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Interview: Jordan Fisher Is On A Mission To Share His Music With The World

This triple threat--singer, actor, dancer--shares his inspirations, goals and more. 

Jordan Fisher knows how to put on a show, on stage and in the kitchen. He approaches a stove with the same fearlessness he does a crowd -- by finding comfort in the combination of unique elements to deliver a satisfying experience with a hint of his own flare.

A southern charmer from Birmingham, Alabama, Fisher recognized his passion for entertaining others at an early age. When he joined Red Mountain Theatre Company in elementary school, his natural gift for singing, dancing and acting began to flourish. After seven years with the company, Fisher was spotted by a talent scout from Disney, and that's when his career started to heat up.

Fisher has had appearances on shows such as Nickelodeon's iCarly, ABC Family's The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, and Disney's Liv and Maddie. He has also had roles in feature films such as Disney's Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach Movie 2. Most recently Fisher starred in Grease: Live! as Doody, a guitar clad T-Bird who had the hearts of fans ripe for picking with his rendition of Johnny Contardo's "Those Magic Changes."

Since the success of Grease: Live!, Fisher has decided to strike the skillet while it's hot -- and pursue his music career head on. Back in May, VIBE debuted the music video for his single "All About Us." His self titled EP was released today (Aug. 19), and when we caught up with the Hollywood Records recording artist to discuss his transition from TV sets to recording studios, he cited cooking and time with his loved ones as his "therapy;" the things that keep him grounded.

VIBE: What can you tell us about your EP?
Jordan Fisher: It’s kind of a sneak peak [for] the album. It’s kind of the four corners of the album. I’m living in this chronic state of introduction. It’s just meeting people for the first time, people hearing my music for the first time and seeing my first music video. There's a lot of firsts that are happening right now, which is exciting, but I think the obligation is to just make the best first impression as possible and really introduce myself in a way that’s authentic and organic.

What impression do you want this EP to leave on people?
Timelessness would probably be a good one. Entertainment would probably be another one. I want to do this for the rest of my life. This is all I wanna do; I want to entertain. I want to make music. I want do film. I want to go on tour, work on Broadway, you know? Fall in love, get married, have a bunch of kids, go back on tour, work on Broadway again, put out another album and repeat until the cows come home. And figure out a way to be involved in other things that I love.

Who do you look up to in the industry?
It starts with Stevie [Wonder], Prince, Michael [Jackson] and Luther Vandross. It goes all the way to Tyrese to Joe to Usher to JT as well. I love Mariah [Carey], love Whitney [Houston]. There’s a certain kind of pop sensibility that soul and R&B had in the 80s that I wanted to take and kind of make “Jordan Fisher.” I feel like they did that in such a great way and really revolutionized that in the 80s.

Just hanging with the bro

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Are there any artists that you really want to work with moving forward?
Justin Timberlake. I would love to collaborate with Usher at some point in time as well. Of course, those are the two guys that really, really do it for me. I’m such a fan of music that that’s kind of an unfair question. My “Collaboration Wish List” is a mile long. It’s crazy. Even people that wouldn’t necessarily sonically make sense for me where genres are concerned. People like Hayley Williams, the lead singer of Paramore -- that girl’s got pipes, mad pipes, and is one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

You’ve been acting for years, so what sparked this need to move forward with your music more?
It all started in fifth grade. There was a girl I had a crush on that joined the drama club and that’s what made me love art. That’s what made me fall in love with music and acting and dancing -- the whole thing. So, moving out to L.A. years ago, that was the intention. To pursue a world where I could do all of those things. T.V. and film kind of took the bulk of my time and my life for a long time, thank God. But music was always something that was so prominent and something that I was so passionate about that I had to make music or I was gonna go crazy. For a certain period of time, you can only do TV and film and cultivate a real medium making music simultaneously.

Eventually you have to decide what is going to take up a lot of your energy and a lot of your time. Now that I have the album, I have the songs, I have a label that believes in me, management that works really hard, marketing teams that are pouring in blood, sweat and tears to make this thing the best that it possibly could be. After I did Grease: Live! earlier this year, that’s really all it boiled down to was “Alright, we’re ready to go now.” It’s time to gently shut the door in one area for now and allow what is so hot and prominent in my life artistically take shape.

#tbt to my first audition ever. Oscar's to you not booking me.

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You play a bunch of different instruments (piano, guitar, bass, harmonica and French horn). What was the first instrument you learned to play, and how old were you?
I classically learned French horn, funny enough, so I guess that has to be the first one. I started playing on my grandmother’s organ at a really young age. I learned “Chopsticks” and that kind of thing, but I didn’t really start picking it up and start taking it super seriously until I was probably about 13, 14. That’s my main instrument.

What would you say is really unique about your music and your sound?
Wow. That’s a loaded question. Who was it? Was it Maxwell? I think Maxwell at one point in time said he doesn’t like to explain lyrics to his songs because he wants—when you hear a song, you see a story. Subconsciously, you paint a picture in some way and it’s however you paint that picture is what makes that moment so unique. I think, personally, when I listen to Brandy, when I listen to Full Moon, I have a very specific picture in my head that I’m painting in my head as I listen to every song, from the intro to “[Come A Little] Closer.”

It’s the memory of creating those images in my head over years, and hours of listening to that song that makes that record so special to me. So, I guess, in short, to answer your question, that’s hard to say. Just because subjectivity is so real. I’m trying to do something that feels real to me. I’m not going out of my way to try to make some crazy impact that hasn’t been made yet. If that happens naturally and organically and overtime? Amazing. But, what I’m doing is making music that I have fun making and that is very meaningful to me and sharing stories that I’ve experienced, that friends around me have experienced that other songwriters—songs that I haven’t written but other songwriters have experienced that I can interpret because it’s relatable and something that could have come from my own heart that I’m excited to share that content with people. I think it just coming from me is what makes it unique.

My baby boy #tbt

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Where do you draw inspiration from on a daily basis?
My dog. [Laughs] I’ve gotten used to hauling him around all the time. Kind of a little bit ofeverything. I love people, which might be a little rare for artists. I don’t know if a lot of artists like people, but I do. I love love. I love food. I love experiences. I love just waking up, starting my day knowing I’ll get to do what I love at some point in time, somehow during that day. If it’s not scheduled, then I make time to do that. I think people really inspire me. I love just watching somebody live and breathe and work and walk and talk and if they have a significant other, hug and kiss and hold hands and if they have kids then interact with them. There’s a different kind of love and protection that people have over their offspring. I like people. I think dynamics are really, really interesting. Sometimes annoying, sometimes infuriating, sometimes immaculate and almost perfect. It’s very unique to wherever I am and whoever I’m around.

Are you more passionate about singing than acting? Or vice versa?
I can’t say that I am. Because I love both equally, simultaneously. I want to find a revolution in my life where I can do each thing, just like JT. Artistically, we have to fuel those things or we start to go crazy. Music is my life right now. It’s gonna be awesome when I can get back onto a set and work on a film, and then I’m gonna miss music so much and, I’m gonna wanna go back on tour, and then I’m gonna be stoked to do the next movie. I’m fortunate that I can do those things and live in both of those worlds. These are the most transitional years in my little over a decade of being a part of this industry. I’m excited because it feels like the right time, but I’ve never done just one thing at a time. So now it’s a whole kind of new phase, new chapter in my life where I’m learning how to cope and learning how to be cool with just doing one thing. And I’m loving it because thankfully—thanks to everybody that’s on my team and my family, we’re all keeping me very busy so I don’t really have time to sit and miss the other thing. This is it. This is what’s happening right now, and I’m excited about it.

You started out in Birmingham’s Red Mountain Theatre Company at a very young age. Do you think you would ever start your own theater company?
Until just now, I’d never thought about starting my own theater company. I have a lot of goals in my life, trust me. I’m probably one of the most obnoxiously goal-oriented people you’ve ever met. From short term to long term, I think the list just continuously rolls. That’s definitely something I could add to that list that I would like to do. I want to get to a place where money is just stupid so that I can dig back into my communities. I want to make sure that music stays in schools because if I didn’t have it in mine I would have no clue. It’s sad the way people don’t recognize the importance of that. I think if you slowly start stripping a garden from the roots, eventually there’s going to be no beauty left. I implore you to imagine a world where you are watching a football game and it goes into commercial with no music in the background. Or you walk into a wedding and it’s just silence while people are walking to the pews. Eventually, over time, it’s no longer going to be meaningful to people and that’s sad for me that that goes away first in school systems that can’t afford certain things. So I’m kind of making it a mission to make sure there’s a great music program in every school in L.A. county. It’s beyond important; it’s a necessity.

Here's a fun little throwback for my sweet mama. So grateful for you. Words will never fully express. Love you so much!

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How do you feel about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement?
It’s sad that it’s a conversation that has to be had. That’s really just they way that I look at it. It’s sad to me that it’s a thing. Obviously the movement needs to be present. It needs to be prominent. Everyone needs to know what’s happening. I was having a conversation with somebody recently about this kind of thing. The argument was do we think that there was as much of this happening when social media wasn’t a thing and I can’t say that I think that there wasn’t. I just think that we see it more now. A lot of people say news is propaganda, and I believe that to an extent, but this is a real life thing that is happening. My life motto is “Would you be proud to die this way?” A buddy of mine has it tattooed on his arm, the director of my music video. To me, that’s just a simple reminder in a few short words. To love people and to take care of people. To go out of your way to be kind to people. I think people that are filled with hate, filled with resentment find false justice in taking anger out on pedestrians or innocent police officers as well. Gotta turn that right back around. It’s a real life thing that just happened in Baton Rouge. There’s violence happening and brutality happening in a world where we desperately need love. And an affinity towards our race and our genders and just who we are as human beings. Our species. We need love so badly right now. It’s hard to talk about for a lot of reasons. I mean obviously it’s easy to get emotional about these kinds of things. My question is just where, when and how does this stop? I don’t know that a lot of people are thinking about that. They’re just thinking about how angry they are at the people who made the mistakes that they did. I hate that it’s a conversation that needs to be had, but it’s definitely a conversation that has to be had.

Coming from the South, have you ever felt racism or discrimination touch your life personally, or the lives of the people around you?
Not violence, thank God. A couple of social instances. I’m very, very, very mixed. My family is from England, I’m Polynesian, I’m Cambodian, I’m Nigerian, I’m Italian, I’m Greek, I’m Scandinavian. I’m a melting pot of everything. My family looks like a GAP ad. They do. There’s a little bit of everything. It’s beautiful. I think it’s exactly what an American family should be. That said, being from a small football town in Birmingham, Alabama, I really was one of the only people that looked like me. People didn’t really know what to think about that. I worked at Game Stop when I was 16, part-time, and had somebody refuse my service. My Irish white manager came around the corner and said “You can leave my store and never come back.” This super, super southern short little white dude that was managing this Game Stop kicked this massive dude out of the store that wouldn’t let me serve him because of the way that I look. It goes back to that motto, “Would you be proud to die this way?” Whether you’re Christian or whatever, do you think that would be condoned by the big man upstairs? Would your mom be proud of that? Would your dad be proud of that? Maybe. Probably. I find that that is much more of a nurture thing than a nature thing. How is that right? And it’s not unfortunately, but, again, I can’t sit and be mad about that because it started somewhere way, way, way earlier than them. And probably his parents and probably his parents before that. It’s unfortunate, but it’s not my place to sit and try to throw stones. It’s my obligation to love and forgive.

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Love has neurological effects similar to those of cocaine. That’s what researchers from Syracuse University discovered in a study called "The Neuroimaging of Love.” According to science, falling in love triggers the same feeling of ecstasy experienced by people when they consume the drug.

What’s more, the withdrawal of love—or the emotional mourning that transpires after a serious breakup, for instance—can result in what is called Broken Heart Syndrome, also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy. The chest pain, characterized as sudden and intense, can rear its ugly head no matter how healthy one might be.

So when one of the biggest reggaeton singers to ever walk the planet tells me he resorted to the use of narcotics after an unexpected breakup during his formative years, I was all but flabbergasted. A 15-year-old Nick "Nicky Jam" Rivera Caminero had slipped into subterranean levels of depression in the face of cyclical family trauma, maternal abandonment and, ultimately, adolescent heartache.

“That’s when I touched cocaine for the first time,” and Nicky experienced a coke-induced euphoria that he spent the following 15 years trying to reproduce. Not long after recording his first album in 1994, ...Distinto A Los Demás, Nicky set on a path of years under the devilish grips of chronic addiction that saw him rise to teen fame in Puerto Rico and practically fade into oblivion by his mid-20s.

A considerably brief, yet successful stint as one-half of Los Cangris with reggaeton compatriot Daddy Yankee during the late 90s served as a precursor to Nicky’s solo career in the early 2000s. After the two parted ways professionally, Nicky went on to release a pair of studio albums, Haciendo Escante and Vida Escante between 2001 and 2004. By 2010, Nicky—now a struggling addict and self-described embarrassment of the Latin Caribbean music industry—relocated to Medellín, Colombia.

It was there in one of the most criminally notorious Latin American cities where Nicky Jam was able to produce a cadre of concerts and hit singles— “Voy A Beber,” “Tu Primera Vez,” and “Juegos Prohibidos,” to name a few—that helped revive his once-dwindling career. A city he feels indebted to for nurturing him when he most needed it, Medellín would also go on to backdrop the near overdose that almost took Nicky’s life before he made the radical (and perilous) decision of going clean.

In 2015, Nicky earned his first Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Urban Performance with Enrique Iglesias for “El Perdón.” By 2017, Nicky had effectively kicked a deadly habit, resurrected his career, and from the ashes emerged with Fénix, an award-winning and Latin Grammy-nominated studio album that gathered collaborations featuring everyone from Sean Paul and J Balvin to El Alfa and Kid Ink.

Lead singles “El Amante” and “Hasta el Amanecer” would go on to receive their respective billions in views on YouTube, while a spot on Jaden Smith’s “Icon (Remix)” sparked the beginning of a collaborative relationship with the rapper’s father and Hollywood veteran, Will Smith. The Lawrence, Massachusetts born singer was tapped to play the official 2018 FIFA World Cup anthem, “Live it Up,” featuring Big Willie himself and Albanian singer-songwriter Era Istrefi.

In the same year, amid an afrobeat wave, Nicky released “X” with J Balvin, under Sony Music Latin. The song would go on to rule Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay charts and, as of today, its accompanying music video has accumulated nearly 1.8 billion views on YouTube. In the time “X” took to climb the charts and make a home on the global dance floor, Nicky conjured thoughts with Will about possibly starring in Bad Boys For Life, the third installment of the classic movie franchise.

On January 17, 2020, Nicky then made a memorable return to the big screen alongside Will and on-screen partner-in-crime Martin Lawrence for the big-budget film. Playing one of the villains, Zway-Lo, Nicky’s dedication to his role went as far as him learning to perform a majority of his own stunts. Bad Boys For Life topped the box office for three straight weekends, raking in approximately $168 million in revenue and a total of $338 million worldwide. In the thick of it all, the father of four managed to drop a seventh studio album, Íntimo, and go on a U.S. tour to promote it.

To call Nicky’s story a comeback would be an understatement. Reggaeton’s reigning cupid is a dissertation on transnational redemption and personal resilience, despite falling victim to the social, psychological, physiological, and financial ramifications of inherited drug abuse.

On March 5, 2020, Nicky Jam will enjoy the homecoming of a lifetime, as he's honored with the Special Achievement Award at this year’s Premios Tu Música Urbano at the renowned José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico. His former Los Cangris partner Daddy Yankee is the only other recipient to have taken home the same accolade. The greater accolade will be receiving his honor in the company of the new leading lady in his life.

Love is, indeed, in the air.

But no amount of emotional ecstasy was going to see Nicky through to the other side; it was the deliberate act of love that would save him. “I knew I had to break these chains,” he says. “To fix my life and my family.”

Bring me to the moment that made you feel you needed drugs.

I think drugs sometimes make you think it can be the fix of a lot of your problems. The problem with drugs is that you go to drugs because in your mind you don't care anymore about dealing with the troubles that you have. You need something to make you feel good.

What were you feeling bad about?

I lost my mom. My mom wasn't with me. In my mind, I was abandoned by her since I was eight-years-old. Then I had a close girlfriend who left me when I was 15 years old. That’s when I touched cocaine for the first time. ‘Cause in my mentality, nobody was stable in my life. Nobody was sticking around. I felt a lot of betrayal from my own mom and from the girl I loved.

I thought, “Why am I going to take care of myself? My dad didn’t handle his drug problems. My mom did drugs too, so why not me?" I mean, I had drugs all around me, and the foundation of everything is your home. It's your family.

The absence of someone you loved, is that at the root of your past drug abuse?

Yeah, basically.

What was the moment you knew you had to stop and that your life needed radical change?

Years and years after the fact. Imagine, I started at 15 years old. So it was about 15 years later around the time I was 30. I said I gotta break these chains. I almost died from an overdose. I knew I had to break these chains. My mom was doing drugs, my dad struggled with drugs—I gotta break these chains! I needed to fix my life and my family. And that's what I did.

What were the key decisions you had to make in order for you to be successful in your sobriety?

Every pain that I had while I was trying to get clean made me not want to come back to this ever again. When you go cold and try to break drugs, you start to get back pains and bone pains and it's cold all the time. Every time I was going through that process I thought, “This is me breaking this evil, this curse. Am I really going back to this curse?” I had to go through it.

Anything that you have to suffer physically for in that way is the only red flag you need. That right there was letting me know, bro, I was a slave to drugs. I didn't want to be one anymore, so I said I'm not going back to that again. I want to live like normal people. I don't want to work so I can maintain an addiction. I'm seeing that I haven't even been successful enough just because I've been stuck in this cycle. I didn’t want the story of my family and my life to be drugs. I didn’t want to die that way.

One of my favorite songs by Kendrick Lamar is called “i.” That song let us know he was someone who battled with suicidal thoughts and urges. I like to think it’s a love song that he dedicated to himself and others like him. The song is about coming to this radical understanding that despite what the world has to say about you and where you come from, you are enough and worthy of all the good things life has to offer. Talk a little bit about your relationship with self when you were on drugs.

I felt like s**t. I felt like my soul was dead. I didn't care about nothing. It got to a point where I loved living that life, that miserable life and that darkness. I enjoyed hanging around people that lived that same life as well. I enjoyed not having responsibility. I enjoyed just hiding away from everything. You know, one of the big problems of leaving drugs is not just leaving drugs. It’s going back to the reality of what made you turn to drugs in the first place. All those skeletons that you have in the closet. That was my problem.

What else don’t people get about drug addiction?

Another thing people don't know about drugs is that you are a slave to your first high. That first high is always the best high in the world. You're always looking for that same reaction and you never find it. You find a lot of good ones, but never like that first one. You could say that is love at first sight. The [high] is like love at first sight. This is what you feel in a moment where you fall in love or something like that. It’s the only thing similar to having something so good in your life. But it’s not good. Not good at all.

In another interview, you talked about the first time you saw people dancing reggae. It was at one of your parents’ house parties, I believe. You also compared that moment to love at first sight. What was it about reggae that immediately caught your attention?

It was just the Caribbean, you know? In the Caribbean you will see people dancing reggae like normal, but in the States you didn’t really see that. Now, yes, but back in the 80s? It was just MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, A Tribe Called Quest. People danced to hip-hop, obviously, but not so together. It wasn't really that grinding present. So when I saw people dancing reggae like that in Puerto Rico, and how sexy it was with that Caribbean vibe…

Is that what sparked your love for music?

Yes and no. My love for music began really when I saw the “Thriller” video by Michael Jackson. I remember seeing the premiere and I said I want to do this. I knew automatically when I saw Michael Jackson do “Thriller” as a little kid that I wanted people to fall in love with my music.

What other artists or genres did you consume that helped mold you into the artist you are today? Because you're lauded for bringing romance or the romantic flair to reggaeton.

Yeah, melody wise.

Are you a hopeless romantic?

I'm romantic, for sure, but it's also that I have a beautiful voice. My voice happens to work for that kind of material. So it's not only about my personality; I have a voice that helps create that type of music. What I did was take advantage of that.

I see.

But to answer your question, you can say a lot of music made me who I am. I'm talking about Prince, JAY-Z, Jenni Rivera. I’m talking about country and rock and so much other music that made Nicky Jam. I love that soul—that feeling. That’s what I’ve always been about.

Who taught you how to love?

Who taught me how to love?


My kids taught me how to love. They’ve shown me what love really is. Colombia, believe it or not, showed me how to love. Because when I most needed love, they gave it to me. And God taught me love. Por encima de todo, God. God gave me that second opportunity in life where I really recognized that I was loved. I had my doubts.

What is your relationship with God?

God is everything. My respect to God is everything. I’m probably not the best church person in the world, but my connection with God is crazy. He knows that I have conversations with him. We can probably agree that I should maybe pray a little more. [Laughs] I get distracted a little bit because I got A.D.D., you know what I'm saying? But I love God.

You lit up when you mentioned your kids earlier. Who are they?

I have four kids. One is 18 years old and her name is Yarimar. My 17-year-old is Alissa. The 16-year-old is Luciana and my boy, Joe, is the youngest. He's 14 years old.


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“La Promesa (La Calle)” is a standout cut for me off the new album. Considering some of the things you’re saying here, what was the writing process like?

That's the kind of song I wanted a lot of people to relate to. It’s saying I’m not giving up and I'm just going to do this. My situation is music, but somebody else can want to be a lawyer. Someone might want to be a journalist, a firefighter or a cop, who knows. But you’re saying, “I’m doing this.” I told my mom I'm not gonna stop. I'm gonna work my ass off and I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do so I don’t go back to that dark place. A lot of people hate me, but I see them. I see through them and I keep pushing anyway. I’m not stopping for nobody. That's the type of song that has a good vibe, but carries a strong message.

Would you say music helped save you?

Did music save me? Let me see, ‘cause I know a lot of people say it just to say it, right?

For sure.

Well, I gotta say that music did save me because it's really the only thing I had. I didn’t graduate from college, you know? I knew I had a voice and I knew I had the power to make people listen to me. So obviously music gave me hope and it gave me faith. It also made me want to be somebody and then it made me believe I was actually going to be somebody.

Music, then, also gifted you a world of people who love you, irrespective of your past or shortcomings.

It did. It gave me a platform, it gave me faith, and it gave me people that love me. Music saved me and my family, to be honest. Today my family lives good because of the music. Today my sister got her house because of the music. My mom got a home because of the music. My dad has his house because of the music. My kids got their college funds because of the music. Music saved the lives of my whole family.

What are your fears?

My fear today is not being with my kids when they need me. My fear today is that one of my kids will go through drugs. Because I know today the youth is crazy. My fear is not seeing my grandkids, stuff like that. I'm not saying I'm scared for my life. I'm saying that those are the things that I want to be here for. I want to make sure that I live a healthy life so I can be around for all of that.

You say that you work like you're going to lose everything at any given moment. Do you also love that way?

Of course. I try to give love to everybody that's next to me in the best way I know how. I try to share my life with them in a way that makes them feel like they have everything. That’s just how I operate. I focus on giving love and I focus on ensuring that [whoever is in my life] can walk away knowing that Nicky is a good guy. That I loved them and respected them. I'm the type of guy, I know when I go with God and I'm no longer on this earth, people gonna say, “I miss Nicky.” And that's when you know you made your legacy. When you make people miss you, you make people want to be with you. You make people want to say good things about you. That’s a legacy.

What’s your love language? How do you express your love to someone you care about?

I think the way I show love is by doing whatever it is I need to for my girl or for anybody that I love. You know what I'm saying? “What do you need?” I don't act like I'm this kind of guy, or that I can't do certain things. I don't have any limits when it's about showing love. It’s in the details, the stupid stuff. You want something? I’ll go get it for you. You want coffee? You hungry? You want me to get you anything? I got you.

You like to serve.

I definitely serve. I’m a server. It’s funny ‘cause I know I might not look like it, but that's who I am. That's how I show my love. And I think it's a good way to show it, ‘cause you know it when it’s gone.

And you brought your partner with you. How did you meet her?

I was doing a video called “Atrevete.” I called her agency and I thought she was the perfect girl for the video. It was just love at first sight. [Laughs] I just saw her come in the restaurant and I said, “Wow, that's a beautiful girl right there.” Then we started talking and it was just instant.


I had never seen eyes like that before. I just went crazy. Yeah, there's a lot of blue eyes, but something about her eyes drove me crazy. We were flirting around and everybody started to watch, and we just didn't care that people were there. We were just at it and it didn’t matter who was in the room. The video was about us. About me trying to win her over, and it worked. [Laughs]

Do you see a life with her?

Yeah. You also have to understand my background, where I come from and how I lost so many people in life. So my mind doesn’t necessarily… I try not to really think about it like that. I just try my best to enjoy [the present].


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My goofball ❤️

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Is that what your “Life” tattoo is about?

It’s the only thing that matters, life and living it to your fullest. The word is a beautiful word. I don't think there's a more beautiful word. Other than God, maybe.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Photographer: Jason Chandler, Finalis Valdez

Art Designer: Nicole Tereza

Videographers: Dexterity Productions

Wardrobe Stylists: Norma Castro

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Rapper Henree Wright, also known as ReeMarkable, is slowing things down on the sweetest of days with her new single, "VIBE."

With songwriter Sy Ari Da Kid (Future, Waka Flocka Flame) on the track, the two toy with an idea of a relationship after years apart. In addition to the love that lies beneath the games, the song also serves as a great addition to any playlist dedicated to Mary Jane. Produced by Atlanta's 8 Major, ReeMarkable takes a detour from the gritty raps heard on tracks like "Pardon Me" and "Bonnie And Clyde" and into more experimental sounds.

ReeMarkable's journey in music has been documented through her time on the series Growing Up Hip-Hop as the daughter of the late iconic rapper, Eazy-E. As his youngest child, the rapper-singer opened up about her struggles breaking into the industry and how she plans to honor her father through her music.

Recently, ReeMarkable paid homage to her father by recreating his most iconic images. Originally taken by legendary photographer Ricky Powell, ReeMarkable's take is commendable as she barely a striking resemblance to Eazy.


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I was a baby when you left this world , I have no memories, but I also don’t have any pain from your return to heaven. I am honored to be your daughter . I am the Spitting image of you and it warms me to see a legend every-time I look in the mirror. Today is a day for celebration as you would have came upon your 54th birthday . So here’s my gift to you . A shoot dedicated to simply, you . I directed this shoot and worked with a great team to capture your spirit daddy . I Love you & Happy Birthday , I hope you all enjoy . Captured by @lsfotography1 Graphics by @colourfulmula Make up by @tunchyy.marie Styled & directed by @iamreemarkable Special thanks to @vinceamani @exclusivegame , @bfflyer , @lakayb_ @thelazyhustler & All my Family Friends and Fans !! 🧡 #ripeazye EVERYONE SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR ME 🎈🎁

A post shared by ReeMarkable (@iamreemarkable) on Sep 7, 2018 at 7:14am PDT

Enjoy "VIBE" below.

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LaQuan Smith On How A Confident Nature Bloomed His Fall/Winter Collection

New York's Spring Studios may have been dripped in white backdrops during NYFW, but the flavor was anything but bland during LaQuan Smith's Fall/Winter 2020 show. Presented alongside the launch of the new Moët & Chandon Limited-Edition Signature bottlings, the edgy but benevolent designer presented all-black looks that would make any fast fashion soldier switch over to the luxurious side.

Puffer jackets with skirts to match arrived down the runaway with baggy tracksuits, giving the audience an array of looks for the cozy girl all the way down to the trendy posh woman. Speaking with VIBE backstage, Smith shared how the importance of confident women inspired his recent unveiling. "I just wanted to do something that was super confident and really progressive," he explained. "I think that I have a really true sense of who my woman is at this point so right now I'm really having fun being able to design for a woman who is super comfortable in her own skin. This strong sense of elegance, glamour, and confidence is like the woman that I'm designing for so that was sort of the mood and the attitude for this season's collection."

The conscious mix of a free spirit and earnest attitude is something Smith has conjured since his early days on the scene. After making his NYFW debut in 2010, Smith has attracted the biggest names in entertainment on the runway like Rihanna, Cassie, Serena Williams, Nicki Minaj and recently supermodel Winnie Harlow. With such dominating and powerful women in Smith's orbit, it makes it easy to see just how spot-on his looks are.

But famous ladies aren't Smith's only muses. His show consisted of women of color—specifically Sudanese and Asian models, which made a big splash on social media. There was also a plus-size model who rocked the hell out of a little black dress.

"I'm inspired by a woman who appreciates getting dressed up in the day," Smith added. "Not even having a reason to dress up, just 'Yes!' Just 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I'm really about somebody who just enjoys the thrill of dressing up." But Smith's goal at the end of the day is to bring back chic demeanor of yesterday, where fashionistas would dress to the nines on Casual Fridays.

"I want to revive those moments again where women would wear skirt suits during the day to go to work," he said while pointing to his boiled wool jackets and matching pencil skirts. "They can transition from day to evening. I want to be able to bring back that level of glamour from an American perspective because I'm from New York City and this is the city that made me, this is the city that inspired me so for me to just be able to design and create off of all of my inspirations and my upbringing is a thrill."

Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" closed the show but the celebratory vibes continued with guests like Tinashe, Delilah Hamlin, Amelia Hamlin, ASAP Ferg and Renell Medrano, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Young Paris, Patrick Starr, and Cyn Santana enjoying Moët & Chandon.

See more moments from the show below.

Tinashe  A$AP Ferg and Renell Medrano Ryan Jamaal Swain Jonathan Mannion Patrick Starr
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