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Rising Star: The Journey of Chaikey

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Q. It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?

I’ve always loved the arts and spent a lot of time reflecting, so I started off creating for myself. I was raised by my mother and family in a large, loving, and crazy Caribbean household. It’s challenging to find peace and privacy in that environment, so I’ve always looked for it everywhere I’ve gone and in everything I’ve done and created.

Growing up, I read, wrote, drew, painted – and of course listened to music and watched TV; these were and still are my outlets. Around my middle school years, people started telling me I should model. I didn’t think I could model, and even though I loved music and movies, I didn’t seriously consider or pursue a career in entertainment; I experienced some of my worst years of social anxiety and depression in my teens.

I dual enrolled in high school and graduated in 2017. I was still unsure what to pursue but I knew I wanted prove the negative voice in my head wrong. I did; I started modeling in fall 2018. I graduated from PBSC with my A.A. in Studio/Fine Art around that time. Over the years as I got into modeling, I continued painting and writing stories, poetry, and music, mainly for myself.

I got where I am today by creating from experience, being inspired by other artists, leaving my comfort zone, collaborating, networking, getting mentorship, and sharing creations – both mine and others’ – via social media and in person at local events.

Q. I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?

Success hasn’t come easily and it’s still on its way to me, but the obstacles are lessons. Some of the challenges are juggling my hats, businesses, creations, mental health, and personal life/relationships while I’m healing and getting to know myself as an individual and a creative.

For years, I’ve had an unhealthy relationship with myself and others I’ve let into my life. I was smoking and getting into “situation-ships” by my teens. Most people haven’t known this side of me but it shaped a lot of my story.

Fall 2020-spring 2021, I started converting some of my poems and journals into music and scripts for my show/short film/ebook The Diary of An Anxious Black Girl. Throughout that same time period, I experienced an unexpected pregnancy and my grandfather’s passing.

Summer 2021, I recorded a song and performed for the first time. Before and after summer, I fell in and out of depression and slowed down on creating.

I went to therapy for a few months then stopped. Since the end of 2022, I’ve been working on being healthier.

Q. Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?

I’m a Neo-soul artist and creative director. My creations follow a young black artist’s experiences – my experiences – with health, alter egos, and vices.

It’s about creating more than it’s about competition for me – though of course competition is a factor to consider in any industry or business.

Someone should work with me because I’m making a conscious effort to be my multifaceted, original, honest, and authentic self. I’ve made a lot of my life about creating this angelic image to make up for my insecurities and anxiety. Now I want my image and creations to be truer to me and what I’m living, not some wave, some trend, or what I think other people want.

Q. What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?

Put your health first – before relationships – not just romantic but also platonic. Put yourself before social media and your business; what you pour into you is what you get out of anything else.

Network, get mentors – especially in your industry – and use guidance to create/get to know your own standards and story before immediately just trying to live like your mentors. Be true to self, always. I’m working on all this myself; when I live by it, things flow best.

Q. Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?

In my eyes, success means peace, happiness, and freedom in every part of my life. Success means getting up and being able to live, to exist knowing we have more than everything we need. It means thriving consistently; being alive beyond day-to-day survival. Success is being able to be.

Q. What’s next for you?

What’s next is creating my first EP, music videos, and short films, and curating events for their releases. My EP “Divine Intervention” will be about overcoming and living a happier, healthier life. I want to focus on having more fun with the process this time.

Q. Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?

People can connect with me and learn more via email, my website, or social media. Email is the best way to get in contact with me for any business-related questions.

Email: iamchaikey@gmail.com

Website: www.ichaikey.com

Instagram/Tiktok/Twitter/Youtube: @ichaikey

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“Pau Walters: Unleashing Musical Innovation with ‘Avant Garde vol.1’ Mixtape!”

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“Avant Garde vol.1.”
 Pau is a true musical polymath, born in Palma de Mallorca and raised in Elvas, Portugal. He’s been making waves with his captivating single “Miento/Viento,” which draws inspiration from Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. 🌊🎤
With a background in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, Pau has immersed himself in the world of rap, sound engineering, and music production. He’s collaborated with local acts like NLess and Pigeon Attack, and his artistic journey includes notable projects like “Home City Love,” “Viaje,” and the acclaimed “Atrapados En La Esencia del Tiempo” with his close friend Matick.
His latest mixtape, “Avant Garde vol.1,” is a true masterpiece. It’s inspired by the European vanguard movement of the XX century and pays homage to artists like Picasso, Dali, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, and more. Pau pushes boundaries by blending subgenres like cloud rap, classic Hip Hop, Trap, drumless tracks, and experimental sounds.
“No rules, no limits, no taboos!” declares Pau Walters, embodying the ethos of “Avant Garde vol.1.” This mixtape promises a musical odyssey and invites every connoisseur of sound to immerse themselves in its rich tapestry of influences.
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“Freddieb the Great Takes the Music Scene by Storm with ‘Show That Donkey Butt”

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Freddieb the Great, reppin’ Marietta, is ready to take over the airwaves with his banger of a track, “Show That Donkey Butt.” This hip-hop dance anthem is all about bringing the party vibes and is guaranteed to spice up any playlist it lands on.
Known for his infectious style and magnetic presence, Freddieb the Great is making waves worldwide with his track “Donkey.” It’s gone viral in Brazil and is now blowing up on TikTok with the #ShowThatDonkeyButt challenge. People can’t resist the catchy beats and irresistible rhythm of this track. “Show That Donkey Butt” truly shows Freddieb the Great’s dedication to bringing the dance party scene back to life. He’s bringing a fresh and modern vibe to the rap game, blending his unique vocals with groovy production that transcends cultural boundaries.
Already a hit in Brazil, “Donkey” by Freddieb the Great is becoming an international phenomenon. Its popularity on TikTok proves that it has universal appeal. People from all over the world are embracing the energy and charisma that shines through in every beat.
Freddieb the Great wants all the music lovers out there to join the movement and add “Show That Donkey Butt” to their playlists. With its vibrant and celebratory vibe, this track is bound to become the go-to anthem for parties, clubs, and dance enthusiasts worldwide.
You can now stream “Show That Donkey Butt” on all major platforms, showcasing Freddieb the Great’s rising star power in the rap scene. Keep an eye out for more electrifying releases from this Marietta sensation.
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Fresh Face Rising Artist “Poetic Muse” Shining bright on the West Coast

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Introducing Poetic Muse, a rising female artist from the West Coast who is set to make waves in the music industry with her unique blend of poetry and captivating lyrics. Her emotive work not only resonates with audiences but also empowers and inspires women worldwide.

With a background in artist management and development, Poetic Muse is no stranger to hard work and dedication. Hailing from Los Angeles, she draws inspiration from her personal experiences, family, and influential West Coast female artists like Lady of Rage, Sylke Fine, and YoYo. Her artistic journey began in her youth, hustling on the streets of Las Vegas where she and her friends would write raps, using their daily struggles as fuel for their dreams of making it big in the music industry. Over time, her music evolved into a more personal and poetic expression, providing an outlet to vent emotions, express feelings, and connect with others.

In July 2021, Poetic Muse released the first four poems in her series titled “Phenomenal I Am,” inspired by the works of Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” and Tupac Shakur’s “Rose that Grew from Concrete.” These pieces take listeners on a journey through her life, showcasing her thoughts, emotions, and diverse talents. Her debut in the music scene came in 2021 when she was featured on Long Beach Rapper Monsta Yo’s single “Don’t Wanna Lose You.” Then, in May 2023, she released her first single titled “Letter 2 My First Born,” a touching tribute to her son. A few months later, on July 1st, she dropped her second single “Click Clack,” featuring Los Angeles rapper Engine 5ive.

These songs are part of her upcoming project “Olivia Pope 2 Da Streets,” scheduled for release on January 26th, 2024. This highly anticipated project will explore new directions, collaborations, and techniques, featuring artists such as Monsta Yo, Liddy Mechelle, T3Halo, and Engine 5ive. With her exceptional talent and diverse range, Poetic Muse is truly a hidden gem poised to leave a lasting impact on the industry.

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