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Fly Interview: Rising Songstress Ms. Karoline Talks New EP, Musical Influences, & More

Miami songbird Ms. Karoline is gearing up for the release of her debut EP Elephant In A Song this fall. The Colombian Florida native has always had an affinity for the arts, but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that she picked up a pen and tried her hand at songwriting. Since then, the soulful singer has been honing her craft while simultaneously channeling her ups and downs into her music. SFPL sat down with the songstress to discuss her upcoming EP, some of her favorite artists, and other projects.

Hey, thank you so much for chatting with me. Your upcoming EP is titled Elephant In A Song, can you tell me more about it? 

Elephant In A Song is an 8 track EP and each song is about a different person or relationship. “Elephant In A Song” is a record about an ex while “What If” is about my relationship with my father and how things would’ve been if things had gone differently.

What’s the main message you want people to leave with after listening to your EP?

I think honesty and vulnerability. To get the vibe of going from a place of fear to being like this is who I am. I have gone through different situations in my life that I feel people can relate to; but they don’t really know how to express it, so they listen to music to find what connects with them. Mainly sincerity. I would definitely say the theme for the project is honesty.

Awesome, I like that. It’s like your own musical diary. How long have you been working in music?

With my own music I began 3 years ago when I started songwriting. I kind of just was like I want to make an EP. I want to be able to write music and see if it would connect with people. I’ve been singing since forever. I was in musical theater, and I went to school for it. So I’ve been around music for most of my life. I started taking voice lessons when I was 15 or 16.

Is singing something you were always drawn to?

Yes, since I was a little girl. I would grab a brush, stand in front of the mirror, and you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t singing to thousands of people. I just knew it was something I wanted to pursue.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?

Amy Winehouse, and you can kind of hear her influence in my style. When I discovered her I had just gotten home from school and I was watching MTV. Her video for “F Me Pumps” came on and I was just like who is this woman? Where did she come from? Why is her voice like that? It’s amazing. I need to know who she is. I immediately started following her. I even cried when she passed. She will always be one of my all-time favorites. Also Lauryn Hill. I actually got to meet her in person. She has such amazing sides to her and soul. I think she’s just very misunderstood. I really liked Nelly Furtado too. Another one is this French singer from the 1930’s, I had a cassette that I would listen to of Edith Piaf.

I love her.

I just really love her story, how powerful her voice was, and how minimal her performances were. It was just her, a piano, and her voice and everyone was so captivated by her. I feel like nowadays you have to give people a lot more because it’s harder to keep our attention for even 3 minutes. You have to have 3D images jumping out of the screen, and all this other stuff that’s going to stimulate our brains. When before it was just like let me hear the pain in your voice, the lyrics, and what you’re going through, and see if I can relate to it. And even if you didn’t relate you still felt that pain and the beauty in that.

Back then the focus was definitely more on the voice. They were also limited by technology but Edith Piaf is one of the greatest singers of all time. She just had a very beautiful and powerful voice.

Nina Simone is another one. Donny Hathaway, I love Donny Hathaway. Alternative music too. Bands like Radiohead. I grew up on The Beatles. My Dad loved them. He was really into The Police, Journey, and Cyndi Lauper. I remember asking him what his favorite thing of being a part of the 80’s was and he said the transition in the music was the best. You had Hip-Hop which was new, and then you had synthesizers and that was funky. He definitely felt that the 80’s was one of the best periods of music.

I can see that. Do you agree with your Dad?

Definitely I feel like the 80’s was a time when music was really changing. I love early 90’s stuff too. I love 2Pac, and Biggie. You know very lyrical rappers. I can bop my head to what’s out now and get drawn in with catchy lyrics and dope beats; but I definitely love a good lyricist. Like J. Cole, I love J. Cole. Kendrick Lamar. Those are lyrical rappers.

I love J. Cole. I’m obsessed. Are there any other artist out now besides Cole and Kendrick that you’re really in to?

There’s this British singer Joy Crookes. She has a bit of an Amy vibe going on. Lizzo. I think she’s very funky, I love her. She kind of reminds me a bit of Missy Elliot. I love all kinds of music. I love people who can do that. Play with different styles. I don’t really think that I could do that. I’m more soulful. But I definitely love to listen to something that’s going to get me going. I love to work out and so I have to listen to music that’s going to make me want to be in the gym. Kali Uchis I mean she’s who I identify the most with. She’s Colombian as well. Jorja Smith, Sabrina Claudio. Sabrina Claudio she’s also someone I really look up to. She’s from Miami too. Her music is so great. I know she had some setbacks with an incident on Twitter but I believe people make mistakes and they learn from them. Ari Lennox is another artist I really enjoy too.

Ari is great. Her last project is amazing.

Hiatus Kaiyote. I was definitely inspired by their music. They’re this band from New Zealand and the lead singer she was featured on the intro track for Drake’s More Life. They’re this jazzy kind of R&B group. They’re super soulful; but their style is really gothic so it’s kind of interesting.

Who would you say is your dream collaboration?

Kali Uchis for sure. I love her voice, and style. She is who she is and doesn’t fit into this box. Especially as an artist who is latinx you can get put in box and at times are expected to fit a mold.

So besides the EP, are you working on any other projects?

I’m actually currently working on an independent short film as well. I also enjoy acting so that’s something else I wanted to tap into. I’ve been putting together visuals for the project too and I have a pretty good idea of what the next project will be about.

That’s cool, tell me more about the short film.

It’s by a local Miami filmmaker. I connected with her through a college friend. She reached out to me and told me she wanted to tell this poetic love story about a girl who finds love in Miami. It’s actually in Spanish. I have been asked before “why don’t you sing in Spanish.” Whenever I sing it’s always been in English, that’s just been my preferred language. So, doing something in Spanish is definitely something I wanted to try. I sing in both languages; but writing wise I don’t know how strong I’d be in Spanish so I’ve been a bit hesitant. I am Colombian so I definitely have to step out of my comfort zone and embrace that part of me.

Is there a title for the film and a release date?

It’s called Corazon Cantando and not release date yet. I believe sometime in November or December of this year.

What does fly mean to you?

Fly is honesty. It is being and owning who you are 100%.

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FLY VISUAL: Kash Doll “READY SET,” Feat. Big Sean

 

Ready Set Ft. Big Sean

Fly girl, Kash Doll just dropped the music video for her latest single “Ready Set,” featuring fellow Detroit native, Big Sean. You already know the vibes when these two collaborate. If you don’t though, step into So Good real quick.

The visual was directed by Jesse Ray Diamond with Teyana (Spike Tee) Taylor serving as Creative Director (Yes Petunia is out here working!), the video really matches the single’s energy with a Motor City inspired race theme that syncs the pair with their roots. Speaking about the song and video, Kash Doll says, “Ready Set is a motivational and aspirational song. I wanted to let people know if I can make it, despite the things I’ve been through, they can do it too. I’m a D girl so I’m determined.” 

Step into it below. 

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-Stay Fly!

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SFPL Music: Common Reveals Release Date For New Album ‘Let Love’, Drops Visual “Hercules” Co-Starring Vince Staples

GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper COMMON will release his new album Let Love on August 30, 2019, his debut for Loma Vista Recordings.

Pre-order it HERE.

In tandem with this announcement, he shared his latest single and music video entitled “Hercules” [feat. Swizz Beatz]. On the track, he serves up his sharp signature wordplay between soulful backing vocals from Swizz Beatz. Meanwhile, the music video directed by Carrick [Weezer] sees Common thwart a convenience store robbery caught on surveillance camera—in between rapping into his iPhone. Vince Staples makes a cameo as the cashier.

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“Hercules” follows on the heels of the recent single “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar, special guest Dwele, and an unreleased beat from J Dilla. Not only did the song amass over 1 million cumulative streams and 339K views on the Savanah Leaf-directed music video within a week, but it also received widespread critical acclaim. VIBE called the song “a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years.” Rolling Stone added that it was “Common’s homage to hip-hop”, and OkayPlayer professed that it’s “his most impactful body of work yet.”
Download “Hercules” HERE.
About the album, he shared, “This album is inspired by the book, “Let Love Have The Last Word” which gave me a path to write about things I had never written about before. It forced me to go deeper and because I opened up about so many things in the book, I was charged to go to raw, personal and spiritual places in the music. Production-wise, I knew that the music had to have depth, soul and dimension to it. I wanted the musicianship and the spirit of what live music brings, but it also had to have something raw and basement about it. When my team said, “You should do some music revolving around the book,” I just took that energy and went running into my artistry without focusing on anything else. No movies, no commercials, no parties (well, I don’t do that too much anyway) and I just worked on music. So this album is the culmination of this journey, this passion and this Divine Love that I have for one of GOD’s greatest gifts – MUSIC.”
COMMON will kick off his Let Love Tour, which starts in Denver, Colorado at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom tonight, and continues through marquee venues in the US and Canada before touring Europe for the first time since 2014. Special guests include Nicole Bus, July 11 –July 26, and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, August 7 – August 29. Each pair of tickets on the second leg of tour dates will come with new music—details to be emailed to ticket holders.
Get tickets HERE.
Be on the lookout for more soon!
The official digital and CD release date is August 30, 2019, with vinyl to follow on October 11, 2019.
Let Love Track List:
1. Good Morning Love feat. Samora Pinderhughes
2. HER Love feat. Daniel Caesar w/special guest Dwele
3. Dwele’s Interlude
4. Hercules feat. Swizz Beatz
5. Fifth Story feat. Leikeli47
6. Forever Your Love feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
7. Leaders (Crib Love) feat. A-Trak
8. Memories of Home feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and Samora Pinderhughes
9. Show Me That You Love feat. Jill Scott and Samora Pinderhughes
10. My Fancy Free Future Love
11. God Is Love feat. Leon Bridges and Jonathan McReynolds
Let Love First Leg Tour Dates:
7/11 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
7/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Gallivan Center
7/14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore
7/16 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
7/17 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield
7/18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
7/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center
7/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
7/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
7/26 – Newport Beach, CA – The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Let Love Second Leg Tour Dates:
8/7 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
8/9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
8/10 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater*
8/11 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater
8/14 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
8/15 – Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre
8/16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
8/20 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
8/21 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
8/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
8/23 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater
8/27 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
8/28 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
8/29 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
*No Maimouna Youssef aka Fresh
9/7 – Oslo Norway – Sentrum Scene
9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA
9/10 – London, England – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
9/12 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz
9/14 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre
9/15 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk
9/16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra
9/18 – Utrecht, Holland – Ronda
9/19 – Belgium, Gent – Vooriut
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Fly Visual: Mustard “100 Bands” feat. YG, Meek Mill & Quavo

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Fresh off the release of his new album Perfect Ten, Grammy Award-winning producer Mustard returns with a new visual for his latest single “100 Bands” which features Quavo, YG and Meek Mill. Check out the Colin Tilley-directed-video.

Mustard will be joining Meek Mill, Future, YG and Megan Thee Stallion on the Legendary Nights tour, which kicks off August 28th in St. Louis, MO.

Perfect Ten is available at all digital retailers via 10 Summers/Interscope Records.

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Music

Fly Visual: Rico Love – “Shine”

Grammy-Award winning songwriter turned recording artist, Rico Love (@IamRicoLove) follow’s up some Billboard worthy production work on the City Girls‘ Cardi B-assisted banger “Twerk,” with the release of his first visual off ‘Even Kings Die.’ Filmed at an undisclosed location, the futuristic flick was directed by Parris Stewart and centers around a petite melanated model destined for the spotlight.
Watch the video exclusively via VEVO below and be sure to stream the sophomore solo-effort from the seasoned industry veteran, which includes features from Bryan Michael CoxTeedra Moses, and Lil Duval “Smile” collaborator BallGreezy, on the DSP of your choice HERE.
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Fly Music: Lloyd feat. City Girls – “Caramel”

Platinum recording artist, Lloyd returns with his new single, “Caramel” featuring City Girls. The Atlanta singer who released his TRU LP last year adds a fresh twist on the mid-tempo track with a verse from Yung Miami on the remix!
 
2019 looks to be a very exciting year for Lloyd aka Young Goldie who will be joining B2K, Mario and Pretty Ricky on The Millennium Tour, which kicks off Friday, March 8th in Pittsburgh, PA. He will also debut the music video for “Caramel” feat City Girls next week as well as appear on the season premiere of TV One’s longest-running and award-winning documentary series UNSUNG on March 3rd. 
 
Check Out Lloyd Featuring City Girls On “Caramel” Here: https://empire.lnk.to/CaramelCityGirls
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Fly Visual: Normani Releases Music Video For “Waves” Feat. 6lack

Multi-platinum selling and chart-topping recording artist Normani shares the music video for her single, “Waves” feat. 6LACK today! Directed by Emil Nava (Calvin Harris, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez), the video finds Normani in a world like no other, a place lost between space and time and features Normani’s signature, show-stopping choreography, and powerfully smooth vocals. View the video for “Waves” feat. 6LACK below.

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FLY Events Music

Fly Events: Artist Daya Gets Up Close and Personal with Verizon’s #VZup Members

 

Recently, Artist Daya got up close and personal with an intimate group of fans at a listening event in Columbia, SC. She shared snippets of some of her most popular hits, new music and inspirational tracks with members of Verizon‘s loyalty program, Verizon Up aka #VZUP, and discussed life events that inspired each song. The “I Wanna Know” singer knows just wants she wants and is ready to pursue her career full throttle after taking some time off to reflect and reevaluate life, and her course ahead. Daya is the true definition of hard work and determination, and she’s not letting anyone or anything get in her way.

Following the listening session and Q&A, fans got some one-on-one time with the pop star snapping photos and exchanging words of admiration.

Daya spoke with our brother site, Global Grind‘s Social Media Specialist and SFPL‘s very own, Gabriel Williams about her heartfelt single, “Safe”:

 

Daya also says that the late Amy Winehouse is one of her biggest inspirations:

 

This event is part of a new music offering from the Verizon Up rewards program, which gives members a chance at one-of-a-kind experiences with 9 amazing artists.

Part of what makes the program extra special is its collaborations with select music artists on intimate events with them and a small group of fans. Other rewards include early and expedited entry into concerts, as well as exclusive seating and premium experiences.

Thanks to Daya and Verizon for the wonderful experience!

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Fly Music: Kelby – “Nightmare” [New Video]

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With the release of his latest EP ‘SideEffects’ and on the heels of Halloween 2018, emerging R&B Sensation Kelby bares his truth with passion and disregard towards how deep he’s willing to go. In “Nightmare”, produced by Grammy Nominated Duo ClickNPress, Kelby gives a chilling visual look into his haunting dreams of his Ex over a production as raw & hard-hitting as his story.

Check out the video above directed & produced by Torey Nelson & Ariana Films.

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Watch: Reebok & Saweetie Drop the latest video for the Alter the Icons Collection

Reebok has unveiled the latest video in their “Alter the Icons” series, this time featuring up and coming rapper, Saweetie. Hailing from Hayward, CA, the video highlights how she’s defied the norm by using education to shape her success and career.

Following her first major EP debut on Warner Music earlier this year, Saweetie, along with Bodega Bamz, Lil Baby, Made in TYO and JayIDK, has partnered with Reebok to launch the Alter the Icons collection – which puts a new and refreshing spin on classic Reebok silhouettes like the Classic Leather and Workout Plus.

Together, the collection takes inspiration from the above emerging artists to showcase how one can find alternative paths to success by tearing up the brand’s design rulebook and encouraging wearers to alter their own path.

Take a look at the visual below:

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