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A Conversation With @LanaLadonna

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There aren’t too many rappers with a voice like Lana Ladonna’s. She cuts through the air with a fierce energy that demands to be heard whenever she drops a sixteen. Her new project, $B1GLAN, is designed to make fans feel every bit of what she has to say and how she has to say it. Inspired by artists like DaBaby and Cardi B, it’s clear that Lana’s future is unstoppable.

Ahead of the release of her new project, Lana Ladonna sat down with 4ShoMag to discuss her new project and more. Check it out below.

Who is Big Lan?

“Big Lan” is the new head bitch in charge, AND THAT’S WHAT YOU GOTTA KNOW! (Laughing but very serious), no really, Big Lan is who I feel I am at this point.

A few people, more recent than not, have called me that as kinda like a joke because I’m short as fuck in real life, but my presence isn’t. Plus, everything I do is big, DUH. I also refer to it as another personality. The woman I’ve grown to be, my interests, my expectations, my vibe, are all components of this boss ass, glamorous, fearless, relatable being that “Big Lan” encompasses.

How did you get into music? 

I’ve ALWAYS loved music. From Prince, Luther, Sade, Tina Marie, and more my mama used to play around the house to today’s artists – I’ve always spent my time listening to music. After graduating college, and knowing I wanted to be in the entertainment industry, but not knowing how in the hell I was gonna tap into it, I literally just decided one day – “I think I wanna try being an artist.” Plus, being back at home was a reality check. “Damn, my people really not rich.”

“I really gotta create the life I wanna live from the ground, up.” Of all my failed attempts post-grad (youtube talk show series, writing for baller alert, radio, etc.) it was the one thing that stuck and actually felt right. I feel like people didn’t take me seriously at first because it was so random; shit, I kinda didn’t either. The feeling my first performance gave me though, I knew this was what I wanted to do, 100%. 

What was the creative process like for #BIGLAN? What will we learn about you on the project? 

My process this time around was honestly a lot harder. With my first tape, Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1, I was just having fun. Not to say making my new tape wasn’t fun, I just felt very pressured this time around. Like, I legit have “fans” and people checking for me. That shit had my anxiety through the damn roof.

It took me so long because I kept discouraging myself, and being all scared and stupid. After I got outta my own head some time in November, it was just the same vibe – get me a lil Henny in my system, say what I feel, and just… be myself. 

I think people will learn that 1. I really do this shit foreal, like I’m a real artist. The songs, to me, are versatile and I like that. Secondly, more of my personality shows. Naturally, because it’s more songs, but I feel like every song is relatable to men and women. I looooove to talk shit, and I think that’s why my music has sparked as quickly as it did because who doesn’t love a shit talker? In all, people are going to learn what Lana LaDonna is about! Owwee, and that I love the cash app!

What’s your recording process like? 

My recording process is…. Random. Sometimes, I like to catch a vibe, and create in the studio. Other times, I like to create in the comfort of my own room. It really just depends. There have been times where I couldn’t sleep, and I thought of one line, turned on a beat, and made a whole song. That’s what happened with “YKWTFGO.” It was like 3,4 in the morning, and I was in my bed TURNT lol I still don’t know where that energy came from. I was damn near whispering the lyrics as I was writing them because it was so late, and I stay with my mama lmfao I do though HATE a bunch of people in my session. Everybody has a suggestion lol STFU PLEASE.

Your music is very direct and to the point, confident, and unapologetic. Who inspires you? What about them do you bring to your music? 

It’s kind of cliche, but Cardi I feel like is what makes me so unapologetic with my music. Her come up via her personality is what made me ever think I could give music a try in the first place. All the artists I listen to in general inspire me though – Megan makes me wanna be in my rapping bag. Drake makes me wanna be relatable to both men and women. Da Baby makes me wanna get into the pockets of beats. Future make me wanna be… toxic and lit. Everything inspires me in some way. Plus, I’m really bold and unapologetic in real life. 99% of the things I talk about, I’ve actually experienced, felt, and/or thought at some point. I’m heavy on the no rap cap. The other 1% be me speaking this into existence.

How would you describe the Detroit music scene? How would you say that you fit into it? 

Mmmmmmmmmmm, I would describe the Detroit music scene as….. extremely diverse. We have a lot of different sounds, but some are just more popular than others. I don’t know how to describe it. We fasho have our own sound, our own wave, that’s definitely like no one else’s. People try to mimic it, but imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Detroit people talk shit all day, every day. That’s 110% where I fit in. I’m also the epitome of a Detroit woman – bold, confident, fashionable, bossy lol with the shits, you know how we comin’! *flips inches* 

I also feel like we’re kinda slept on though, but it’s cool. I’ll be helping change that real soon. 

What are you looking to accomplish with $B1GLAN?

With $B1GLAN, I wanna wake niggas up! Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1 gave me a nice lil buzz, but I really wanna turn up foreal. I want to collaborate with other artists from the city, shit everywhere, and just expand my brand. I’m looking to accomplish overall growth with this project. Scratch that – I WILL accomplish overall growth with this project, so get you some popcorn baby, and enjoy the show! *blows a kiss* 

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Miami Artist Jiggz Drops First Solo EP “Jiggy World”

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Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Jiggz is an independent artist that has a versatile sound and is ready to make a positive impact with his music. The up-and-coming artist takes pride in being authentic and writing lyrics that are relatable.  Formally a dedicated football player, Jiggz found that music was the perfect alternative for him to express his thoughts.

“Music is the way I express myself. It’s the only way I let out my emotions because I tend to bottle things up unless I’m in front of a mic.” He said, “I also have a competitive nature in music as well and strive to always be a better version of myself as an artist.”

Starting his musical career back in 2017, Jiggz has been quite successful in the past few years. You may have heard his music on popular shows such as Daredevil, The Chi, The Grand Army, and a short film called Holler. Ultimately, the independent artist hopes to have a long-lasting career by inspiring and encouraging his fans to chase their dreams.

“I plan to make a positive impact in a way where when people listen to my music they feel a certain way of themselves in a positive light.” He admits, “I want to impact everyone who takes a listen.”

Representing the core of Miami, Jiggz is the next artist on the RISE! Ready to make moves, the independent artist has been working on his first solo EP “Jiggyworld” that is dropping today!

The independent artist has more up his sleeve for 2021, but first make sure to check out his first solo project “Jiggyworld”. Available on all streaming platforms or stream down below!

Follow Jiggz on Social Media for Music Updates and MORE!  

@jiggydmnd

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Yung Bleu’s Manager Mike Anthony Dives Head First Into the World of Artist Management

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Mike Anthony from Mobile, Alabama is the CEO of MA Music and manages Yung Bleu, the artist behind the hit song “You’re Mines Still” featuring Drake. From a young age, Mike has always been a music head. Growing up, he listened to Old School R&B and Soul Music, but had no idea that it would lead him into the music industry. Yung Bleu and Mike met about seven years ago, however he didn’t know much about the industry. Initially, he just wanted to invest and support Yung Bleu because he believed in him and his vision. But Yung Bleu wanted Mike to become his manager.

Since taking on Yung Bleu as an artist, Mike has learned so much about the music business. “What might work for one artist might not work for another, so you have to learn as you go and continue to learn,” he stated. As a manager, Mike is very laid back and is always keeping up with what’s happening behind the scenes. He explained his management style, stating that he lets his artists control their own image and creativity because it allows them to be themselves. On the other hand, he focuses on business administration, recordings, bookings, etc. When Mike is looking for a new artist to work with, he likes to work with the underdog – an artist with a vision others can’t see. An artist with a passion for music and someone willing to give it their all. When he signs an artist, he believes it’s essential to get to know them and build trust and loyalty. “It’s not just about the music or shoving a contract in your face. We have to have trust and loyalty, like a family.”

This may be your first time hearing about Mike Anthony, but this year, expect to see and hear a lot more about him. The possibilities are endless for Mike. Although he focuses on management, be on the lookout for his new music publishing company coming soon and follow him on Instagram @MAmusic to stay connected and informed.

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Michael Dean Has Over 24,000 monthly listeners on Spotify

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Rising Artist Michael Dean has delivered his long-awaited debut EP “Almost Famous” which features seven tracks that showcase a unique blend of various hip-hop sounds.

Almost Famous” is a sarcastic, dry side of me that’s why the name fits so well. I take my music seriously, but I also love making it.” He said, “It’s a whole vibe and feels to every song and track.”

Despite enduring a difficult year as a musician, Michael Dean was focused on releasing his debut EP which received an overwhelming amount of support from his growing fan base. 

Since his early childhood, Michael Dean revealed having a connection with hip-hop music. Throughout the years, the Orange County artist found comfort within the process of making music creating a bond that could never be broken.

Now, Michael Dean is associated with Compton Menace Collective (MHG) and has worked alongside notable producers and artists such as iLL Faded, Daylyt, Compton Menace, Caskey, King Los & more.

Following the success of his past singles and accumulating at least 24,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, rising artist Michael Dean is continuing to build his fan base with his EP, proving how diverse his sound could be. 

Michael Dean’s “Almost Famous-AF” is now available everywhere you can stream music. 

For more information on Michael Dean, check out his social media sites below: 

Contact Person: Dean Martinez
Artist/Company Name: Michael Dean Official
Instagram: @MichaelDeanofficial
Twitter: @itzmichaelDean
Email: MichaelDeanofficial@gmail.com
YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/c/MichaelDeanOfficial

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