She Is Focused

March 31, 2009

Stop the Press!

Filed under: Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 10:15 pm

Another day, another hustle, another rejection. I’m gonna do my best to keep things live and direct as my daily conundrums take place. Let’s start from jump; today turned out to be exceptionally beautiful outside. 307161729_cf67f69afd

The temperature shot up to the high 50’s here in the big city of dreams. You would think by now that I will learn to disregard anything meteorologists say when it comes to the weather. However once again I decided to take their word, and dress for the relatively warm-like day. I knew I would be on assignment later that night, and typically I would dress accordingly, but I figured I would be fine in my skirt, converses and button-up.

My day went well. No mishaps, no major fails; everything was going according to schedule. (more…)

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March 30, 2009

When My Pen Hits The Paper, Awww Sh*t

Filed under: Album Reviews,Flashback,Interviews — Felicia @ 10:03 pm

Below are direct links to past interviews, shows and album reviews i’ve done for other sites. Take a look and share some of your favorites:

Some of the names i've interviewed

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“Halftime”

Filed under: Flashback — Felicia @ 8:19 pm

Artist: Nas

Album: Illmatic, (1994)

Label: Columbia

My first time hearing this record was in high school back in Orlando, FL. Nas has always been one of my favorite MC’s and still is to this day. He was the first artist that really stood out to me even before MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Kane and others. He opened my eyes to Hip-Hop at that time and my love bloomed from there and pushed me to get familiar with the originals. When was your first time hearing this record?

Its Its Its Serani…Just In Case Ya Neva Know

Filed under: Interviews — Felicia @ 8:09 pm

By Felicia J. Barclay s1

Dancehall music has made a major impact on pop culture in the past and continues to do so today with veteran DJ’s like Beenie Man and Elephant Man, as well as newer artists like Mavado, Busy Signal and many others. There’s always one breakout leader of the newbie pack, however, that garners massive attention with crossover singles that stay in constant radio rotation.

This year producer turned singer Serani, one of the founders of Jamaican production team Deseca, takes on that role with ease. Serani is responsible for many crossover Jamaican artists’ hit singles including Sean Paul, Tony Matterhorn and Mavado to name a few. Here Serani discusses his career’s early beginnings, how becoming a singer was in the back of his mind and why he’s trying to get all the girls on his side. (more…)

Brain cells begin to run amuck at age 27!?!

Filed under: Studies Say... — Felicia @ 4:35 pm

(Originally posted on the BBC News site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7945569.stm)

‘Brain decline’ begins at age 27

Concentration
Mental abilities decline at a relatively young age, experts suspect

Mental powers start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, marking the start of old age, US research suggests.

Professor Timothy Salthouse of the University of Virginia found reasoning, spatial visualisation and speed of thought all decline in our late 20s.

Therapies designed to stall or reverse the ageing process may need to start much earlier, he said.

His seven-year study of 2,000 healthy people aged 18-60 is published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.

To test mental agility, the study participants had to solve puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols.

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March 29, 2009

Producer: 9th Wonder

Filed under: Interviews — Felicia @ 11:23 pm

By: Felicia J. Barclay

A lot can be learned from super producer 9th Wonder; literally since he‘s added teaching to his repertoire. In his ten year career he has worked with the best in the industry and has become a well respected talent in the game. 9thwonder

He’s confident enough to speak on how his skills seem to come effortlessly, yet humble enough to give props when due to other musicians. He takes time out in between nursing himself back to full form from the cold to talk about why he was dismissed from Little Brother, why he thinks T-Pain wins and juggling ten different artists between his two labels.  (more…)

Newark to Negrils

Filed under: Uncategorized — Felicia @ 11:12 pm

Week-end Wrap 3/22 – 3/28/09

Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by? We’re already at the end of March, and I still feel like I just celebrated Christmas not that long ago. I guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun. I spent the last week of March 2009 doing everything from taking a visit to Newark, stopping by my girlfriend’s office with a bottle of her favorite wine and shopping with friends visiting from out of town.  (more…)

Producer: Ty Fyffe

Filed under: Interviews — Felicia @ 9:00 pm

By: Felicia J. Barclay

The moniker “super producer” is too often given out freely based on the number of years honing one’s craft. While this is important, the criteria should also recognize those whose production throughout their career has proven to be consistent while at the same time adapting to the constant changes seen in music.

Veteran producer Ty Fyffe’s repertoire shows that he’s been serious since day one about putting out quality beats. He’s worked with Slick Rick, LL, G-Unit, Teddy Riley and the list goes on. While on a recent trip to Cali, Ty talks about his early days working with Wreckx-n-Effect, why he created TyFyffe TV and shooting down rumors of his reputation for jacking experienced producers.  (more…)

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