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Every now and again I come across an artist and wonder WHY ARE THEY NOT PLASTERED ACROSS EVERY RASS CLOT BLOG ???!! Of course, there is so much new music, videos, news etc coming at all of us daily through many platforms so a lot of good music can get lost in the crowd but luckily that's why I'm here.I love to dig, discover some new vibes and share with the world.
Me and my day 1 squad have a group chat on Instagram where we send each other memes, plan trips (2018 get ready for some Black Girl Magic ), talk about our goals and what we're up too. It was in this chat I discovered This Rude Boy of the week, Mikel Ameen.
Who is Mikel Ameen?
- A free thinker building a new reality
How did you get your start in music?
I come from a family of entertainers and was always encouraged to pursue our performance abilities, I started writing when I was 10 and dropped my first project when I was 18 and I've just kept going
World Changer! What is this movement all about? What does being a World Changer mean to you?
World Changer Life is my mindset movement, through my music, experiential events and lifestyle I want to inspire people to live their best life based on love, not fear. there are 7.5 billion people on the earth but only one with your finger print and DNA, the moment you were born you became a world changer, but the real World Changer Life begins when you realize you are the architect of your reality.
I love your series on YouTube Convos With Queens. How did you the idea or concept for it?
I have a lot of female friends and I realize most people don't understand why, so whilst I was in LA the idea came to record my conversations with my female homies just so the world can get an insight into the dope women I have around me.
Boss Girl 101. This is my anthem right now! When did you first get the idea for the song? What was the idea behind the video?
The song started off as a freestyle over a Beyonce beat and my producer Melo Renn said we should turn it into a song so we did, but yeah the song is really just me bigging up the kind of women I have around me as I feel like there ain't a lot of songs that speak directly to them from men.
For the video, it was important that I represented a wide spectrum of black women as I feel being a BOSS or a QUEEN is not about how you look but more how you think and act, so I wanted to celebrate Black women in ALL their glory.
Besides knowing how to cook Plantin and other things mentioned in the song, what does it mean to the terms Boss Girl /Queen?
For me, a Boss Girl and especially a Queen is a woman who practices self-love at the highest level she has full awareness of her mind, body, and spirit and she is at peace who she is on all levels.
Checking out more of your music your lyrics are positive, empowering for not only women of color but for colored people as a whole. I can also see the influence of the Caribbean and African culture in your videos. How much of your culture inspires your music?
My culture is everything to me and I use it at all levels of my creation, from the formation of lyrics to the journey of the music I produce. It's important people hear that when they listen to me and I'm glad you picked that up.
What are your plans with World Changer Movement and Music? What Can we look forward to?
Last year we took nearly 100 people to Paris for a weekend experience which ended with my live concert at Afropunk Paris this year World changer Life have our first intercontinental road trip to KENYA in October and we are bringing 10 people from around the world to the mother land to have a 7 day exploration of the mother land which will also end with a live concert featuring me and Kenya's top artists in Nairobi. we will be doing a WC Dinner party for my birthday on September 24th and this will be an ALL VEGAN FEAST starters, main course, dessert with champagne and an after party. Lastly, expect some more dope music and music videos from me.
Make sure you follow Mikel on Social Media to learn more about this great artist!
Mikel Ameen music: https://soundcloud.com/mikelameen
Mikel Ameen videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/MikelAmeen
Mikel Ameen instagram: https://instagram.com/mikelameen
Hey guys I'm back with another interview. Whoop Whoop.
This time I caught up with artist Missy D to chat about her project.
More Recently She has dropped some wicked visuals to go with her track XX featuring another talented female , Kimmortal. This track ,produced by David T , and video is about being a female in a male dominated industry ,such as hip hop. Not only does it give light into a topic that many female artist have to deal with but it also celebrates being a minority and how we all deserve equality.
Check out XX below and be sure to Vote for Missy D on here for a chance for her to win StoryHive. Voting closes at 12 noon July 28th!
Who is Missy D?
We could simply talk about the bio but the question is complex.Yes I am a bilingual female emcee born and raised around the Motherland. I call Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and now Vancouver , my Home. My Hip Hop sounds like what I call "Rap & Soul". From the Erykah Badu to Missy Elliott , J.Cole and Chance the Rapper, or mix in some Tupac and Kendrick with your 90's throwback. Don't forget some MC Solaar or Diam's! I love them all!
How did your Journey into music start?
A little summary of my Hip Hop Serendipity. It started back when I was 11 at my French School in Zimbabwe. One semester we went from learning about the recorder to the rhymes of MC Solaar ( French rapper) and were assigned as a final project " to write a rap". I was always a fan of Hip-Hop but after learning its history , technique and importance, it all clicked. I fell in love. I had been writing poems before , I added a rhythm and flow to it and surprised my friends. Everybody started calling Missy Elliott , and soon enough the birth of Missy D came thru , performing at every talent and music show since 2003.
When creating a track what's your process by yourself or when doing a collab?
With just me , its like a lyrical diary , I usually write a lot when I have high amounts of " Feelings" hehe hence #toomanyfeelings. You could say I am an over thinker so that happens often. Whether it be joy or pain , it flows in my google drive. Later on , I sometimes share it at a show as a new track or it stays hidden in my cloud. Music is therapy, music answers to some of the questions I have , music is writing my story.
With a collabo, I love the idea of sharing and vibing with someone else. I like to know the concept behind the song and let each person find their flow to it. Its all about the beat hitting home for all artists and them making it their own .
2016 you release your first solo Project. How did the journey start into creating it?
Definitely started with #toomanyfeelings. Just going through the motion of " adulating" , graduating from UBC and looking at what my next chapter would be. You end up thinking about everything from family , love , career... It brought a lot of Pain, 'once school wasn't there to distract. So I had to sit down and unwrap some of these feelings and left it in " When Music Hits You Feel No Pain". Music has been a constant healer throughout my life . We then worked overtime, threw a campaign, hours of studio and writing , and somehow it came along!*this makes it sound easy bt nah!!!*
Your Track Frere Jacques you hit us with some French, which was dope. Do u find a difference in creating an English song verses a bilingual track? Do you approach it in the same way?
It' s always interesting to create a bilingual track because I'm hoping that people don't stop it and say " I don't understand this , so cut it!" I try to find melodies that are familiar or rhymes that might make you recall your Grade 8 French Class .Similarly, that's how I learned English while trying catch the melodies of Jill Scott , Erykah Badu, India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Tupac( let me not namedrop an essay here ).....
Frere Jacques is a special track, it brings up my childhood, I am also directly talking to a French Speaker but then in the second verse bring up issues that we are facing in North America. In a bilingual track you want to intrigue people but also make them feel connected.
Since the release of the project how has the reception from other artist and friends been?
This release is my official my introduction as Missy D to Vancouver. I have always performed at various shows from Studios to Fortune Sound Club and many more but often it was usually student based. But now I have received various offers from online listeners , to shows with amazing upcoming artists like So Loki or connecting with the family at Emotions Open Mic. I have recently had the chance to feature in a short movie for Crazy 8s Festival and feature "XX" my single off the album. I really wanted this album to be a stepping stone. It is just a beginning, but the reception has been promising, even my mama said "I had a feeling you would end up doing this(the album) one day!"
Now moving forward in 2017 any big plans?
Yes definitely! For this beggining of the year, the promotion continues for the album. Meanwhile I am cooking up some new solo tracks but also focusing on nurturing new collabos. Recently, Kimmortal dropped a video for Jungle , our new collabo together on March 8th ,My band Laydy Jams will be dropping an EP on April 1st .Summer 2017 will be the completion of working on some fresssh new projects with fellow artist Francis Arevalo for his project The Lions We Are.
More surprises to come as well with Floetic , Lowkita , Shaylen and Kimmortal! Late Summer 2017, a possible EP from yours truly and an offical video for XX as well. I don't know yet but we will see where go by Dec 2017 and start apply to festivals and all.
Back in May, I got the chance to perform in Calgary at a great event called People are Pearls. At the event people with a passion come together and showcased their art and thoughts. The cool part of this event was that with everyone’s performance left you thinking, and the networking and just meeting new people was great. I’m not a super social person so I was a little out of my comfort zone but it was fun. On the chalk board, there was a question and you had the chance to write your answer. That day I was feeling myself not so much me as a person but what I was wearing so I answered “my Kick game” just for laughs really but when I received the photos it looked like I was thinking so hard. Since no one really knows me 100 percent I thought it would be cool to share my list of 5 things I love about myself.
I love that I’m willing to try new things. It may be food, fashion, music etc. I’m always willing to give something or someone a shot because you never know. I also love that I'm open to meeting new people. Even if they speak another language I always try and understand because I could easily be them in another country and trying to communicate. If someone was giving me a hard time id hate it.
Some people are might hate me for this one but I love the fact I can eat and eat and eat and it doesn’t stick. Of course, that means no booty no boobs and no shape it also makes it incredibly hard to find jeans or any pants that fit right but I love my body and wouldn’t change it for anyone else (except Jlo's lol )
“Don’t touch my hair…” is what is sing to myself every morning. My hair consistently changes week to week. No wigs or weaves either! Could you imagine if I wore wigs hmmmm? I'm actually considering it. Any wig company suggestions comment them below!
I’d like to think I give off good vibes, I’ve been told I do. I try not to carry negative energy around with me even if people around me are balls of negativity. POSITIVE VIBES POSITIVE LIFE
Outlook on Life
I love my outlook on life. I think everything happens for a reason but I also think you have total control over situations and everything works out in the end. Never stress Stay blessed.
Now that you know a little about me and what I love about myself, what do you love about yourself? Leave a comment below, tweet me, or DM me
Keep it Rude!
Sometimes you need a break to just sit and catch up on some reading. The good thing about reading books and not being in school is the fact I don't have any assignments to do after. During all my time reading this year I’ve come across some cool books that I think have inspired me or simply made me think. I want to share some of these books with everyone and see how everyone else feels about them too. Instead of making a book club where we meet every Saturday afternoon why not just share thoughts here. On my YouTube channel LowkitaTv I’ve created a monthly video talking about the latest books I’ve reading and why you should too. Check it out below and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of my weekly videos.