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.

Click here to visit the Kaizen By A website.

Click here to follow Kaizen By A on Instagram.

Kaizen With A IG.

And make sure you subscribe to Anyelina’s YouTube page!


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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.

Click here to follow Swavo SB on Instagram!

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And click here to stream Swavo SB on Apple Music!

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.

Sha EK- Shake That

“I make that sh*t they gon play back!”

As the summer comes to an end, Bronx artist Sha Ek delivers yet another bold track, with his latest single dubbed “Shake That.

Recently dropping records including “Respectfully“, “One In The Head“, while appearing on “How You Every O Shot?”, “Shake That” was a highly anticipated track, with a snippet of the tune reaching almost 70K views on Instagram.

A song that can be played in the club, or at your neighborhood cookout, Sha EK reveals another flow of his with “Shake That.”

Decreasing the excessive amount of disses toward his oppositions that he’s known for, with this record, Sha makes it both catchy & easy on the ears, while making it a tune that girls can enjoy, and shake their ass too.

He somehow still manages to be extremely disrespectful on this track anyway.

The visuals, shot by CPD Films, captured the entire scene.

In the 2-minute long video, Sha EK is seen in the spot alongside fellow artists, PJ Glizzy, Edot Baby, and Blockwork, to name a few, bouncing along to the dark, piano-filled beat, while displaying their dope dance moves (shout out SugarHill Keem).

EK is truly improving his versatility on these records. This isn’t the same aggressive Sha, yelling disses & expletives in every other line.

This song has a mainstream feel to it.

In my opinion, it’s refreshing to hear something different, from Courtlandt Ave’s finest. And that’s what were getting with “Shake That.”

Wishing nothing but success for Sha during the rest of 2021, and definitely more shows as well.

Favorite Bar: “F*ck my last b*tch she a loser, only hang with them demons & ooters, her sh*t fat so the gang tryna do her.”

Song Rating (Out Of 10): Nine out of Ten (9/10)


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B-Lovee- Neaky

“She get neaky, she get freaky for bucks.”

In a week where we saw Bronx artists D-Thang, Sha EK, and Kay Flock each release solo records, B-Lovee decided to drop arguably the hottest track of them all.

Fresh off the release of his hit single IF YK, YK, B-Lovee manages to top that record with another banger, Neaky, shot by Spike Tarantino, which dropped on September 6th.

Continuing his clever trend of sampling beloved Carribean records, with Gyptian’s Hold You being the latest example, Lovee continues to bless us with a sound different from the brash, in your face Bronx drill we’ve grown accustomed too.

His New York accent & lingo, blending with a sped-up version of Gyptian’s Hold You, gives listeners a lethal combination we didn’t know we needed.

In addition, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say, I selfishly wanted this track to be longer than one minute.

I think that was a smart move by B-Lovee. Keep your records short & sweet so fans easily learn every lyric, keep it on repeat, but are still left wanting more & more.

And that’s exactly how I feel after listening to Neaky.

Personally, I wish more drill artist would sample the classics, regardless of genre. Or, simply rap on beats that aren’t, drill beats.

Trying something new allows rappers to test the limits of their talents.

Well known drill artists, like Polo G, Lil Durk, and G Herbo, to name a few, become household names in their cities through the gritty, dark drill records only die hards fans are familiar with.

However, once they experiment with different flows & sounds that their otherwise not known for, is when they make that jump to the next level. The mainstream.

And if I’m not mistaken, we’re witnessing B-Lovee make that very same jump.

And its such a pleasure to watch.

I can’t conclude this article without mentioning the addicting snippet featuring both B-Lovee & Kay Flock at the minute & thirty second mark, of the Neaky visual.

All I can say is, whenever the duo gifts us with that record, there’s a 99% chance I’ll be writing how much I enjoy listening to it.

With that being said, looking forward to more bangers like this one from B-Lovee, and other New York City drill artists.

Favorite line: “Evil twin in the cut & he feening to dump, if you play with the gang on the scene you get slumped.”

Song Rating (Out of 10): Ten out of Ten (10/10)


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Skelly Caps Interview

Brooklyn artist Skelly Caps.

Skelly Caps?

Yes. Skelly, just like the game.

Sekou, also known as Skelly Caps, isn’t your typical Brooklyn artist.

Nowadays, we’re used to hearing a melodic sound made popular by A Boogie with Da Hoodie, or drill rap infamous in the Bronx & Brooklyn, Sekou’s stomping grounds.

Skelly has an old soul kind of feel to his records, comparable to Nipsey Hussle or Dave East, in my opinion.

On his 2019 self-titled EP, which included six tracks, Skelly Caps made sure each song & every song was better than the last.

My personal favorites from the project are “Where I’m From” & “Mowgli”.

In addition, Sekou credits a lot of his success to his late father, Khalid or “My Twin” as Sekou lovingly calls him.

For many New Yorkers, having an active, passionate father is rare. However, Sekou was blessed with that & more in his father, Khalid.

From Da Hood Journal to Sekou & his family, we express our sincerest condolences.

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.*

*English Translation: “Verily we belong to Allah & verily to Him do we return.”

Click here to follow Skelly Caps on Instagram!

And click here to stream Skelly Caps music on Apple Music!


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Full interview from March 28 with Skelly Caps.
Full audio from our interview with Skelly Caps.
Snippet on IGTV from our interview with Skelly Caps.

Kay Flock- Is Ya Ready

“B*itch I’m a stomper, I don’t really step!”

In the past six months, I’ve grown a deep fascination for New York City drill

I’ve just recently traveled upstate to embark on my junior year of college. Walking past my off-campus home, all you’ll hear from our speakers is the aforementioned genre.

No lie, I share conversations about the ever-evolving genre of music with close friends daily.

For better or worse, all five boroughs are currently immersed in the spotlight.

Led by notorious heavyweights D-Thang, B-Lovee (IF YK, YK), & DHJ alum Nas EBK, the Bronx is the county currently making the most waves.

I haven’t even mentioned Kay Flock, arguably the most well-known artist from the Boogie Down.

Kay has had an impressive 2021, to say the least, dropping 1 million-plus viewed hits that include T Cardi with Dougie B, Brotherly Love, and War with KD.

However, none have struck harder than “Is Ya Ready,” a 2-minute record, shot by the talented KLO Vizionz, that’s amassed over a million views just a week after its release.

With a beat sounding straight out of a scary movie, and disrespectful lyrics to match it, Kay’s latest visual is undoubtedly the song of the summer.

My favorite part of the video, is when the camera catches the sly, mischievous smiles of he & Dougie B.

I’ve listened to it at least a hundred times. And so have you.

One of his few solo tracks, in “Is Ya Ready,” he continues to let his enemies know, who the real face of the Bronx is. Even if it rubs some the wrong way.

His discography continues to grow with tracks that civilians, like myself, and his opposition, continue to listen to.

Definitely, a record that should be on your playlist, we’re looking forward to hearing more hard-hitting tracks like this from Kay, and other drill artist from the Big Apple.

And maybe an interview as well…

Nah, let me stop.


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KJ Interview

Myself (left) alongside Bronx artist KJ (right).

Meet Bronx artist KJ, or better known as Drake, because of their strong resemblance. Back in March, KJ joined the podcast for an interview filled with gems & raw energy.

Describing KJ in a few words is rather difficult. His energy is his own, one you can’t duplicate. He’s his own kind. He’s a Knockerz, producer, athlete, and Facebook comedian wrapped into one person.

Most importantly, KJ is an artist who’s sound is comparable to none. He’s as versatile as they come & always looking for ways to diversify his craft.

Shout out to KJ, and my boys Jancy & Jason, for such a memorable conversation. Also, shoutout to NSG & We Are The World. Expecting nothing but greatness from y’all!

Click here to check out KJ’s latest single “Slide.”

Click here to subscribe to KJ’s YouTube channel.

And click here to stream KJ’s playlists on Apple Music!


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Full interview from March 27 with KJ.
Full audio from our interview with KJ.
Snippet on IGTV from our interview with KJ.

Rebels Worldwide & By Tianna Osbourne Interview

Myself (middle) alongside By Tianna Osbourne CEO, Tianna (left), and Rebels Worldwide CEO, Kam (right).


The “Designer Don Dropout” Tianna Osbourne & Killer Kam came through for this fire interview.

Tianna, is the CEO of underground NYC clothing brand By Tianna Osbourne. She’s cultivated & created a plethora of designs from recycled jeans, shirts, jackets, and many more garments. Tianna recently reached her 1,000th order & has a lot more to add to the fashion industry.

Tianna talks a lot about how she got her start working with clothing, and what she hopes to accomplish. She’s a prominent & dominant force in the NYC fashion scene. It’s like she was “Bourne a Star.”

And, it’s no secret that Killer Kam and I attended high school together. Watching him grow from football player to fashion icon has been crazy. In this interview, Kam gives us insight into what the future of his brand, Rebels Worldwide, looks like.

Kam & Tianna are a duo the fashion industry will never recover from. Despite having their own distinct style, what these two creative minds put together will always result in greatness.

Click here to check out the By Tianna Osbourne website!

And click here to go support the Rebels Worldwide website!


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Full interview from March 26 with By Tianna Osbourne & Rebels Worldwide.
Full audio from our interview with By Tianna Osbourne & Rebels Worldwide.
Snippet on IGTV from our interview with Rebels Worldwide & By Tianna Osbourne.

The Peace Lily by HDThePoet

I went to ask the peace lily advice, 

In my darkest times. 

When I knew not where I was in life, 

And I felt life knew not who I was. 

I went to ask the peace lily advice. 

The flower that blooms even in darkness. 

How can you persist, when the whole world seems to be against you. 

How can you be happy when life has its moments. 

How can you bloom, when life gives you nothing to grow for. 

The peace lily said the word is adaptation, 

The word is grieve, 

The word is acceptance, 

The word is positivity, 

The word is peace, 

The word is faith, 

The word is manifestation…

He said…

These words grow me from my roots, and life gave me those things too. 

 -HD-

Click here to add HDThePoet on IG!

Click here to add HD’s poetry page, “The Deep Library.”


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Mariah Searle’s Poetry Page

If you get a chance, go check out Mariah Searle’s poetry page! Below, you’ll find the link to her Instagram, and a few poems she’s written. Go show her some love!

Mariah Searle’s IG page!
One of the many poems Mariah has written.

Another poem of Mariah’s (read below)

Sometimes I’m lost

Lost hoping no return.

But I need to wander,

To find my place.

To feel the wind brush my skin,

The suns warmth on my body.

The air in my lungs,

The fresh cut grass in my nose.

Birds all around me chirping in a harmony

only they can understand.

Water dripping from the drain pipe.

The melody of the world.

The silence of nature, I crave so much.

To be in the pouring rain,

Feeling the cold,

Rain deep in every piece of fabric.

The water of a million miles soaking into me.

Showing we are one in the same,

Standing in the rain

I feel the earth whisper through the wind.

Let the rain wash away the pain.

Forget the world by being one with the universe and maybe you will find the you’re not lost but searching for yourself and like the rain you’ll land where you belong.


Click here to check out Mariah’s poetry page!

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