Dec 2012 21

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIAA:  What city and state are you from?                  

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  Lyrical Trilogy as a whole represents Phoenix Arizona; Diplean from East St. Louis, IL, Big Jay from Philadelphia, PA, and Saydee from Phoenix, AZ.

IAA:  What is your music background?  

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  Lyrical Trilogy is comprised of three dedicated musicians that have worked the Phoenix Hip Hop scene for the past ten years. Diplean and Jay were separately working the underground hip hop scene while Saydee sharpened her craft in R&B. The group came together in 2010 to combine their talents and love for music to create a formidable force in the Phoenix Hip Hop scene.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?   

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  Lyrical Trilogy’s main focus is to rekindle the nostalgia we all felt as a kid when we first heard Hip Hop music. We think our versatility and ability to recreate the sounds of 70’s R&B and 90’s Hip Hop sets us apart in the underground scene. As a group we have always been passionate about music and our goal is to share that with the rest of the world.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  Most of our songs consist of issues that the everyday man goes through, ranging from losing a job, relationships to trying to make a difference in someone’s life. L3 tries to stay away from the traditional topics by writing songs with more depth and feelings, our love for hip hop and the epic feel of “Throw Them Threes!”

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  Being that L3 is a multi ethnical group, we have been known to attract a very diverse crowd ranging from all age groups. The fusion of Hip Hop and R&B appeals to a larger percentage of music listeners. By following the blueprint of the Fugees we have always had a very solid fan base.

IAA:  Who your musical influences?

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  L3 is an R&B and Hip Hop group. Our Influences are Lyrical MC’s like Rakim and Ice Cube, 2Pac, Outkast, Scarface and in R&B the  late Selena and TLC.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?   

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  L3’s music is a combination of emotional hooks and intricate lyrics to create powerful Hip Hop ballads.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?   

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  Being multi cultural and having a group that has two MC’s and a R&B artist sets us apart from the rest of the Hip Hop scene. Our song topics and lyrical content contain meanings and thoughtfulness in the words give a nod to the music of old

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are working on?

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  First and foremost, the L3 album will be out soon. We also are working on a mix tape and a video for our next single, “Bring Me Down,” but we are always doing shows in Arizona.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in ten years?

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  L3’s goals are to get the entire world to see and hear our music, and to give ourselves a chance to be successful in the music industry. We see ourselves in ten years as a well established entity and hopefully among one of the greatest Hip Hop groups of all time.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

LYRICAL TRILOGY:  Contact us on ReverbNation.com/lyricaltrilogy and also on Facebook.com/Lyricaltrilogy. We have videos on YouTube, just search Lyrical Trilogy.








Dec 2012 20

ifejikaIAA:  What city and state are you from?

MASTER E:  I was born in Philadelphia, PA but I currently live in Oak Park, IL.

IAA:  What is your music background?

MASTER E:  My family was into music; Dad was a violin player and my sister played the piano. It wasn’t long before I joined the cast and played the flute, piano and melodica. I also sang in the fellowship choir and rapped with friends at the local bars for the fun of it. Later on, I got into battle rapping when I was in the US Army with fellow soldiers while kicking back in the barracks.

IAA:  What inspired you to pursue music?

MASTER E:  I always loved singing and rapping. Songs like “Every Little Step” – Bobby Brown, “Hip Hop Hooray” – Nature By Nature and “Dear Mama” – 2 Pac were always on my lips. I received a lot of support and encouragement from friends and family so I started writing songs similar to those I liked. But then, the timing wasn’t right. College work was taking up my time. But now, I am ready to follow my dream and passion to the fullest.

IAA:  What are your songs about? (themes)

MASTER E:  My songs are about love & life from an inspirational & philosophical standpoint. For instance, on my song “Can’t Trust You,” I rap about how you can love someone but still have some trust issues which may not even be about the one you’re with but still dealing with the one that didn’t work out.

IAA:  Do you write your own music?

MASTER E:  I write my own music and also come up with the concept of how the song would sound like. Then, I work with a producer to put it together.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

MASTER E:  Growing up in a musical home, I was exposed to all kinds of music such as Elvis, the Beatles, Cameo and Mozart to mention a few. However, my own musical influence came from Boyz II Men, New Edition, Usher, Rakim, LL Cool J, 2 Pac, Naughty By Nature, Sade, and Madonna.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

MASTER E:  My music is R&B and Hip-Hop. Cool vibes you can sit back and relax with or have a nice time at the club dancing to it. Consider it New Jack Swing II.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

MASTER E:  I am here to take hip-hop back to where it started (the art of storytelling), and songs that speak to the heart & soul. The kind of music that anyone can relate or listen to.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

MASTER E:  I am currently working on an EP with the first single coming out in a few weeks.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

MASTER E:  My career goals are to make music that would impact and change people’s lives for the better, to be an International artist, win a lot of awards and then, mentor new artists.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

MASTER E:  My fans can have access to my music and reach me at:













Dec 2012 19

ti-armsT.I. has opened up about the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. In an interview with Sway in the Morning, the rap star — who is a father himself, said, “It’s a tragedy, it’s a travesty. My heart goes out to the family. As a parent yourself, there is no way you can observe something like that go on and not be touched in your heart.”

Tip then spoke about his previous arrests for gun possession, saying, “I don’t want to run the risk of sounding inappropriate, but that is the exactly the reason why I had mines. Because at any time, if anybody call me anything, when I had mine, I’m pulling up with them. And the whole perimeter will be secure and ain’t nobody moving but us. And all women and children were safe.”

  • He continued, “I have principal, morals and standards. I ain’t been to the military but I am very militant minded when it comes to protecting . . . Instinctively, that’s what’s in me to protect mine, by any means. I’m gonna lay my life down to protect mine. My mentality wasn’t to go out there to do no foolishness, it was to make sure that I was prepared in case anyone came to do some foolishness to me.”


T.I. then spoke on gun control, saying that he doesn’t necessarily agree with getting guns off the streets, because if you take away the citizen’s right to bear arms, then the only people who will have guns are the ones who are willing to break the law to keep them.

  • T.I. suggested that the government heighten the criteria in order to get guns by taken a class or a mental stability test. He also suggested that gun licenses must be renewed annually.

Dec 2012 19

Lil Wayne Launches  "TRUKFIT" at Macy'sReports say that Lil Wayne got into a fight backstage at the Power 106 concert in Los Angeles this past weekend. According to Hollyscoop, an eyewitness said about the backstage fight, “Punches were thrown but no arrests were made. It was a serious fight and was witnessed by everyone who was backstage.” No word on who Wayne was fighting and what the fight was about.

  • Kendrick Lamar brought Wayne out during the concert. He performed “No Worries.”

Dec 2012 19

instagram-app-2-620x433Instagram caused ruffled many feathers in the social media world yesterday, when they announced a change in their Terms of Service. Now, the popular photo sharing app has just responded to the uproar in hopes of clarifying users’ concerns.

The point that upset users was the possibility of selling images, as users were understandably irritated that Instagram felt it could do just that for advertisers.

In a statement, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom addressed concerns yesterday afternoon:

“The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement.”

“We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.”
Instagram titled the statement “Thank You and We’re Listening,” so we are hoping this means the company won’t lose too many members and will take their users’ responses into consideration!

Read the entire statement here

Dec 2012 19

jr22-1-1Looks like its over for K.Michelle and NBA baller J.R. Smith. Last week, pictures of the two kissing in the club hit the net, and the twosome looked like a happy couple.

The romance didn’t last for too long.  Yesterday, J.R. took to his twitter to declare that he is single as ever.

“Thats not my girl! im SINGEL! I don’t care how u spell it! #NOWifey here. Some of y’all want ya cake an eat it too! Lol I just want the #Cake. Sorry I ain’t like most! When I’m with someone I’m with someone! When I’m not I’m not! You don’t have to like it! #ITSME.”

When he was reminded by one of his followers that he tweeted he was taking K. Michelle home from the club just last week, he responded:

“First of all she sent it from my phone!”

Meanwhile, K. Michelle took his tweets like a champ and made light of the situation. She tweeted:

“Damn can’t I kiss a sexy man In the club without y’all marrying me off??? I’m just young and getting it! He dumps me every two weeks, damn I thought I at least had a couple days left! Guess he didn’t wanna buy me no Christmas Gift. Maybe he’ll take me back in JAN.”

She also added:

“We all get mad but it’s how u react to it. If u are mad at me a phone call or text will do. Don’t show out. I don’t respect that.”

Dec 2012 19

blaktypeIAA:  What city and state are you from?

BLAKTYPE:  I was born in Tucson, Arizona, but due to my mom being in the military I kind of grew up a “Rolling Stone.” Home was wherever we were at for the time.

IAA:  What is your music background?

BLAKTYPE:  I was inspired at an early age to become an entertainer. I’m an 80’s baby so I was really into Michael Jackson back then. I remember watching his videos and trying to imitate all his dance moves as a youngster. I was a moon-walking fool in my socks on the kitchen floor and even had a sliver glove like he wore in  his “Billie Jean” performance for Motown. My favorite of all time is “Smooth Criminal” hands down.

The early 90’s is when I really got introduced to hip hop. In 1992, the duo Kriss Kross hit the scene with their single “Jump,” which was #1 on the billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks straight and was a certified double platinum single. I remember the first time I saw the video; I was in awe the whole time like, “What is this?” I wrote my first rhyme shortly after and been running with it ever since.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

BLAKTYPE:  All I can say is I have good court vision. My music is very personal so I feel putting aspects of it in the hands of others will lose its feel. In other words I’m a point guard by nature, so letting the center handle the ball is probably going to cause a turnover. I know what I like to hear and how I think I should sound. My music is my brand, something that took years to develop. I’ll be keeping my creative control.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

BLAKTYPE:  My songs are the soundtrack to the movie of my life. I don’t do too many fictitious songs, so if you heard it in a song it’s probably true. I also try to stay clear from negativity in my lyrics as well. You might find some hidden politics in there too. I’m all about the hooks though. You can have a good verse, but if your hook sucks it depreciates the whole song. The hook is the topic and the verses are the explanation.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

BLAKTYPE:  I have 2 young boys who look up to me so first and foremost my music has to appeal to my 2 biggest fans and still keep the interests of adults. I’m aiming all the way across the board on this and directing my music to anyone who understands English. I have that kind of effect on people. My music kind of mirrors me and people of all ages and ethnicities accept me so I think those same people will be accepting to the music I put out and become fans.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

BLAKTYPE:  My musical influences are Michael Jackson, Kriss Kross, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Hot Boyz, Lil Wayne, TI, Drake, Webbie, Juicy J, Big Krit, Notorious Big, 2 PAC, NEYO, Donnell Jones, Avant, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

BLAKTYPE:  I would describe it as very commercial. It’s something you may hear in the club, or on the radio for sure. It’s always going to be something that bang in the trunk too. I’m real big on the drums and drum patterns, no samples, all me from scratch. All my own drum loops kicking over crazy bass with catchy hooks.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

BLAKTYPE:  No one is better than me at being me. I do me and stay clear from negativity. My work ethic mixed with knowledge and know how kind of helps me set the bar too. I really do shoot and edit my own music videos as well as for others. I record and mix all my vocals and produce my own beats and when that’s done I put the camera on the tripod and play photographer and artist at the same time. I think that should be the standard when you think of independent artists. I took what I learned while on active duty and applied it, and so far it’s been working. Last but not least, any great artist has to have a look right? Let’s just say when it comes to the ladies, I don’t do much chasing.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

BLAKTYPE:  I’m shopping around a few reality TV ideas looking for bigger production. I have my Album titled Return of the B.LA.K, set to drop 2013. When I’m not working on music, I work as a photographer and videographer for concert events. I am currently working on a project for Cypress Hill.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

BLAKTYPE:  My goal is to build my brand and establish myself as an entrepreneur. I see myself reaping the benefits of all my hard work over the years. 10 years from now, I’ll definitely be the employer by that time.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?


YouTube channel: @TerricBennett

Facebook: @TerricBennett

Twitter: @blaktype

Soundcloud: @blaktype





Dec 2012 18

Kim+Kardashian+Nick+Cannon+William+Rast+Street+s4pZcVS4Py9lNick Cannon has revealed why he and Kim Kardashian broke up. The two dated when Kim’s infamous sex tape with Ray J hit the Internet five years ago. Nick told Howard Stern that he didnt break up with Kim because of the tape — but more so because she lied about it.

He said, “This was my issue. We talked about this tape…And she told me there was no tape. If she might have been honest with me I might have tried to hold her down and be like ‘That was before me’ because she is a great girl. She’s actually one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. But the fact that she lied and told me that there was no tape?…And I still think she might have even had a part to play with it.”

  • He continued, “I think she’s a great businesswoman if you ask me.”

Dec 2012 18

Joseline-Hernandez-BailarComing off the celebrating of her 26th birthday, Joseline turned fiery when Tamar and Claudia Jordan took shots at her during the premiere of Tiny’s new talk show called Tiny Tonight. When the topic of reality tv came up, Claudia and Tamar began throwing shots that Joseline was a man. In return, Joseline quickly took to Twitter to spray back. She tweeted, “I fight old hoes.”

screen_shot_2012-12-18_at_9.53.09_amscreen_shot_2012-12-18_at_9.54.01_amJoseline spraying  throughout the show, ending her rant by saying:

These throwback ho$& is clowns! Say something bout me I’m going to go in on you publicly with a vengeance I don’t give a f$&@! Respect who