Guess who saw Drake live in concert, TWICE?

Guess who saw Drake live in concert, TWICE?

So Drake came to London for his Assassination tour and since he was doing a total of seven shows, my friends and I knew we were always going to more than one show. Cause it’s Drakeeeeeeeee, so we thought why not spend our coins seeing that fine ass man perform more than once?

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I went to his first show on the 1st of April and his last show on the 11th of April last month. This blog post is long overdue but I’ve just been so busy that I didn’t have the chance to write about the nights sooner and export some of my Snapchat videos.

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But anyways, back to the concerts!

Drake performed well at both shows that I went to, but I will say that I definitely preferred the last show. The energy that night was absolutely amazing and I mostly definitely believe that it was because I had alcohol in my system which was very much needed!

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He performed songs off his recent album Scorpion for both nights, which was okay but I got really excited when he took us all the way back down memory lane and performed songs off his old albums Take Care, Nothing Was The Same, More Life, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Views. I truly had the time of my life performing songs just as loud as Drake was. He brought out a lot of artists, mostly UK ones but Future came out on night 1 and J Cole was brought out to close the show on night 2 which was a great surprise!

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Quick breakdown of the nights:

• Venue: 02 Arena

• Rating for Night 1: 7/10

• Rating for Night 2: 9/10

• Duration: Just under 2 hours

As per usual I’ve attached videos from the concerts. Both night one and two videos are included.

– Jo xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marathon Continues…

The Marathon Continues…

So for the past two weeks, I have been mourning for a man that I did not know personally nor a man I’ve ever spoken to in this lifetime. I also have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Nipsey Hussle, not because I didn’t like the man, but simply because he was one of those artists that I didn’t find the time to listen to when he was still alive. And I really hate that this tragic event is what made me start to appreciate his music because he was a great, talented rapper! A really great one. I also knew of Nipsey because of his relationship with a woman, who I believe is one of the most beautiful women I have ever laid eyes on,  a true natural beauty – Ms Lauren London.

I was completely aware of their relationship like many people were. And I am truly heartbroken for Lauren. I’m heartbroken for her, their kids, Nipsey’s mother, brother and his entire family. I can’t even imagine the type of pain Lauren is going through, losing her soulmate like that, someone who she called her sanctuary. Do you know what type of man you have to be, to be a woman’s sanctuary? That right there is a REAL MAN. A real, rare man.

Hearing her speech at Nipsey’s memorial really had me crying like a big baby. The entire memorial had me crying. But it also made me realise how great of a man Nipsey truly was. An extremely intelligent man. He was someone who loved others, respected others and protected others. He gave back to his community and uplifted others – to put it simply, he was a real nigga and it’s so terrible how he died. But his legacy will truly live on forever. Not just through his music, through his children, through his family but through all of us who recognise how great of a man he was. An inspiring man who never folded.

I didn’t have much to write in this post but I knew that I wanted to write something because Nipsey and his family have been on my mind and in my prayers for the entire duration of this month so far. There are times where I’m just doing me, living my life and then I’m hit with the sudden fact that Nipsey’s really dead. And he’s never coming back. But I know he’s in a much better place. A place much better than this cruel world we live in.

Rest in Power, Nip. You won’t be forgotten. The marathon continues!

Jo xo

Competition in the African-American & Urban Fiction Book Industry

Competition in the African-American & Urban Fiction Book Industry

Okay… I’m going to keep this particular blog post short and sweet today because this particular topic tends to get associated with a lot of negativity and that’s not what I’m about at all.

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Competition in this book industry, that I happen to be a big part of, wasn’t something that I really used to think about until last year. Take into consideration that I’ve been writing under Royalty Publishing House for 3 years. (Yes, that’s my job! I write novels for an American publishing house.) It will be 4 years in April that I first signed with Royalty.

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When I originally started, my main focus (still my focus till this day in fact) was just publishing books and securing the bag while I did it.

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The charts weren’t something that really got to me, not even when I first hit number one with my book. I was still just focused with trying to earn more and get more readers. When I first got signed I didn’t even know about the charts, my publisher was the one that directed me to them and fully educated me about how they work.

Last year though really opened my eyes to just how competitive this industry can get it. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s always been competitive but because there are so much more writers in this industry, the competition is even more than it used to be. And with more competition, unfortunately, comes more negativity.

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The way I handle competition in the industry I write in?

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I don’t.

I focus on myself and stay in my own lane. No matter how many number ones I get from this day forward (or don’t get), I’ll always remain humble. I’ll always remain true to me, myself and I. You’ll never see me forming cliques and trying to appear superior to every other writer in the game. You’ll never see me beefing other authors on Facebook, cursing them out because that’s just not me. If I have an issue with you, I’ll make it known in our private messages. It’s not something the whole entire world needs to see. Focusing on myself means I can focus on my craft, my brand and my readers – because that’s all that truly matters to me in this industry.

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Lala Milan made a really valid point at a BET discussion panel that I’d like to end off with here:

“When we can all come together as a collective you automatically have magic. Because you can teach me something that I don’t know and I can teach you something that you don’t know, but you so busy afraid that I’ll take the spot when there’s so much space… That you’re trying to withhold your knowledge from me, but guess what? I’m going to learn it, with or without you because I’m that hungry and if you’re as hungry as me and you’ll stop trying to starve everybody around you, we can all eat.”

– Jo xo

The Internet

The Internet

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Yes, it’s about that time. I know you guys are probably sick and tired of my blog posts being about concerts for the last few weeks so I promise to keep this one sweet, concise and straight to the point.

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I’ve broken a new record in my life. I’ve been to three concerts this entire month of March. The most I’ve done in my life is two concerts in one month so I’ve definitely made a new goal. Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to do five concerts in one month. That’s definitely something I will accomplish, God willing.

On the 21st of March at the o2 Academy Brixton, I saw a band known as The Internet for the first time ever. This band right here are my favourite band, after Destiny’s Child. The band consists of five members, Syd the main vocalist, keyboardist Matt, bassist Patrick and guitarist Steve.

I’ve been fans of The Internet for a very long time. I can’t remember the exact year I fell in love with them but I know that I was fully obsessed with them around the time their second album, Feel Good, came out. I would describe The Internet’s genre as being a hybrid of hip hop, soul and R&B. Their sound is very unique and that’s what makes them so special. That’s why I fell in love with them.

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Overall, the concert was EUPHORIC. That’s the one word I would use to describe my night. Not only did The Internet perform songs from their latest album, Hive Mind, they took it all the way back to their second album, Feel Good and a personal favourite of mine, their third album, Ego Death. Everything about Syd’s singing was amazing. She sounds exactly the same as she sounds on their albums. Not a single imperfection remains in her voice. She is an angel and of course my favourite person out of the group followed by Steve. That cutie!

As usual I’ve placed videos at the end of this post. PLEASE excuse my singing voice, I was going extra hard this night. Lol!tenor.gifUntil next time,

Jo xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anderson .Paak

Anderson .Paak

On Friday the 15th of March I saw Anderson .Paak and his band, The Free Nationals, perform live at Alexandra Palace. It was a wonderful night seeing Anderson perform live because I have never seen him live in concert before and when I found out he was coming to perform in London, I just knew that I had to go. And I knew that if I didn’t attend that concert, I would be heartbroken forever.

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He really is a great musician and I’ve enjoyed listening to his music. I first fell in love with Anderson when he released his second album, Malibu, in 2016. I’ve also really appreciated the past collaborations that he’s done with Dr Dre and The Game, two rappers that have some really great hits.

Anderson not only performed songs from Malibu but he also produced songs from his newly released album Oxnard and his debut album, Venice. I wasn’t too keen on Oxnard when I first listened to it but after giving it a few more listens, it finally started to grow on me. Anderson is definitely a great performer, he knows how to interact with crowds well and keep the party going. He even crowd surfed which I found absolutely ridiculous, but hey to each his own!

I honestly don’t have much critiques to say about the night other than that Anderson was a few minutes late coming onto the main stage. But it was a great night and I danced the entire night awayyyyyy!

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I’m thankful to God that I was able to have the opportunity to  see one of my favourite artists live in concert. Not many people can say they’ve even been to one concert in this lifetime but I’ve been to more than I can count on my fingers.

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As usual I’ve included some footage from the night below, so feel free to check them out. Excuse my horrible singing voice. LOL!

Jo xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Minaj, The Queen of Rap

Nicki Minaj, The Queen of Rap

On the 11th of March, I saw Nicki Minaj live in concert on her European tour at the O2 Arena in London. She was amazing to see live and she performed a lot of the old songs that I needed her to perform. The concert honestly was one of the greatest concerts I’ve been to in a very long time. I can’t even put into words how much I enjoyed the concert. It’s indescribable.

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Nicki Minaj is hands down the best female rapper to grace this planet and if you disagree you can debate with your mother because I definitely do not care. No one is touching her when it comes to skill, talent or stage presence.

Now I can definitely admit that Nicki has definitely become complacent over the years and Cardi is definitely doing her thing hands down. But this isn’t a blog post about Cardi B and I’m not here to compare the two, I’m just here to let you guys know how amazing it was to see Nicki Minaj perform live.

So I attended the Queen tour with Juice WRLD being her opening act. I absolutely hated Juice’s act because I found the entire set to be quite demonic. The graphics that he had playing behind him while he performed I just did not agree with at all. There were a lot of skeleton, satanic and demon imagery that I do not condone one bit. I found myself constantly praying throughout his performance because I honestly did not know the type of music that he puts out into the world, because I’ve never listen to his music. Originally Nicki was supposed to go on tour with Future and since I knew Future’s songs I was prepared to see him. However when Nicki announced that Future was no longer on the tour and she was going on tour with Juice I didn’t bother to research his songs because I just wasn’t bothered. Oh what a huge mistake I made, because if I had done my research prior to his set, then I would have been prepared and could have brought ear plugs.

Anyways once Juice was done with his stupid set, I finally could feel excited knowing that Nicki was going to be on stage soon and when she did come on stage, I lost my absolute mind!!!

A lot of you don’t know this but I’ve actually been a huge Nicki fan for just under a decade now. Like all her mixtape songs prior to Pink Friday I was a very big fan of. So you can only imagine how crazy I went when she performed one of her biggest mixtape hits Itty Bitty Piggy. She not only performed her mixtape song, but she also performed her Monster verse, Roman’s Revenge, Up All Night and many more hits. And when I tell you I went absolutely nuts, I turned into a completely different human being. Like seriously I was a completely different woman that entire night because the amount of screaming and shouting I did of lyrics… I was acting as if I was on stage with Nicki Minaj herself, performing the songs right next to her.

I couldn’t help that I was just in so much excitement, love and awe of this phenomenal woman that I have loved for years and appreciated the music of for many years. It was very refreshing to see her perform her old songs. Don’t get me wrong, Queen (her latest album) has a few hits but nothing will ever ever top Nicki’s old hits because those were the hits she created when she was hungry, on her absolute grind and just trying to make it to the top. Old Nicki Minaj is a Nicki Minaj that will never ever ever ever be beaten or topped because she was constantly in her bag.

Overall the concert was amazing and I enjoyed every last second of it. I’m grateful that I was able to see her live on her European tour and I can say that my life was made on that day. Despite the whole entire social media Nicki hate train that I’ve seen over the past couple months on Twitter especially, that was definitely not reflected in the crowd on that night because Nicki got so much love and praise. Every single song she performed the audience knew every single word. It truly was a moment for life.

Until next time,

Jo xo

P.S: Below are some videos I took on the night. Excuse my terrible rapping and singing voice lol!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

So last Tuesday, I went to a restaurant and bar called The Alchemist for a cute little date night. I had already been to the restaurant last summer so I was very familiar with the place and because of my familiarity I already knew that I wasn’t going to be eating at the restaurant again because the food was not amazing.

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But baby let me tell you tell drinks… THE DRINKS!!!

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The drinks are not your typical every day cocktails because they are unique with cool, smoky effects coming out of them. My date was celebrating his birthday and I wanted him to have a good time which is why I suggested we go out for drinks instead of a regular dinner.

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The Alchemist definitely is a great spot to go to for cocktails. The cocktails are creative and cool to watch/snapchat and they taste pretty good.

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Below I’ve inserted clips from my night which shows the cocktails and their interesting effects.

The Mad Hatter: Rating 7/10

Contains: Ketel One vodka, citrus, St. Germain, Cointreau and summer fruits

 

 

 

 

Dead Red Zombie: Rating 8/10

Contains: Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Wray and Nephew, Grand Marnier, lime, pineapple, cranberry, zombie mix, smoke.

 

 

Colour Changing One: Rating 8.5/10.

Cointains: Reyka vodka, apple, soda, citrus, magic.

 

 

Overall I would definitely recommend this cocktail bar! Definitely a place to visit.

Until next time,

Jo xo