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Top 3 things I learned at my first NABJ conference

For those of you wondering where I’ve been and why But…Don’t Take My Advice has been on a hiatus, I want to first say that I have a small excuse.

I been busy.

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All aboard the ‘Nicki Minaj hate train’: Can the Queen pump the breaks, or is she simply too far off the tracks?

I remember when I first heard Nicki Minaj’s debut project Beam Me Up Scottie.

I literally played it on repeat until I knew every word to “Itty Bitty Piggy,” “I Get Crazy,” “Easy,” “Kill Da DJ,” “Go Hard”… just writing out that list made me want to go back and listen to that mixtape at this very second.

Fast forward almost 10 years later and I am actively skipping and dodging every Nicki verse that has come out in the past few months. Continue reading “All aboard the ‘Nicki Minaj hate train’: Can the Queen pump the breaks, or is she simply too far off the tracks?”

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butDTMA Ep. 8: Yinz goin’ vegan? ft. Besus

After a week off, Alexis J and Jay return with episode 8 of But…Don’t Take My Advice, with special guest Brandon Hall aka @besus_ to discuss his move from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, and his transformation into the vegan lifestyle. Continue reading “butDTMA Ep. 8: Yinz goin’ vegan? ft. Besus”

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Plot Twist: We actually didn’t need an ‘all rap’ OR ‘all R&B’ album from Drake

Damn.

Scorpion was just okay as f.

If you’ve been following me and my writing thus far (you can even go a few posts back), you know that I champion Drake as my favorite artist time and time again.

So critiquing him is never easy, but I have to be fair! Continue reading “Plot Twist: We actually didn’t need an ‘all rap’ OR ‘all R&B’ album from Drake”

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butDTMA Ep. 7: Family emergency ft. DJ Stuck

In episode 7 of But…Don’t Take My Advice, Alexis J and Jay are joined by special guest DJ Stuck as the three of them talk Drake’s new album Scorpion, Teyana Taylor, Tiffany Haddish, the BET Awards, sugar daddies and more! DJ Stuck also gives advice on how to grind it out in the DJ world, and what it takes to start making a name for yourself.

#Justice4AntwonRose

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Learning the balance between being inspired by others & comparing your journeys: What’s your advice?

I think this is something everyone in their mid-20’s struggles with.

Your 20’s are supposed to be spent figuring life out, chasing your dreams, choosing a path and then changing your mind and choosing another. And I know that sounds like a cheesy graduation speech, but I swear from conversations I’ve had amongst friends and colleagues around my age (25), it feels like everyone is still trying to find their own way.

I know I am. Continue reading “Learning the balance between being inspired by others & comparing your journeys: What’s your advice?”

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butDTMA Ep. 6: Is Everything Love?

In episode 6 of But…Don’t Take My Advice, Alexis J and Jay talk Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s joint album “Everything is Love,” Nicki Minaj’s Ell Magazine interview and more. Plus, the two hosts speak on the tragic deaths of rappers XXXtentacion and Jimmy Wopo.  Continue reading “butDTMA Ep. 6: Is Everything Love?”

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butDTMA Ep. 5: The F is for Free

In episode 5 of But…Don’t Take My Advice, Alexis J and Jay talk Lil Wayne, Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Summer Jam 2018, new music from Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, the latest movie releases and more.  Continue reading “butDTMA Ep. 5: The F is for Free”