A Phoenix Rising: An Interview with singer Gail Campbell

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Intro: What’s good everybody? I’m blessed to have the opportunity to interview a strong woman and a powerful songstress…Ms. Gail Campbell!

RD: (opening) Let me first say that it is an honor to have you as the first woman interview for our blog…your presence here is much appreciated!

GC: Hey Bro…. It’s a pleasure to be here… Thank you so much for having me…

RD: How are you doing today?

GC: I’m well…. All of my gigs have been canceled because of this health crisis…. But other than that… I’m so blessed…

RD: What is your mood like at this time?

GC: Mannn…. I’m grateful…. It’s been a great year… and I’m so looking forward to what’s in store…

RD: What was it like for you growing up?

GC: Well…. I had a complicated upbringing…. I had a lot of love …. But we also had a lot of hardship….

I don’t imagine that my life was drastically different than many individuals who grew up in Newark…. Newark is a complicated city…

RD: Where are you originally from?

GC: I’m originally from Newark, Irvington, and East Orange…. Lol… The TriCity…

RD: When did you realize that you had a love for singing/music?

GC: I didn’t realize I had a love for music… because Music was always a part of my life… I come from a family of singers, and artists… So I didn’t see anything special about it… It was just what we do… who I am…. I’m just beginning to realize how special music is and how blessed I am to be one of God’s instruments…

RD: Was your start in music traditionally like other singers…in the church?

GC: No… I wasn’t really raised in the church…. My introduction to music was Heatwave, Blue Magic, Earth Wind and Fire, Aretha, Ella, and Run DMC….LOL… I found the Lord as an adult… and the church definitely helped me find my voice….

RD: In one word, what “title” would you give your musical style?

GC: Avantgarde

RD: What is the source of inspiration for your songs/music?

GC: I’m inspired by brave artists like Basquiat…. by Stanley Ipkiss who is also the PRODUCER of my album BLOODY WATERS…. I’m inspired by the greats like Janis, Muddy, Mahalia, I’m inspired by artists who were ahead of their time…like Kelis…

RD: Would you say that you write a majority of the lyrics or is there a collaborative effort when it comes to content?

GC: I wrote every word of my album except Chops Tha Savior’s verse on OVERDOSE…. I love writing…I know that one day I will have to collaborate on a song…. I think it will take some serious strength for me to put down my ego and accept another person’s input….lol

RD: Who are some of the music producers you’ve worked with in the past until present?

GC: I’ve worked with my Uncle James Mitchell who is a Dope PRODUCER…. I’ve worked with Moises Laporte…. I’ve worked with Ali Sudani… and a few others on joints that I’ve featured on…. but THE SUPER HUMAN PRODUCER STANLEY IPKISS is the PRODUCER of my entire album BLOODY WATERS…. He was hand picked by God to produce this album….

RD: Which one(s) would you say is your favorite music producer(s) to collaborate with?

GC: Each brings a different feel…. For what I wanted to do on BLOODY WATERS, Ipkiss was the man….. When I want to sing a beautiful heartfelt ballad, James is it…. If I’m on the Neo Soul vibe Ali got it…. But it just depends in what my heart wants to sing…..

RD: Which other artist(s) have also worked with and who else should we look for, out of your camp?

GC: I’ve worked with Wise Intelligent of the LEGENDARY PRT, Double O, Tha Savior, Swerv, Vicky Martin.. All if which are a Damn Problem!!!… meaning they are the best in the business….

RD: Do you prefer to be an independent artist or is your goal to sign with a major label?

GC: I wrestled with that thought a lot…. I mean, who wouldn’t want a machine behind them helping them CONQUER this industry…. But I also love the idea of being my own boss, having complete control, getting all my money… lol…. I’m just gonna continue to pray about it….

RD: What is something about your music you’d like people to know that they don’t already know?

GC: Hmmmm….. We that BLOODY WATERS is one one part of my musical expression…. There’s so much more to who I am as an artist….

RD: When it comes to your sense of style, would you say you tend to wear major brands or do you consider yourself a fashion maverick?

GC: Definitely a fashion maverick…. I like to mix and be creative….

RD: What are your favorite colors to wear?

GC: I love all the colors of the rainbow…

RD: Speaking of fashion, have you ever heard of Rhorie Drey Brand or Rhorie Drey HEF?

GC: Yes I have!!!!…. and I’m definitely here for it!!

RD: If given the opportunity, in what ways would you help or give back to your community?

GC: I love my people… I love my community….. I’m an advocate…. anything that needs to be done or said regarding my people, I’m down for whatever!!!… Always have been, always will be…

RD: What motivational or inspirational words you like to give to the next generation of singers/artists?

GC: Go hard…. Don’t compare yourself…. Do you because no one can beat you being you!!!!

RD: Is acting in a movie on the horizon for you?

GC: I’ve actually done a couple of small roles…. and I’m working on another role right now…

RD: Would you mind blessing us with a (video) a capella freestyle?

GC: I’d love to…

RD: We truly appreciate you coming through on this interview…do you have any other kind words for our viewers?

GC: Yes. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!! PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AND SHARE WITH OTHERS THE INDIE MUSIC THAT YOU LOVE…I LOVE YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH!!!

There you have it, everyone! The amazing and gracious…Gail Campbell “A Phoenix Rising!”

#RDFB Top 5 Fashion Forward Rappers The 4th Edition

Here in the 4th installment, we review a who’s who of the Hip Hop world, who is making a giant splash in the fashion world also. Check out our picks as we count down from #5 to #1!

 

5. Drake

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4. Maino

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3. Nasir Jones

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2. NAV

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1. O.T. Genasis

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…And, YES, these are our choices for Fashion Forward Rappers! Stay tuned for the NEXT wave!>>> Click on images to visit their individual Wikipedia pages!

Pop Smoke: Gone but NOT forgotten! 1999-2020

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He was a promising East Coast Hip Hop artist bringing new energy to the Brooklyn Drill rap scene. The young king went by the name of Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Jackson born to a Jamaican mother and a Panamanian father. His birthplace was a well-known borough of New York which is one of the livest…Brooklyn of course! Pop Smoke’s deep, gruffy voice was a signature part of his vocal style and exemplified his persona as a rapper as well as a public figure. The young man was on the cusp of making it big until he was shot down by some coward in Los Angeles, California.

The Rhorie Drey Fashion Blog salutes you, young soldier…may you rest in paradise!

Black Lives Matter: Look Beyond the Mantra…

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Although, I would to have agree that Black Lives do Matter but in actuality All Lives Matter! It’s only my opinion that “organized” marches and “staged” sit-ins are outdated yet still effective forms of protest. The major concern would have to be who is really backing and behind the movement of Black Lives Matter? You may call one a conspiracy theorist but is the B.L.M. movement being tailored for us or is it truly grassroots in conception? Some would argue that such a thought is irrelevant. “We all have to start from somewhere.” Ponder this, would you support a watered-down cause that’s financed by rich white elites and/or ran by individuals living alternative lifestyles using blackface as a front? Is there perhaps a secret agenda being quietly injected into the theme of what we witness in mainstream media. Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with standing up against oppressors in the face of racism, prejudice, and injustice. All I am saying is think first before you hop on the social justice gravy train…all that glitters may not be black gold!

Stay woke…

The S. Savage Factor: An Interview With Samad Savage

The Rhorie Drey Fashion Blog would like to welcome our Featured Talent of the Day, Samad Savage:

R.D.: How’s everything shakin’ young homie? We appreciate you being a part of this interview…

S.S.: Life is so good, Thank God.

R.D.: Tell us a lil about yourself…where are you originally from?

S.S.: I’m born and raised in Montclair, NJ. I spent a lot of my time growing up in Newark and East Orange by having weekends with family members. It gave me a wide scope of what America truly is, good and bad.

R.D.: How long have you been rapping or do you prefer the term MC’ing?

S.S.: I wrote my first song when I was 10 and recorded my first track at 14, but decided this is what I was supposed to do at 17. I consider myself an MC, but I play the rap game well.

R.D.: What motivates or drives you when it comes to rhyming? Tell us a lil more about the source of your inspiration…

S.S.: To be honest, the endless possibilities. You can use the same rhymes in countless ways. I’m inspired by life situations to be honest.

R.D.: How would you describe your rap style or lyrical flow in (3) words?

S.S.: Versatile, Unpredictable, Surgical.

R.D.: What are your thoughts about the direction of Hip Hop in today’s era?

S.S.: It’s not being watered down, it’s expanding. Boom Bap is still alive even if it ain’t on the radio and Trap is meant for certain people. It’s not for everyone to understand.

R.D.: Ol’ Skool Hip Hop or New Age Trap Sound?

S.S.: Let’s stop saying it’s so different, I’m a fan of all hip hop if it’s good music. Marshall Mather’s LP a classic, To Pimp a Butterfly is becoming a classic and 10 years from now, AstroWorld will be classic. Bet.

R.D.: Now onto the world of fashion…can you tell us about your fashion sense? Are you a “brand-buyer” or a “free-spirit” dresser?

S.S.: I guess free spirit because I’ll never be a slave to the norm, I do what I want. I do like some Calvin Klein though.

R.D.: Does the culture have any influence on the way you dress?

S.S.: Only certain people, Especially the weirdoes because I relate.

R.D.: Are you familiar with Rhorie Drey Brand or Rhorie Drey H.E.F.?

S.S.: To be honest not at all.

R.D.: Do you have any newly-released or upcoming projects on the horizon?

S.S.: Go get “The Grey Area” and there will be something new, but if you listen to my latest, you’ll agree that album takes a lil time to digest.

R.D.: Who would say is your favorite artist or musician?

S.S.: Stevie Wonder. A lot of people think Micheal Jackson is the GOAT, but I feel Wonder had more range and better song writer skills. Micheal had the advantage of being able to see so his dance skills made him the most ENTERTAINING of all time.

R.D.: Other than rap, what is something most people don’t realize you do?

S.S.: I engineer, you know, Mix and Master. I also produce and have been since 8. I won best male dancer in my highschool yearbook haha.

R.D.: Have you thought about acting or directing a film?

S.S.: Yes, I suck with memory though, so I’m unsure.

R.D.: What would you love to do the most for your community?

S.S.: Create more mental health facilities and rehabilitation centers in Newark and East Orange, then Camden.

R.D.: Any inspiring words for the generation coming up after you?

S.S.: Trust The Weird Kid,  He’s Onto Something.

R.D.: Can you bless us with an exclusive (video) freestyle?

S.S.: Sorry, I want to, but I have too much going on at the moment. Not that it’s not important, but there’s a lot of content on Samadsavage.com

R.D.: Thank you for your time…once again we appreciate you!

S.S.: God Bless you and nothing, but love to you and your loved ones.

Pay close attention to this young star in the making…Samad Savage, everyone!

#RDFB Top 5 Fashion Forward Rappers Part III

With the 3rd installment, we review a who’s who of the Hip Hop world, who is making a giant splash in the fashion world also. Check out our picks as we count down from #5 to #1!

5. Jeezy

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4. Rick Ross

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3. Fabolous

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2. Gucci Mane

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1. Jim Jones

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…And, YES, these are our choices for Fashion Forward Rappers! Stay tuned for the NEXT wave!>>> Click on images to visit their individual Wikipedia pages!

#RDFB Vid Pick: S-Class (The Rapper) “Never Liked Me”

The rapper, S-Class, repping Mount Vernon, New York is delivering straight bars over a banging beat. His flow features a ’90’s style with a 2019 twist rocking out to a rugged Walt Flizzney track. NYC should definitely get behind this youngin’s movement and push “Never Liked Me” to the streets as well as radio. The Youth is the future…legggooo!!!

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Click on image above to view S-Class “Never Liked Me” (Official Music Video)

 

Rhorie Drey H.E.F.™ “Where Street Meets Chic!” EPK

Rhorie Drey H.E.F.™ (a/k/a Rhorie Drey Brand) is an independent fashion label & lifestyle brand. The prevailing message behind Rhorie Drey H.E.F.™ is one of self-empowerment and entrepreneurship. The niche brand is geared towards young entrepreneurs, college students, tastemakers, jetsetters and fashionistas. The design of each garment and select piece of footwear is understated, simply articulated  and what we like to call street chic.

Here is a list of reference links to past articles/features/events:

Interview with Big Boy Dogg on medium.com (2016)

https://medium.com/@dominos197822/where-were-you-born-drey-f83a14edc724

Brand was featured in the Stylin-n-Profilin section of www.koncreteflava.net (2015)

Exclusive Q&A in Nucentz Magazine Issue # 5 – Hip Hop Edition – page 13 (2014)

AVAILABLE NOW! http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/818468

Advert in Nucentz Magazine Issue # 1 – page 27 (2013)

AVAILABLE NOW! http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/386164?__r=233938&s=w

Interview for Downtown Orlando Fashion Week  (2013)

http://orlandointernationalfashionweek.com/designer-watch-rising-shirt-designer-rhorie-drey-increases-brand-awareness-by-bucking-conventional-wisdom/

1st Magazine Advert in Desirable Mag Issue May/June – page 39 (2012)

Link: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/402287

Music:

Sponsored Artist Rav.P EP Listening Session (2012)

Link: http://hiphopnews.spatemag.com/2012/06/rav-p-listening-session-july-3rd-2012.html

“Dressed To Chill” The Fashion Soundtrack by Rhorie Drey Brand [No DJ] (2012)

Download for Free Now! http://www.datpiff.com/No-DJ-Dressed-To-Chill-The-Fashion-Soundtrack-mixtape.374077.html

Dj Blazita R&B Summer Jams Vol. 5 sponsored by Rhorie Drey Brand (2012)

Download for Free Now! http://djamandablaze.com/2012/05/dj-blazita-rb-summer-jams-vol-5/

Music video featuring our 1st Hoodie [Rav.P – Make This Dough & Visions Freestyle] (2011)

Music video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g13czh3Dtuw

New Fiya! Vid Pick: Citi Limitz “Got What I Need”

This amazing young trio straight out of Chattanooga, TN has what we like to call “The IT Factor.” The All-Star singing group currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where they continue to make great music. Consisting of a set of twins and their cousin, Amarion, Amari and Deshundre, have what it takes to show the world that they are ready! If you don’t believe us, watch this music video and peep the vocals…

Click image to view Citi Limitz “Got What I Need” (Official Music Video)

#RDFB Top 5 Fashion Forward Rappers V.2

Here is the 2nd Round! We review a who’s who in the Hip Hop world who is making a giant splash in the fashion world as well. Check out our picks as we count down from #5 to #1!

5. Tory Lanez

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4. Meek Mill

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3. T.I.

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2. Wale’

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  1. Nipsey Hussle* (*post-humously)

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…And, YES, these are our choices for Fashion Forward Rappers! Stay tuned for the NEXT wave!>>> Click on images to visit their individual Wikipedia pages!