place” This blew my mind.

“So people don’t actually own all of this stuff” ,they said ,“No some people rent this stuff for the videos”and i did now know that.

I remember i was about do one video and the person, who was the videographer said “Go to the bank and take out about 500$ of your own money, get 400 in ones and two of the hundreds put it at the top of the bottom of the stacks.”

I’m like all of this is just fake mirrors, it’s not even real? So people thinking their gonna start rapping and become rich when neither of this isn’t real.

After that i went to a seminar, shout out to one of my friends her name is Vee and also another one my other friends is Quinelle Holder aka Coach Q CEO of PR Medium Agency.

The seminar I went to that they hosted was called “OH SO YOU THINK YOU THINK CAN RAP?” One of the people there was the attorney his name is Bob Filastee. He worked with the late rapper XXXTENTACION and is also the attorney for TEKASHI69. At the discussion, all of these artists were there giving speeches about the music industry, and he was one of the people that spoke.

Filastee said “Never do a 360 deal” , and i had never heard of a 360-deal before. He went into talk about it and how you go into this deal for a certain amount of money, but don’t really get this money like it’s not really yours and how you spend forever trying to pay these people back.

The artists he has worked with that did million dollar deals and then the fee’s would come out it and they would be left with 5,000$, he would get phone calls from them 3 weeks laters and all the money would be gone.

Their broke.

Filastee told us that happens so much in this industry, when new artists get signed to these deals and they get that money, they blow it so fast, and end up spending their entire careers trying to pay it all back.

So here we are watching all of these concerts thinking you know their rich, successful and happy, but really they probably don’t even see the money that they make, because they have to pay back all of it.

This really showed me wow, all of this is just Smoke and Mirrors. It also let me know “Trina if your going to go into this industry don’t go into it for the money. You gotta do artistry because you wanna do artistry. You gotta do music because you love your music. “

Don’t go in it thinking you gonna get rich like this because it’s a business like anything else, and if somebody gives you a loan like a home, like a car note, you know it comes with a lot of stipulations you might end up paying back more than what it was even worth. Just know going into it, go into it because you love the Artistry.

If you go into for that your going into because you love it and to express yourself, you won’t be so quick to sell out for the dollar, and when you feel you have done enough then you back out. It’s all about choices, if you go into this to get rich your willing to walk through any door to keep your name relevant.

I was surprised that there is a workshop like this and how come its not offered before the contract signing? If that workshop T-SPAZZ mentioned was around today there would a lot rappers that would be still be around pursuing music and living good.

Because we have lost of a great entertainers to the dark side of fame.

What do you want the world to know about you as an Artist, and as a Woman?

What i would want the world to know is that i am not afraid to be vulnerable in front of you guys, i am not afraid to share my story and to be myself i don’t fear that.

Whether you listen to my songs, you read a book i write, come to a seminar i host, an interview i do, I am unafraid and i want the world to know i am comfortable with being me. And that they do can be comfortable being themselves.

So if they did have fear, even if it takes hearing me speak on stage or in my music and how comfortable i am, maybe it will increase another person’s Courage.

To step out and be who they really are, like the real them and if the person finds out that the real them has issues that they don’t like, then guess what? You got the power and authority to work on that and change it, but until you see the real you, your not gonna like it.

So take the courage to be who you really are, just take off the mask, remove the pretending and remove what everybody thinks you should be.

Let me tell you if you create from a real place, your music will be very relatable. I think that’s why Cardi-B took off, i don’t think it’s so much of her rap skills , i think she’s a real person with a real story.

I think to myself finally another female rap artist that is relatable. Because i think Nicki Minaj can give off a superficial image that a lot of women can’t just get to.

You know her body is like wow! How do you get a body like that? You know it’s like not even an achievable goal, so it’s easy for people to idolize her than to relate with her.

With Cardi-B coming out with being so unapologetic and honest with who she is it made her relatable and it probably boosted her fan base.

Like when she first came out her fanbase was quadrupled to what Nicki’s was, because she came out so real and so raw, people were like Woah! I can relate to her.

For her to not be ashamed of where she came from it gives people hope that even if it isn’t music, it’s just hope that where i am i don’t have to be here, i can go for what i want.

I know she’s climbing up the ladder so eventually they're gonna try to push her back down the industry line.

But we need more relatable female artists like that, there’s so many artists that give off this image,“I'M HERE TO GET RICH!””RICH PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS RAPPING! THIS AIN’T NEW TO ME!” like were just painting these illustrations that aren’t real, but once you get behind the scenes you’ll really see that this stuff isn’t real.

This is my advice, in the music industry there's a lot that comes with it.

It’s a lot of Drug abuse, there's a lot of alcohol abuse that goes on, including people doing stuff to move up in the industry, so that's why i am careful not to sell sex.

I saw a lot young ladies who wanted to get out there and sell it, you know they like the image, they give off the vibe that whatever it takes to get there she’ll do it.

if i had a conversation with a young lady like that i’d let her know that what you are doing a lot of women are doing, you wanna get in this to show your talent and let it uphold you. Because if you come in that way, you might get doors open for you but you will always have this reputation of this is what you did to get ahead, this how you got here, and this why doors were open to you.

Your talent won’t be respected and when they can no longer get what is expected from you, they’ll get rid of you like you never existed. What i would let young ladies know who are interested in pursuing a career as a music artist is learn to say no, set boundaries, and do not put your boundaries down for no price tag.

No price tag. A Lot of people in the industry in positions to get you to the next level feel like they have a powerful position, if your told “if you want to get to this level you need to do XYZ to get there” .

This is not only for the women but men too, men do things to get ahead too in the music industry, so i ask are you willing to do this? Because that is asked, how bad do you want it? Like are you willing to do some stuff to get there, and at that point it’s no longer about art, because once a person allows themself to go through certain things in order to be recognized, their art doesn’t matter, they’re now a full fledged puppet and will do whatever they are told because they lost their identity.

These producers could care less about your creative control because they know you will do whatever to get up there and so many have done this, that's why they succumb to drug abuse to just get on stage and perform.

The things that people are willing to risk it can destroy you. I know a couple of artists that are not up there, their what you call C-listers basically they are known enough, i have heard them say things such as their never home. They can’t do what they want to do anymore, their life is no longer their own anymore.

Once it gets to that point the fun is gone, its a regular job and the control is gone, there’s no more input you gotta do what they tell you. It’s no more fun.

So you have to be comfortable with saying No, i’m not willing to do that and if you get the door shut in your face at least you walk away with your dignity.

Not yet, but that is something i want to go into. I want to go into Artist Development and work with artists that is interested in going into the industry.

I have some connections but i’m going to finish getting to know more things about the industry, and then im probably going to start. I don't know how i'm going to do it but i will begin an artist development seminar and maybe get some clients, but i would love to mentor young ladies who are going into music, but once they sign the deal at that point all i can really do with them is be a motivator and an encourager.

Because i can’t get them out of that deal, but if i can talk to them before signing the contract i can help. It’s a harsh place over there it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. The shows that i have went to, it’s almost like the women are expected to exploit themselves, like if you cover yourself up a label is put on you.

You must be YOUNG MA or something like that, because if your not and you are feminine, you are expected to exploit yourself. No, it shouldn’t have to be like this, no woman should take that. How would you describe your music?

I would describe it as transparent, fearless, can be motivating, inspirational, and definitely something you want to listen to at bar fests.

Just music that makes sense and things like that. My music can paint pictures, it can paint a story, it can show you my vulnerable side, strong side, i share a lot of my truth in my music and each song is different, all of my songs are unique & different.

I have no two songs that sound the same, they are all unique. I haven’t created an album yet as T-SPAZZ I’m still releasing singles, but once i get ready to make a T-SPAZZ album you will see everything i am talking about. I just want it to be something for a person to play the first song to the last song.

An album that you can every song on there. I was a fan of Mary J. Blige when she first came out, like her first six albums were amazing and i loved them because it was so her, it was her real truth. I could listen to every song on her album because each of them related to things that i could relate to in my own life.

She is a very relatable artists. I look at my music as very relatable music, not just for women but for males too. Males have to respect it, you know they have to respect it.

After shows i’ve had promoters come up to me saying “WOW! Your good” like I’m not painting a sexual image or exploiting myself.

I let my talent speak for myself, so to get that type of feedback from guys who hear music all day long that’s pretty good.

I actually did a show at a popular radio show called where i lived at, and there were so many guys. Like i’m talking over 27 guys that were performing.

I got up there and i performed my rap and the then the host said “How can you let this woman come in here & out rock all of yall?” so that was huge right there! But it never gets to my head, sometimes at shows i would shut down and i saw how that can happen.

I’m very careful to not get big headed and things like that, so i don’t go back to that place. There was a very big lesson in that.

I would describe it as transparent, fearless, can be motivating, inspirational, and definitely something you want to listen to at bar fests. Just music that makes sense and things like that.

My music can paint pictures, it can paint a story, it can show you my vulnerable side, strong side, i share a lot of my truth in my music and each song is different, all of my songs are unique & different.

I have no two songs that sound the same, they are all unique. I haven’t created an album yet as T-SPAZZ I’m still releasing singles, but once i get ready to make a T-SPAZZ album you will see everything i am talking about.

I just want it to be something for a person to play the first song to the last song. An album that you can every song on there. I was a fan of Mary J. Blige when she first came out, like her first six albums were amazing and i loved them because it was so her, it was her real truth.

I could listen to every song on her album because each of them related to things that i could relate to in my own life. She is a very relatable artists.

I look at my music as very relatable music, not just for women but for males too.

Males have to respect it, you know they have to respect it. After shows i’ve had promoters come up to me saying “WOW! Your good” like I’m not painting a sexual image or exploiting myself. I let my talent speak for myself, so to get that type of feedback from guys who hear music all day long that’s pretty good.

I actually did a show at a popular radio show called where i lived at, and there were so many guys. Like i’m talking over 27 guys that were performing. I got up there and i performed my rap and the then the host said “How can you let this woman come in here & out rock all of yall?” so that was huge right there!

But it never gets to my head, sometimes at shows i would shut down and i saw how that can happen. I’m very careful to not get big headed and things like that, so i don’t go back to that place.

There was a very big lesson in that.I was a fan of Mary J. Blige when she first came out, like her first six albums were amazing and i loved them because it was so her, it was her real truth.

I could listen to every song on her album because each of them related to things that i could relate to in my own life. She is a very relatable artists. I look at my music as very relatable music, not just for women but for males too.

Males have to respect it, you know they have to respect it. After shows i’ve had promoters come up to me saying “WOW! Your good” like I’m not painting a sexual image or exploiting myself.

I let my talent speak for myself, so to get that type of feedback from guys who hear music all day long that’s pretty good.

I actually did a show at a popular radio show called where i lived at, and there were so many guys. Like i’m talking over 27 guys that were performing.

I got up there and i performed my rap and the then the host said “How can you let this woman come in here & out rock all of yall?” so that was huge right there! But it never gets to my head, sometimes at shows i would shut down and i saw how that can happen.

I’m very careful to not get big headed and things like that, so i don’t go back to that place. There was a very big lesson in that.

My fans were definitely taken by surprise to go from Miss Trina to T-SPAZZ, and it also took my old fans by surprise too.

Some of them didn’t follow me into the T-SPAZZ version, and they didn’t like it. So they said you know i’m not following T-SPAZZ, i don't like where she’s going with her music and some just fell off.

After that I grabbed a whole new fan base, so it did exactly what i wanted it to do, it took me out of the box. Because i was living inside of a box, i didn’t have many fans when i was Miss Trina, not as many fans that T-SPAZZ has.

Once i started walking & living in my truth and writing what i wanted to write, doing the music i wanted to do without contradicting my faith and my belief.

Soon after people started gravitating towards me because it was real music. Some of these people send me their music and ask for me to listen to it and review it to get feedback.

I remember doing that so i make sure i do that. It opened me up to the youth and they are accepting of me, i know i am not their age I don’t know who the first person was to start Hip hop, which i need to learn because i do love this industry.

But who wrote the rules on how to give respect. Whether you are feminine or tough it should not be separate sets of getting respect.

Just like the men we deserve the same effort that is given to them.

You can find my music on all media streaming sites under my name T with a “-” SPAZZ, you can google or go to your music streaming site, I have music on SOUNDCLOUD underneath my name too and check out my music videos on YouTube.

You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram under the same name. My last advice i would like give to a young lady that’s ready to go into music industry is this.

Let your talent pave the way for you, you don’t have to sleep with no one to get there, you don’t have to allow yourself to be disrespected, you don’t have to walk around naked and you don’t have to get plastic surgery, inject yourself with things to get where you want to be in this business.

Don’t follow the hype and believe what you see all around you. Let your talent speak for you, because the one thing about that industry is if you don’t stand up for yourself, they’re gonna run all over you.

Their not just gonna let you go to let you go they will destroy your brand before they let you out to make sure you’ll never make money again.

Don't play their games.

There’s a lot of known sharks over there and a lot of people caught up in greed. If you go over there, remember you use your talent and if you get to one of those doors where you feel like you have to lose yourself, it's best to walk away. I mean look at Lauryn Hill, every time you hear about her you think of that album.

Even though it was years ago when you think about her album you think about how it made you feel. It still holds that importance after all this time, if she kept on going and allowed the industry to shape her, Lauryn would have lost her substance.

At least you will always have your brand and be respected. Just know that every producer, videographer, and blogger all of them not in love with you, some them wanna tell you those things to get you in bed, you don’t wanna end up sleeping with everybody in the industry and none them don’t want to work with you. Do you all of your paperwork and make sure you get all of your royalties.

Because even if you do leave the music industry you’ll still get paid.You gotta believe god got you.

Since the interview here are a few updates from hip-hop artist TSpazz**

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Taylor Cathey, B.Elise, & T-SPAZZ.