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
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
I’m the first to say you can find talent in all places but I was shocked to find it flowing from My own womb. I entered My son into this poetry writing/spoken word program for the summer with the Maya Baraka Institute directed and ran by various National poetry slam winners and contestants. The program is for youths age 13-20 and focuses on spoken word and the creative arts with an afro-centric flair.
We were invited to their first performance last week which was in the format of an open mic which was also open to the public sponsored by the Maya Baraka program along with Dew More Baltimore. The open mic was hosted by the youths of the program and many of them blessed us with their talents from singing, to poetry and rapping. I recorded quite a few of the performances but no where near all of them nor did I capture what I think were some of the best performances.
Hopefully you will enjoy a peek into what you missed. These talented teens and young adults blew Me away.
I have a few more videos from the event and will be continuing to upload them to youtube at http://www.tinyurl.com/sapphiresyoutube.com
There are a lot of BLAZIN models popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Model Mayhem, facebook GGurls and other model networking sites, we are being treated to the beautiful works of models we may have never even known existed. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming models that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of them now………..
Name: Tonie aka Model T
Weight: 115 lbs
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Tonie is a youthful looking beauty that reigns from Kentucky and she enjoys shopping, reading various novels, viewing artwork, watching reality shows with her mother, spending time with friends, and rollerskating with her 11 year old nephew. These are just a few things that goes on in her spare time but what she truly loves doing is posing in front of the camera! Once Tonie steps foot onto the set,she transforms into Model T!
1. How long have you been in the modeling game? What influenced your decision to start modeling?
With the help of one of my best friends, I did my first photo shoot in November 2005, so I am coming up on my 10 year anniversary! As a child, I always enjoyed browsing through fashion magazines with my mother. Of course, I would always picture myself modeling the clothes. One day, I came across a beautiful photo of Grace Jones and I asked my mother if Grace was male or female. My mother told me that Grace Jones is female and a model who is known for her wild sense of style. As a kid, Grace’s style was “scary” at times but I truly loved it because she made you not only notice her wild style but also her beauty. I told myself that I may not be Grace Jones when I grow up, but I darn sure can make a statement like she.
10. Where can people check you out at?
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/
While I’m working hard to boost the popularity of this site I’m also working hard to brand it on social networks. Daily, on Facebook through our fan page https://www.facebook.com/spotlightontalent I post tips for writers, contests, artwork and videos of amazing talent. To check us out on Facebook either click the link above or the facebook like box in the right hand side bar. This site and our social networking pages are designed SIMPLY to provide a platform for aspiring and established talent to promote themselves and gain valuable information that can be critical to their careers.
This site isn’t JUST about interviewing and promoting hot talent but also to provide a place that offers a range of resources that can assist talents of every type. You will notice the resource guide area at the top of the page and in the left hand side bar. Just as I am constantly seeking talent I am also seeking businesses and resources to add to the resource guide. So Email and tell me about your business and lets get you added.
Here’s just a few examples of the type things shared through our facebook page. I would hate for you to miss out on great talent or an opportunity to get your own work out there.
Screencraft.org Short Screenplay Contest final deadline is one month away! Submit your script for evaluation by judges from Vimeo, Cannes Film Festival, Maker Studios and more:
These young girls had Me smiling, the shy one with the book bag is going to have a hell of a voice once it’s properly trained.
I found an awesome artist on facebook named KellieBrew check here out by clicking her name.
The following video really touched Me , I meant it hit home on so many levels. I hope you take a minute to check her out.
I’d love nothing more than to showcase your talent, here and on our facebook and twitter pages. SUBMIT SUBMIT SUBMIT and show us your talent at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be the first to admit I’m not a fan of watching videos online and I don’t watch talk shows. I miss out on a lot of what’s currently popular. That’s part of of why I started this site, I know so many like Me who are just as clueless. Well until last week I’d never heard of 4 year old Heaven King but since the first time I saw her she has been blowing up all over My social networking pages.
This darling little girl has taken the internet by storm with her danced moves.
Her and her mom were recently featured on the Ellen Degeneres show.
Her mom has many more vids with her on her youtube page HERE