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#InTheTrap 📺 Kelvyn Colt talks women, paving way for German rap + ties with Louis Vuitton & Reebok W/ Sarah Harrison

Kelvyn Colt, a German/Nigerian artist by way of London, stops by In The Trap in between worldwide trips promoting music and fashion ventures. He defines “used to be a Savage“, the hook on his latest single. We move into talking about his mum being his hero and his overall admiration for women, not only for being “more efficient and trustworthy in business”, but also overcoming gender role stereotypes in society from the beginning of time!

Colt reminisces on his digital marketing ambitions being dismissed when working a retail job for a luxury fashion company and has a message for all the naysayers that every existed in his life. He also speaks on (career) numbers vs. impact and paving the way as one of Germany’s artists rapping in English breaking through recognised Hip-Hop channels. With there being no infrastructure for Hip-Hop in Germany, Kelvyn aims to spearhead that for his native Rap culture.

Kelvyn Colt tells us how affiliations with Louis Vuitton and Reebok came about, with ambitions as a creative in the digital climate stretching far beyond music.

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#BEFORETHEFAME | Jo$e Rivera Talks About His Latest Single w/ Euro GotIt, His Favorite Female Emcee’s, His Upcoming Album, & MORE

Atlanta’s own, Jo$e Rivera, sits down with #BEFORETHEFAME host, Portia Terrae, to talk about his hit single, “Air It Out,” with Euro GotIt, why Rhapsody is one of his favorite females in the game, why he could never go for Church’s chicken and more!

Watch the full interview below, and check out more #BEFORETHEFAME interviews on the way!


#BEFORETHEFAME | Lil Donald Talks The Importance Of Creativity In The Studio, His Ludacris Collab, His ‘How To Survive’ Domestic Violence Q&A, New Music & MORE

Atlanta’s own Lil Donald stops by #BEFORETHEFAME to talk about why creativity is important when it comes to making hits, being signed V.S being independent, getting a feature from Ludacris, and more!

Watch the full Lil Donald Interview below and stay tuned for more #BEFORETHEFAME interviews on the way!


#InTheTrap 📺 ScHoolboy Q on Kendrick sequencing CrasH Talk, no female features, ZaZa for Water video, social media crisis + more With Sarah Harrison

ScHoolboy Q sits In The Trap upon the release of CrasH Talk, reminiscing on the importance of Oxymoron in his career, despite being on drugs during that run and not having enjoyed its success in the moment. He opens up about measures he took to sober up, including changes to the company he keeps although his loyalty could most times be slavery.

The TDE/Black Hippy rapper admits to leaving Kendrick to put all his albums together because he finds the process boring – “I just want to rap bro”. Something else he finds boring is US shows, compared to European/World crowds, often telling off “boring ass fans” for standing around having no energy.

The main topic of discussion turned to today’s growing social media crisis, from fake motivation to unnecessary outrage, creating a disillusioned image of the outside world we really live in. He only seeks the comedy factor on his feed, simply put “laughter is God”. Speaking of which he requests viral sensation ZaZa video’d dancing to album track ‘Water’ to be in the music video.

#BEFORETHEFAME |BoB Lennon Describes His Music, Talks About His Album ‘ASHTRAYS,’ Being On The Cover of Macon Magazine & MORE

Macon, Georgia native, Bob Lennon, sits down with #BEFORETHEFAME host, Portia Terrae, to discuss his latest project, describes his music in three words, and what it was like to grace the cover of Macon Magazine.

Watch the full #BEFORETHEFAME interview with Bob Lennon below and be sure to stay tuned for more exclusive interviews on the way!


#BEFORETHEFAME | Trap Beckham Discusses What It Takes To Make A Hit, Working With Trina, Having Tj’sDj’s As A Manager & MORE

Southern hitmaker, Trap Beckham, sits down with host Portia Terrae to discuss how he knows he just made a new hit song, what it was like working with Trina, Tokyo Jetz, and Too Short; and how he got connected with his manger and music mogul, Tj’s Dj’s.

Watch the full interview below and stay tuned for more #BEFORETHEFAME interviews coming soon!


#BEFORETHEFAME | Yukon Talks His Latest Project ‘Triangle,’ His Tattoos, What Sign He Is & MORE

Up and coming Atlanta artist, Yukon, talks about the inspiration on his latest project, Triangle; if he wants more tattoos or not; and of course , gives us his top 5, ‘Dead or Alive.’

Watch the full interview below, and stay tuned for more dope #BEFORETHEFAME artists on coming soon!

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Manolo Rose Sits Down With Dj RootsQueen To Discuss Life In Brooklyn, How He Got Into Rapping, and His First Time Meeting Jay Z

Dj RootsQueen recently sat down with Brooklyn artist and rap producer, Manolo Rose. Manolo, known for his catchy beats and lyrical flow, channels all genres of music in his palette from rap to jazz. After making a name for himself locally, and collaborating with artists such as Dave East and Keith Ape, Rose has since been linked with Memphis Bleek’s Warehouse Music Group under Roc Nation. He has made a major contribution to the New York hip-hop scene, and his presence is heavily respected.

Tell everybody who you are and where are you from?
I’m from the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, same place as Jay Z. I’m just a well-rounded, talented young guy. 

How did you get started rapping?
I  was working with my nephew, he was the one actually rapping. He came  home with some beats and asked him if I would help him do what he wanted  to do. I was just like “aight cool”. When he started to put the beats  on, I just started to create hooks for what he was doing and from there I  realized that I could do this myself. And that was it. 

Who were some of your early musical influences that contribute to this sound?
HOV, AZ, Biggie, and DMX, 

Why did you choose to use the Ojay’s sample in your “I Get Money” song?
I really went with that sample because it really just resonated with me from when I was a child watching New Jack City.

Are there any Brooklyn rappers who you grew up with or are close with now?
Me and Casanova is cool. Pretty much everybody, ya know! Maino, Maino is my guy. Uncle Murda, that’s my man. Yeah.

Who is your favorite rapper of all time?
I  would have to say HOV cause I was raised on it. I got a lot of street  principles from HOV. And second, I would have to say the group 8ball and  MJG. Those are my favorite.

What about producer?
My favorite producer? Probably Just Blaze and Kanye. Between those two. 

How did you get your name Manolo Rose?
Well, Manolo comes from the movie Scarface. That was his partner, Manny, his  name was Manolo and the rose is just a play on the life and death aspect  of the rose. You give roses to someone on Valentine’s day, but at the  same time you would give them when someone dies. So it symbolizes both  things for me.

How did growing up in Brooklyn shape and mold you musically?
It  made me everything that I am. It’s why my records are agressive or like  a hustler theme to it. If I was from somewhere else, I don’t know if it  would sound like that but that is the reason why it actually does. Cuz  of where I am from. That’s just something that we are bred with being  from Brooklyn. 

What are some of the experiences you faced as a youth that helped give you the opportunity to cultivate rap as a career?
It  was just this one summer was just a bad summer for me and all my  friends at that time. We went to at least 4 funerals in one week. I  think those things shaped everything for me personally. It just put  everything in perspective. I was only 15/16 years old at the time. 
Is there any truth to the stories in your music? If so, give an example.
Yes. Every story I tell is true. It could be something I am dealing with at  the time. It’s also things that people are going through around me. So  it’s all true emotions. It’s human emotions at its best. I either  experienced it or someone around me did. 

When did you first meet Jay Z and how long after that did you get signed to Roc Nation??
I  met HOV when I got signed actually. It was like the day after I signed  the contract. It was crazy. That’s like the ultimate dream is to have HOV come to the hood and save you. It’s like a thing.

What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced since your break out as a well-known rapper?
The  biggest thing that I dealt with was having the controversy  with Troy  Ave over my very first record, All About the Money. I think that was the  hardest thing because I was a brand new face and him, he was already in  the game for maybe about 3 or 4 years by then. He already had those  relationships so a lot of those things that I should’ve gotten, I didn’t get because he had those relationships and kinda blocked a lot of those things for me.

What projects do you currently have out now and how can people get them?
The  project I have out now is this tape called Season 1 and another tape  called Springtime Colors: Pastells. Both of them are out right now on  all streaming platforms.

What upcoming projects do you have planned?
I am working on another project right now. I don’t have an official title  for it yet. It’s in the works. Just trying to figure out a release date  for it. Maybe August.

How can people connect with you?
You can find me on Instagram and Twitter: @monolo_rose

Rude Girl Radio airs on Digital Dope Radio every Tuesday at 5pm EST. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Check out this NYC playlist featuring Manolo Rose. playlist/f411647f-52a2-40cf-9522-9ba2e717efc6

#BeforeTheFame | Dru Discuss His Music Influences, Favorite City On His European Tour & More

This week Portia Terrae from had a talk with Juno Award Winning R&B artist Dru over the phone about his music influences, how he got into becoming a singer, favorite city while on tour , favorite liquor and more with this series for #BeforeTheFame.

Portia: Where are you from?
Dru: Toronto, Canada but my background is Jamaican.

Portia: Some of your influencers Usher, Frank Ocean, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye that inspired you in music. What inspire you to start singing and do R&B music?
Dru: My older brother use to sing in the choir. I did not think singing int he choir was cool at the time but I was singing to myself one day and he caught me singing. He was Dru you can sing, you have a voice. He was not playing or joking around when he told me. I really took that in that we told me I really have a talent. I took it series since then. 

Portia: How old were you when your older brother heard you sing?
Dru: 8-9 Years old. Listening to Jackson 5 and New Edition

Portia: Who are the new current day artists that influences you?
Dru: Artist like Khalid, 6LACK, HER, and Daniel Ceaser art artists I listen to. 

Portia: How was the European Tour? What was your favorite city you visited dealing with the food and activities?
Dru: Cannes,France. To the food, the scenery, whole like historic buildings. Its like Miami tropical king of feeling with everything combined.The weather and the beautiful women. You cant complain about it. I might have to retire there.  

Portia: I heard you have a Canadian tour coming up well?
Dru: The big show thats coming up for summer is Tdot Fest. August 18th, Ill be headlining that show. It will be a combination of hot new artists thats coming up in the city and the couple of rest of us that been keeping records coming and keeping momentum. Its a 2 day festival on the 17th & 18th of August but I'll be performing on the 18th.

Take a listen at 8:13 mark for when Portia and Dru discuss his top 5 artist dead or alive) music he would take onto an island.

Take a listen at 8:58 mark while they get more personal with questions with the segment "This or That".

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#BeforeTheFame | STP Los Talks New Project “Big Nawf 2”, Papers Vs. Backwoods & More

Nawf Atlanta rising rapper STP Los stops by to talk with Portia Terrae on about “Big Nawf 2” project, music making process, why he prefer papers vs backwoods & more!!!

“Big Nawf 2”

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