Emerging from the Miami underground hip hop scene is the city’s first female rap duo in the last decade.They go by Mona Vinci and Nina Blaque who make up the group Step Sisters.There new single “Dope Bitch” is the first release from there upcoming ep “40’s and Jump Suits”.The uptempo trap bounce track produced by Texas producer Freeway T Jay who also produced for Bobby Shmurda YT Triz Gucci Mane Migos & Future to name a few.
1. Who are the stepsisters
Nenah Blaque : A female rap group ?based out of Miami Fl , that represents the struggle we feel that we are the voice of the streets and bitches with style and creative minds.
MonaVinci: Two female’s who represent change through music and style and diversity throughout our own lifestyle.
2. What part of Miami you from And what artists out of Miami inspires you
Nenah Blaque: I was born and raised in Liberty city Fl, to me an artist that inspires me out of Miami is jackie O because I can really relate to her through out her music and she was always up?front with her messages within her music.
MonaVinci: I was born and raised in Carol City and Opa locka Fl. artists that inspired me coming up was Rick Ross because he showed that in this industry that it’s really deeper than rap and that you have to be business savvy. Also Trina because she’s the queen of Miami I grew up listening to her and Jackie O.
3. How do you feel about the music scene in Miami Fl
Nenah Blaque: I feel that the music scene in Miami shows a lack of support and that everyone is for self. MonaVinci: I feel that Miami has to much talent to not be on the map and that everyone needs to work together.
4. Tell us about the upcoming EP 40s And Jump Suits
Nenah Blaque: We’re bringing hip hop back by bringing everything from old school 90s music into a new school feel for our debut EP , its going to be special.
MonaVinci: With this EP everything will be based off of old school movie’s and music, we definitely will be bringing back that storytelling in music.
5. What are your expectations to exceed this year in music
Nenah Blaque: My expectations this year is to keep working hard by staying focus on our goals , grinding real hard and continuing to stay consistent with touching the people with our music. MonaVinci: The expectations I have this year is to continue to work hard , stay hungry and to listen more music amongst my peers so I can gain more knowledge towards music so I continue to perfect my craft.
Three of Miami rappers have come to together to increase there chances of making big.Although one has already had a taste of the limelight.Carol City rapper C – Ride was once backed by popular Producer duo Cool N Dre and even had records with some of the biggest name in the rape game.Now after a few years on hiatus he’s ready t0 storm back into the rap scene with new comers Trick Jr and Penny who seem to a have a nice following in the city of Miami.Both have recently released new material and have gone on too release videos to support there music.We caught up with the newly formed group to get more insight on whats happening now and what we an expect in the near future.
24: Introduce yourself to everyone that doesnt already know who you are
(c) I’m C-Ride if u dont know get from under dat rock ya digg
(p) My name iz Penny.
(ct) I’m ?Convertible Trick ?formally known as Trickjr.
24:How did you come up with your Artist name Tell us about it.
(c) In high school I worked at Mickey Dz I free styled ?a lot at work and diz nigga used to call me C-Rider , I took off da R and i was live.
(p) At a point n my life I was dead ass broke. My homie/manager Slick always called me penny as a joke cuz I was so broke and I ran wit it .
(ct) I like convertible cars , i got a couple of them !
24:Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there
(c) I’m from Carol City Norland side and I grew up on the Myrtle Grove side also . Shit wasn’t all bad it wasn’t all good either
(p) I’m from North Miami and it was cool I been there since my peoples move here from Jamaica . And I also grew up around 103rd st in Miami .Thats where I learned the streets and many would say where I got game from.
(ct) Im from Miami born and raised, it was hell growing up, bright lights big city and everything that came with it !
24: Who were you raised by Tell us your family situation. Got any brothers, sisters, or any siblings Tell us about your childhood, and how it impacted your music
(CT) I was raised by my mother, my father was in prison since i was 3.Me ?5 brothers and 2 sisters’ my life is my music and what i go thru on a day 2 day basis impacts what i say.
(P) My mom raised me and she still has a major impact on my music . At 15 she bought me a lil DJ set because she’s always supportive with my music . My brothers and cousins in England all do music so I was born in it kinda.
(c)I ?was raised by my ol boy he was in da Air Force so he was hardly there so basically da big homies n da neighborhood taught me erythang growin up .Yo can hear all about dat in my verses.
24:What age did you start making music
(p) I been singin since i was a kid but at around 15/16 I started rapping and it went from there.
(ct) I started making music when i was 2 !
(c) I started doin music like 12th grade at Norland High.
24 :What inspired you to pursue making music
(ct) Having a message and wanting to get it out is why i started pursuing music.
(c) My inspiration has always been seeing young black successful people. Whether in person or on tv if they can work hard and achieve so can I .
What artists/producers do you work with Or rubbed shoulders with
(p) I would love to work wit Future & Rich Homie cuz dey very soulful. Also Tory Lanez cuz he’s just dope .. And Lauren Hill would be amazing because I feel we can bring out some passion with our music.
(ct) Pretty much anybody that wants to work with me.
(c) You name em I prolly already worked wit em ya dig (Game, Yo Gotti, Ross, T-Pain) thanks to my brothers Cool and Dre . I’ve also written on some huge records before . But I would definitely like to work with Weezy n Drake!! Gotta see if I can keep up lol.
24: What else you got coming out New Album or Mixtape/EP
(p)My new single Do it fa da team was actually spur of da moment . I Neva write and dat night I was on da right ingredients 2 come up wit a smash . We also had sum lovely ladies In dat session and i knew it was big cuz dey all stopped and had da same expression when I was recording it.
(CT) Summer all year Salt Life, Thoughts Of a General, M.I.A.M.I. 2!
(C) Right now I have da Salt Life project comin out wit CTCMG . I’m also workin on my new long awaited EP/mixtape “Top 5″ .. You’ll see me featured on a ton of other records as well
24: Any new travel plans, what you got going on
(p) I’m in Atlanta tomorrow fa da weekend I also to visit Houston Mississippi, Alabama (where I actually lived for a while) and a buncha markets where I knw my music will excel
(ct) Do it for the team all these niggas’ life throws you lemons and you make lemonade
from Miami to wherever. We going everywhere!!!!
(c) I’m traveling as much as I can whether it’s wit Salt Life , Cool n Dre , my brotha Jimmy Dade whoeva I’m doin great music wit we out when dey send for us feel me.
24: What is the biggest thing to happen in your career
(ct) Biggest thing too happen in my career is “Do it for the team” video.
24: Where can people find you
(p) My tag for every social media outlet is @Penny305.
(ct) People can find me on twitter @trickjr Instagram @convertibletrick.
(c) You can find me @c2daride on all social media.
24: Where do you see yourself going in 2015 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve
(p) 2015 I’m a grind’ I’m a go xtra hard so I’m a lot further than I was last year. Myself and Salt Life are already separated from da Miami music when u press play so bigger moves bigger songs bigger venues & bigger checks !
(ct) I see myself headed to the top 2015 and i plan on makin a lot of visuals too separate myself, I’m a bring a lot of lyrics 2 life with these few tricks up my sleeve.
(c) 2015 I’m a get back focused niggaz keep yellin at me and wantin to real life fight me for not supplying da streets wit more music . I knw if i do dat erythang will prosper.
24: Any last words or shout outs
(p) CTCMG , SALT LIFE , DJ Swamp Izzo frm da A for all da guidance & love .. Club Rockerz and all da numerous South Florida Djs dats fckn wit me.
(ct) Shout out to theovsion salt life vert gang soulja 2 soulja records rip fizz free prent free trick ( my old boy ).
(c) S/O Salt Life CTCMG , Jimmy Dade and da whole Dreadwood Gang , Cool and Dre my brothas fa life , all my fans old and new , and all da Djs worldwide fa ever spinnin my voice . Life is good God is great !
Kim Kardashian is back in the news again after her nude pics from her shoot with love magazine leaks online.The shoot was done by photographer Steve Klein with Kim styled in Prada and nothing else in some shots.Basically she was nude for most of the shots.
The 30 page spread with feature the 30 year old mother posing with everything from blow up dolls to posing inside a phone booth with her head covered.
The entire shoot was done at a motel in Los angeles
Bobby Shmurda will be spending more time behind bars,thats because his bail package was withdrawn.We are not sure as to why but according to Kenneth Montgomery,Bobby’s lawyer the bail arrangement has been put on hold.He also stated that they will be putting together a new bail package for his client.Bobby is facing a number of charges including conspiracy to attempted murder as well as drug trafficking chargers.Bobby has been in jail since Dec 17th when he was arrested at Quad studios in New York with other members of his GS9 crew.
After being charged with murder in the death of his friend Terry Carter Suge Knight was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after complaining of chest pains.Suge was treated for a serious blood clot which has been a problem for him since being shot 6 times last year.He was hancuffed to his hospital bed as dr’s treated him with bllod thinners.Suge was released back into police custody where he sits on a 2 million dollar bond.
The daughter of the late Whitney Houston may soon be by her mothers side again as doctors have informed the family there’s nit much more they can do.Bobby Kristina was moved to a different hospital where she remained on life support as friends and family pray for a miracle.She was found face down in her bath tub last week where she was rescued by her husband and a friend.Police have investigated the apartment and did not find any sign of drugs or foul play.There still have not been any indication as to how this happens but the fact remains she is no longer with us according to doctors.She has lost most of her brain function and is not breathing on her own.Her father Bobby Brown and the rest of her family has been right by her side as they continue to pray for her recovery.But now her father R&B singer is forced to make the decision weather to take his daughter off life support.
Our prayers go out to the entire Brown and Houston family…
He was a Bay Area legend who began his career with the group Mob Figaz before he took of on his own in 2001.Police say witness heard several shots at around 8:45 around the area of 94th and Mac Arthur Blvd.The 37 year rapper was found shot in the head and later died at Highland hospital.He was a key figure in the Oakland rap scene and will surely be missed by fans and family alike.Jacka had just come of tour with Philly rapper Freeway after the two released a joint album last year.
My show in Oakland March 6th dedicated to my brother @theJacka#RIP, can't believe Imma come to the bay and not see u bro. Literally a 1st.
Suge Knight has been officially charged with murder but not for 2pac or Biggie but for the death of his own friend Terry Carter.Suge was on the set of the movie N.W.A when he was asked to leave and got into an altercation with two men. According to witnesses Terry who had arrived with Suge was the driver of the car they arrived in.Word is Suge got into the car in a frantic state as Terry was exiting to vehicle to either diffuse the situation or take part in the altercation when Suge jumped in the driver seat put the car in reverse and ran over his own friend.Suge fled the scene and Terry died of his injuries before Suge went on the lamb for a few hours and eventually turned himself into police.He has been officially charged with murder and being held on a 2 million dollar bond.
Lil Wayne has took it a step further in his lawsuit against Cash Money & Birdman and is now asking for 51 million dollars.The original lawsuit was for 8 million which was supposed to be the advance from The Carter V & an additional 2 million upon it’s completion.Word is Universal Records the company which distributes Cash Money might foot the bill to get things back on track and Cash Money would no longer be in breach of contract.If this happens Wayne would have no choice but to stay with Cash money.As far as the 51 million this number came into play as what Wayne and his team of lawyers determine this would be the loss of income if the entire issue was not settled.Wayne has also stated he will take Nicky Minaj and Drake with him if the split with the label happens.What ever happens im sure the relationship between father and son will never be the same.
There’s a lot of turmoil going on at YMCMB these days and it looks like things are only getting worse.Reportedly Wayne is suing Birdman for 8 million dollars.The money is rumored to be owed from the advance of his last album that he never received.Wayne is also looking to take the artist he signed to his Young Money imprint meaning Nicky Minaj and Drake.Recently there has been rumors of Drake working on a new mixtape which may back up that fact.Birdman was also said to be very upset about all the diss references Wayne used towards him on his Sorry 4 The Wait 2 mixtape.
If things between Birdman & Lil Wayne were not bad enough they could get worse with Birdman’s new protoge Young Thug planning on carrying on the series on his own.Young Thug did not say if he would only do it if he received the blessing from Weezy but only if wayne does not make another Carter he will take it over.
Nicky Minaj & Meek Mill have been quite cozy the past few weeks but one has to wonder were if Nicky is completely over her ex Safaree and is using Meek as a rebound.Meek himself just came home after a short prison bid and may also be in a vulnerable position.The two are also working on music together which leads us to question is this real love or is just convenient timing and a great business opportunity.
A: I was born and raised on the Northside of milwaukee, I grew up in a few areas me and my mom moved a lot the place I remember the most is 32nd and Villard. I kicked a lot on 65th and Hampton, and most of my homies where from uptown.
Whats the music scene like there
A: The music scene is pretty dope it’s split into two scenes in my opinion you have the music scene that you find in the hood which is more of a “hood/trap” style of music, but it’s still dope tho in its own way …they call it jackin.
Then there’s the “other” type of music which is found in eastside milwaukee River west, places like that where all the hipsters hang overall tho it’s a dope scene especially when they all come together for dope events, the music is so underground because the city is underground it doesn’t get much attention because Milwaukee is such a small city but I’m looking to Change all that for sure.
Will you be the first rap artist to break into the mainstream from Milwaukee
A: Not Necessarily the First but one of the few in a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time, I mean you had coo coo cal a long time ago the guy that made the song “my projects” , then you got my homie Rico Love, then there’s me
How long have you been rapping & do you have any other musical talents
A: I’ve been rapping since a little kid I wrote my first rap in 4th grade right around the time Jay-Z put out “Izzo” which was my favorite song when it came out and I literally just wrote a verse exactly how the hook sounded it’s pretty funny looking back on it, then I developed a love for free styling in middle school I would mumble out loud to myself words while walking through school some people use to think I was talking to myself but I was actually rapping, then finally I decided I wanted to be an artist in high school I learned how to write full songs and I also learned how to record once I found my voice I just ran with it and I’ve been serious since then
How did you hook up with Yo Gotti
A: Well it started with my move from Milwaukee down to Memphis, After I graduated high school my mom wanted me to go to school, but of course I didn’t go right away I kinda got sucked into the street life a little bit, but following a bunch of ups and downs my cousin seven and a phone call from my pops finally convinced me to go to school in Memphis, so once I moved down there I attended Lamoyne Owen college for a bit while I was there I was still working on music then I put this project out titled “It’ll All Make Sense Soon” with Dj Rocksteddy as we moved the project around the city we built a huge buzz and you know Memphis is Gotti’s city ,he keeps his ears to the street so eventually he heard about me when to peep the music and he rocked with it and he end up hitting me on Twitter sent me his number I have em call and we’ve been rocking since.
How long have you been signed to CMG now
A: 2 to 3 more months will make it officially a year.
How long did it take before you were officially signed to CMG from the time he first took interest ?
A: Not long at all I would say a month, after moving around with Gotti on the road for about a month we built a dope vibe so it was clear we rocked with each other.
Tell us about the new mixtape Only The Beginning.
A: Only The Beginning is really my introduction to everybody on a bigger scale, everyone heard me on the CMG compilation Tape “Chapter One” and was like “Woah, who is this kid” then it became “I want to hear more from him” so this was me giving the people a taste of what I sound like , I’m proud of it it’s my first offering to the people and let’s them know that it’s “Only The Beginning” for me.
Is this your biggest mixtape release with close to 200k downloads
A: I would definitely say this is my biggest so far, but I’ll top this on the next joint.
What track has been getting the most feedback from your fans & Dj’s
A: There’s a few from the fans they really like “Capitol Drive” which I think is dope because i wrote that about my city, “Know it all” , “Soul food and Hennessy” which is also one of my personal favorites and “I want it all” far as Dj’s they gravitated towards “Deez” with my homies Billard and Rico Love and “Go out and Get it”.
How has your home town reacted to your success
A: The reaction from my city has been dope I’m super humbled by it, I think overall they’re excited a lot of kids aren’t old enough to remember coo coo cal so for some people im the first one to make it, it really gives people hope that you can make it out the city, anytime I have a show there they come out to show love.
Are you excited about the success of Snootie knowing you could be next
A: Definitely im proud of em to see where he started to where he’s at now it’s dope to see his progress, the whole team is going to win.
How was you AC3 experience
A: My A3C experience was Crazy! In a good way tho, I literally met almost everybody it was all love out there got to connect with other dope artist, all the shows where dope and I left a dope impression on everybody people still hit my on my social media about my A3C performances so yea it was pretty cool.
What can we expect from you in 2015
A: You guys can expect a bunch of new music from me im putting together a few projects this year the one I’m working on right now is Titled “W” so that’s coming and I’m also going to tour a lot this year, oh and visuals too going to be doing a lot more visuals.
How do you feel about rappers getting arrested still living the street life
W: I think it’s an unfortunate thing you know especially if you come from that lifestyle and then you make it out you know the idea is to never go back that route it sucks to get sucked back into it, I think it can be prevented tho if you keep the right people around you that won’t let you fall back into that old lifestyle.
Do you feel any obligation to your fans to stay out of trouble & keep dropping material
A: Yea I feel obligated to them and myself to stay out of trouble and to keep supplying them with good music.
Anything else you want to share with tour fans
A: 2015 is going be a big year for me so just continue to stay tuned in, #W is coming soon, follow me on Instagram & Twitter @BLMNWAVE also check out my website Wavechapelle.com and remember Good things come to those who Wave
Thomas meets Migos during a video shoot at Magic City, Atlanta’s most famous strip club. Following their hit “Versace” in 2013, Gucci Mane took the group under his wing. They signed with his manager Coach K and went on to work with the super producer Zaytoven, crafting some of the most entertaining and innovative new music from the city. Now all they’ve gotta do is stay out of trouble.