After dropping his debut project “NO WAY OUT” last year, BFM FUEGO is back with his sophomore release “GHETTO RUMORS“.
“GHETTO RUMORS” is FUEGO’s rite of passage. In his own words he reveals the inspiration behind it. “The mixtape was built around various rumors and false claims that were made about me regarding different situations I experienced this past year. Instead of reacting negatively and letting the chattin’ get to me, I decided to take my thoughts and feelings and put them into my music. It helped me deal with it in a mature way and make some fire songs and I know there are people who can relate to what I have going on.”
FUEGO’s melodic mismatch style of rhyming and snappy hooks keep you immersed in his vibe while each track tells a special story. Top tracks on the EP are the “Say Something (Intro)“, “BestofBlue“, “Dead Eye” (feat. Sosa Milly) and “Lil Baby (2)“.
Overall it is a terrific project. His growth as a man and an artist are evident. No doubt BFM FUEGO is leaving behind the childish ways and getting to those blue faces! “GHETTO RUMORS” is currently streaming on digital music platforms, go run it up!
Meet Bre’Ashia Love, the bright, rising star who is showing up and showing out for her home town of Saginaw, Michigan!
Early on, Bre’Ashia discovered that using her music as a conduit to express her feelings and vent her frustrations was not only therapeutic, but her pain gave the music a genuine and passionate sound.
“Creating music is definitely an outlet for me. Some people scream and cry…I write. Funny, I hated reading and writing when I was in school! All of my notebooks were filled with misspelled poems instead of my assignments. (Laughing) Now writing brings me peace and hit songs.”
She has been a lover of poetry and music for as long as she can remember. “As a child I lived with my grandma. She raised me in the church where all of my family members sang, danced or played an instrument. When I was 9 years old my Aunt built this little closet studio in our house. She was the first person to put me in a booth to record music. After that studio came and went, I used our house phone’s answering machine to record and playback my music. I really had to get creative with it! (Laughing) Thankfully by the age of 14 I was recording in professional studios.”
Bre’Ashia prides herself on being original and not following the capricious trends in Hip-Hop. “I feel like there’s a shortage on real rap, especially among female rappers. We can’t all rhyme about sex and shopping sprees, DAMN! My songs come from the heart and have substance. Because of this I connect with my fans on a deeper level. I spit every verse so vividly you can almost see the video in your head.”
She plans to shift the culture and remind her peers that they can be sexy without rapping about it in everything song. “I really feel like we’re lost when I listen to today’s music. Everyone is trying to sound like whoever is popular at the moment. As female emcees, we must remember that we can be sexy as hell and still rap intelligently. We are more than sex symbols who can twerk for a BIRKIN bag. As an artist, I want my fans to come away feeling enlightened after listening to me. I don’t spend much time checking out what’s new on the radio, I prefer to bump old school Hip-Hop and R&B, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé or myself.”
If she wasn’t making music, Bre’Ashia says she would probably be a videographer shooting music videos or a beautiful bride starting a family overseas. “I enjoy watching a video come together from start to finish, it’s so exciting. I would love a chance to be on the other side of the camera. I also served in the armed forces for a little over four years and had the pleasure of seeing different places and experiencing other cultures. One of my tours was in Korea and I loved it there! I could see myself settling down and growing a family there.”
Her biggest musical influence is Whitney Houston. “Whitney grew up in a church like I did and then became ‘part of the world’ (as the church people say when you stray away from gospel music), yet she still sang about how she loved the Lord. In my eyes she made it okay to live in my truth and still love God, and that is a beautiful thing.”
She has many other favorite artists who inspire her musically such as Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, DRAKE, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, J.Cole and D.Smoke. Quite an impressive line-up!
Bre’Ashia Love’s goal is to be one of those artists who create timeless music and build a lasting legacy, no matter how long it takes. “I will trust GOD and trust the process. I’m closer to the finish line than I am to the starting gate, there’s no way I’m giving up on my dream!”
She is currently working on tracks for her debut mixtape, “PLATINUM PRINT”. It is slated to drop in the fall of 2021, kicked off by her new single “MMB”, which drops on September 30 ,2021. While you wait on that check out her “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” on YouTube.
Follow her on Instagram @iambreashialove and watch out for new music and upcoming performance announcements.
Introducing Fayetteville, North Carolina’s hottest new artist, DON PRIVATE.
DON PRIVATE is a prolific storyteller who paints vivid pictures with his pithy bars and distinctive voice. In 2020, he blessed us with his debut EP “1229“, introducing us to his signature style, a perfect blend of sharp, solid lyrics spilled over sturdy, hypnotic beats. ‘See I was locked up in that climate. Lions and tigers and bears and these thoughts in my head they be violent. I didn’t do no crime, stood on all ten like I’m climbing. Iron sharpen iron, Imma push mine you implying. Made it out that dirt now I shine like a diamond. I was in that dirt, didn’t nobody try to find me…’ -PRETTY TONY.
Oddly enough, DON didn’t set out to be a Rapper. “Rapping was a hobby I developed throughout the 13 long years I spent in prison. I knew I had a story to tell for myself and for my brothers who were still in the struggle. The best way for me to get it out was through music. In 2010 I was in S.E.G., which is 24 hour lockdown in prison, and I was vibing to Nipsey Hussle’s song “Loaded Bases“. He said, ‘Nigga ain’t gon’ make a hundred mil’ off in these streets and more than likely, I’m gon’ end up in somebody precinct even worse…’ In that moment I knew I had to make a plan for myself to prosper. The streets and prison was all I knew up to that point and it was time to change that narrative.”
Once a young bull tied to the streets and the struggle, he’s now a grown man using his life experiences to fuel his bars. “Overall, the struggle is what inspires me. Being able to use my voice to speak for those like me, that may never be heard, pushes me to keep going.”
He doesn’t take his ability to empower people with his music lightly. “Being a rapper is powerful! We get to share our experiences with the world, become influencers to the current generation and those to come and have the opportunity to make millions. I feel blessed to be in this game.”
DON honestly doesn’t know what he’d be doing if it weren’t for music. “Running the streets and being in prison was my life for a long time, so when I decided to lock in and make music I was all in and ready to give 110%! No other career paths have even crossed my mind. I’m so passionate about my music and sharing my message and my vision with the world. Imma play Picasso in this industry.”
He draws inspiration from his favorite artists, which he lists in no particular order (Nipsey Hussle, Lil Durk, Rick Ross and Lil’ Baby) yet prides himself on being original and transparent. Hence the name DON PRIVATEprivate– not known or meant to be known by the general populace. “My music isn’t like most in the mainstream today. I spit from the heart. This shit here is authentic, not a gimmick created to sell streams. That’s why Nipsey Hussle is such a huge inspiration to me. I relate to his lyrics and see the pictures he paints with his music and that’s what my music will do for the people.”
DON’s story is a shining example of how a difficult situation can lead to a beautiful destination. “Hip-Hop is beautiful. It made a way for street niggas like me to escape their environment and live life. I’m grateful for the second chance. Me and MR RED CARPET got next. 1229 is ready to take it to the top!”
Stay tuned, DON PRIVATE will be releasing his sophomore effort, “1229Empire“, this summer. “I’m definitely thrilled about this new project, y’all gon’ really feel this one! This is just the first step. Once I’m established I plan to build a platform where those who come after me can thrive too. That’s what it’s all about, opening doors for each other and being able to leave a legacy for my loved ones.”
DON PRIVATE’s EP “1229” is currently streaming on all digital music platforms with visuals on available on his YouTube Channel, Don Private – Topic. TAP IN!