Papi D

There is always a new artist on the rise and they are born everywhere so it never surprises me when a young person comes out and has so much heart to share their craft. It’s great to see so many people chasing their dreams to better lives and I can say that this generation has it down pack.

Every now and then I run across someone who has the hunger that so many people don’t have these days when it comes to succeeding.  This new artist out of Jersey is one that is fresh with ambition and edge that most have never seen, his name is Julian Pope  but his stage name “Papi D” .

From the streets of Camden, New Jersey  this artist is a fan of 50 cent and the Dipset crew , you all remember the squad from back then that took over?. Yes , we all loved Jim Jones, Juelz , Cam and the entire crew and this young man was inspired by them so you know he is a rapper with heart and is driven to win. This artist is fully equipped with knowledge of hip hop and lyricism when it comes to the people he has studied or been inspired by. Papi D is one amazing individual who is on the brink of taking over for his city by remaining himself through all his experiences and trials.

Papi D grew up in a single parent home and through times developed into a man who remained loyal, trustworthy  and genuine throughout his entire career and it has taken him so many places. He has performed in various places ; with over 40  shows including Chilatlantala and SXSW with opening for artist such as PNB Rock, Ar-Ab and Pedi Crack.

His resume is already impressive with these opportunities already behind him so you already know there is more to come.  We know that Papi D has way more up his sleeve for the next couple of years because his city is on his shoulders and he wants to make a better life for his family , especially his mother.

Find his music on Apple, Itunes, Tidal , Youtube and on social media .

Instragram: @papidcmd

Twitter:  @papidcmd

 

Click the link to check out his new single

 

 

-A.C.T.

6/15/17

The CoverGirl Metallics

Okay,

So I received this package a while ago from Influenster however, I’ve been prolonging it because I had a couple of other things on my plate and well I really wanted to get the full effect from all of the products in the box.  The reason is because well it had been a while sense I had received anything from them and it happened to come just as I was contemplating on getting a new mascara and eye palette.

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Well needless to say , Covergirl almost came through for me because although they were items  I needed their was a product that I was kind of unhappy with. Now, keep in mind I did receive these from #Influenster from Maybelline complimentary to test and all of these opinons are my own.

Okay so now that we have the important stuff out of the way, lets start..first off I am the swatch Queen!..I mean when I swatch my goal is to be certain its going to show up on this Golden Honey..Caramel..in the morning pale skin. I mean I don’t put half the product on my finger but I get the amount I need for it to show up on me.

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And as you can see from the picture  ( which by the way this was my 2nd attempt) the colors just wouldn’t come through. I was kind of appauld and please in no way think because a product is from the drugstore doesnt mean it cant be pigmented like high end brands . But for this palette I expected more I mean its a METALLIC eyeshadow palette so I expected it to really pop but sadly it didnt.

So this is where it was an almost fail…until…

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The Falsie Push Up Mascara! …when I say I can officially pull off that whole “is she wearing lashes?” look and I dont wear lashes ( yep I said it) …this mascara is BOMB! and thats without a winged liner!. This was clearly created by someone who loves me and they just dont know it. Maybelline you have a win with this one and this is definitely the weekend mascara for those special events and nights.

Now I will say I love receiving the purple eyeliner because hey black gets boring sometimes right? lol no ..but it was very smooth going on ( sorry I have no pics for that one on me ). But you a glimpse of  some looks from the pics below..

 

Thanks for reading and reviewing with me

 

A.C.T.

5/11/17

AceBoogie: ‘Waiting” so “Y” Stop

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Every now and then you come across an artist with a dope music background, one that gives credit to the greats before us and it’s always dope to hear the enthusiasm in the artist voice about their musical heritage.

And that’s how I and AceBoogie271 started the conversation by him first telling me that his grandfather (Benjamin Johnson) played alongside the Commadors and he grew up hearing stories about life on the road and the highs and lows of the entertainment life. But those stories keep AceBoogie 271 going in his career and with so much inspiration there is no stopping this artist because at this rate there are no limits for him.

I chopped it up with AceBoogie271 and here’s what happened. ..

Me:  AceBoogie271 is a different name that looks like it may have some meaning, where did it come from?

AceBoogie271:  It came from the streets and from the movie “Paid in Full”, which is my favorite movie. I was the youngest, wisest person in the crew so they called me “Ace” and them Boogie comes from the movie. 271 comes from a label that I started and what I stand for.

Me:  That’s dope, not too many people your age know about that movie and it’s nice to hear that you identify from it as well have drawn inspiration. And with that do you consider yourself just a rapper or a singer?

AceBoogie271: I consider myself to be a Jack of All Trades , I am very versatile, as someone who has written over 1000 songs which are archived I know there is nothing I can’t do .

Me: Wow you are a well- rounded individual whose focus is awesome, I can definitely see you going places creatively.

AceBoogie271: Yes I am, I plan on writing for so many others including myself

Me: Who is someone you are interested in working with?

AceBoogie271: 21 Savage because we share the same story of coming from nothing to something

Wow, what an amazing individual right? We talked for a very long time and the vibes were very inspirational as this young man even has plans on giving back to his community and starting a non- profit organization.

The world needs more people like him to push the forward movement of positivity in the community as well as more people who truly love art and are attached to it from their heart. With is new singles “Waiting” and “Y” OUT NOW… and with his appearance at this week’s 4/20 Festival in Atlanta, Ga he is someone who everyone needs to go see.

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So make sure you are in the area and catch him performing live as he puts on for the city of Atlanta and reveals why he is on his way to the top to impact the world.

Find him on social media and make you are following so you can be sure to check him out and watch this young cat make moves! !

Instagram: AceBoogie.271

-A.C.T.

 

Casper : “Overdose” the single

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When it comes to the singers and rappers in the world it’s always nice to see young people working hard on something they truly believe in. Because there is nothing wrong with chasing your dreams especially when you are putting in the effort to make sure things happen. And in this day and age there are so many young people who are trying their hand at an industry that definitely has its ups and downs.

However, these are the reasons that it is always nice to catch up with young artists to get an idea of who they are but the dream they are chasing and that’s exactly why I wanted to chop it up with Casper.

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Casper is 21 and from Atlanta, Ga where the industry is predominant in bringing young people to the forefront of the world.  These days you can say they are overwhelm with the amount of talent that wants to discover a new life brought on by their current situations.  Casper is a young voice of the streets of Atlanta expressing himself through music which in my opinion is the best way to do it.

I talked with Casper briefly and he told me a little about his story:

A.C.T.:  So Casper, who are you? And where did your love of music come from?

Casper: I’m from Atlanta, GA and have always enjoyed singing; I started off in a basement studio and from there is how I got to where I am now

A.C.T.:  Wow, that’s crazy, so are you someone who tells their story through their music? To draw inspiration?

Casper: Yea, I freestyle all of my songs and that all comes from life events and experiences. My mother took care of me and I was able to see the good side and bad side of the struggle and that’s how I know I’m going to make it either way. And that’s how I create music

A.C.T. :  As an artist  that’s one of the best ways to be open and honest with your fans is telling them who are you and that helps the creative process so that’s great.. So with that inspiration who would like to work with?

Casper: Drake, Meek Mill and Young Thug and the reasons is that I relate to all of their stories.

A.C.T.:  How have you been inspired by them?

Casper:  I’ve seen what they have done and how they have made it and it has even inspired me giving back to my community as well.

In this world we could use more individuals like Casper who want to be positive examples not only for themselves but for their communities as well.

You can see Casper at this year’s “4/20 “Festival in Atlanta, GA so make sure you are copping your tickets.

But if you can’t make it you can find him on

Instagram: oofficialCasper1

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-661436193/sets/casper-dreams/s-AgWRv

And make sure you check out that new single Overdose as while you’re on there

-A.C.T.

 

 

 

 

 

Casper is 21 and from Atlanta, Ga where the industry is predominant in bringing young people to the forefront of the world.  These days you can say they are overwhelm with the amount of talent that wants to discover a new life brought on by their current situations.  Casper is a young voice of the streets of Atlanta expressing himself through music which in my opinion is the best way to do it.

I talked with Casper briefly and he told me a little about his story:

A.C.T.:  So Casper, who are you? And where did your love of music come from?

Casper: I’m from Atlanta, GA and have always enjoyed singing; I started off in a basement studio and from there is how I got to where I am now

A.C.T.:  Wow, that’s crazy, so are you someone who tells their story through their music? To draw inspiration?

Casper: Yea, I freestyle all of my songs and that all comes from life events and experiences. My mother took care of me and I was able to see the good side and bad side of the struggle and that’s how I know I’m going to make it either way. And that’s how I create music

A.C.T. :  As an artist  that’s one of the best ways to be open and honest with your fans is telling them who are you and that helps the creative process so that’s great.. So with that inspiration who would like to work with?

Casper: Drake, Meek Mill and Young Thug and the reasons is that I relate to all of their stories.

A.C.T.:  How have you been inspired by them?

Casper:  I’ve seen what they have done and how they have made it and it has even inspired me giving back to my community as well.

In this world we could use more individuals like Casper who want to be positive examples not only for themselves but for their communities as well.

You can see Casper at this year’s “4/20 “Festival in Atlanta, GA so make sure you are copping your tickets.

But if you can’t make it you can find him on

Instagram: oofficialCasper1

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-661436193/sets/casper-dreams/s-AgWRv

And make sure you check out that new single Overdose as while you’re on there

-A.C.T.

 

TBC Cosmetics: Is Black Owned

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Finally! a Black Owned Cosmetics line that features products that are handmade! This is what I am talking about !..#BlackGirlMagic ! know I know that there are other lines out there but how many are handmade? and literally are to help and protect your skin?. Its rare even in the midst of all of these other major cosmetic companies who don’t really cater to skin type let alone skin color.

(see how this blue is poppin!)

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Now, every girl loves makeup right?! well majority of us do and for women like me who struggle with sensitive skin, eczema, combination and acne prone skin it can be a real fight making sure we are using products that won’t cause a breakout. So its great to have products that are kind to our skin.

Tbc cosmetics does that are vegan and cruelty free! so everyone can use them and on top of that these eye shadow pigments are BOMB!…look at these swatches and tell me you are not impressed.

 

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From bath bombs, lotion, soaps, eye shadows, lipstick you name it these are products you need to add to your collection. Plus you know handmade products are made with care and they smell amazing.

 

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There is no way anybody should turn these products down and not invest in something that is real and worth every penny. These products are pocket friendly

Eyeshadow bundles $8

Individual eyeshadow $3

Now tell me thats now affordable?!…so go check them out on instagram: @tbccosmetics and hit that link to order now.

 

Tell them A.C.T. sent you

-A.C.T.

How Great : Is Chance?

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“How Great is our Chance…

“How Great is Our Chance..

“Sing me how Great..is our  Chance”..

Just when you thought..he couldn’t be a better person he up and does this….

 

$1 MILLION DOLLARS TO CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, Chance the Rapper is seriously a name above many names in this industry not only for his music but for that massive size heart that’s in him. I mean if you have not been a fan of the “Acid Rapper”  before than you better be one now because he continues to show why we all should already be. With his many accomplishments in music this man deserves so much love and props for simply being honest.

Chance who has shared his majority of his story with the world has shown us that it is possible to overcome every obstacle that is thrown at us. Chance is an all around artists I mean have you seen his shows? videos? heard his music? I mean his creativity goes beyond measure. Chance is such an outstanding person President Obama invited him to the White House several times to discuss the situations in Chicago ( from crime to the school system).

 

**Fun Fact** Chance’s dad used to work for President Obama and he actually knew him when he was a kid.

Also, he has done so much for people , I remember 2 years ago when he donated a bunch of “tent coats” to the homeless people to make sure they stayed warm during the winter. This great artists continues to show that he is more than just an mc with a mic in his hand.

So I want to say, Thank you Chance for being you, for being a great father/dad, a listener, a leader, an outstanding artists and for fighting for your people. You are what Hip Hop is all about because you are doing what it was created to do, and what it has done in previous times as it will continue to do.

You are a gem and I want you to forever keep your faith high.

 

Love you..

-A.C.T.

3/7/17

A Cage Bird Singing

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If you’ve been watching me lately then you have seen that I have been doing a lot of writing …IndieHipHopNation and recently a natural hair magazine that I am now apart of; so I’ve managed to keep myself busy.

And if you have been reading my personal blog here then you know that I have been telling the story of my journey…mostly the downward experiences, sorry I don’t have the upward part of this story as of yet…still hoping and praying for it.

But I wanted to speak on something today because although, I have been writing..I’m in a cage…

Where I have fought for 18 months to get out…and now that I think about it.. maybe that’s just it..I’ve been fighting instead of allowing God to handle it.

See I know that I’ve been in my own way a few times..because I’m a workaholic by any means I have to see things through..by working extremely hard putting my well-being to the side..including “self” and simply focus on work. That’s what I do..I put myself in a place where all I care about is work….

***Mental Note*** I consider the Phoenix to be my spiritual animal especially because I see to rise up**** 

One blog turns into 20..keeping up with my social media post, contributions, emails, phone calls, text..research. I get to the point were even if I am hanging out..I still find a way to work or continue to think about work.

It never fails..and with my living situation I’ve learned to be as creative as I can in a negative environment…

Not easy doing that here..sometimes an idea comes and I find myself quickly catching it before its consumed into the air in here…and there are other times where I can barely think of an idea. A negative ..trapped environment is a suffering place for an artists…I thank God for just being alive in here sometimes…

This cage..feels tight and the walls close in…my health fights..sleep fights…mind races..doing its best to lead me in another direction. Wish I had the powers like that guy had on the movie “Jump” that way I could just focus on a place and teleport there..

My cage does have bars but at least I am able to operate behind them…I can grow, learn, and be myself as much is allowed it’s just the moment that I get to truly spread my wings that I look forward to the most….

I know the faith I have says this reality will end soon…that my dreams will come true..I believe that …

God,

Don’t let this cage be around me much longer…i pray you are on the way with the keys to unlock these doors.

-A.C.T.

2/13/17

 

I doubt it…Its not REAL

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You ever wanted to scream and holler at the same time?

That’s exactly how I feel in this very moment…not this second or these minutes or even in this particular set hour..but right now…

I’m so sick of people trying to convince me that doing what THEY want me to do is beneficial to me..that my art should be centered around them in general..

All the time I get the “I’m here to help you”, ” im giving you the platform”, “giving you the blog” to do what you want. Lies because the truth is when you are working with others who’ve already built something you are doing what THEY want you to do…

*****I’m an artist..if you put me in a box or the glimpse of the motion comes in my eyes …you ask anger to walk by holding frustrations hand…It’s torture *****

People will say all of that but are the same ones that won’t even read or glanceat your work outside of what you do for them. They are the same ones that won’t repost, share, retweet or even comment on your own work. But in the same breath expect you to do that for their business…

And i get it …its business..

But don’t lie…its where the doubt came from…

It’s why I doubt so much in general because people will say or do, sometimes even promise to do one thing…and do another..sometimes even leave you out to dry….in the end..

I’ve seen it …and how do I know because it has happened to me so much it’s why I’m so independent with the reliance being FULLY on myself…

To be honest..I don’t rely on anyone for s*** .., I don’t trust anyone and especially in this business other than me…

***Apologizing for the cursing…I don’t do that unless I’m angry so I gave it up…and I’m not angry its just I need to say this so that my soul triggers another soul to know that in NO way am I playing******

People will “help” you as they consider it but its an exchange for what they want you to do, no care about your well-being …as long as they can remind you of the things they do for you…

I hear it all the time “, I did this for , I did that for you”…the reminders and to be honest if you have to remind people of what you did for them …then it was never done from the right place from the beginning…

People don’t do anything GENUINE anymore…and its very slim that you may even find anyone who will do things from their heart *hint those are the ones that don’t have to repeat what they have done for you****

See people who start a business while they have the means( money)  can’t relate to anyone who starts with NOTHING. Like they built it from the ground up with no money, no place to live..no anything..I honestly believe the passion for success is completely different.

To me one deserves it more…..debate me if you want but its the truth…

Let me say this ..when a person comes in my face and say I’m a help you with something I’ve already done   ….it makes me remember who I used to be and how I would have just went off…on site because I know from jump they lying…

Trust me I know that no one has to be understanding or even truly care about your personal life …I get it…its business…

.And you know what really makes it bad is when they want you to Barter by downplaying your dreams..and then have the aumidigated gaul to call it “helping you grow”

The Barter System…the gift and the curse….

It low-key enslaves you into the debt of others…think about it…

 I don’t beleive anything until I see and it can prove me wrong …until then

its doubt.

-A.C.T.

2/4/17

The Elements

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When one of your favorite rappers hits you in your dm’s and tell you their back writing again…you post their work..

One of the dopest mc’s I’ve ever met in my life since I was 16 is finally back ..not yet on the mic but that pen is moving…and I’m excited. So of course I had to let him have a spot on my blog …and to be the very first feature on here….

Wax is the homie from Richmond, Va and from the first time I heard this man rhyme I knew he was the truth..and just to give you a brief look into his work..here’s what he sent me…its entitled The Elements (listed below) as I look foward to when he drops an official project.

The Elements 

I would cross a ocean for you, but would you save me? Whenever I go overboard could I climb to safety? I shouldn’t have to question. Now on the shore I sit unsure. Should I just go with the current and catch a wave of your allure. In unchartered waters, don’t know what’s ahead of me,but I’d rather drown from knowing than to live an let it be.

I would cross a mountain range for you, but would you save me? If I start to avalanche,would you pull me to safety? I shouldn’t have to question that, but when I came tumbling down,I just searched for,and searched more. You were nowhere around. I know I slip sometimes. I lose my grip sometimes. It’s not a good look, but I need that push to get on my shit sometimes. You made me feel high so part of your sky is all that I miss sometimes. Now the “Look out” where we use to “Look out” is all just a cliff this time.

I would save this air for you, but would you save me? If I gave my breath for you to breathe would that save me? I shouldn’t have to question that. Although I’d lose my life. It would be rough,but I loved enough for you to exhale twice.

-Wax 1/27/17

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Instagram: thealchemist804

Blame It On You: Chrisette Michelle

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(picture: via Instagram @chrisettemichelle)

Black Girls Rock..but today you didn’t, you had a chance to stand up for yourself and your people and you chose not to. See as an artist you have been through a lot in your musical career. We’ve seen you be apart of a label with no recognition, write songs for others and have to battle to prove that it was your original work. We have even seen you become a solo artists who has battled with her weight, curves, hair and relationships.

And we watched you leave the stage to journey across the world ( changing your hair, your relationship status and even your music). You even started a clothing line for “curvy”girls that ended abruptly, then you went back to music, and now you have decided to blog.

Seems that you have been battling with “Self” for a very long time and just maybe you still are.

Rich Hipster it looks like you are having an “identity crisis”, that you are aware that you are a Black Woman however, the struggle for who Chrisette Michelle  is a public and private battle. And the reason I say that because every thing you have done weeks into it you make a statement that it’s not making you happy.

So when you decided to perform at the inaugural celebration it didn’t surprise me ( both in the understanding of the business; you needed the money ( I get it) and on the fact that you have been struggling with your identity. But what really drew my attention was the poor response you gave for the choice you made.  (Pictured below)

 

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(via RichHipster and Instagram @chrisettemichelle).

“We Can’t Be Present If We’re Silent”

“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us.

I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain.

This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us.

Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones”, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless.

I am here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,”.

I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.”

 

– Chrisette Michele

 

#NoPoliticalGenius

 

Chrisette Michelle, WHO are you talking to?  ..are you talking to yourself? or you just wanted to say a few words that sounded good? because nothing you said makes sense to anyone with a brain.

Now I can say that , yes we as Black people are sleep! but in no way are we absent from the situation at all , if anything we are aware of it.

Your heart is broken for your people? what have you done for your own people besides post the picture on Instagram with the hashtag?  and what makes this statement so meaningless is that you are low-key promoting a song (“These Stones”, it sounds like the sequel to “Blame It On Me”) . And then you tried to justify what you said with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote and stating that we are voiceless. WE HAVE VOICES!….Real Ones!..so what you did was dig a whole for yourself.

This statement was written so that you could validate yourself on why you chose to perform. If you really wanted to take a stand you need to be understanding to something..the revolution is WON when we fight back with ACTions with people who genuinely want to help YOUR people. And you fight the ones who don’t care by showing that YOU will take care of it anyway.

Your President does not want to help you or your people at all, you were called after many denied and your initial agreement was $750,ooo and you received $250,000. This was done for a paycheck and you know it. And to be COMPLETELY honest with you “All Money Ain’t Good Money”.

***Insert*** (because I know people will ask)

Have I ever walked away from money or an opportunity ?  Yes!, recently because I did not want that attached to my image and more importantly it did no benefit my community at all. Taking the opportunity would have compromised everything that I stand for and it would’ve blocked better things for me. 

Yes, sometimes you can’t take money or a job just because you have bills , you turn it down because your conscience convicts you of your beliefs. That is the point of why some disagreed with your performance , they knew that you are not down for the cause and had no opposing music to sing against them.

And here it is January 23 and you are still trying to justify your ACtions..that tell us you MADE a mistake, you feel guilty because you did it for the money. Your fiance’ made it worse by coming after Spike Lee ( after he took away your Netflix deal and song for his project). Chrisette Michelle you were wrong and its okay to admit your faults

FYI using the hashtag “No Political Genius” is just to promote more of your project ( yeah I caught that).

Chrisette Michelle, if you’re going to fight in this war, then you gotta learn how to fight”.

-A.C.T.

1/23/17