Marisa Mendez Interviews Trippie Redd for the Cover of Bleu Magazine

I got to speak to Trippie Redd for my second cover story and let me tell you – I was pulled over on the side of the PCH with my mom making this interview happen because of deadlines and rescheduling and I’m hella proud of making it happen!

Check out our convo below and over at Bleu Mag!
Continue Reading

Marisa Mendez Writes King Von’s Bleu Magazine Cover Story In Memoriam

I got the bittersweet opportunity to write King Von’s cover story for Bleu Magazine. It was his last shoot and he passed before the interview portion, so I wrote this piece in memoriam. This is my very first cover and I’m honored it was such a raw, real ass person like Von. Thank you to Chopsquad DJ for talking with me. Long live King Von!

Read it in full below and over at Bleu Mag.
Continue Reading

Interview: Celebrity Barber Marcus Harvey on LeBron James’ HBO series ‘The Shop’

hi

While at Complex Con, I hit up HBO‘s activation for their hit series, The Shop. While there, I spoke with celebrity barber Marcus Harvey about the importance of barbershops within the black community, why the show is such a great idea, mental health and why therapy is so necessary and more!

Read it over at theGrio!

Editorial: “Dipset Forever: From The Pre-Digital Age To Post Social Media, What Happened To Our Favorite Harlem Rap Crew?”

dipset

I’m a WRITER before anything else, and I busted my ASS on this Dipset piece for UGHH! I spoke to Funk Flex, Shiest Bub and more and went soooo in depth about the rise and fall of the dopest rap group of my era.

Plus I told some dope personal stories. Read it here or continue below!
Continue Reading

Interview: “The PROBLEM With Second Chances”

IMG_1547

Rapper Problem has been a relevant name on the West Coast music scene for nearly a decade, yet if there’s one thing he’s learned from the tutelage of Snoop Dogg, it’s that the game comes in waves.

Every time it appeared that he was geared to reach the proverbial next level, fate would rear its ugly head and bring Problem back to square one. How in the world did Chris Brown and Rihanna’s fight stop his money? You’d be surprised. But with conflict comes clarity, and the Compton native has consistently leveled up with each setback.
Continue Reading

Interview: “Joe Moses: On Ty And Other Dolla Signs”

jm

Joe Moses came up in the same crop of burgeoning LA artists that birthed the careers of Ty Dolla $ign, YG and DJ Mustard, but he’s taken a bit of a different path than his fellow Los Angelenos.

In the late ‘00s, the rapper vacated his Cali roots and migrated to Atlanta, under the tutelage of a then-scorching Waka Flocka Flame. A deal was inked with Flocka’s Brick Squad Monopoly imprint, but eventually, Joe returned to LA to make things happen on his home turf.
Continue Reading

Interview: “IAMSU Looks Back And Looks Forward”

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 7

It’s 12:54am on a Wednesday, and I’m sitting down with IAMSU and his cameraman in the front room of their hotel suite. Su was in town for a headlining show in Santa Ana, followed by another one the next night in Los Angeles. I had planned to interview the Bay Area rapper at the LA show, but while I was out and about that evening, I’d received a FaceTime call from him, telling me to come and hang. He was an hour out from my house in the Valley, but I still made the trek. We smoked, we hung out with his mom, walked down a highway to get some gas station snacks and then eventually decided, “What better time than now to do an interview?”

I first met IAMSU in 2014, while he was promoting his first studio album, Sincerely Yours. That year, he’d go on a national tour with Wiz Khalifa, following up three insane years that included back to back to back smash singles: a feature on LoveRance’s “Up” in 2011, a feature on E-40’s “Function” in 2012, and a feature on Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal” in 2013. He’s continued to grow his profile in music every year since, while remaining so independent, that I still get a text and an email directly from him for every new song, video or even a vlog.
Continue Reading