1996 Bad Gyal Ting

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1996 Bad Gyal Ting

Sometimes you gotta take a step back to the past. Reminisce the good times.

The 90s was full of some good times. From the music to the fashion, the 90s was the golden decade. Of course I can say that because I was born in the 90s. I obviously wouldn't remember much but all I know is I took my first steps, said my first words, and was old enough to enjoy whatever the 90s had to offer before 2000 came about. I do appreciate the fact that my parents taught all I needed to know to about that era when I was old enough to understand. So I grew up having respect for the music and the fashion, of course. I loved the many different styles of the 90s from the grunge look, to the denim on denim, and even the baggy look that the females pulled off. 

One thing I definitely remember is no understanding at four years old why my parents dressed me some baggy boot cut jeans with this over-sized Tommy Hilfiger crew neck, wearing some big old timberland boots rocking bubbles in my hair. At the time I was confused because my friends were dressed all girly in pink. But now I get it...my parents just had me looking fresh and with the trends which I now appreciate. Those were my good times!

So there's this event coming up on Friday March 17th, 2017 called 1996 presented by Trends Concept! It's about to be the most epic throwback party of 2017. I'm so excited to be a part of the team. Y'all should know by now that when I'm asked to do something, I'm showing up and bringing my A game. The team needed to do a photo shoot for promo use. Big mistake! Don't tell me were going to do a photo shoot and expect me to tread lightly. It's not happenin'. I teamed up with Freetown Revolution to put together this dope throwback fit. It's always a success working with them. People have a tendency to tell me that ova dweet (english translation: over do it) but if i don't who will? 

I rocked the vintage Ralph Lauren denim with the Bongo denim skirt. When's last time you seen Bongo? I had on a black tight crop top to complete the look.

You can't put together an outfit with no accessories. The accessories for this outfit include: the famous choker necklace style, the black leather pack back, the blue round shades, the two buckle black belt, and classic footwear, Jordan 11s.

Putting this together was so much fun!  I'm already brainstorming ideas of what I'm going to wear to 1996. #ImGoingTo1996 and so are you!

Join me and come to 1996 where you will hear all the great throwback songs ranging from hip-hop to reggae and much more! Buy your tickets here: 

http://www.iamgoingto1996.com/imaniray

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It's Never Too Late To Say Happy New Year!

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It's Never Too Late To Say Happy New Year!

 
 
 
 

Gold Sequin Dress from FreeTown Revolution http://www.freetownrevolution.bigcartel.com/

Gold Sequin Dress from FreeTown Revolution

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I know I am a week late but...HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope your first week in the New Year started off with nothing but good vibes. I have entered the year with a clean heart and positive vibes. I'm staying in good spirits because in my mind, that is the only way for the year to be successful. The energy you put into the world is so contagious. I've learned over the years that the type of energy you put into the world is the same kind you get back into your life. So, I'm starting on a good note knowing that in return my year will end the same. This year I'm determined to be an improved and more mature version of myself. It is not about completely changing, it is about growth.

I don't know why...but I've been having a great feeling about 2017 since November. I was going through a lot prior to then. I was in a very dark place. I mean so dark if you waved your hand in front of my face, I couldn't see the shadow of it. I thought I reached the end and just wanted to quit the life I was living. I just wanted to try and live what I consider to be a boring, routine and normal life. I was feeling completely lost and drained. I tried to convince myself that I couldn't push through, that I couldn’t make it, knowing damn well I'm not built to be mediocre. No matter how hard I tried to believe I wanted that…that just isn’t the life I am designed to live. As Eric Thomas said, “Stop being Gazelles! You’re not average. You’re not even good. You were born to be great”! I swear to you, that rings in my head every single day. After listening to his album many times, everything he speaks to you sinks in. This thing is no joke! Even with me being in a dark place, I was able to pull myself out of it because my consciousness wouldn’t allow it. There is a drive within me thatkeeps pushing me to be great! It keeps reminding me that I am stronger than I think. All the hard work I’ve done and the many successes that I have accomplished can’t go to waste. Every single moment gets me that much closer to my goals.

Thanks to close family and friends I've made it out of that dark place. Now, I'm reaching for the light and feeling even more motivated and inspired. I’ve always had high goals but this time I’m more hungry than I was before. Every year is filled with 365 days (except leap years), which gives one 365 opportunities to take advantage of, well...opportunities. This is not the time to back down or let anyone tell you that you can’t. We have to stay focused and stay encouraged. Even if we feel like we’ve hit rock bottom. The best thing about hitting rock bottom is, there is nowhere else to go but to the very top from there. I learned that from the new animated movie “Sing” (great movie btw, lol).

I always heard that writing down your goals creates a roadmap to achieving them. I’ve been hearing that for years, but was too lazy to do it. I was always that person that would be like “ah, I already know what I want to do, I don’t need to write it down to get it done”. Boy was I wrong. I always ended up forgetting details or ideas, and thathas hindered my growth. It has made it harder to achieve my goals. This year I’m writing everything down. I’m building an agenda for myself. I’m taking notes. I’m creating calendars, vision boards, and lists. I’m doing it all. I’ve got to take my goals and business more seriously if I want to see a better outcome, and I am encouraging you all to do the same. No more playing games. It’s time for us to get more focused and kick a**! Eric Thomas said “lions get a lot done in only 4 hours. They sleep for 20 hours and grind hard to eat for the other 4 hours. They make it happen”. For some motivation to push through day by day, I encourage you all to listen to his album. Time to get into straight beast mode!

2017 is ours! Whatever hardship you went through in 2016, leave that where it is…in the past! Everything happens for a reason. Use what you’ve been through to push you, to make you stronger. Allow that to motivate you. Use those moments as learning experiences to make your future even brighter than it was before. Stay focused! Stay encouraged! Stay on top! Attack 2017 with all that you got. Eat!

 

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Songwriting And A Change of Environment

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It's been a while since I've written a song. It's been over a month and to me that is way too long.  That's the struggle when you have writer's block. It can get frustrating at times, especially when you have the desire to write but nothing comes to you. Writer's block gets me emotional at times because of how bad I want to write some good songs but I'm just stuck. I often think to myself, "Is this the end of my songwriting days?". Then again, that might just be me being over dramatic.

It's has been an amazing discovery for me to know that I have a natural songwriting ability. I never knew I had it in me. It started with one song and since then it's been getting better and better. I just take it one song at a time. Some songs I can write in a day, two days, weeks, it can even sometimes take months to write. You may start something, get stuck and have to come back to it at later time and that's completely okay. I used to be intimated by the idea that I couldn't write a full song in 20 to 30 minutes like other songwriters. I had to accept and embrace the way that I write. Once I understood that I'm not going to do it the same way that everyone else does, it became more enjoyable for me. I was then able to grow as a songwriter and develop a genuine passion for it. 

 

I've had a lot of individuals express to me the importance of writing for myself sometimes. When I finally decided to tap into that side of my musical journey, it revealed to me the difference it made when creating a full production. If someone else writes for you, without knowing who you are as an artist or even which direction you want to go with a song, it is going to sound completely different from you writing the song yourself. When you write your own material it's a completely different sound when you execute it in the studio. People can really feel you and feel the true melodic vibe of the song because the deliverance is on a different level. You write it, you believe it, you feel it and you deliver it; as oppose to just singing a song just because somebody wrote it for you. There is singing the song and then there is delivering the song. 

Throwback. Jason and I working on the bridge for Work Remix. He came up with the melody. I came up with the lyrics. True teamwork!

Throwback. Jason and I working on the bridge for Work Remix. He came up with the melody. I came up with the lyrics. True teamwork!

Now I'm not completely against getting a songwriter sometimes or collaborating with other writers. I personally would prefer to do that more often if the opportunity presents itself...until that time comes I'll have to get the job done. I truly believe collaborating with other songwriters helps you to expand your creativity, it adds fuel to the fire, and can lead to the creation of something dope. The other writer(s) might be able to hear something that you can't which can give the song the umph that it needs to be a hit. If you choose to just get a writer and not part-take in the writing process then at least know what you want. You need to communicate with the writer the concept and direction you want to go in with the song. This way they can feel you and write in a way that you can relate to. You can make it authentic when it's time to lay the vocals down.

Okay, back to the purpose of this blog. I went a little too deep with my perspective on songwriting. The original purpose of this blog is to give you an idea of what to do if you have writer's block. It worked for me and it might work for you. I've noticed that if I have writer's block and I change my environement, my writer's block vanishes. Anytime I change my environment all these thoughts, concepts, and lyrics come to me. I haven't written a song in over a month and now that I'm in Miami International Airport the lyrics just started to flow. I was just sitting here at the gate relaxing listening to a track and before I knew it I was writing down lyrics in my notes.I love how it just flows and picks up a momentum. It gets me so excited! I just want to jump in the studio immediately and bring my words to life but it doesn't realistically work that way, it requires practice. I'm heading to Trinidad with a new song written and that was so not planned. So if no other writer's block remedy works for you change your environment. There are elements out there in the world that could spark your writing abilities.

Once I get bitten by the writing bug there is no stopping me. I start to get in a zone. I just wanted to share my thoughts with you. Back to writing I go. 😎


 

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New Imani Ray Release "How You Lie"

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New Imani Ray Release "How You Lie"

Imani Ray has been known to release original Soca music to her audience. She is definitely "switching up de vibes" with this new record for the summer, in collaboration with Decision Productions. "How You Lie" has the Dancehall vibe, with island pop lyrics. Most of us have experienced a relationship full of "good lies" at one time or another. In some instances you know, but just want to see how long your significant other, friend, neighbor, etc. is going to keep up the lies. Imani Ray herself does not get emotional and sad, you won't catch her crying over a relationship, so her approach with "How You Lie" is a little different. This record speaks from the aspect of knowing he is lying (she for the fellas) and amused by the fact that one could look into your faithful eyes and lie through their teeth. This Summer is #howyoulie #howyuhliesogood season, so sing it out loud!

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