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Now its been a few months since we have featured any new artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass this one up. Dancer/Actor/Model turned Director r Chris Lylez is a rising star who is ready to conquer the world of entertainment in every way. The Philly native who started out as a dancer sites performs like Michael Jackson & Ciara as some of his earlier inspirations which led him to pursue a career in Dance. Now while pursuing his dreams of dancing in NYC he also stepped into the world of modeling and acting which paid off with features roles on hit series including ‘The Mysteries Of Laura’ & ‘Power’. Listen to our exclusive interview with Chris as he talks about his journey which led him to develop his upcoming docu-series ‘Dirty Chucks’ & more below. To Keep up with Chris follow him on Instagram & Twitter .


This years Essence Festival was filled with so much Black Star Power its impossible to understand how Essence continues to top itself each year. This past weekend so many of our favorites in music , television , fashion & film were in attendance to for this years festivities. Stars like the cast of Girls Trip ( Jada Pinkett Smith , Queen Latifah , Regina Hall , Tiffany Haddish ) , FX Snowfall , Empire ( Bryshere Gray ), STAR ( Ryan Destiny , Jude Demorest , Amiyah Scott , Brittany O’Grady , Lance Gross ) , Insecure ( Issa Rae , Jay Ellis , Yvonne Orji ) , Queen Sugar ( Kofi Siriboe , Rutina Wesley , Bianca Lawson ,Nicholas Ashe , Dawm Lyn Gardner) , CLAWS ( Niecey Nash and Karreuche Tran ) , The Haves and The Have Nots ( Angela Robinson , Tyler Lepley and Gavin Houston ) & more spoke with press and fans as they promoted their hit series and films which was enough for any fan in attendance to go home satisfied.

But see that was just half of all the stars that came out during the day at the expo, but who could miss out on the evening which was filled with tons of concerts and parties as fans were able to enjoy all the sounds of legendary acts like Diana Ross , Chaka Khan , Mary J Blige , Master P , XSCAPE and more along with some of today’s show stoppers including Chance The Rapper , Solange , John Legend , Jazmine Sullivan , Monica , Teyana Taylor , K.Michelle , LeToya Luckett , Erica Campbell , Jhene Aiko , Jill Scott , India Arie . Now you know we couldnt be there and not give you exclusive looks at everything that went down, so check out tons of exclusive footage that for sure will make you want to be in town next year.

Now its been awhile since we have featured any new artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass this one up. Singer/Songwriter Bryan Joon is a rising star born in Seoul, South Korea but raised in Connecticut who grew up listening to a diverse background of music. He sites Mary J Blige , TLC , Toni Braxton and other 90’s artist as his earlier inspiration which led him to pursue music. Listen to our exclusive interview with Bryan as he talks about his journey to NYC , becoming an artist & more then get into his 5 track EP ‘Project Ex’ below.



Earlier this morning superstar Nicki Minaj finally reunited with Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club as she called in to talk with the morning show crew. Listen as she chats about her epic performance at the Tidal X 1015 concert , females in the rap game , meeting Lauryn Hill , new music , twerking & so much more below.


Last night stars came out in NYC for the Season 2 Premiere of the hit WEtv series ‘Growing Up Hip Hop’ . The private event held at The Paley Center For Media was packed with celebs , press & special guest who couldn’t wait to see whats next on the new season. Now of course some of the shows stars were there in attendance to hit the red carpet. Romeo was joined by his father Master P & sister Cymphonique along with Egpyt , Kristina Debarge and Dame ‘Boogie’ Dash. Unfortunately cast members TJ Mizell couldn’t attend due to previous obligations and Angela Simmons had to miss the event due to the fact that she just gave birth of her baby boy Sutton this week. The cast spoke with press about the new season before joining the shows executive producer Datari Turner and guest to screen the first episode . After the screening the cast joined radio host Angela Yee on stage for an intimate Q&A in which they spoke about everything from their careers, love life , family drama & more. Check out pics & footage from last night as fans have to await the big season premiere when it airs on Oct 13th at 9pm on WEtv.











Now you know over here on this end were very picky about what artist we get into, but this go around we couldn’t deny the talent of rising rap star Carlos Ferragamo. We personally have been following the Bronx NYC native for years and watched this lyricist grow into one hell of an underground artist. Now of course being that he’s from the boogie down it only makes sense that coming from the mecca of hip-hop he sights Nas, Jay-Z , LL Cool J , Notorious B.I.G , 2 Pac and Wu-Tang as some of his inspirations. With recent features on VIBE , All Hip Hop , WorldStar & more we clearly see why his star is slowly but surely rising. We got a chance to chop it up with the Unsigned Hype for an exclusive interview just as he releases his new EP ‘Shades of Blue 2.5 (Perfect Clarity)’ which will definitely have everyone talking as his buzz continues to grow. Get into the interview below then listen to his new album which is available for download via Itunes , Amazon & Bandcamp NOW.



Now we at Y.I.F get bombarded with music from indie artist but this one stopped us dead in our tracks when we clicked her Soundcloud. Miss Kola Rai a Bronx native of NYC has slowly but surely made a name for herself over the past few years performing across the country on The Deans List Tour which has definitely sharpened her skills on stage. The sultry songstress who got her start singing in church & school shows sites artist like Whitney Houston , Chaka Khan , Stevie Wonder, Prince, Beyonce , Chris Brown & FKA Twigs as her inspiration. Trust me this one is definitely one to watch and if you don’t believe me get into some of her tracks below to see why shes got next. Get into our in depth convo below to see why Miss Kola Rai is the one to watch , then follow her on Instagram @IAMKOLARAI & Twitter @KOLARAI because this star is well on her way.





Now it should come as no surprise that once again we are shining light on a dope new artist. The time around we put our spotlight on soulful r&b powerhouse Shaun Sutton. The Long Island,NY Native who sites Stevie Wonder , Donny Hathaway , Luther Vandross , Musiq Soulchild & Tank as some his inspirations is clearly making a name for himself in the business. The former group member who has sang backup for Shaggy, Jason Derulo , Austin Mahone & more is finally stepping out on his own and people are taking notice.Listen to our exclusive interview then check out the premiere of his new video for the Jerry Green produced track ‘ He Aint Me ‘ which has everyone talking and wanting more from the rising star below.


So Every once in a while we come across a new act over here at Y.I.F that catches our attention , and once again we had to get that exclusive interview. This time around we got to chop it up with newcomer Ryan Kyle who quietly has the internet buzzing with his debut single ‘ Trap EDM ‘. The Chicago area native who sites fellow chi-town artist R.Kelly , Kanye West & Chance The Rapper as some of his influences is clearly on his way to being the next big thing in the spotlight. This self made entrepreneur is just starting to take off with his debut single but from this interview we can only imagine whats to come and from the looks of it some of you up & coming artist need to take notes. Listen to our in depth one on one interview with the rising star then get into his music video. Make sure you follow Ryan on all social media sites at @IAmRyanKyle so you don’t miss out on whats next.



Now here at Y.I.F. we always like to keep our ears to the street for new talent and Ms Phoenixx Rocks has come right on time. The singer/songwriter who hails from Brooklyn is finally taking the spotlight from behind the scenes. The eclectic songstress who started her journey in music at the age of 3 as a flutist and poet quickly learned that her words & talent can be turned into a career. Phoenixx then teamed up with singer/songwriter Lil Eddie which opened the doors for her to work with many producers & artist like Mario Winans , Danjahandz , Kwame , Soul Diggerz , Arkitechs ,Misto n Pizzi , Jimi Kendrix & more. This has also lead her to hit the hit the stage with acts such as Yummy Bingham , Shaliek River , Shorty Roc , Steff Reed & more on legendary stages like 106 & Park ,SOB’s , BB Kings , The Bitter End & Crash Mansion . The Soul Train & Out Award nominated songtress has finally stepped out into the spotlight as an artist with her funky sound which is a mixture of everything from R&B , Gospel , Pop & Hip Hop . Get into some of her flavorful covers of classics like Queen Latifah’s ‘ Just Another Day ‘ & Missy’s ‘ All In My Grill “ and listen to our in depth interview below to see why Ms Phoenixx Rocks is one to be watched. Look for her upcoming EP ‘ Bamboo ‘ to drop this spring and follow her on all social networks at @PhoenixxRocks to see whats next for this rising star.


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