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Is #Future the #Best #Rapper Alive?!!

Rapper Future covers GQ magazine’s May 2022 issue.

Is Future the best rapper alive? GQ magazine surely thinks so! The Hip-Hop star covers the May 2022 issue of the popular men’s magazine and he came dressed to impress!

Future for GQ magazine styled by GQ’s Fashion Director-at-Large Mobolaji Dawodu.

Ever since Future first stepped on the scene back in the early 2010’s releasing his series of classic mixtapes 1000, Dirty Sprite, True Story, the Atlanta native has been pumping out hit after hit for our listening pleasure. With the unique talent to switch up his flow on every single track according to the beat, Future definitely makes #BrooklynGirlCode’s list of top rappers in the game. So, please don’t count Future Hendrix out when discussing your top five — dead or alive!

Check out the full cover story here via GQ.com and scroll down for more cool pics of Future from his GQ spread! -xoxo #BrooklynGirlCode <3

Future for GQ magazine styled by GQ’s Fashion Director-at-Large Mobolaji Dawodu.
Future for GQ magazine styled by GQ’s Fashion Director-at-Large Mobolaji Dawodu.

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#Women In #Music: Art Vs. Business

Rapper Cardi B Performing at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

In today’s monetized music business, women are pushing the envelope and shattering traditional glass ceilings that were once set in place to keep men on top. With so many women in the industry currently making moves both in front and behind the camera, it’s becoming more and more obvious that music may be the surest way to skip all the loop holes and go straight to the top in corporate America. But who gets taken advantage of now that the women are becoming the leaders?

One of the main discussions in the music business today is the over-sexualization of women. From Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s racy “WAP” performance at this year’s Grammy Awards receiving FCC complaints to Rihanna and Beyonce respectively showing off their bare bodies to promote their clothing lines, there’s no doubt about it, sex in the music business is “a thing.”

Rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B give a racy and controversial performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

I guess the real discussion might be, can you succeed in the music business while staying true to yourself? Especially in today’s industry when it seems the female artists are often baring it all with hopes to become a household name. It actually still may be very possible. Ethiopia Habtemariam, a music executive who was recently promoted to Chairman & CEO of classic American imprint Motown Records is proof of this.

After joining Motown Records just seven years ago in 2014, Ethiopia Habtemariam rose through the ranks of corporate America while overseeing some of today’s most popular artists like Lil Baby, City Girls and Vince Staples. Habtemariam made it to the tippy top of the music industry where the bosses reside and she didn’t have to be overly sexual or twerk anything in front of any camera.

Motown Records CEO & Chairman Ethiopia Habtemariam.

Then you have Mona Scott-Young, a Haitian-American television and music executive who is responsible for creating the popular reality television series Love & Hip-Hop that has garnered a lot of attention over the years for perpetuating a bad image of hip-hop artists. Mona Scott-Young recently made the news for claiming that she gets way more criticism than her white male counterparts (i.e. Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen) due to the fact that she’s the only Black woman in her position. The interesting thing about Mona Scott-Young’s story is that her Love & Hip Hop show actually creates a platform for up-and-coming music artists to be seen. It was Love & Hip-Hop that introduced Cardi B to the world right before the sex-driven, Bronx-born rapper took the music industry by storm. So, can we be that mad at Mona Scott-Young for the image that Love & Hip-Hop portrays? Cardi B is undeniably one of the most successful hip-hop artists in history to date. Who knows if she would have reached this pinnacle without being featured on Love & Hip Hop? It’s almost like a double-edged sword.

Success is success is success! However, it’s harder for the older generation of music lovers to accept this brand new world of music. They’re the ones who grew up watching Lauryn Hill do it with such grace and class.

Lauryn Hill was and still is a beautifully talented artist who sold millions of albums and made a lot of money while keeping all her clothes on — a true gem in Hip-Hop. Still whether behind the camera, in the office or on stage at The Grammys, women in music, both the artists and the executives are raising the bar for many generations to come. And we definitely love to see it! -xoxo #BrooklynGirlCode <3

Singer/Rapper/Songwriter/Actor Lauryn Hill.

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#TBT: The #AllTheWayUp Edition!

I wanted to dedicate this post to female Hip-Hop artist Remy Ma. She appeared today on daytime talk show “The Real” and looked oh so fabulous while on the show. It was a great interview and she spoke about all the things going on in her life right now following her highly publicized release from prison back in 2014.

“I had a lot of people telling me that I wouldn’t be able to do it, that it was over for me; and when you’re in such a dark place like that, it’s easy to believe all the negative. So, I’m just grateful and really blessed.” – Remy Ma on “The Real” talk show on October 20th, 2016

In April of 2015, I had the opportunity to meet her and her mentor/brother Hip-Hop veteran Fat Joe during an interview for a podcast I was working for at the time called “The Cipher” and Remy Ma was a total sweetheart! I’m very proud of the progression that Remy Ma is making as a Hip-Hop artist and as a role model for young African-American women. I hope she continues to take the high road. She isn’t letting any of her haters or past demons hold her back and this is admirable. Congrats to Remy Ma on all her success and continue to go “All The Way Up!” 😉

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Photo courtesy of Aziza Hassan’s Instagram @rashidaaz

 

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Photo courtesy of “The Real” Instagram @therealdaytime

 

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Remy Ma, #BrooklynGirlCode creator Aziza Hassan and Hip-Hop veteran Fat Joe