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Vibes In The City: Nefertiti Gold

Nefertiti Gold is an R&B musician set to perform this Wednesday night at Vibes In the City. With a slew…

Nefertiti Gold is an R&B musician set to perform this Wednesday night at Vibes In the City. With a slew of artist/song covers flipped into acoustic versions, as well as original songs under her belt, she’s a down to earth spirit, unafraid to be unapologetically her. Stop by LaRouge Lounge located in Downtown Newark to catch her perform!

L: I am a huge Drake fan, and you did a good job covering his song “Know Yourself”. How hard was it to take such a well-known song and make it your own?

NG: It is extremely hard to make a famous song your own. You’re in a process of learning two songs essentially. To make something more of your own, in my opinion, you have to know the back original song like the back of your hand before you can flip it into something different. I think it took me about two weeks to get “Know Yourself” in a place that I felt comfortable enough to perform it. At the time, it was a challenge that I was up for and I just really love the song for some reasons.

L: I noticed that you perform with your guitar a lot, how old were you when you started playing? Did you teach yourself how to play?

NG: I started fairly late in life with my guitar, lol. I’ll say I started around 2011-is with some random lessons that I could find on Youtube, along with taking some actual guitar lessons with an instructor but I was never consistent with. I’ve only recently shifted my focus to playing live within the last two to three years because I’ve come to appreciate having control of the music. If I need to slow it down or speed I up, I can do that. And when you have that kind of control, I feel it just creates a fuller musical experience. In my eyes, I still feel like I suck as. But I’ll be damned if I ever stopped trying to be better.

L: Does it feel more natural for you to play with your guitar or without it?

NG: The more I perform with my guitar, the more natural it feels. Sometimes it can work against me because if I’m nervous, my hands get a little jittery, and that’ll throw off my rhythm, and there’s no hiding behind that. But I like the challenge of having to keep my shit together from top to bottom. It forces me to practice more even MORE. At the end of the day, it’s all about muscle memory, and if you do it enough times your body will automatically do what you need it to do; my hand will do what I need them to do and even if I’m nervous it won’t matter.

L: What do you bring to the genre for R&B that’s unique?

NG: This question is usually so hard to answer but, what I bring is a sense of realness. And I say that more so in regards to my personality and that is reflected in the music. I get on stage, I give it my all and pray that I don’t choke on my spit. I’m not there to be perfect or try to pretend that I’m too cool. I want people to fuck with me and my growth because I am ever-growing.

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Website: www.nefertitigoldmusic.com

What's up? I'm Lex. just your typical 20-something year old fashion/beauty enthusiast, blogger and Drake lover. When I'm not blogging or making videos you can probably find me binge watching ungodly amounts of Netflix. Positive vibes, positive life.
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Snax Enlists King Los, Jalyn Sanders and Junez On New Album “Nothing To Something”

Manchester, NH artist Snax just dropped his first album, “Nothing To Something”. Snax recently hit national news after his team…

Manchester, NH artist Snax just dropped his first album, “Nothing To Something”.

Snax recently hit national news after his team NTS Entertainment booked DaBaby in Lawrence, Mass only to have the rappers security beat up a fan outside and bail on his performance. Snax didn’t let that stall his momentum and enlisted heavyhitters King Los and Jalyn Sanders for his album along with labelmate Junez. Stream everything at: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/snax1/nothing-to-something-3

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Broadway Blake: Building A Platform For Newark Hip Hop

Most heads with any sort of hand or ear to the Jersey scene has heard of Broadway Blake. Born and…

Most heads with any sort of hand or ear to the Jersey scene has heard of Broadway Blake. Born and raised in one of Newark’s toughest neighborhoods, Blake — like many of his peers — needed all the inspiration he could find. Luckily hip hop was the escape that provided him that. He came in the game with a strong mixtape run, followed by a solid indie release, Broadway Empire. He’s currently to work towards Broadway Empire 2 while contributing as a member of the buzz worthy LiFECREW collective.

More notably, though, Blake has transcended the everyday hustle and worked to develop a platform for talent to connect and be heard — offline. Vibes In The City held weekly in the heart of Newark, has become a successful series, thus far running for over year.

“I started Vibes In The City because I felt like there was so much talent in Jersey, but not enough opportunities,” says Blake. “There’s not enough outlets and platforms where the artist can build and network on a regular basis.” As an artist himself, he understands the frustration of having to go “out of town” to feel like your moving your career forward — especially when you have to consider travel and living expenses. “It’s a lot of money for starving artists to get a foot in the door.” He initially wanted to build something locally; something that artists felt like they were getting value from by building their network and fan base.

“I also thought it would be perfect for us to have a home where we can practice our craft — even if it was just once a week,” Blake also notes. “Luckily, I’ve been able to build it with people who have a similar vision for it as me. For a long time Jersey had a stigma of not wanting to support our own, so we wanted to be one of the outlets that broke that wall down. I had the idea for Vibes In The City in my notebook for at least 5-6 years, and I would always go back to it and tweak things based on other events I would attend.”

Once Blake found the perfect location, everything fell into place, and Vibes In The City was born on January 6th, 2016. Since then it has become a “haven” for artists in the community. However, it beginning to branch out further than even Blake had initially imagined; “through our social media presence, we have been able to attract artists from all over the world — including Brazil, Miami, Milwaukee, Philly … that’s just to name a few.”

“To date, we have been going 70 consecutive weeks, and every day we think of ways to evolve it make it more beneficial for artists, fans and our independent scene as a whole.” What started as a goal to have a weekly hub is always evolving in concept, and Blake and his co-founders have lofty goals for its future. “Why not Coachella? Why not Afropunk Fest? Why not Made In America or SXSW? Of course, we’re talking about five maybe even 10+ years from now — but why not think as big as possible? Thanks to the endless amounts of talents and creative minds we’ve been able to meet through Vibes In The City, the plans are unlimited.”

If you’re in the Tri-State, drop by Vibes In The City any — or every — Wednesday; if you’re an artist, get at Blake and be a part of

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Vibes In The City: SoULFULL

Always encouraging collaborative efforts, Vibes in the City introduced candid lyricist SoULFULL to their weekly Wednesday open mic in Newark,…

Always encouraging collaborative efforts, Vibes in the City introduced candid lyricist SoULFULL to their weekly Wednesday open mic in Newark, NJ last week. Representing the burbs of Franklin, NJ the multifaceted talent brings more than just lyrics. The HoMEMADE exec is currently in the works of directing and producing his first independent film and web series while putting the finishing touches on his upcoming untitled project. Just in time for nice weather and dope tunes, SoULFULL will give you that “Sunday morning cleaning your house” type vibes.

AAHH: How did you find out about Vibes in the City?

SoULFULL: I found out about Vibes in The City through artist Karma who had performed here twice by herself and then with me this past August for the release of our collaborative album “i95 & WiFi”.  It feels good to be appreciated consistently. Since I’ve done the first show I’ve been shown nothing but love and support. So for them to reach out to me to have a solo set this time around means a lot to me because of how hard I work that other people never get the chance to see.

AAHH: What are you currently working on (mixtape, EP, Album, etc.)?

SoULFULL:  I’m currently working on a new solo project for the first time in 2 years as well as a short film. What a lot of people don’t know is that my first love is film so I’m excited to showcase another side of my artistry, something else that I love to do. I’m enjoying the opportunity to not feel like I have to be just a rapper and nothing else.

AAHH: What is the name of the single? What’s the vision for your latest project?

SoULFULL:  Right now I have no single. At least not one I can decide on because I feel like I have so many I want to give. This project to me is a lot of growth, I wasn’t scared to try new things and that’s what makes it so good to me. Instead of being known as this punch line rapper I’m showing that I’m more than that. And the project so far is just a feel good kind of vibe, like the cleaning the house on a Sunday morning type of music.

AAHH: What inspires you musically?

SoULFULL: My family inspires me everyday. The good times and the bad are what got me to writing to begin with. The name of my brand “HoMEMADE” comes from them. They inspire me more than some listeners may catch at times.

AAHH: Are you affiliated with an entertainment group or crew? If so who?

SoULFULL: I wouldn’t say affiliated with a group but like I said I do have my own brand “HoMEMADE”. And I have a few people I constantly love to work/perform with as far as Kärma, Shawn Crysis, and Ty Jack.

AAHH: What do you want listeners to gain from your latest project?

SoULFULL: My latest project they can just understand and appreciate the growth if you listen to my older music. And because it was a collaborative project I want them to see the artistry I’m able to create with others. I feel as though I showcased a lot pure rap skills on “i95 & WiFi” as far as flows, charisma and even knowledge of past artist by recreating some of their old flows. As far as my next project I want them to gain the feeling. I believe it should feel better than it sound as a listener. Just enjoy the sounds but listen to the words hear the stories.

AAHH: Biggest highlight of your career so far?

SoULFULL: Biggest highlight of my career might have been Rutgers Unity Day 2017 and a show for ‘Tha Grey Matter’ this past August. Unity Day because it was in front of so many Rutgers students and being able to open up for PnB Rock. Especially because a year ago I was told I would have to pay $200 to open up for him. ‘The Grey Matter’ was huge because “i95 & WiFi” had release 2 or 3 days prior to the show. A lot of the crowd was there for me and Karma. When the first song came on everybody knew the words and the tape wasn’t even out that long yet.

AAHH: Describe the lane you’re trying to create in Hip-Hop?

SoULFULL: I wouldn’t say I’m trying to “create” a lane bur more so just get back into the lane of the music, we as fans can’t seem to let go. The 90’s hip-hop, content and feeling. I refuse to be someone who conforms; I want to be comfortable being me to create.

AAHH: Besides your own music, what are you listening to?

SoULFULL: Right now…J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, The Internet, and my peers, the people I see at every show and perform/create with.

 

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AAHH: If you had the chance, what artist would you collab with?

SoULFULL:  If I had to pick one I probably would choose Jay Z. Just being to work with legends and try to spar with him would mean the world to me. He’s at a a level and has done so much I would love to get the chance for debates to spark on whose verse was better, myself or Jay Z.

AAHH: Is the goal to stay independent or eventually get signed?

SoULFULL: The goal is to stay independent but if I could get signed I would love to be with Roc Nation.  Roc Nation just so I can have the push and the platform to be in certain conversations and categories with the best in it. Also just to be under Jay Z just to watch and learn and help push along his legacy would be great.

AAHH: How many projects have you released? (Include names, year released, features and label)

HoMEMADE – 2015 – Emonie, Ty Jack, Jay Marv

More Than A Game – 2015 – Blake Davis, Sayless, Ty Jack, Karma

Boulevard Blues – 2016 – Collab project with Ty Jack

I95 & WiFi – 2016 – Collab project with Kärma

AAHH: Where can people hear your music?

www.soulfullnj.com

soulfullnjnmusic@gmail.com | Twitter & Instagram: @soulfullnjn | Snapchat: kdlesoul www.soulfullnj.com | Soulfull (ASCAP)

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Vibes In The City: Choice

Hailing from the north side of Newark, NJ, Choice is one of many standout musicians that command the Vibes in…

Hailing from the north side of Newark, NJ, Choice is one of many standout musicians that command the Vibes in the City crowd every Wednesday. The self-proclaimed R&B Thug has performed throughout the east coast from DC to Atlanta. The NuFamm leader is currently working on his latest EP titled The Choice is Yours and honing his entrepreneurial dream with his custom clothing store NuFamm Customs in East Orange, NJ. Get familiar with Choice, the industry needs him!

AAHH: I’ve seen you perform at Vibes often and you always catch the newbie’s off guard with asking, “Are you a crack baby?” – Where did the concept of your song “New Cracq”?

Choice: Being very blessed with the skills to write, my manager James Davis call me one day with the concept and pieces to the chorus so I ran with it; he made it a hot line, and I made it a hot song. [laughs]

AAHH: How did you find out about Vibes in the City?

Choice: Word on the streets is there was a dope open mic in the area that wasn’t far to get to and I love to showcase my talent so I went and just so happen I knew most of the guys that was running it. It’s a great environment so I made it my business to be there every chance I got.

AAHH: How does it feel to be a staple at Vibes in the City?

Choice: I’m very grateful that I’m a staple to Vibes just shows me that all the work I put into this music is being noticed. Something that I didn’t see coming when I started, it keeps me going.

AAHH: What inspires you musically?

Choice: R. Kelly was one of my biggest influences to sing always to and I always listened to different directions he took his talent. So when my peers gave me thumps up I took a shot at it.

AAHH: What was your first introduction into music?

Choice: Being in cyphers doing freestyles with a lot of talented rappers until a friend of mine named Radio gave me a few instrumentals to start with so I tried it myself and started to grow interest in it.

AAHH: When did Choice become the self-proclaim R&B Thug?

Choice: Well from me being in the neighborhood doing things I shouldn’t have been doing in my days then transitioning to a singer that kind of gave me that wave because I never really had the R&B look.

AAHH: How did Fam Basic transform into NuFamm Music Group?

Choice: Fam Basic is something I came up with because most of the time I was around family or people I grew up with that basically family to so there it goes. It’s still Fam Basic til I die! We had 3 different teams Fambiz, Team Nusense and my team Fam Basic, we broke it down into one name, NuFamm.

AAHH: What are you currently working on (mixtape, EP, Album, etc)??

Choice: I’m currently working on a new EP called The Choice is Yours about to drop the first single called “U Need A Real Man In Ya Life”. The video is also dropping for second single “Catch Me in the Trap.”

AAHH: What do you want listeners to gain from your latest project?

Choice: Just knowing when you press play on my music, you’re not only going to vibe to it but I try to put a message in it. I want it to touch your soul.

AAHH: Why do you think it’s necessary to create an alliance of talent within the indie scene?

Choice: It’s necessary to create an alliance because it’s strength in numbers and the more we come together, the more we can accomplish more talent, more brains and collective thinking.

AAHH: Where can people hear your music?

Choice: “Crack Baby” is the number one joint it’s about 2 ½ years old but it’s brand new every time I perform it. Everybody that heard it falls in love with it immediately. I can’t leave the building without performing it. I wrote the lyrics myself.

AAHH: Biggest highlight of your career so far? Describe the lane you’re trying to create in Hip-Hop?

Choice: My biggest highlight was hitting that Lincoln Park stage where everybody from Newark comes out. It just felt like I made it and it felt good to perform in my city. I’m just tryna create a lane for a lot of artist that think the impossible can’t be done from my surrounding peers.

AAHH: Besides your own music, what are you listening to?

Choice: I listen to R. Kelly and a lot of underground artists because it’s a lot of good music that’s good and haven’t been heard.

AAHH: If you had the chance, what artist would you collab with?

Choice: If I had the chance I would want to do a song with R. Kelly just he can coach me, that song would be crazy.

AAHH: How can people get custom clothing from you?

Choice: My custom designing store is located at 222 Hollywood Ave in East Orange, NJ and you can contact NuFamm Customs on Facebook or call directly at 862-576-5882. Email: nrffchoice7@gmail.com| Instagram: @YaChoice

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