So I’m working hard to continue to build this site. We just celebrated our one year anniversary and while it’s not quite where I want it to be it’s getting there. I’m happy to announce that I’ve partnered with an international magazine, London LeBlanc Magazine to offer you even more exposure.
I am steadily looking for people to interview for this site but now once a month I can also highlight 2 individuals or groups in an international print and digital magazine. The first issue with My writing and interviews in it came out yesterday. Check it out https://www.joomag.com/magazine/london-leblanc-magazine-volume-12/0313334001450038793
I interviewed a plus sized model/designer from Ohio and a Emcee/Producer group from Baltimore. They came out great. If you’re interested in being featured here on the site or possibly in the magazine feel free to email Me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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1.) Tell us Sicxfive, how did you start rapping and how long have you been perfecting your craft?
I started rapping from a base of poetry. I was always good with words and wordplay and loved the power of word usage.
In High School I was more the ghost writer and didn’t want the spot light. As I embraced my gifts I then started to enter open Mics and contest and freestyle on military bases. Once I got the good response that I received it just motivated me to go further.
2.) Who were/are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest influence musically were Biggie, Tupac, JayZ, Wu Tang, Outkast, NWA, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder.
Currently I check for some new acts like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Weezy, 2Chainz, A$ap, etc…
3.) You were what we call and “army brat” growing up. Did your fathers military career encourage you to enlist yourself?
Coming from where I came from, inner city Philadelphia, I didn’t see many options coming out of school. I didn’t understand how I could afford to go to college coming from a poverty stricken household. I knew my parents couldn’t afford it and they never took the time to explain how I could go to college. So I looked at the military as my escape and chance to not fit the statistics.
4.) What is it like as an artist to be stationed so far overseas where your passion of making music can not be easily fulfilled?
It’s painful….I really love the creative experience of writing and getting in the booth. I enjoy finding the right feel and voice to fit the track. I enjoy music..the good and the bad.
5.) What do you think of the state of mainstream hip hop and rap today?
I think the current state of hip hop is on a downturn. It’s not lyrically appealing to me on the whole. Yes there are some who are outstanding but the majority are not groundbreaking and won’t be around 2 years from now. And for the record I like some non-lyrical rap also.
6.) You rap with a level of consciousness not displayed by many artist today. Do you think not rapping about the stereotypical street life will help boost or deter your mainstream appeal?
I just try to rap about my reality. I am from the streets, the hood, the ghetto. I was raised around drug dealers, drug users, robbers, gangs and gangsters, pimps. The whole gambit. But I don’t lie about my stats. I totally fine being who and what I am and letting the fans know that there is more to the hood and streets than pure ignorance.
It may hurt my sales and it may be a tougher road but it’s my truth.
7.) I see you write poetry as well. Do you ever plan to release a poetry project?
I actually had someone contact me about doing it and I was surprised by it. I mean I am open to sharing my personal thoughts and ideas and verses but it will have t be in the right way. But in the near future I may release a concept I have that I think would really move the needle.
8.) What advice would you give to someone trying to get started in the music industry?
Believe in you.
Be ready to work.
Trust in your mental ear.
Listen to ya engineers and producers.
Get rid of all yes men around you.
9.) Any upcoming projects or events we should look out for?
Currently looking to release 3-4 new singles in lead up to my project in 2016.
10.) Where can people find more of you?
You can reach me on social media under
@sicxfive – Instagram, Tumblr, Vine
@sicx_five – Twitter
When I look at the site it’s hard for Me to believe I started this as a little side project a year ago. I just wanted some place to share and promote things that mattered to Me that didn’t correlate with the adult entertainment side of My business. I can’t say that the site has matched My vision YET but for one year it sure has done better than I expected.
Having the responsibility of finding talent led Me to pay attention to things I hadn’t before and that opened so many doors for Me. I had been so focused on Myself for so long that taking time to focus on others has given Me immeasurable pleasure.
Last week I teamed up with London Le Blanc Magazine and now will be a contributing writer monthly starting December 2015. I’ve been given 2 pages a month for 2 separate interviews or articles. I’m so excited, that gives Me the opportunity to offer not only the opportunity to be featured here but to be published as well. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing a Playboy Playmate as well for a different magazine. All I do is to bring attention back to sites like this and My other personal projects. All I do is to promote and offer the best resources to you. You can follow London Le Blanc on Facebook at
I’ve also decided to add a new section to the site for 2016, Sapphire’s Jewel and I will feature a model a month. Look out for new site design and updates. Happy Thanksgiving you guys and don’t forget SUBMIT TO BE FEATURED OR GET YOUR MUSIC PLAYED ON THE SITE at email@example.com
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I met David a few years ago and his spirit is so beautiful. He is a true testament to show that no matter what state the body is in the mind can be alive and active. In a nursing home for many years , David writes to pass the time. Check out his ode to a furry friend below.
THE TIME HAS COME TO SAY GOOD BYE TO A FRIEND. I USE TO FILL MY BAG WITH SNACKS THAT HE WOULD EAT. MOUSES HAD NO MONEY TO SPEND. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF PISTACHIO’S AND CHIPS, EVEN THE MIXED NUTS THAT WERE EATEN OFF AT THE TIP. BUT THE STAFF GOT WISE AND SAID THERE IS AN ENEMY AMONG US. SO THEY PUT TOGETHER A PLAN WITHOUT A FUSS/ WELL IN COMES A MAN WITH HIS BAG OF TOOLS SETTING HIS TRAPS TO MAKE THE MOUSE A FOOL. THE DAYS WENT BY NEVER HEARD A SOUND MY AIDE CAME IN JUST THE OTHER DAY SHE SAID IT SMELLED REAL STRANGE. SHE COULD NOT STAY WE LOOKED AROUND COULD NOT FIND A MOUSE. I HOPE HE IS RESTING IN HIS MOUSE HOUSE. BYE BYE MR. MOUSE
THOUGHTS BY D.K. MILES LEVINDALE POET
I’m tired of turning on the news and hearing political views that don’t coincide with a true picture of America,
I’m tired of hearing politicians spew and project an attitude that there is nothing wrong in America,
I’m tired of States banging Red and Blue and arguing about which side is true today …I said today… In America,
And I’m tired of racist views by police and people reporting the news who spin lies about America,
See I haven’t been around forever but I’m clever enough to see when you feed lies to me about the body that’s found deceased in the middle of neighborhood streets and yet you tell lies and have us think that innocent you will be until they blast the truth across the TV screens……
and we have the truth laid out for us….
Cops killing our children, our mothers our fathers, our brothers our sisters, our past and our futures,
And then I turn on the TV and I see more violence…..
But this time the hood is quiet, cause the science is that someone has shoot an Officer of the law and now he is in the ICU slowly dying…..
Do we not see that this human being killed is someone child, or mother or father, or brother or sister, ……this was someone’s past and future,
And I turn away….I can’t stomach it anymore, I need fresh air, I can’t breath, my feelings are raw and open to the core, I’m sore from the inside out because death has become so common that after I’m told someone died I turn around 5 mins later and ask what was the score to the game… And they told me,
But what they should have told me was that the score is a lot to a little,
A lot of death to too little life,
A lot of pain to few memories of joy,
A lot of sorrow for those who died today and will never see the beauty or horror of tomorrow,
I am scared to raise a child in a world where keeping it real is WSHH material,
I’m afraid to raise a child in a world where kids are snatched out of front yards,
killed inside the schools they learn in,
and preyed on by adults we are suppose to trust,
I fear raising a son who has to navigate adult choices at tender ages because our youth is looked at as a walking statistic…
Likely to be the next…athlete, drug dealer, gangbanger, deadbeat father, or felon,
I fear raising my daughter in a world where she must always be aware that someone is out to do her harm,
where her innocence is precious and a thief waits in the dark to steal it from her,
where a nice word must be looked at with skepticism and caution,
I want my children to grow up and be all the great things that they dream of when they sleep that drool soaked sleep wit a slight smile on their faces,
I want our children to know that we are doing things today so that they have a better tomorrow,
I want these children to know that we can get our act together so there is a safe world for them to raise children in in the future,
And all of this has me tired
This world this day and age when we are so advanced and yet still so behind,
I’m tired of the talk and rhetoric about what’s wrong while we never take the time to do what’s right,
I’m tired of the finger pointing and grandstanding and the me as the center of the world movement ,
I’m tired of it all…….
But I won’t stop because I have someone who expects more and deserves more from me,
I will continue to work to make my circle of influence better,
And if that keeps me tired then I know when I finally rest that I gave everything I could to make the future better for our future….
Have you ever felt stuck in the life you’ve created for yourself? Your life may be going just fine on the surface, you’re employed, you’re managing to pay your bills, you have a wonderful spouse. But you live the same routine every day, day in and day out only daydreaming about the life you wished you lived. At some point in time we all find that we feel stuck. The question is how long will you allow yourself to go on like that. Will you ever pursue your dreams and be real to your authentic self or will you just go on living a mediocre life?
We all have bills to play , we all have responsibilities and many of us have excuses for why we are not living the life we dream of living. Some of the biggest excuses we give ourselves for not chasing our dreams are
The reality is that whether we pursue our passions or allow them to lie dormant they are always in the forefront of our minds. When something is is your blood, in your heart, no matter how much you try to push the thought of it aside you will not be able to shake what’s inside of you.
There will be people who tell you you’re crazy. People will not always see your vision and that’s perfectly fine. Everyone is not meant to see, feel or understand what you do. For that very reason alone, because you may have something unique, maybe even innovative to add to the world you must be willing to follow the little voice inside guiding you towards your dream life.
It won’t be easy. Change never is, fear can ground even the mos talented, passionate individual. Fear of change, fear of inadequacy and even fear of success is a huge deterrent for some. I guarantee it will take some 20 hour days, some sleepless nights, it may even take a year worth of ramen noodles and boiled eggs for dinner but the journey towards your authentic self is it’s own reward. Some of the most important reasons for pursuing your passions and living to your own authentic self and include but aren’t limited to
Those with little money, little free time or maybe too many excuses can find ways to easily incorporate their passion int their daily lives.
There are many other ways to work your passion into your daily life. You may not be able to jump right into your dream job or position but the more you immerse yourself in your passion the closer you get each day. You open yourself to opportunities that you never will get sitting on the couch wondering what if.
Any goal is achievable when the right amount of determination, dedication, time and effort are applied. If I could leave with with a few last words of advice I’d remind you that
Need more motivation to follow your passions? Check out the articles below. These people made the leap from living mediocre day to day lives and are now living their dreams.
Sexy Sapphire 10/19/2015
Have you ever just happened to wander in on something so beautiful you found yourself stuck in a trance as you tried to take it all in? That’s what happened to Me this summer at Artscape as I wandered around tent to tent, building to building soaking in all the creativity that flowed. I somehow ended up in one of the Mica ( an arts colleges) buildings and saw a lot of people milling about on a lower level.
My friend and I followed the flow of people and walked into a concert that was already in progress. The sight shocked Me, the music coming from the stage was so sharp, and beautiful but I was not ready for the musicians, they were all children. The oldest looked about 14 maybe. These children were playing music with the talent of well trained adults who had studied the craft for years.
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. (From the website)
This group of talented youth have even been recognized by the First Lady, Michelle Obama who presented them with an award for excellence on Thanksgiving 2013. I was so lucky to happen upon them performing and was quick to whip out My camera. I captured four videos and uploaded them to youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_NSxP-NWTFCoSQDLyphvg
For more info on the Orchkids check out their website at http://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/young-musicians/orchkids.aspx
You know how you see someone on the internet all the time, you admire their work, you love to see them shine but never think you will meet them. I was so excited to find out that Demont Pinder would be painting live at Afram this year.
You’ve seen his work all over but may not know who he is. He has a sweet job as the art director for Raheem Devaughn but he uses his talent in so many other ways. He does the historic Howard Theater and so much more.
Check out some of his work below
At Afram he was offering fans and new comers the opportunity to be a part of one of his paintings. You know I had to grab a brush and join in. He had outlined a very intricate piece and people had a chance to grab a paint brush and be a part of one of his masterpieces. I did this black part lol
Don’t take My word for it. Check him out online
I told ya’ll during the summer that I had fallen in love with the youth poets of Dew More Baltimore when I got the chance to witness them performing an open mic and then attended one of their scripted productions. I was ecstatic to find out they would be performing at the Baltimore Book Festival
I made sure to get there early and was glad I did, the youth did a hour of spoken word and poetry performances before sitting down to have a panel discussion and answer questions from the crowd. They were so articulate and knowledgeable. I’m in the process of loading the videos to My youtube page. Below you get a treat, the first one that I had a chance to upload is how they started out the show and this young man will leave you with chills.
Everyone has something that makes them special. I love seeing people shine from the inside when doing what they do best. There are people who tell you your dreams are impossible, that the SOUND ridiculous. There are some that will tell you that because something has never been done before it CAN’T be done. BUT THAT ISN’T TRUE. Nothing is impossible especially letting the light shine from within you.
Don’t let anyone steal your shine or keep you from chasing your dreams.
If you ever feel stuck in a rut above is a list of 29 ways to stay creative. If you need more motivation, check out the links below.