Twin Parks North West Fire Tribute By Roki Kaba

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Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. 

On January 9th, 2022 the Bronx witnessed one of the deadliest apartment fires in recent memory. This carnage took place in the Tremont neighborhood, a thriving West African & Muslim community. 

This fire claimed seventeen lives, many of whom were children and/or Muslim. And without a doubt, those taken by this fire possessed a bright future.

This tragedy, created by a space heater, was the

result of issues regarding lack of hot water & heat consistently overlooked. 

A common occurrence seen in communities of color, dominated by immigrant families, rent is still collected monthly in these buildings despite numerous complaints from tenants going unanswered.

The dangers of a space heater are well known. However, if it’s colder in your apartment than it is outdoors, is there really a better choice? 

It’s a shame that these families were forced to use space heaters while living in the bitter New York cold. And as we can see, none of this mattered until it was too late. 

For those struggling to wrap their heads around these unfortunate events, just know the victims & their families shared a strong Islamic faith & that Allah SWT messenger said, “Martyrdom is seven things besides being killed for the sake of Allah. The one who dies of the plague is a martyr, the one who drowns is a martyr, the one who dies of pleurisy is a martyr, the one who dies of stomach disease is a martyr, the one who is burned to death is a martyr, the one who dies beneath a collapsed building is a martyr, and the woman who dies in pregnancy is a martyr.”

Those who died in this fire should not be regarded as victims because those who burn are regarded as martyrs for the sake of Allah SWT. 

These beautiful souls were more than just victims. They were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends & more. May those who lost someone know that there are people willing to help you in your time of mourning. 

Among the deceased are:

Fatoumata Drammeh, 50, Foutmala Drammeh, 21, Nyumaaisha Drammeh, 19, Muhammed Drammeh, 12, Haji Dukaray, 49, Haja Dukureh, 37, Mustapha Dukureh, 12, Miriam Dukureh, 11, Fatoumata Dukureh 5, Fatoumata Tunkara, 43 , Omar Jambang, 5, Seydou Toure, 12 , Haouwa Mahamadou Toure, 5 , Sera Janneh, 27, Hagi Jawara, 47 , Isatou Jabbie, 31, Ousmane Konteh, 2.

In regards to donations, please be cautious with where your donations are going. In the midst of tragedy, there are still people willing to do anything for personal gain.

Community-based organization Gambian Youth Organization (GYO) & mosques including Masjid-Ar Rahama, Masjid Sidiki, Masjid Ebun Abass & the Futa Islamic Center have set up sites where you can donate clothing, food, and more to help those affected by the fire. 

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Zay Munna Interview

Myself (left) alongside Bronx artist Zay Munna (right).

B*TCH I’M THE REASON THEY MENTION THE GATES!

My favorite thing about journalism is the opportunity to rub elbows with my favorite artists & creators. 

This conversation was a perfect representation of that.

Artist Zay Munna, known for his ep Frm The Gates, and records like “Munna Story” & “Graphic” is one of the more underrated acts in the Bronx. 

Zay, along with AP, Poppa, Lucky, and Juiceski made me comfortable in their space. 

It felt as if we were friends for years.

During the hour-long dialogue, we talked about dealing with police, mental health, their high-profile counterparts in the music industry, and more.

There’s a ton to take away from this dialogue.

With that being said, make sure you tap into our conversation out now! 

Definitely looking forward to working with Zay & the Munnas in the future.


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Full interview from October 9 with Zay Munna.
Snippet on IGTV from our interview with Zay Munna.

Richie Rozay Interview

Myself (right) alongside Bronx artist Richie Rozay (left).

One September morning, in my college housemate’s car, on our way to class, he played “No Love Songs” on the aux.

About 30 seconds into the record, I searched for the song on my phone to save & listen to later.

Featuring A Boogie Wit Tha Hoodie, an unfamiliar name, Richie Rozay came up on the search bar.

Eager to discover more of this addicting sound, I decided to download his most recent project.

Best decision ever. 

After streaming all 14 tracks of Street Poet, as well as his other discography, I became an avid supporter of the Bronx artist.

2 AM” & “Every Other Day” are just a few of my many favorites from Rozay.

Luckily, a month after that car ride, I got to interview him, in the heart of his neighborhood! (Cypress Ave stand up!)

Shoutout to my brother & Richie’s brother for setting this one up.

Although a nerve-wracking experience, I’m glad we got it done.

With that being said, enjoy my conversation with Richie! Featuring his longtime friend & fellow rising artist LNF Stacks

Lastly, I apologize for the poor audio.


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Full interview from October 7 with Richie Rozay.
Snippet on IGTV from our interview with Richie Rozay.

Siri Dinero Interview 

Myself (left) alongside NYC artist Siri Dinero (right).

I used to listen to Siri Dinero in the 9th-grade. 

I’d bump his 2016 debut tape Shit Will Never Be The Same religiously en route to school.

 By far one of my favorite acts at the time, Siri is a talented artist who mixed sweet melody with heartbreak & pain only few could relate to. 

Anywhere you went, you would hear listeners humming the words “money over love”, deriving from the catchy chorus of Siri’s most notable record.

For an extended stretch, he had New York City in a frenzy.

In an era that’s seen melodic acts like A Boogie & J.I. reach great heights, it was only a matter of time till Siri would join them

Then, he quickly fell below the radar.

For whatever reason, he wouldn’t drop music as often. He wasn’t as relevant anymore.

However, from time to time both his name & that magical stretch in 2016 would be mentioned. 

That’s a testament to Siri’s talent.

With that being said, I was excited & blessed to get the chance to interview Siri. 

I learned a ton about the Baltimore-born, Bronx-raised artist.

AND, he’s eager to prove those who wrote him off, wrong.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. My boy Siri refused to hold anything back. 

Special shoutout to Dinero, AP Munna, Gloc Munna, Billy, and the SBL Music Group.


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Full interview from July 21 with Siri Dinero.
Full audio from our interview with Siri Dinero.
Snippet on IGTV from our interview with Siri Dinero.

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Meet, Kidd Ki

WRITTEN BY KIDD KI (above) HIMSELF! THANK YOU FOR THIS FROM DHJ!

When did Kidd Ki realize that music was his passion?

Kidd Ki is a dynamic music creator from New York. From a young age, he’s had a love and passion for music. While in college, he teamed up with some talented musicians, who helped him prepare his posters & songs, to be released on prominent platforms. After that, he began making music more frequently, receiving a positive response from his audience. That pushed him to continue his artistic journey, by creating music that’s not only genuine, but that can truly inspire people.

What is Kidd Ki working on right now? 

After establishing his audience, Kidd Ki founded MCMG Worldwide, a company where his team, whom he met in college, uploads his music. In addition, he hosts the Pass Da Aux series, that’s held three times a year, and recently partnered with FlightClub Studios NYC for an upcoming event. His top records, like “Do What I Do” and “Our City”,  which amassed over 80,00 streams, are out now on Spotify & iTunes. His latest project also includes two impressive singles, “Watching” & “Well-Off”. Ki is also working on an album Court Side IV along with Riq, his co-artist at MCMG Worldwide

What are the plans & goals of Kidd Ki?

Kidd Ki wants to make a difference not only in the music industry but in his life as well. Music is an art that he loves to engage in, and because of the hard work he puts into his craft, it causes others to fall in love with his music too. Kidd Ki appreciates the challenges and rewards that go hand-in-hand with making history. As a result, he’s prepared to go above and beyond to ensure his music is of top quality. He strives to create music that is both pure & original. 


If you’re interested in his future plans or want to work with him, visit his website https://unitedmasters.com/kiddki1 and follow his social media handles, which can be found below:

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Click here for MCMG Worldwide’s IG!

Click here for “Our City” on YouTube!

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Day By Seyhandra Benjamin

 The collective exhaust

Off the expressway 

Fuels the hustle and bustle

Of a Bronx Morning. 

High backpacks and low eyes

Sit alongside each other

While Offensive Smells Brew

from below them. All with

the same thought Please don’t

let me be late.


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Tell me what you see By Seyhandra Benjamin

This shit isn’t a coincidence 

That when I look around me 

There is only ever poverty. 


The multiple cop cars on the corner 

Policing never protecting. 

The overflowing trash cans; 

Clearly the city forgot about us. 


This shit isn’t a coincidence 

That when I enter the Govt. Assistance office

Me and my peers get treated like shit Like we

signed up to be poor. 


Don’t tell me to pull the strings on my boots tight

When my boots are full of holes and creases. Not

to mention 4 generations too small. And if you

care to know 

The flimsy made bottom makes my feet hurt


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Kaizen By A Interview

Fitness trainer, motivator, Kaizen By A & Kaizen With A CEO, Anyelina Gonzalez

Hard worker. Wonderwoman. Queen. 

These are names I’d used when describing my Anyelina Gonzalez, fitness trainer, motivator, & Kaizen By A & Kaizen With A CEO.

However, the word most associated with her is the aforementioned “Kaizen.”

The definition of Kaizen is continuous improvement, something Anyelina strives for every time she wakes up. 

Knowing her for more than six years, I’ve always admired her impressive work ethic, determination, and willingness to help anyone willing to help themselves.

It’s amazing to witness how she takes care of her body, works with her clients, while indirectly changing their lives in the process.

Anyelina’s upbringing is one that deserves recognition as well. 

Living in the Dominican Republic till age five, she often brings up her mother, whom she speaks so highly of.

Her mother is a big reason Anyelina is the person she is today.

With that being said, we’re definitely rooting for Anyelina to succeed.

She’s not only impacted lives through her fitness & non-fitness programs, but she’s building major plans to continue giving back to supporters, as well as citizens back home in the Dominican Republic.

Big thank you to Anyelina for another amazing conversation. 

Make sure you go tune in to her journey of teaching & touching as many lives as possible.

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Kaizen With A IG.

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Full interview from May 1 with Anyelina Gonzalez.
Full audio from our interview with Kaizen By A CEO Anyelina Gonzalez

Swavo SB Interview

Myself (left) alongside NYC artist Swavo SB (right).

I was forced to be a fan of Swavo’s music.

Now, don’t take that the wrong way.

My little brother, Hood Pope, would play his songs loud enough for our whole house to hear. 

It got to the point where his songs were stuck in my head.

And at first, it annoyed me. But, I realized that those songs stuck in my brain were fire.

Tracks like Up It, Slide, Bad Timing, and my favorite, Hell Hill (UTH), are just a few songs in Swavo’s growing discography.

And, despite some unfortunate turn of events, we’d definitely hear more from him.

And we will.

With that being said, start purchasing your stock in Swavo now. 

In addition to the rest of his brothers from Lower East Side, his neighborhood.

A musical melting pot, Swavo is one of the leaders of a neighborhood that will soon have the city in a headlock.

Shoutout to fellow LES artists Drippy, YBC Jay, YBC Belly, Bhaz Bin Stackin, and more.

To conclude, thank you Swavo, for this great conversation. 

It was a pleasure hearing the story, of a talented person who’s misunderstood, but enjoys making music for his audience.

And thank you twin for bringing him to my attention.

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SLEEP IN PEACE IZZY!


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Full interview from May 8th with Swavo SB.
Full audio from our interview with Swavo SB.
Snippet on IGTV from our interview with Swavo SB.