The ‘Woman Crush Wednesday’ segment is something I’ve always wanted to do on #OTDHipHop but never made it consistent. The first homegirl I featured was my friend Tiana G, who was studying abroad in South Korea last year. The purpose of WCW on this blog is to showcase the strong and amazing women in my life and give them a platform to say what they want to say in a safe space. Also, as a female in the hip hop community myself, this is my way of giving women a platform to be themselves. Lastly, women inspire me in many ways and I hope by sharing some of their stories, I am able to help empower them and shed light on things they care about.
Jehzan: Your Instagram has certain rules, especially when it comes to "cyber-bullying" or disrespect. What inspires you to keep sharing your message via "provocative" or "sexual" photos despite the backlash from account users or the platform itself?
Ebone: I like the image of myself. I have always loved being sexy. I know that I am, I can't hide it on a bad day. Sexy is not a look or certain way of dressing. I just happen to like to be nude or dress proactively. I've become passionate of sharing that with other women because society has created a world that hates a confident, strong, and sexy woman who controls her own sexuality. Rape culture is a real thing and needs to be reversed.
Jehzan: Do you do other things in the community to promote your message?
Ebone: Currently I just speak to women and I’m very vocal with the women I come in contact with in life. In the near future, myself and an acquaintance along with other women in my community are planning to do outreach in schools for young women to help build self-confidence.
Jehzan: Aside from music, you and your wife actually run a business. How is the body/relaxation business going?
Ebone: It is going well actually. I am taking the business on the road this summer and will be selling body products on upcoming YDP's tour. And I’m excited to grow and expand. The cannabis side came from experimenting. I needed oils for myself and they worked so well I decided to sell them for a cheaper price than the cannabis clubs do.
You might've seen Ebone in my music video "Morning Vybez," which was directed & edited by her wife and my good friend YDP.
Shouts out to this week's #WomanCrushWednesday Ebone!!
I personally look forward to seeing how her message/movement grows in the near future, as well as all the work her and YDP put in with music and those awesome homemade body/relaxation products!
If anyone is interested in purchasing their bath bombs, you may follow Ebone via Instagram @iluvmyskin or contact her via email.
Aloha #OTDHipHop fam & supporters!
I recently got back from a month long trip to my family’s homeland, the Philippines! There's way too much to say about my experience there but I'm so glad it happened. I will be hopefully dropping a vlog and/or some visuals from the trip, as I get situated back into the everyday grind here at home. But nonetheless, welcome back to one of our most popular segments, “Track Tuesday!"
Today I had the pleasure to catch up again with my homie DannnyRose. He was featured on my latest single “Post 2 Be” (Prod. By Syndrome), which dropped before my trip. Dannny dropped his second official video just a few days ago, to his song “On My Own” (Prod. By Cicco) via his YouTube VEVO channel. I'm honestly a big fan of Dannny outside of being his friend/colleague, and have been hooked to his music, vibe, and aesthetic since we initially linked up back in December. “On My Own” is a dope audio single, but I was really excited when he announced the visuals for it via social media.
The song itself is beautifully written & performed by Dannny. Lyrically, it sounds like he's reciting something from his personal diary or journal. As a young man storyteller, he mentions the struggles of growing up in the hood as a Mexican-American, and the challenges in wanting to provide for his mom and family. Big credits to Ninthandcompany, of which produced and edited the video. The video brings the listener into Dannny’s hometown, featuring different angles and shots of the city, as well as working with different lighting and shadows to elevate the song. Personally, I really like how the video matched Dannny’s aesthetics well. His outfits went well with the different scenes and backgrounds.
At one point of the song, Dannny specifically says the line, “RIP my nigga Feds, why the good gotta die?” And I really dig how the camera zooms in on Dannny in that scene, which highlighted the feeling of losing his friend. Towards the end of the video, Dannny’s voice echoes “Yeah I'm just waiting for my shine. This shit gon happen it's just gon take some time..” and ends with “I'm trynna make it out, I'm trynna make it out…” I found those lines and visuals most profound from this project because of the setting and how Dannny shows pride for his hometown but is ultimately trying to “make it out” due to the many challenges and struggles he talks about throughout the song. Overall, Dannny continues to impress his growing fan base with quality soulful raps mixed with hints of trap and R&B. This is a great start to his visual representation, and I look forward to seeing more in the future.
Dannny Rose is an artist from Garden Grove, CA and has been writing and recording his own music for about 4 years. He has done local shows in So Cal, Hawaii, and is slated for his first headlining show in Omaha, Nebraska on June 3rd. More info can be found via DannnyRose’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account.
Welcome back to a new season of #OTDHipHop blog! Bringing you music, fashion, & street culture from around the world ON THE DAILY! To kick us off, I wanted to do something a little different because me and the homie Young, Dedicated, Proper (YDP) recently released our debut collab PALM TREEZ EP. We just wanted to take this time to share with you, some background about us and this new project.
The both of us first met at Team Backpack’s 2015 Mission Underground event, which was held in Los Angeles. Over the past 2 years, the two of us have watched each other’s grind and bartered between each other such as promotion on this blog and YDP’s videography and artwork services. Last December, I flew to the Bay Area (where YDP currently resides) for a brief trip, and we got to work on my two music videos “Morning Vybez” and “Ghost,” of which YDP was the head director and visual producer for both projects.
2017 started off on a high note for both of us, with our music grinds keeping us busy as well as with our families. We started brainstorming about doing a collaboration EP, something we both saw as an opportunity to put together each other’s fan bases and resources. We have very similar messages, personalities, and overall creative and entrepreneurial vibes. Soon after, YDP created the EP cover art along with the artwork to the project’s first single “Jammin” (Prod. By Tower Beats). We dropped that track on Bob Marley’s birthday in February. Initially, this project was supposed to drop on 4/20 but a major incident put a brief hold on it.
My dear friend YDP and her family suffered a terrible loss due to the tragic death of her sister, Rashanda Porter-Franklin. Respectfully, YDP and her family needed time to grieve and take care of the situation, and of course a proper funeral service for her late sister. Nothing can replace Rashanda, but YDP and I decided in late April to move forward with our project. We recorded the track “Money,” in loving remembrance of Rashanda. So far, the track has gained quick popularity amongst our listeners and is a top played track from Palm Treez.
Going forward, we got embroidered hats and hardcopy CDs for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the EP and merchandise sales will go to help aid Rashanda’s sons during this transition and healing time. On top of that, YDP and her wife have taken the role of parents to Rashanda’s sons. All in all, the PALM TREEZ EP is about the productive stoner life, getting money, and smiling through all of life’s good and hard times. We hope that our listeners are able to merge together as we continue to build community surrounding our message. Peace and love from Hawaii to the Bay. Lastly, special thank you to all the producers and engineers who helped make this project come to life.
PALM TREEZ IS OUT NOW ON ALL DIGITAL MUSIC OUTLETS.
Jehzan Exclusive & Young Dedicated Proper (YDP)
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