TaiXChi: Sustaining the Art of Formlessness within Rap Music

With trepidation, Paper Koi’s G-Mentality was able to interview a fascinating rapper by the name of, TaixChi (if you were not sure, the “x” is silent– strictly for name distinction). Hailing from the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, we were able to get a feel of who he is all while weigh in on his creations. The interview took an intriguing turn into his views on music and was warmly received with the rapper explaining that he wants to continue the magic of moving his audiences with his music. The interview radiates a wonderful aura of playfulness, fluidity, and a sense of rich familiarity. Continue reading TaiXChi: Sustaining the Art of Formlessness within Rap Music

B*tch I’m T’d Up! In a Safe Place Tho!

Springfield, Massachusetts is a city home to about 29.2k black residents and about 67.7k latino residents— that’s really a lot of non-white folks! Some of us are trying to see what is there to do on a Saturday night– without any racial harm of course– with a candid list of venues, you can pick which place you’d like to pop up to! party safely and Happy Black History Month! Continue reading B*tch I’m T’d Up! In a Safe Place Tho!

Shakinah Starks: Trendsetter, Producer, & The Future

To celebrate Women’s History and Appreciation month, I spoke with one of the most creative people I know about her accomplishments. I had the pleasure of dishing hot takes with [the] quirky and artistic Shakinah Starks, a Massachusetts native currently pursuing dreams of being a producer in LA. We spoke about her emergence in the industry, changing the black woman’s narrative, and self care #TreatYoSelf.  Shakinah … Continue reading Shakinah Starks: Trendsetter, Producer, & The Future

JESUS SLOAN: The Meaning Behind His Name, Remaining An Individual In A Generic World, & How His Upbringing Has Influenced His Work

Jesus Sloan– when first hearing his name it could catch the average church goer off guard, but listening to his music could convert you without a doubt. With songs like “803” and his newest track “Amerie”, In my opinion he would probably be considered too good to be underground and too cool be overrated. I got the chance to sit down and talk to him … Continue reading JESUS SLOAN: The Meaning Behind His Name, Remaining An Individual In A Generic World, & How His Upbringing Has Influenced His Work

Kenneth: Talks More on Being a Designer of His Own Brand, Finesseuk, & His Inspirations

Sitting down with the creator of FinesseUK, Kenneth, 23, he was able to  share how hard he works for his brand to make an impact. We were briefly able to get into his inspirations, the fashion trend he hopes to die, and how he’s gotten into styling for his runway shows.  When did you realize you had a thing for fashion?  From birth, my dad kept … Continue reading Kenneth: Talks More on Being a Designer of His Own Brand, Finesseuk, & His Inspirations

SHAMROK: His R&B/Hip-Hop Artistry, Wanting to work with Young Thug, & Culture Vultures

SHAMROK, 24, and I met up at Pulse Cafe, a plant-based restaurant located in Hadley, Massachusetts. Once we walked in, SHAMROK spotted their grand piano and immediately started playing. Disregarding the “Staff Only” sign on it, he began to play a mellow jazz tune immediately gaining the attention of others. Some of the staff politely asked if they could record him play, he kindly approved … Continue reading SHAMROK: His R&B/Hip-Hop Artistry, Wanting to work with Young Thug, & Culture Vultures