Saturday, April 28, 2018

Styleon is certainly setting the bar High!

Styleon is certainly setting the bar high for other rappers in the game! His way of thinking is unmatched. When asked about his latest video "Another Level" he stated, "The concept of the single/video is to show the listener/viewer how comfortable I am as a artist and lyricist, also how proud I am to represent the "Garden State." I'm the voice of the 80's babies and 90's influenced kids that never gave up and never will.
Styleon certainly has the focus and work ethic of a seasoned industry vet! I think we can all agree we will be hearing a lot more  from him and his camp Stay Alert Stay Alive Productions!
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

#ShoutOutSaturday: Blacktopia Beauty MZ. ARIEZ

This special #ShoutOutSaturday spotlight is on the Blacktopia Beauty Model, prominent businesswoman, actress, songwriter and rapper Mz. Ariez (Toniah Barnes).  Although Mz. Ariez has worked as a professional model for years, her charm and beauty is timeless.  Mz. Ariez currently has a single out now titled "Flippin It Up" that has been burning up the dance floor and airwaves this spring!  Get more updates on Mz. Ariez at

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Official Music Video: Reime Schemes "Smash 2 Go"

Blacktpian and independent West Coast legend Reime Scheme recently dropped the 3rd single from his critically acclaimed album Rhymageddon titled "Smash 2 Go", a fast paced, booming, EDM track that will have the entire club rushing to the dance floor!  The video matches perfectly with the sonic backdrop and Mr. Schemes clever lyrics and witty word play.  Listen to and watch the video above and post your feedback. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#TalentTuesday: Introducing Poet / Author MELINDA "Phoenix Flame" Smith

          This "Talent Tuesday" spotlight is dedicated to author / poet Melinda "Phoenix Flame" Smith.  Melinda is a also a proud member of the prestigious Blacktopia group and will release her long awaited anthology of poetic masterpieces titled Venting For Release under Sunshine Blackrose Publication on April 13th.  Keep checking back on Blacktopia for more updates!  


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Interview with recording artist P.J. Dakota

Blacktopia speaks with rising vocalist, entertainer and "Jane of all Trades" P.J. Dakota.  In this interview, P.J. talks about where the name comes from, her latest single, and more!  Get into the mind of this amazing artist in the interview below.  

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Blacktopia:  Hey P.J. Dakota how are you today?
P.J. Dakota:  I'm doing Well. Thank you for this opportunity to be interviewed. It's a pleasure.

Blacktopia:  How did you get the name P.J. Dakota?    
P.J. Dakota:  Well it's a crazy story. I was trying to figure out a new Stage name and I always liked the name Jo. So I thought what about Patti Jo and was like that is so country sounding lol. So I shorten it to PJ.  I'm originally born in Rapid City, South Dakota. So I added the two names together PJ Dakota.  Now whats crazy about that is I was telling my mom about my new name and she said that IS your real name – Patti Jo. I was like WHATTTTTTTTTTTT LOL. See I was adopted when I was 2 and that was my real name Patti Jo but once adopted the Jo was dropped. I was like Wow – It was meant to be. Sometime this year I will be legally getting the Jo added back to my name.

Blacktopia:  How would you describe your sound and your style as an artist?
P.J. Dakota:  My sound is R&B/Hip Hop.  My style is sexy, driven and entertaining. I'm a Tomboy at heart so I like Timbalands, t-shirts, and Jeans.  Keep it simple with a little sexyness.  Everything about my is real. You'll get the bossy PJ, have fun giggle all day PJ, the shy PJ, and the she won't take not Sh^&* PJ. LOL. I'm pretty cool to be around at the end of the day.

Blacktopia:  What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
P.J. Dakota:  I have been singing since I was 3yrs old. Something about the music and how it just gets in my soul. You can feel it.....the drums, the piano, the string, the horn section and respect each instrument. It's all the different flavors that music bring when you hear it. It puts me in a zone. I feel like it's what I'm suppose to be doing. I Love It.

Blacktopia:  Who are some of your musical influences?
P.J. Dakota:  The list is so long. Quincy Jones, Michael and Janet Jackson, Berry Gordy, Lionel Richie, Sting, Bett Midler, Tina Turner, Teddy Ridley, R. Kelly, Timbaland, Phil Collins, George Michael, Just So many. 

Blacktopia:  You are more than just a recording artist, you wear many hats, what are some of the other things you are involved in?
P.J. Dakota:  I handle videography and Photography for my company Day Dream Production.  Songwriter, music producer, studio engineer, Magazine Editor, Radio Host, COO at Rokk Mass Entertainment and COO at MGM Music Group. Head of the A&R Department for Rokk Mass Entertainment. We have a partnership with Record Union/Sony that allows us to do A&R work for Sony and offer independent artist Sony Digital Distribution.

Blacktopia:  As an artist, where do you see yourself and music in the next five years?
P.J. Dakota:  I plan to put out several more projects where I'm more involved in the production of the project. Create several projects that will help unknown independent talent an opportunity to be heard on our Sony Plateform that we have with this Sony Distribution. Production of other types of music (country, Gospel, Pop).

Blacktopia:  What is your goal for 2018, and what are some steps you are taking to achieve that goal?
P.J. Dakota:  Finishing up my First Full Album. - Currently in the studio finishing it. Working to market and Promote PJ Dakota worldwide. Working on a 42 City Tour with plans to go overseas.

Blacktopia:  You have a new single out right now called "I'm Sorry", how would you describe that single and who did you work with for it?
P.J. Dakota:  The song is about the female doing wrong in the relationship and admitting she is wrong and asking for forgiveness. You have to be willing to say I'm Sorry. It's the female point of view.  This song was produced by Platinum Sellers Beats.
The hook is written by George Michael from the group WHAM! I took the time to get song clearance. It's crazy because there are a lot of people who don't recognize that song/hook but they love it. I've always loved that song and swore I'd re-do it over one day and I did.

Blacktopia:  What is one of the worst experiences you've faced in the music business and how did you grow from it?
P.J. Dakota:  There are many but one that comes to mind is earlier on in learning the business and how ruthless it can be.  I trusted someone who claimed big opportunities and promises of fame and it was all lies. It cost me money, friendships, and almost my Job. It was that kind of moment where you want to take that leap of faith because you trusted that person. But I learned that you got to do some deep research on people and get some background on them. This persons background came back all bad. The Growth: Not to trust people on face value, do background checks, just be more aware of people's true intentions.

Blacktopia:  Name one things you would like the fans and readers to know about you that they may not already know?
P.J. Dakota:  I love helping people. I'm Half Black and Native American Born in South Dakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation. My Biological Family still live there. I love my Biological and Adoptive Family. I don't like Bullying and I advocate people to be who they are no matter what.

Blacktopia:  Is there anything else you would like to plug or mention?  

P.J. Dakota:  Blacktopia is the best. S/O to my Team Rokk Mass and MGM Music Group. PJ Dakota is coming to a City near you.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Blacktopia GAME AND GREET held at The Lucky 9anda in Charlotte, NC

You are all invited to one of the biggest Networking events / social gatherings of 2018, The Game and Greet hosted by Blacktopia and starring special guests Saratoga Starks and Kendra Dee of Blacktopia.  The event kicks off Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 PM at THE LUCKY 9ANDA ADULT ARCADE 2610 Clemson Ave. in Charlotte, NC off the Plaza.  Rub elbows and network as well as play the sweepstakes games, the Fish and Skill games and more!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Interview with SOUNDZ GRATE

Blacktopia talks with rising recording artist Soundz Grate about his music, his plans for 2018 and more!  Read all about him and get to know the man behind the music.

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Blacktopia:  Hey Soundz Grate, how do you feel?
Soundz Grate:  Honestly, I couldn't be more tired and lost. I know that's not an answer artist generally give, or should give, but I'm just being real. Going through a pretty tough time in life right meow, but I know it will reflect in my music, which will give it some real flavor.  If there isn't any pain or truth in music, what's the point of making it?

Blacktopia:  How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Soundz Grate:  Erratic to say the least.  I'm a rapping, neo-soul singer, who sometimes wants to be a rockstar.  I just love music and making it. Don't really want to box myself into a particular genre. 

Blacktopia:  What inspired you to get into making music?
Soundz Grate:  I've always been a lover of music.  Forever surrounded by it.  From the records my parents would play on their stereo system, or from cartoons like Tom and Jerry. I remember a time where I would sit on the floor surrounded by cd cases and listening to every single cd, reading the lyrics, or all the people involved in making each track. I wanted to be on those cd covers, I wanted some kid to listen to me and read my lyrics, with my songs on repeat. I find it crazy, because I made my official start as a composer, while i spent the years finding my voice.  

Blacktopia:  What are your plans for 2018?
Soundz Grate:  My plans for 2018 is total saturation. Whether it be Internet, magazine, fm radio, tv...If you can see it, hear it, or read it I plan on being there.  Last but not least getting ALL the love from the underground. 

Blacktopia:  You do more than just make music, could you tell the readers a little bit about everything you do? 
Soundz Rate:  I think it would be easier to say everything that I don't do. I'm working on my mogul thing right meow. Sean Colmbs, Percy Miller, they paved the way. I'm simply trying to stay on the path. I am the Co-Owner and CCO of Ragz 2 Richez Recordz. I am the radio show host of The Sinewave radio show from 2-4pm on 91.8 We On Radio. Dj Infinite and I have something else in cooking in the works, but you'll have to follow to find out what it is. I'm one of the magazine writers, and content contributors to We On Nation Magazine. A new magazine drops every quarter, so I'm super excited on what the year brings! I am a composer and a producer, yet it's not one of my favorite things to do. Especially when it comes to other artist. I'm fortunate enough to be a HoodCertified DJ, our coalition is growing quite nice. Lastly, the very thing that got me into the music industry was being a graphic designer. From there it lead to being a photographer, and later a cinematographer/director. It's a blessing to be able to do all of this, and since it is all art, everything intertwines and correlates. I'll be needing a team really soon. 

Blacktopia:  Who are some of the artists that have the biggest impact on you?
Soundz Grate:  I would have to say my cousin T-Jae tha 6th Man would be the first. I say this because when I first started out making music, he told me in the nicest way possible that I sucked without saying the words. It tore me up lol, but it gave me what i needed to attack the game in a different manner. My second would have to be my mentor in the industry Polo Don Red. Brotha man has taught me the most important lessons that everyone needs to know, but is kept secret. Crazy what a little patience and effort can do. Lastly I will have to say DJ Infinite. Being able to partner up with a vet in the game such as herself has been a pretty big game changer. Starting out she revealed the most obvious things to me that I had overlooked simply because I had my blinders on. I noticed things in life, as well as in the industry. Nothing but blessings and opportunities. 

Blacktopia:  What were 3 of the biggest milestones in your music career so far?
Soundz Grate:  Getting royalties for making music. That's pretty awesome, especially when you can pay the bills. If that's not big I don't know what else is.  My second would be having the opportunity to manage music artist.  It's a challenge nonetheless. You have the music that the artist makes, which is what everyone loves. Then on the other hand you have the artist, the source of the music.  The personality, the vices, the life issues...that's a whole different ball game there. 3rd would be getting a real applause every-time I finish a performance. It always feels good when strangers let you know your music is good. I don't care who you are, everyone wants that genuine applause or standing ovation. 

Blacktopia: What was one of the worst experiences you've faced in the business so far and how did you bounce back from it?
Soundz Grate:  I have some stories to tell, but it's in the past now.  No need to dwell on it. I will say this though. Follow your gut instincts, and don't fight the universe. When you fight, that's when you end up going through turmoil and saying foolish things like "I learned a lesson, and everything happens for a reason". Most times you don't need that lesson. 

Blacktopia:  Is there anything else you would like to plug?  Any shout outs? 
Soundz Grate:  Life,  the industry.... it's a turtle race. It's also a pay to play game. You have to invest in yourself, and in your craft if you want to make it. All things are possible, when you put in the work and time to make it possible. 
No shout outs, this is business at the end of the day.  We all know what it is. Now let's get back to work. 

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