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Jersey Rapper Dominates Hip-Hop Charts With New Single

 

American-Jamaican rapper and musical artist YQ Dreams released his newest single “Could Be” “Could Be” is a story of overcoming your internal battles and not allowing them to dictate who you are. It encourages listeners to have hope and place trust into themselves, that they can become who they inspire to be.  YQ Dreams says “Could Be is my story of everything, I’ve overcome and realized that upholding my faith led me on a path to everything meant for me and made me into a better man.”

Fans adore YQ’s artistry because he transparently shares the reality of his life struggles, insecurities, and how he was able to overcome the many obstacles that he has faced through his music. As he features hip-hop and melodic vibes that will take you through each walk of his life, you will find yourself relating to him from the first song to the last. This young talented artist is using his craft and life experiences to relate to his listeners and to change the world. Make sure you listen to his newest single “Could Be” on all streaming platforms.

“You can’t let other people’s insecurities become your insecurities.”

 

TRGB MEDIA: What made you want to get into the music industry? Any motivation behind it?

YQ DREAMS: Well I never really looked at it as getting into the music industry.  I just gravitated towards a coping method and it was natural like that; it just took off.  Also, I had to stay committed to it.

TRGB MEDIA: Ok, would you say it was like a gift or a passion?

YQ DREAMS: Oh yes, 100 percent! I believe I was given this voice for a reason.  It was given to me to make a change in the world.

TRGB MEDIA: When did Year music career took off?

YQ DREAMS: It depends. I don’t really see my music career as taking off.  So hopefully this year, I can accomplish all that I want to accomplish.  At least start the blue prints.  This will be my real rookie year, some real serious business.

TRGB MEDIA: What are some of your favorite music idols?

YQ DREAMS: I would definitely say Nas, Big Sean, Kendrick Dagore.  I really like people that portray different visions through their music and to keep the listeners engaged as oppose to talking.  So, I would say story-telling rappers are like top-of-the-top for me.

TRGB MEDIA: Through your music are you telling a story? Is it based on a theme?

YQ DREAMS: The thing about my music is I usually create when I’m in distress or facing adversities so everything you hear in my music will always be authentic and genuine. A lot of people respect me because they know if I don’t do it, I won’t portray that I do it. I stand behind what I do and the life that I live and my lyrics back that up.

“I do have to battle depression; a lot of my old music is about me going through depression. Thankfully I am in a much better state.  But there is a lot of hardships in the music industry and I don’t think people realize that.”

TRGB MEDIA: Do you have somebody co-writing your songs with you or do you write your own lyrics?

YQ DREAMS: I 100 % write my own lyrics. I believe it would be impossible to call myself a creator or an artist if my work wasn’t mine; or if somebody had to create it for me.  It just wouldn’t feel right.  I feel like that’s a special part of the journey that has to be embraced to see something come from scratch.  So yes, I do write all my lyrics and always will.

TRBG MEDIA: I want to talk about your new single ‘Could Be’ that was released last year November.  So basically, tell us about that new single.

YQ DREAMS: Well basically ‘Could Be’ is about me going through hard times and trying to figure out who I could be.  It’s basically like a talk within myself.  If you realized, the first verse is like a song and the second verse is way more personal and my tone switches. It’s like a mental talk to myself and me coming to the realization that I had all the tools I needed to succeed and all I had to do was believe in myself and to know who I could be. So that’s what I really wanted to emphasize to people that no matter the hardships they go through, as long as you know who you are and what you can do, you can become it.

TRGB MEDIA: Now is this part of your EP/Album or do you have an EP or album out?

YQ DREAMS: The ‘Could Be’ is not apart of an EP or album and I don’t think it will be. The music and the way I am, I’m always evolving and growing, so if I was to use anything that was a few months old it would kind of make me feel weird, but I do want to put out a project by the end of this year.  It’s going to take a lot of me focusing and coming up with a strategic plan for it before I do that.

TRGB MEDIA: Because it’s the new year, do you have any new projects you are working on?

YQ DREAMS: I currently have a single called “What do You Mean” and this single is me showing versatility and the fact that I just don’t make motivational and inspiring music, like I’m versatile and I can make anything.  I’m basically going to be sitting behind the single and see what it does.

TRGB MEDIA: As a music artist, where do you see yourself five years from now?

YQ DREAMS: Five years from now, I see myself in a position exactly where I was. Music is my gateway; I hope to one day start something with people living with mental health and a single parent household like me that doesn’t have anybody to talk to; they have to keep all their problems to themselves.  So that’s my long-term goal.  And I don’t believe I will be there in five years, but I do believe I will be on the right path to it and that I’ll be making a difference in a positive way.

TRGB MEDIA: Within your music career, have you faced any challenges so far?

YQ DREAMS: Oh yes, of course. There are challenges of people not respecting their craft, not wondering why you have gotten the things you have gotten and why they have it, so I’m still human at the end of the day.  These are all things that affect me.  ”

TRGB MEDIA: For someone who wants to become an artist like yourself, what advice would you give them?

YQ DREAMS: Probably my biggest advice would be is to not let the things of others portray you what you do in your life. For instance, a lot of people always have a lot to say and I realized that people will try to hold you back or will try to put you down just because they aren’t where you are and they are insecure with themselves.  You can’t let other people’s insecurities become your insecurities. I would definitely say protect your space, stay focused and if you do feel in your heart that you have a passion for it then continue at it and see where it takes you.

TRGB MEDIA: Now how can people connect with you?

YQ DREAMS:  My social media handles is @yqdreams on everything including all streaming platforms. I have a website that I’m working on and will be updated with new music and everything else.

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Thank you Milan Mobley of Umanagement Entertainment Public Relations for allowing TRGB Media to interview your client YQ Dreams.

 

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Michael B. Jordan Kicks off First Campaign with Coach

Photo Credit by Coach

 

This millennial actor is no stranger in the film industry and definitely knows how to flaunt style with that 1 million dollar smile in all of his photos!  It was announced last year that Michael B. Jordan will be the new face of Coach.  He is surely kicking off the new year with plenty of chic style.  

Bringing heat to the Spring Menswear Campaign by Coach, Jordan shares with his fans on social media thanking his photographer Craig McDean.

According to Foot Wear News, Jordan is the first celebrity to represent the men clothing line with Coach. What an honor!

Michael B. Jordan New Face of Coach

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Photo Credit Craig McDean and Michael B. Jordan Instagram page. 

 

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Its a New Era; DJ The New Era Mixes up Style and Flava!

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Describe DJ New Era in three words

God Fearing Man

How did you get into the entertainment industry of becoming a DJ? Did it come natural to you?                 

I started off as the bootleg Cd guy in high school. When i went to college it was brought to someone’s attention I was the guy who had all the music and the rest feel into place!

What is usually playing on your playlist currently?

On my playlist i usually keep 3 Dj Drama mixtapes and J Cole is a must!

Since you are in the entertainment industry with up and coming artists; new and old, what are some of your favorite songs and artists right now?

My favorite new artist and song would have to be Jaden Smith – Icon. I am also feeling Juice Wrld.

I’m curious on how you came up with the name “New Era” Inquiring minds want to know. Lol

My name came about from wearing hats. I own over 300 Fitted Caps. Every time i Dj i would always have on a different Fitted Cap, so a buddy of mine said my name should be Dj New Era. I had the name Dj Fitted Cap, which someone said was very corny. LOL I changed it up to Dj New Era because of the New Era hats.

When and where was your first gig as a DJ?

My first gig took place in Huntsville, AL. A homie of mine from college had a house party. It was a trainwreck as far as me Djin goes lol.

What type of events do you DJ at?

I Dj Clubs, College events, Private events hell any kid of event that will help me grow as a Dj

Now for mixing and scratching, do you prefer to mix the old school with the new school for flava or the new school with the new school and the old with the old?

                 I prefer to mix the old school with the new school because the old school is what paved the way for the new school. As a Dj its my job to create a story for you while on the dance floor. You never know to a certain the age of the crowd until you drop records.

Who are some of your favorite influencers?

 Dj Jazzy Jeff, Dj Drama & Funk Master Flex

What keeps you motivated and inspired to continue your love for what you are doing?

My family, most definitely.

If you had to battle at a competition for Djing, who would you want to go up against and why?

I would want to go up against Funk Master Flex. His style is similar to mine. The way he brings records in and his voice is what makes him stand out as Dj. Plus I believe my Serato Crates can compete with his.

Does beats and rhythm come to you naturally or did you have to study sounds when mixing?

 It comes to me naturally. Once you get a fill of the crowd an what tempo they moving to, It because easier to create your set for the night

How can readers connect with you?

IG @TheDjNewEra  Facebook @TheDjNewEra

      WWW.FITTEDCAPLOW.COM

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Entrepreneurs Get Ready to Make SPACES in your Career Goals!

 

The business world is expanding everyday and with people like David Morrison, Area Manager of SPACES; it gives business owners an opportunity to feel comfortable while meeting up with clients or potential clients.  

What is the story behind SPACES? Is it an acronym for something?

SPACES wants to redefine how work is done. Making a call to the inspired ones. The corporate shakers, business nomads, freelancers, energetic entrepreneurs, international workers, mobile movers, project teams, start-ups and well-established companies. SPACES in your place to work. Where you’ll watch businesses grow because of people and ideas. Where you’ll surround yourself with those who love what they do. And, where nothing beats a mental block like a really great cup of coffee.

Originating in Amsterdam, SPACES was built on the idea that success breeds more success. That’s why we’ve cultivated a community of members who are thinkers, achievers and imagineers. We’ve built work spaces that suit your every need. And our energetic staff attends to all the details so you can focus on your next big idea.

 

How did you come up with this idea?

We wanted to give our members the ability to meet new people without leaving the office. Each moment provides our members with the opportunity to pick a new spot in the business club which is a beautifully designed work space created to facilitate new connections. Whether your mind-mapping, meeting, collaborating or crunching numbers, the designer desks, tables, sofas, incredibly fast WiFi and informal meeting areas provide the perfect place for every business need. So even if you want a quiet desk Monday to finalize the details of your plan, a large table Tuesday to coordinate with your team, a lunch table Wednesday to meet a new client, and a cozy coffee corner the rest of the week to meet potential candidates. SPACES has all the spaces you’ll need.

SPACES - Coworking area

 

What is your general idea or mission when it comes to helping business owners and entrepreneurs take the next step in their career with SPACES?

Afraid of commitment I say? We have your own office space with flexible contracts. Some businesses do better with their own office space. Somewhere you can post your plans for world domination away from prying eyes. No matter if you need a few square feet or a few hundred square feet, SPACES can provide you with a perfectly sized environment for you and your team. Forget the cube farm – customize your new space with your own identity, set it up the way it works for you, and settle in knowing you can access your secure space 24/7 – with full access to the rest of the floor. And because we know how quickly business can change, we’ll never ask you to sign your life away – our contract terms are flexible and tailored to your specific needs. Plus, you’ll still have access to everything SPACES has to offer, so you can rent less space while having more space to use.

 

Do you have any strategies for making a client feel comfortable in their work space?

The first thing you do is personally walk them over and introduce them to the onsite center team. Knowing who the points of contacts are for the location is crucial for a member. The new member would also be personally invited to the first event at the center to demonstrate the additional value SPACES provides and introduce them to as many other members as possible to make them feel welcomed. The more people they know at the office the more included they feel in the community.

 

Can you tell me more about your business plans when working with people in the business world to helping them achieve their goals?

Today’s connections could be tomorrow’s new business. More than simply a place to plug in your laptop, what really makes SPACES unique is the community we’ve worked to cultivate. Start up a conversation while you wait for your coffee or introduce yourself over lunch, and you may just find a partner for your next big venture. Or download the SPACES app to help you find a member or book a room for your meeting. The energy of the SPACES community is contagious and even if you don’t find a new business associate, you may find a new friend. Add an international network of mobile work spaces and a full calendar of business events,  speakers and networking lunches, and you’ll see just how hard SPACES works to keep you engaged and open to new possibilities. At SPACES we believe that a cultural program of events enriches your work-like experience.

SPACES Club Area

 

What are the next steps when it comes to SPACES?

To change the way, how, where and when people work. Plug into our energy and watch your world accelerate. Let’s discover the world together.

 

Are you planning to expand your business?

We now have over 50 locations currently in the U.S. with 15 of those in California with our newest location set to open in October of this year in Hollywood.

 

How has your customer service skills in the community and towards business clients helped you in your career?

Keeping the customer first in any light always helps to keep the focus on the key element in driving any business which is ultimately customer service. Maintaining this at the forefront of a business is crucial to its success. Striving for excellence here each and every day is always the goal not only for myself but the entire team. Making sure this is communicated to the entire team is what keeps the message consistent.

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Was this something you always wanted to do?

Well, I was always very much into sports and WAS competitive in pretty much everything I did, so once I figured out I wasn’t going to be a major league athlete I set my focus in the business world. Property management is also very competitive so although I don’t have fans clamoring here for me I still get the fulfillment  and satisfaction for helping our members succeed.

 

How can readers reach out to you and connect with you?

SPACES – Fashion District DTLA (213)358-7000

                Mobile – (424)362-5562

                Email – David.Morrison@spacesworks.com

                Website – https://www.spacesworks.com/los-angeles/row-dtla/

 

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