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Laya LaRoche Interview

“Do what you want kitties! Live your life and don’t let anyone tell you how to live it!” —Laya LaRoche…

“Do what you want kitties! Live your life and don’t let anyone tell you how to live it!”
—Laya LaRoche

As a preface, I’ll say that the R&B game is quite funny sometimes. Things come in waves, which often leaves us with many artists who sound similar. Sometimes though, you bump into a singer that has it factor – a singer on his/her plain, that writes their music and commands your attention. Alicia Keys for example. Some singers just keep it real and lean on pure “skills” as opposed to auto tune and commercial influence.

Now, I’ve been known to get obsessed with tracks on SoundCloud, and last week I lived up my reputation. While cruising for some unsigned hype, I came across New York-based singer Laya LaRoche. Her song No Gravity off of her debut album (she has two) Let Them Eat Cake had me stuck. I decided to reach to and learn more about the songstress.

Check the interview below.

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Ayyyee, my name is Laya LaRoché.

How did you get involved in music?

I’ve been singing my entire life. My family was always involved in music and the performing arts, so singing and creating my songs has been something that has always come naturally to me.

Who were some of your influences coming into the game?

Brandy has molded me in many ways. Missy Elliot, Jasmine Sullivan, Spice Girls, Gorillaz, and most of the all black female R&B groups of the 90s.
I loved the ghetto funk of 90s R&B. My iPod still mostly consists of that type of music to this day.

What can you tell us about your latest project Seraphic Nightmare?

Seraphic Nightmare
is a moodier side of me. I wrote most of the songs when I was quite depressed. Even at my lowest I still experienced some moments of joy and happiness, and that’s what inspired me to call the collection of these songs Seraphic Nightmare. I was suffering from constant nightmares in real life at the time, and that inspired me to write songs like Run that later proved to be beneficial for me. This bit of good that came out of my sorrow. The seraphic in my nightmare.

How is it different from Let Them Eat Cake?

Let Them Eat Cake was more fun and free. It was also my first project, so I was trying to establish a style/sound of my own. There also wasn’t an overall theme. Every track had a different vibe, but I like that. When I had released it a lot of people told me that they were disappointed that I didn’t “sing out” enough and that I was playing it safe. I took note of this and made sure to show my vocal range and just only go off on Seraphic Nightmare which wasn’t hard since it was more emotionally driven.

What’s your writing/creative process like?

I have a lot of producer friends, and I meet more everyday. They’ll send me a beat, and I’ll vibe to it for a few train rides until the words come to me. I hear the melodies first, and then the words just fall into place. I’ve written most of my songs while on the train or a bus. When I have those moments to myself while traveling through the chaos, I seem to be more in tune with my inner voice. Weed helps too.

Think quick: Vinyl or CD? Why?

I’m part of the CD generation (well cassette tapes really) so I’d have to go with CD. I can skip straight to my favorite track and put it on repeat like that (snaps finger)! And don’t forget about the cd walkmans!! Can’t carry a vinyl while listening. I do appreciate vinyl tho. I’d love to get vinyl copies of my projects at some point. It’s just classic. I’d hate to see them disappear.

What’s your fave album of all time? Why?

Daaaammnnn. That’s hard. It’s a toss up between Brandy Never Say Never and Gorillaz debut album. For me, both albums were highly influential. If I had to choose one I would have to go with Brandy, Never Say Never. My mother bought me the cd for Three Kings Day when I was 8 (because we’re Spanish, and we give, each other gifts on Three Kings Day). I played the CD on repeat until it didn’t work anymore. I love every song on that album. Her voice, the lyrics, the production, her emotion. It was all so on point. I still listen to it on the regular to this day.

How would you describe your live show?

My live show is fun! I try to have as much fun as I can. I usually start with the turn-up records to get people going and then once I’ve gotten their attention I bring them into my world. With songs like Run, I have a stage hand tie my hands behind my back and put a ski mask over my face. This always makes people shut up. As the music begins, I tell them, about the origins of the lyrics and welcome them into my world. I don’t want to give too much away. I would like everyone to see it for themselves (shameless plug).

What are your goals as an artist?

My goals as an artist are to bring back the music that I love and to continue creating new fusions of the music that I love – and pay my rent while doing so. Dead ass.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m putting together some new visuals. I have plenty of singles out now that I’m dying to shoot videos for. I’ve got a great team of artists and creatives that I’m super excited about working with. I can’t wait to release some new cool juice for you guys!

Do you have any last words you’d like to leave our readers with?

Do what you want kitties! Live your life and don’t let anyone tell you how to live it! We all have magic in us, and it’s up to you how to use it.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns

Yella Beezy Talks “Keep It In The Streets,” Dallas, Nipsey Hussle & Errol Spence Jr In New Interview

The Dallas-native has singlehandedly chronicled a resume that will be studied and attempted to be emulated for generations to come….

The Dallas-native has singlehandedly chronicled a resume that will be studied and attempted to be emulated for generations to come. Platinum singles, a-list collaborations, critically-acclaimed mixtapes, stamps from legends like Chris Brown, L.A. Reid and the late-Nipsey Hussle and all of this before even releasing a debut album. Today, the “That’s On Me” hitmaker talks about his journey to the top with correspondent Boom in a new interview for 50 Cent outlet, Thisis50.

During the interview, Yella Beezy talks Dallas’s current musical landscape, provides details on the new album, bad contracts, business outside of music, Drake, Nipsey Hussle, Errol Spence Jr, L.A. Reid and more. Baccen Beezy is currently promoting his new single, “Keep It In The Streets” as he readies a new single with Young Thug, titled, “Headloc,” scheduled for release this month.

Watch the complete interview here and stream Yella Beezy’s “Keep It In The Streets” now, available via Hitco.

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Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

In today’s Hip Hop, jewelry is as essential as the raps. Artists have to always shine bright and what better…

In today’s Hip Hop, jewelry is as essential as the raps. Artists have to always shine bright and what better way to do that than with a never-before-seen piece of jewelry that catches everyone’s attention. This is where Mississippi jeweler, Kris Jewelers comes in. Kris is one of the hottest new jewelers in today’s Hip Hop who has become a most-sought-after industry go-to in 2019.

Unique, signature style, reliable and one-of-kind, many of today’s biggest recording artists seek out this Mississippi-native for his originality and authenticity. Its trust that Kris has earned from many of today’s biggest stars whose pieces have received rave reviews and drawn more and more artists to his southern design.

Through word-of-mouth, Kris Jewelers has accumulated a who’s who clientele which includes music’s biggest names like Jeremih, Blueface, Swae Lee, Birdman and many more. Not just music, Kris has created several priceless pieces for professional athletes in both NFL and NBA.

Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

Kris Jewelers’ collection is available now at his Northpark Mall store in Ridgeland, Mississippi. You may also purchase custom design jewelry today online at the official Kris Jewelers website.

Follow Kris Jeweler on Instagram for daily updates on new collections and clients.

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Texas’ Lil X Is Ready To Takeover As The ‘New Kid on the Block’

The rapper Lil X, born in El Paso, Texas, is crafting an undeniable path to the top right now. Young,…

The rapper Lil X, born in El Paso, Texas, is crafting an undeniable path to the top right now. Young, rowdy, and popular, he is achieving viral attention with his new project, New Kid on the Block, and the project’s breakout hits, “Galaxy” and “Bands All Done”. On the verge of becoming a social firestorm, we sit down with the star on the rise to get familiar with who he is, where he’s from, what he’s about and what he has in store.

[AAHH]: What was it like growing up where you are from?

[Lil X]: It was fine, I got to do what I wanted. El Paso is right on the border of Mexico so there is lots of tradition and mixed culture.

Has your family been supportive of your career?

Yes my family has been supportive and I know they are trying to understand what I’m doing and one day fully learns what I’m creating and what I’m making.

If you had to choose one record for someone to listen to from you, what would it be?

Greatness, its uplifting and gives off a different feel. I personally say most people would enjoy this song.

Was “New Kid on the Block” your debut project or can new fans find more of your catalog elsewhere?

It was mostly my debut project but im going to be releasing more music soon.

Can you describe the creative process behind “New Kid on the Block”?

Well I sat down in my room and I played the beat and found were the words would fit and then created the correct melody and bam I took out each song one by one.

What are the singles from your latest project?

Galaxy, Pouri’n, and Bands All Done.

Any notable producers you are working with or want to work with?

I think Reazy Renegade is a great producer I work with. I would like to work with Molly Raw and Muder Beats in the future.

Any big-name features in the vault that we could expect anytime soon?

I have a couple of people that I’m talking with but I don’t want to give them up yet.

You’re only 16 so we wanted to ask you a random question. Can you name 5 Lil Wayne records? If so what are your favorite 5?

Yes I’m going to go with How to love, A Milli, Mona Lisa, 6 Foot 7 Foot, and Lollipop.

If you could choose 3 people to be on your next project who would it be?

I would probably go with Tavis Scott, Lil Skies, and Lil Uzi Vert.

Any label attention or calls right now?

I have a lot of different things happening and I’m looking for my best options before I sign to anything.

For more on Lil X, follow the rising star on Instagram.

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Meet Mississippi’s Fly Rich Double, The Next Big Thing in Hip Hop

Batesville, Mississippi’s Fly Rich Double has become a breakout new artist of 2019 with his Country Hip Hop sound. The…

Batesville, Mississippi’s Fly Rich Double has become a breakout new artist of 2019 with his Country Hip Hop sound. The indie and music industry top prospect June debut The Hick Hop revived an extinct genre and birthed a new age resurgence thanks to his massive hit, “Yup (On My Tractor)”. While Lil Nas X dipped his toe into the genre and then ventured out with a diverse EP, Double has delivered a string of country-driven hits and slowly accumulated a continuously growing 30,000 Instagram followers.

Averaging over 217,284 monthly listeners on Spotify, Double’s impressive stats includes over 13 million YouTube views. With a catalog of well-known hits from his debut album in “Big Boom,” “Beer, Banjos, & Boobies” and “Big Diesel Truck”.

While growing an undeniable fanbase of his own, Double still finds it difficult to fully prosper as an artist many label him a parody following the massive success of Lil Nas X hogging the genre’s lane. “I was labeled as a parody for “Yup (On My tractor),’ he says. “And now I’m just trying to earn respect as a legit, well rounded, and passionate artist. I consider my new single.”

We speak with the next big thing in both Country and Hip Hop about his past, present, and future following his newfound success. With his new music like his latest single, “Fire Fly” slowly erasing comparisons, Double hopes that fans will continue to give the new artist a chance and realize there’s more than enough room to like more than one of the same.

Read the complete interview and discover who Fly Rich Double really is below.

Where does the name Fly Rich Double originate from?
When I was a kid, my nickname was Mike Mike. As I grew, I felt like it was to kiddy to call myself mike mike so I changed it to Double referring to “2” Mikes. Fly Rich is just icing on the cake

In your opinion, what makes Fly Rich Double so hot in Today’s Hip Hop?
He’s just original. He basically started his own wave, no matter what people think.

With a unique style of music, tell us about your musical inspirations growing up?
I never wanted to be a rapper. It just happened one day and I got lucky.

Also known as the Trap Cowboy, how did you discover and design your own sound?
Growing up in Mississippi, everybody is country. All you see are acres and acres of farmland. You grow accustomed to the country lifestyle if that’s all you grew up around.

If you could define Mississippi Hip Hop, how would you explain the southern style to the world?
Mississippi is one of the most underrated states when I comes to Hip Hop. Southern style music gives life to the soul.

Stream Fly Rich Double’s Debut LP, The Hick Hop now.

“Big Boom” is both comical and catchy, how did the concept come together?
With the help of my little brother. We created a master piece.

Did you know “Big Boom” was going to be a hit?
Honestly i did ! I told my managers as soon as i finished writing it

While there are some similarities, have you gotten a response, comment, or reaction from Lil Nas X on “Big Boom”?
Nope… When he signed his record deal, the label made him unfollow me I’m pretty sure of it.

How’d you feel knowing some of today’s biggest recording artists like JuiceWrld are fans of your Country Hip Hop style sound?
It feels great for someone to finally just give me a chance. Just try something new for a change.

While many may feel you are copying a wave due to the success of Lil Nas X, you’ve been making music a bit longer than the “Old Town Road” creator. Tell us about your musical background?
I honestly created “Yup (On My Tractor)” on accident. Lil Nas X made an incredible song and promoted right, that is all.

Stream Fly Rich Double’s newest single, “Fire Fly”

Do you feel Lil Nas X’s success to bring Country Trap to the mainstream benefits or hinders your success?
Success. Because people respects it more. Like these kids can make you a superstar, who cares if adults don’t support you.

You just dropped a new album, The Hick Hop last month. Tell us about the recording process for the project?
A very fun project to work on. Loved every second of it, wish I coulda dropped more of my music but they’ll come on a later date.

How do you plan to maintain relevance with your musical style and not be considered just another 2019 facade?
I’m thinking about doing another album. I have an idea to do a nursery song for kids. Stay tuned.

Curious, give us your take on today’s Hip Hop and Country music scene in Mississippi?
It’s thriving and once I get in the door, I will help more artist from Mississippi.

Fly Rich Double… What is the ultimate goal?
In August of 2018, I dropped the single, “Yup (On My Tractor).” What started off as a joke, ended up completely changing my life. I have gotten so many things accomplished in a year that I never would have ever imagined. My son is my daily motivation. With hard work and dedication, I plan to reach platforms that will inspire people to live out their dreams.

With the help of my fans, I plan to accomplish many more milestones in my life. August 2019, I am dropping a breath of fresh air with my new song “Fire Fly.” I look forward to my fans vibe with me on this track as well. My team and I have put a lot of work into it and I look forward to connecting and expanding my fan base on a new level.

I was labeled as a parody for “Yup on my tractor,” and now I’m just trying to earn respect as a legit, well rounded, and passionate artist. I consider my new single as a “REBIRTH.”

My goal as an artist is to show people that I’m actually versatile and that I can make good music.

Watch Fly Rich Double’s New Video, “Fire Fly” now.

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