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Breakaway Daily interview: Opada Opada’s Orphan’s Pain tackles war’s effects on African children

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Music has been part of Opada Opada’s life since he was a little boy growing up in Gambella, Ethiopia, singing in his local church. Now the independent hip-hop artist is on his second album titled Orphan’s Pain about the effects of war on African communities, especially children. Opada is looking to spread a positive message and motivate others through his music; something he feels has been lacking in a lot of today’s popular hip-hop. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Can you talk about why you wanted to keep your “real” name Opada? OPADA: I think people should stand for something and be themselves. In rap and hip hop people use street names. I think “real” is hip-hop. I think it is good to use my name Opada Opada. It is a powerful name. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What kind of message do you want your music to have? OPADA: I want to make music that teaches and inspires. Listen to Opada Opada’s I Stand Alone BREAKAWAY DAILY: When did you start writing your own songs? OPADA: Sometimes I would dream of songs and it would just play in my mind for days and days. I started to write them down in 2003 when I was in…

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Breakaway Daily interview: urban artist Daved Kiiing sheds light on the New World Order 

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Daved Kiiing’s new single New World Order (Visionz) is a conscious type of political foreshadowing of our world and what things may be soon to come.  The song is crafted to sound like a conversation. Kiiing did this as a way of sparking the audience’s thought process; a way to get people to think, and visualize the word play and lyrics in the song. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Can you talk about your new song and video, New World Order (Visionz)? DAVED KIIING: It is my take on the New World Order enigma, which is this much talked about idea that the general masses knows so little about. It has been referenced over and over by George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and President Obama, to name a few. Kiiing’s music video for New World Order (Visionz) has already pulled in over fourteen thousand worldwide views in only a few months. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What inspired you to write this song and create a powerful video for it? DAVED KIIING: The inspiration came from reading Ralph Epperson’s New World Order as well as William Cooper’s Behold A Pale Horse, which was published in 1989, but I read it a short…

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Breakaway Daily Interview with Indie Label FHTMG

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FHTMG (Forest Hills Tenleytown Music Group) is an independent record label based in Washington D.C. that features both local and international artists who have traveled globally throughout Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and the Middle East. They are socially-orientated and aim to give back to their communities and the humanities.  BREAKAWAY DAILY: What is the inspiration behind FHTMG? FHTMG: Different friends and I have made music for a long time and we wanted to build our own brand/label/platform where we could be ourselves 100%.  We love trap music, but we also love international music (Dancehall/Reggae, West African Music, Cuban music, Arabic music, etc). We care about politics/social justice and we are very in tune with current events and popular culture globally, so we wanted to be able to express all these things.  FHTMG is a platform/vehicle to do that without compromising our artistic integrity. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Your label has been involved in projects that “could” be labeled as politically provocative; is the label also an advocacy group? FHTMG: I don’t think we are an “advocacy group” per se, but we definitely are passionate about lots of issues which reflects in different ways in our music/videos. We have a diverse roster of artists; Black…

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Breakaway Daily Interview with American Monster Guild

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American Monster Guild (AMG) is a music management company founded in 2010 by Devon Brabham. It grew out of a basic need for a management company created for artist development, bookings, and a talent agency for upcoming artists and premier musical expression. Since its origination, AMG has expanded to such midwestern locations as Chicago, Texas, Detroit, Mississippi and the newest expansion is in South Africa. Over the past five years under the direction of its founder and CEO Devon Brabham, the company has traveled the world over constructing opportunities for artists including concerts and showcases. Devon started his music management career at 21 years of age and has served as an independent A&R for several independent labels, most recently, Indie Music Factory. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What made you decide to start the business?  DEVON: My younger brother Darek Brabham and I started a platform for Independent Artists, DJ’s, Producers, Dancers, Writers, and Urban Performers from all walks of life. After he passed I decided that Las Vegas and the world were ready for this entertainment platform uniquely created for artists to be heard around the world. BEAKAWAY DAILY: What does your company do?  DEVON: American Monster Guild re-brands artists in order…

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Breakaway Daily Q & A with Hip Hop Duo Money Mark Bo and Jabo

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Money Mark Bo, born in Kansas and currently residing in Florida has been rapping for fourteen years, having started in high school at fifteen as a hobby. Upon entering high school he met and teamed up with T1, who also rapped and wrote poetry. He is currently a solo artist on his own independent label with Jabo and feature artist Jarvis Gloss. He believes the knowledge and control of running his own label, Mind Stimulation Entertainment will assist in bringing him success in his career. Can you tell me about the music of Money Mark Bo and Jabo and how this pairing came to be? OK I’m going to try to keep this short, We started out as 8 members in 2012 in within the first year things started to fall apart. So everyone went their own way which only left 2 remaining. They have been working together since 2012. What is the message you would like people to take away from your music? We would like to say that our music is to let people know never to give up on your dream. Keep pushing, never give up on what you believe in. That’s something that we can all relate too. What are your thoughts on the current state of the game? I have to say…

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Interview with Moe Rock from NowHipHop.com

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It does not take much research to discover that today’s special guest feature Moe Rock is certainty a versatile man. From producing hit pop records to consulting on Hollywood feature films, Moe Rock has been there and done that. Today his main focus is helping aspiring artists threw NowHipHop.com a website that has subsequently expanded into the print medium with a monthly published magazine. I had a chance to speak to the renounced Producer and Serial Entrepreneur to find out in his own words what his goals for 2015 and beyond are. 2015 is right around the corner what milestones did 2014 have for you and what do you look forward to in the up-coming year? Well first of all I want to thank you for having me on as a guest, 2014 was really a exciting year for us at NowHipHop.com for several reasons – We got mainstream exposure by appearing at the 2014 BET Awards as well as features on The Source Magazine and exclusive heavily promoted contests with ReverbNation. As an independent media outlet to get that kind of mainstream and corporate support is really exciting and we feel very fortunate to have had a successful 2014.…

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Christian Rap: Aydrien’ Banks New Name, New Music & New Message.

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Gospel music and peace related messages are often the resolution of many artists who began their career in other genres. This is often coming from a change of lifestyle, perception and new rejuvenation to spread the Christian teachings. Aydrien’ Banks, known as Oneshot Bk Reppa in the earlier days of his career, is among many who have had a complete change of style and message. The Christian recording artist changed his studio name and message when he decided to sing gospel music. Aydrien’ Banks is many things besides just an American gospel artist. He is also a film director, fitness model, actor and entrepreneur. He has enjoyed a faithful sect of fans in both his recording names, although the new look has been much better. The New Message Getting the excellent reception that Aydrien’ Banks received, has been a challenge for many artists. Changing from one genre to another and using a new name can be overwhelming. The transition and acceptance always seems eternal and accurately gauging response is another difficulty. This has not been the same case for Aydrien’ Banks. As a matter of fact, he has gained tremendous numbers of new fans, and the old ones still love…

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Breakaway Daily Interview with Soul Artist Tey Yaniis

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While music continues to break barriers in today’s society, the older generation of hip-hop/soul lovers tend to diverge from modern day music because of the inability to express lyrics that obtain substance, moral standards and positive world outlooks. For 25 year old lyricist Tey Yaniis bringing his old soul personality blending genres such as hip-hop, neo-soul, chill out and poetry Tey Yaniis wants to bring an exhilarated experience to today’s new and old generation of music lovers. Born in Dallas, Texas as Tory Davis he started his musical journey at an early age playing different musical instruments such as the violin, trumpet, and bass cello.  Tey Yaniis realized his potential to rhyme after being inspired by Nas and Lauryn Hill’s single ‘If I Ruled The World’ by writing 20 different versions of the song explaining what he would do if he had the power of being a world ruler.   Tey Yaniis is on a mission to bring a timeless sound to worldwide music lovers with a timeless, uplifting and elagant sound that is off-beat but soulful compared to most music that is heard in today’s mainstream music.  You speak a lot on your upcoming debut album “The Soul Jones Collection”…

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Breakaway Daily Talks to Canadian Hip Hop Artist Ralz About His New Music Video “13th Floor”

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What inspired the song? You know when you just get out of a relationship with someone that you’ve been with for a long time, and it just ends, and you have to move on. You’re heart is exhausted after that. You may want to date different people, but your heart hasn’t fully recovered from that relationship, so you’re not trying to get into anything serious. I was in that place when I wrote this. The lead actress in the video, Angelica Charrupi, also appeared in Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.” How did that come about? She had known Ryan prior to the 13th floor shoot, he showed us her profile along with some other models but with her acting experience and look she fit the role best. Can you tell me a little about the video’s concept? Was it collaboration between you and the director Ryan Ellis?  The concept of the video symbolizes the journey that a woman may go through to get to a man’s heart, and wanting it so bad that she sees things that aren’t necessarily there. Ryan came up with the concept when he first heard the song, I had some input on it as well…

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Breakaway Daily Interview with Rap/Hip Hop Artist KJ Da Youngstar

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Juggling University and a budding rap career is just a normal day in the life of KJ Da Youngstar.  You are currently attending Sam Houston State University, where your EP single “House Party” is a big hit. What are you taking in University? I’m currently majoring in Industrial technology with a minor in electronics. I got my Associates in Business too. How do you balance your academic life with your passion for music? Ain’t gone lie thIs shit difficult hahaha, but I love it. I maintain a 3.0 and put on a great show so I’d just say I’m built for this. Do both of these aspects of your life contribute to each other or overlap?  Personally i can say yea, I feel like what i learn I can just expand on and grow. What first got you interested in making your own Hip-Hop? It was 2005-2006 I used to record for my partner Wa Wa, but I never recorded myself seriously until about 2008 when my lil homie Lil P had me collab with him. Who arranges your beats, does your producing? Lil P my producer, but I work with VybeBeats and 5Star Productions. What are the stages in…

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