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!

#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!

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)

The King and his Kingdom: An Interview with King P.I.B

The Rhorie Drey Fashion Blog would like to welcome our Featured Talent of the Day, King P.I.B:

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Check out the blazing video by King P.I.B featuring Xena April “Kings 2 A Queen”! Click on image to access Youtube video.

R.D.: What’s up…fam? How’s everything going wit’ you?

K.P.: What’s shaking brother! Everything is good, I can’t really complain. 

R.D.: For those that don’t know you…how about you enlighten everyone as to who you are and what your name represents!

K.P.: I mean for the ones that don’t know me, my name is KING P.I.B. and I’m an Executive Producer/Artist who has a pretty good resume. Haha. My name pretty much represents being a KING within my company. My mother always calls me her KING and P.I.B. is actually from my Production company P.I.B. Entertainment. 

R.D.: Where are you from originally? What’s your neighborhood like?

K.P.: I’m originally from New Island. My neighborhood, well, it’s like no other. 

R.D.: Are the people in your community supportive of your movement and what you’re trying to do musically?

K.P.:  The people in my community definitely support what I got going on. It’s a great feeling when someone you know from your town personally calls you to perform at their event or tells you they want to interview you about what you got going on. 

R.D.: How would you describe your local buzz versus national buzz?

K.P.: Well to be quite honest, my local buzz continues to grow by the hour. Haha. I’m always checking my data to see where I’m getting the most love from. My team and I are working hard every day to make sure that National buzz grows just as much. 

R.D.: Are you currently doing any shows, touring or opening up for anyone?

K.P.: SXSW was the last stage I touched along side my partner CakeBoyCheeze and our Artist Xena. I have an upcoming show in about a week at SOB’s and a live performance set-up for my manager’s event later on this month. All the other fun comes when I release my first project. 

R.D.: Independent or Major label…and why?

K.P.: I’m actually signed to myself but if the right situation comes up, I’ll see wassup. For now, I’m going to continue grinding and doing things my way and enjoy the freedom of doing so. 

R.D.: Where can fans and/or new listeners find your music?

K.P.: Everyone can hear my music on all platforms. Make sure y’all go check out “Kings 2 A Queen” ft. Xena and watch our fire short film for it. 

R.D.: What’s your overall goal with the music? Do you plan on expanding beyond rap?

K.P.:  I want to have the biggest Entertainment/Production Company in the industry. I’m always expanding outside of being the one actually in front of the camera and creating bangas. I have  P.I.B. Entertainment, which is made up of writers , producers and artists. Then I have KINGCHEEZEMM, which is a Management & Marketing Company owned by myself and partner CakeBoyCheeze. I’m always supporting and putting people on so I gotta continue to expand beyond rap. 

R.D.: How would you describe your rhyme style and/or flow?

K.P.: My flow is  def a hip hop in the 90s sort of flow. 

R.D.: Which artist or group would you say was your biggest influence?

K.P.: Jay-Z, Biggie, Diddy, Method Man, Ludacris and  Dj Khaled.

R.D.: What makes you different from all the other new artists out there?

K.P.: My energy and style brings a different vibe from what I’ve seen out there.

R.D.: Besides rhyming, do you have any other talents that your audience should know about?

K.P.: Of course. Haha. I’m currently getting back into the acting side. I’m getting ready to re-launch my clothing line; BraveHeart and I do a lot of shooting and editing for my manager’s media & writing company; TayeBailey Media. 

R.D.: Would you say that you are fashion conscious? What’s trending…what’s not..

K.P.: When it comes to fashion I pretty much do what I want.. But I will say time to time I check out what’s trending. 

R.D.: Have you been taking strides to learn the business side of things?

K.P.:  Most def. I’m still a student. Anything that I need to take in, I will. 

R.D.: If you had an opportunity to speak to the youth right now, what would you say to them?

K.P.: I would tell them that the sky is the limit and whatever you want to go for, you should. Working hard is KEY and you should never give up because that’s for the weak. There will be many bumps in the road, you just have to dance around them.  I actually have a free festival every year for the community with my mother’s Non-Profit Organization Mildred W. Fairclough Foundation. So I’m all for talking to and helping the youth. 

R.D.: What does the current state of hip-hop mean to you? Would you say there are still a lot of opportunities available to you through your music?

K.P.: I mean, I like the state of Hip-Hop. I feel like it’s missing someone like me. Lol. But there is def still a lot of opportunities out there; you just have to hustle your way to them. 

R.D.: Is it possible for you to bless us with a short exclusive (video) freestyle for our blog?

K.P..: You actually just posted the Nobody freestyle video last week. I appreciate that. 

R.D.: We appreciate you taking the time to do this interview…much success to you and your team! Hope to hear more from you in the near future.

K.P.: I appreciate you taking your time out to get to know me. People like you deserve the best! Again, thank you for helping the cause. In my own words… #OOOOWOOOO GANG. 

New Fiya! Vid Pick: King P.I.B “I’m Me”

With a banging beat and a smooth delivery, King P.I.B. brings you cinematic vibes in “I’m Me“. The young soldier, out of New York, speaks on topics relative to his everyday struggles and his drive to make it. The production on this track is tight and his flow is solid. Don’t kid yourself if you haven’t seen it yet, you are missing out on what’s sure to be a hit!

Click the image below to view the music video!

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