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Cipherella Drops ‘Moments’. Take A Moment To Get To Know Her

It was Cipherella’s captivating visuals in her new music video for her song “Moments” that caught my attention. The video’s…

It was Cipherella’s captivating visuals in her new music video for her song “Moments” that caught my attention. The video’s concept was so intriguing because we all have that one friend who’s always calling asking for money or the friend that wants to talk about their relationship 24/7 — Moments is the byproduct of encounters like those. The idea that we all want a moment to unplug ourselves from having to listen to everyone’s problems and never getting a chance to introspect, or even talk about our problems resonates. We all need a moment to “zone in and zone out and be bout what [we’re] bout.” What began as merely a diary entry has evolved into a music video that keeps you in tune. But don’t take my word for it, check it out below. With that, it was only right to get to know Cipherella a bit.

Cipherella considers herself a musical genius, who always knew she was destined to be someone of a great caliber as a child. She began playing the guitar in her youth and wrote to express herself. After a tornado had destroyed her home in Alabama, she decided to move to NYC four years ago and pursue her music career. Living in Alabama, Cipherella felt the scene was stagnant, as she only got to experience a limited amount of cultures coexisting at once. The cultural expansion that Cipherella sought after was found in NYC because of the abundance of cultures present there. It has shaped her outlook and impacted the content within her music. As a female hip-hop artist, she aspires to pave the way.

As a woman in a “predominantly male” industry do you feel it’s your job to advocate?

It’s not my “responsibility” to talk about issues, but I do regardless. Some people do it because it seems to be a trend, I do it because it’s about self-expression, but it’s not my job, too. Many don’t realize that you can support and advocate in silence.

You’re a writer whose outlet is music, are you into any other mediums like poetry?
Absolutely– I host an open mic at NuYorican’s Poets Café. But, I’ve never been a poet specifically. It’s funny; actually, I used to consider myself a poet and then one of my friends checked me on it. Simply because she asked me why did I think I was a poet and I was like, “well have you listened to the lyrics of my songs.” And she was like “well listen to what you just said… poets don’t make their music directly to music… Poets don’t have hooks” Well some of them do but yea. So, I stopped calling myself a poet, because I’m not a poet. I don’t ever want to disrespect their craft like that. I am not a poet, but I love poetry.

So, you majored in psychology, why didn’t you pursue a career in psych?

Honestly, I think I’m still doing something with psych. Because you can understand what the generation is going through just by what the generation as a whole subscribes to. So, I try to incorporate that into my music regarding the messages I’m relaying and the psychological effects it may have. Psychology expanded the way I incorporated social aspects into music. I produce music to relate experiences.

Mind sharing your short-term goals/ what’s coming up next?

I’ve been selected for music video competitions; it’s my goal to receive those awards. I don’t have a lot of short-term goals actually, for me it’s all about steady moving forward. I want to diversify what we have on the female platform when it comes to female MCs, and encourage other women to find their voice– I want that to be a revolving goal.
2018– I’m releasing an album. Out of 130 songs, maybe I’ve released four so far, so there’s so much to choose from. I’ll be releasing singles up until then. I’m still growing as an artist, taking the time to plan it all out.


Cipherella is an incredibly humble, talented being. The most influential message she has left me with was– “I don’t think we ever truly find ourselves. The most we can do is work at being the best us in the now that we can be– and continue to find things that expand who we are. “

Meet Sasha Bentley -- a Bronx native with a global state of mind. She is currently navigating her way through undergraduate studies as a marketing major and finding ways to cultivate her creativity outside of the classroom. She assists in creating programming for her colleges annual hip hop week and blogs vehemently. She fuses her passion for writing and desire to cultivate good music together to forge a path that is all her own. Sasha is very passionate about keeping culture alive and inciting change through music. You can follow her journey on IG @sash.del.sol
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Director Myster DL Chats About His New Cypress Hill Documentary

Myster DL, rapper and trusted video director who has an excellent portfolio of over 250 videos with acts like Redman,…

Myster DL, rapper and trusted video director who has an excellent portfolio of over 250 videos with acts like Redman, Sean Price, Styles P, Chuck D, Cormega, and more, recently dropped a new documentary about Cypress Hill, a group he fondly credits for helping him to make Hip Hop himself.

The Haunted Hill Documentary was filmed in one night in Boston, Massachusetts, at the legendary House of Blues. “I worked on the edit for a few days and sent a few drafts over to the guys and management,” DL tells AAHH. “They do a three-day tour annually—and I usually catch a couple of those shows.”

“Earlier this year I had released a video for Cypress Hill’s Eric Bobo, and we are always planning our next project,” he continues. “We are in the process of possibly doing a few music videos for the band.”

As DL explains, he’s been aquatinted with the iconic group for over a decade. “I’ve known B-Real the longest; I met him in roughly 2004 while living—and DJing—in Miami. I made an edited version of his Gunslinger Mixtape and sent it to him via AOL instant messenger. He was grateful and said if I ever needed anything to contact him.”

At first, DL didn’t take the open invitation seriously. “I just thought this was something people say and took a chance and asked him for a verse,” he recalls. “Within two hours I had an email and acappella. I put the verse on my iPod Nano and walked around listening to it for three weeks. We did a song together in 2004, and that blossomed into a cool relationship with the whole crew.”

“I have a song with B Real, Sticky Fingaz, Rockness Monsta and Kool G Rap that will premier on the soundtrack of my next film,” DL says proudly. “Cypress Hill inspired me to make music which eventually turned into a successful film career, so its a trip to even know them.”

According to DL, this is his most significant project to date. “It’s my first documentary film; however I do have a series of short documentaries called “Rewind The Scenes” where I look back at the making of some of my biggest music videos,” he explains.

The Haunted Hill Documentary is a must-watch for any Cypress fan; check it out below.

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Sam Krow Is Ready For 2018 [Interview]

Sam Krow a.k.a. Hunnit Block from Dade County, Florida (by way of Little Haiti), has been featured on our site…

Sam Krow a.k.a. Hunnit Block from Dade County, Florida (by way of Little Haiti), has been featured on our site in the past. His single “Hunnit” featuring Zoey Dollaz—who is having serious run right now—and his Black On Black mixtape put him on the map within his local scene, and his upcoming EP Zoe Boy promises to open him up to the world.

“[My sound] is down south blended with the heartbeat of the islands,” he tells AAHH. “My mother was my inspiration. Before she died we listened to music together; then, when she died I used the memory of my mom as my pain reliever—my tranquility place. My anger releaser,” he continues. “That’s when I was motivated to do what I wanted to do in life…to make my mom proud.”

“My influence was the black stars in my neighborhood,” he told us, noting he was musically fuelled by Biggie, Pac, Bob Marley, Michel Martelly, Wyclef and the Fugees, Trick, Uncle Luke, and MMG capo Rick Ross.

He has a lot to look forward to, especially following the success of “Hunnit” which peaked at 83 on the national DRT charts—and number 8 the indie DRT chart. “[My goal is] to build a legacy, not only for my children but my people,” he says confidently. With a freshman album on deck for 2018 and a major tour in the works, it’s only a matter of time before Sam’s name is mentioned in larger industry circles.

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An Interview with RnB Singer Marcylis

“My music is just different. It’s a new soundscape, new melodies, a new flow and a fresh face.”-Marcylis It’s been…

“My music is just different. It’s a new soundscape, new melodies, a new flow and a fresh face.”-Marcylis

It’s been a while since we’ve received a fresh, attractive, young male R&B singer that caters to the soul. Marcylis is a 21 year old serenader hailing from Atlanta, GA, working towards his anticipated reality–R&B superstar. With already having dropped singles such as “Gang,” “Doing The Most,” and his first single “My Girl,” Marcylis has collectively gained attention–accumulating over 47.3k plays on SoundCloud and 3.7k followers on Instagram. Showing much potential in his craft and brand, I found it only right that I interview him and introduce him to the AAHH family. Read more below.

An Interview with RnB Singer Marcylis

AC: When did you decide that football wasn’t your passion, but singing was?

M: I decided sports wasn’t the route I wanted to take when I had made the decision to move to Atlanta, at that point I knew I wanted to do something different, take another route.

AC: I read that you’re from Cincinnati, but now reside in Atlanta, did you find better opportunity for stardom there (since that’s everyone’s perception of ATL)?

M: I’m not really a geographical type of person my advice to anyone pursuing a dream or goal is to build a team of people in your field of interest, start there, and if you can’t leave from where your at then do it at home, do it from where your at. But do it at your BEST and make sure it’s a good listening experience that people can relate to, and or vibe to.

AC: Who are some of your musical inspirations or influences? Why?

 M: Some of my musical influences are artists like Jagged Edge, Omarion, Jodeci, New Edition, and R. Kelly. I could relate to their music and they gave off good vibes–something you would listen to on repeat. I would say Drake and Chris Brown… but my inspiration truly comes from life experiences and my environment.

AC: Walk me through the creative process when writing your music or recording a song?

M: First I hum to find a melody, then I start to freestyle with the flow of the beat. Once I find the rhythm and the melody, I put words next to them.

An Interview with RnB Singer Marcylis

AC: In today’s music, no one really has one sound any more. What would you describe your “sound” to be like?

M: My music is just different. It’s a new soundscape, new melodies, a new flow and a fresh face.

AC: I read that you come from a musical family who has always surrounded you with the musical tools needed. Was your family always supportive of your decision to pursue music?

M: Yes my family loves music and has always been supportive.

AC: Who do you dream of working with in the music industry?

M: It would be dope to work with Drake, Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, SZA, Her, Ella, Justine Skye and PartyNextDoor.

AC: You’re planning on dropping project, ‘820′ Where did the concept for this title come from? It looks like a date, if so why THIS date?

M: August 20th is my birthday. So every event from that day I was born that I can remember, up until today–I am going to make a career off of reminiscing.

AC: What are some of your favorite tracks from the project and why?

M: The whole project.

AC: In today’s music industry, artists have found ways to build their brand other than music, such as dabbling in the fashion industry, producing and acting. What avenues do you see yourself going into, besides music?

M: I’m also an actor, so winning a few Oscar awards and Best New Breakout Actor are on my bucket list. Along with starring in big major movies and on television. I also want to jump into the virtual world and design a few video games… making big major moves to broaden myself as a brand. An Interview with RnB Singer Marcylis

AC: What do you think about the state of Hip Hop right now? Especially being a singer trying to break into the game.

M: The state of Hip Hop is always changing, so be UNIQUE.

AC: Are you looking to get signed or do you believe in taking the independent route, like many artists out right now?

M: If it makes sense and looks good who knows.

AC: What is next for Marcylis?

M: I will be finishing out 2017 going into production, set to film a movie. I will be dropping my album “820” and pushing a few other singles; Problems, My Girl, Working So Hard, and Replay along with filming music videos. Word on the streets is a Jodeci biopic is reportedly coming to VH1 this year and I had a huge social media buzz to play the lead singer, Dalvin.

Check out Marcylis’ music by clicking the links below.

Let me know if your feeling Marcylis using the hashtag #ACapproves

An Interview with RnB Singer Marcylis

An Interview with RnB Singer Marcylis

 

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Live Interview with Rapper Ish Williams BTS at Soultronica Music Fest

Ish Williams is a South Jersey rapper bringing his own resonance to hip-hop. With inspired drive from Kid Cudi, Ish Williams…

Ish Williams is a South Jersey rapper bringing his own resonance to hip-hop. With inspired drive from Kid Cudi, Ish Williams speaks of personal issues in most of the songs that he creates. He brings an energy that has Jersey written all over. With already gaining attention from huge platforms like Vibe, The Source, HypeFresh Magazine, Genius, ItsBizKit, and Hot New Hip-Hop, to say the least, Ish Williams shows his consistency and perseverance.

Live Interview with Rapper Ish Williams BTS at Soultronica Music Fest

While backstage at the Soultronica Music Fest in Philly, I caught up with Ish Williams to finally get to know him in person, and discuss the purpose of Soultronica–mental health awareness. He has a dope solo project out right now ‘Sonia’s Son’ and a collective project “W.A.W.A” with some other notable names like Mir Fontaine, available everywhere now. Watch now

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Live Interview with Rapper Ish Williams BTS at Soultronica Music Fest
Live Interview with Rapper Ish Williams BTS at Soultronica Music Fest

Live Interview with Rapper Ish Williams BTS at Soultronica Music Fest

Live Interview with Rapper Ish Williams BTS at Soultronica Music Fest

 

 

 

 

 

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