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Creating a place in a city for a Queen

In this day of age everybody wants to be a rapper – as if it’s the easiest thing on earth; almost an escape route to some people. We hear stories from people like J. Cole, who moved to NYC to pursue a rap career and ironically got signed to Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation. Or maybe you are familiar with Big Sean, who got a chance to rap for Kanye West at a Detroit radio station- to fast forward a couple years and eventually get signed to G.O.O.D Music. That’s not normal, those are once in a lifetime opportunities that everybody feels they are inclined to. Get over it this thing we call music isn’t for everybody. However, some people do actually have the raw talent, ambition, and presentation to possibly become a superstar, but it’s few and far between. You drop a mixtape or “self-proclaimed album” in your neighborhood and sit back like a King –or Queen, as if that’s it. Where is the effort? Where is the promotion? How do you possibly think posting the album cover on your Instagram page –that coincidentally only has less than 100 followers –or that appears to have 10k, which were bought, but nobody even “likes” the post. Somebody has to have some type of vision for not only their music but for their life. In my opinion, up and coming rappers, unless they come from money, don’t have any. No rap artist comes out the gate making money. You may have to do tons of free shows, spend your own money to get CD’s pressed, pass out flyers, pay producers for beats –that’s the grind of an up and coming rapper, you may even have a “regular" job that deals nothing with music. The money to pass out all this free stuff has to come from somewhere, you know?

In the Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio, there is a movement that’s growing by the name of Mune Gang – Money Unity never Envy the next man, I happen to catch wind of it. There’s a guy I went to high school with, Vonte Allen, who I constantly see talking about Mune Gang. I had no idea what it was, at the time I didn’t care to look into it. I’m not really interested in much –everyday people are “creating things" just for the sake of it and it eventually dies off. I kept seeing Vonte talk about it, coincidentally, it started to grow on me and I became more incline to know about it. Once the “highly anticipated” track, Cincinnati Riots 3, dropped, I saw this female rapper who was actually spittin’. Under her name said “Mune Gang” and led me to contact Vonte about meeting her. Once again, I don’t like anything –if you catch my attention you really had to be amazing, or else I could care less no matter who you are.

“Five years from now I plan on having a joint venture deal with a larger label, sold-out tours while living my dreams. Also I plan on taking care of my family, satisfying my fans, running my businesses, producing music, and donating money to charities. However, ten years from now I see myself married with kids –still doing music.”

Growing up as a kid, Brittany Snow, who’s better known musically as Mz. B –was very in tune with her imagination and creativity. I love when things come full circle opposed to forcing a situation to happen. Her dream was to be a clothing designer, choreographer, and most importantly rap. In her mind she was already a star –and her showmanship and creativity would eventually illuminate into success. We all are inspired by something –inspiration is a source of fuel that motivates us to do or become something. While other artist –are too shy or prideful to admit they’re inspired by something, Mz. B, on the other hand is inspired by a lot. Seeing artist perform at venues across the world, family, red carpet outfits –all of this is used as fuel for, Mz. B. She’s so intriguing to me, especially how she held her own on the Riots verse. Despite unfortunate circumstances –that life unknowingly brings, she kept going strong with her music goals.

“Of course, people will hate regardless but that’s what you don’t worry about –you stay focused on the people that do have love for you” claims, Mz. B. I agree with her and I noticed when the third installment of the Cincinnati Riot dropped, it was a lot of hate coming from Cincinnati on one another. How much “buzz” amounts to making it –that they can feel enough audacity to hate the next man –or women? Cincinnati is a culturally late city; we take our culture from everybody else after it has already died out in larger markets. It’s almost impossible to make it, the more you grow the bigger the hate and attempts to bring you down. Other cities support their artist and even cosign them –whether it’s through radio stations, established rappers or other media outlets. Unless you win a contest, 101.1 The Wiz, will not play a local artist. How can artist emerge and grow into superstars? You must take it into your hands –I respect the Mune Gang movement because of this. Mz. B is expanding her brand by tearing up performances, creating clothes and staying relevant in ways she believes in. What’s important to me is having a platform and using it to better someone else –it’s selfish if otherwise. ”I want to influence women by reminding them that beauty is within,” Mz. B said. You don’t need all that fake stuff to define you.” She went on to say, “stand strong and be strong minded. Ladies, place your kids above men, respect yourself and let’s stick together –we aren’t in competition.” This advice can translate to men; I certainly respect it.

Imagination is definitely what transformed Brittany into “Mz. B.” I like to think there is a thin line between imagination and reality –it’s so real. She’s a visionary not just a rap artist. To me a lot of rappers just rap –without any goals or drive to do anything else. They want to perform at local clubs and never aspire to expand to a Hot 97 Summer Jams or prepare a world tour. These are normal thoughts she analyzes very frequently. “The truth about me is that I’m an old lady stuck in a young lady’s body.” Said Mz. B. What people may fail to realize is, she’s a normal person. She works, walks her dog, cook, take a bubble bath, and watches Lifetime shows like half the world. A lot of her time is also dedicated towards Kreative Soles’ Brand, where she makes many items by hand and even customize other items. I have high hopes her Brittany and I certainly wish her the best; big things are definitely coming from her.

Her latest work "Excuse My Thoughts" is now available online, click here. Check it out and keep up with her on Instagram.

Article written by Christian A. Drye

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