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Listen to Naomi Wachira's 'Beautifully Human' + "Song of Lament" to be Released on June 2nd

Listen to Naomi Wachira's 'Beautifully Human' + "Song of Lament" to be Released on June 2nd



Afro-Folk singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira released her lead single, 'Beautifully Human' from her forthcoming second studio album, "Song of Lament" (pre-order via iTunes). The Kenyan-born, Seattle-based artist highlights issues of human equality, especially as it undermines the divine sacredness of those who are different.  Wachira blends melodies of truth/wisdom with a blend of world and reggae-infused folk music to capture the attention of her listeners.

"Song of Lament" was recorded at Seattle’s historic London Bridge studio, was produced by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius, My Chemical Romance) with contributions from Dave West (organ/Rhodes), Teo Shantz (drums), Masa Kobayashi (bass), Tommy Sandovallegos (percussion), Eric Lilavois (percussion), Owuor Arunga (trumpet) and Andrew Joslyn (strings). 

This collection of songs on "Song of Lament" is a testament to Wachira's full embrace of her creative power and its ability to spread goodness to a world churning with chaos and self-inflicted woes born out of fear and mistrust of the "other." It is a stark and heartfelt reflection on the contemporary world and the human experience therein. Throughout the eleven-track collection, Wachira poignantly articulates the pain and chaos of modern times, while also lifting up her enduring and hopeful belief in the fundamental goodness of humanity.

Listen to 'Beautifully Human' by Naomi Wachira below.
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New Video: Allen York - "Ghetto Gospel" / #100Fans

New Video: Allen York - "Ghetto Gospel" / #100Fans



Directed by CreativityQas, New York-based emcee Allen York released the music video to his new single "Ghetto Gospel." 

"I wanted to go real simple. Great beat and great raps," Allen York shares with the release of "Ghetto Gospel." The track opens up with York calling out fake rappers boasting a lifestyle they don't live...

All these rappers do, is gossip and rock fake designer.
With no future, they couldn’t imitate designer.
Imitation rhymers.
Couldn’t pick you out a line up. 
I’m tryna make the hood great, while you making crimes up.
The mentality isn’t parallel.
Silver spoon rappers actin like they had to sell.
Was a dweeb who wanted friends, but would tattle tail.
Got knocked and mom and pops had the bail.

Via his official website, "Project Telescope" is expected to be release this fall, but we'll see/hear more  news from Allen York in the upcoming weeks.


Harlem born, Kissimmee bred, hip hop artist Allen York is just your semi-typical young man with dreams to spread his lyricism. Starting to rhyme at the tender age of 10 and putting out tapes at 15, has taken a lot of time for Allen York to get this point. With his unorthodox song making capability and approach to music as a whole, it's good to see someone who's more focused on the craft than the credit. The lyrics are simple enough to relate to, but complicated enough that you may catch something new every time. Allen's main objective is to make sure his cities are represented well, and that others may join him in making Orlando a hip hop power house.

Watch Allen York's music video to "Ghetto Gospel" below.
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Product Review: Hard Candy Color Correct Collection + MAJOR #GIVEAWAY!!!

Product Review: Hard Candy Color Correct Collection + MAJOR #GIVEAWAY!!!


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[sponsored post, however these words are from my honest opinion] Hey beauties, I have a new product review! I was recently sent a lovely package from the affordable cosmetics brand, Hard Candy. The brand released a series of powders, primers and concealers in six various colors that hide those pesky little imperfections.

Of the six items within Hard Candy's "Color Correct" collection, I received the Color Correct Radiant Primer in Green and the Color Correct Expert Stick in Lavender (my fave) and Yellow.

The Radiant Primer had no true effect on my skin and was too "watery." I like my primers to have more of a slightly creamy/moisturizing "texture." This primer soak right into my skin without covering my blemishes. I would rather use the Cremé Wand, the Custom Blend Expert Palette and/or the Expert Stick.

So let's discuss the Color Correct Expert Stick. I loved this product! I used the lavender to brighten underneath my eyes before applying my foundation and fell instantly in love with it. It was creamy and the application was very smooth. For only $5.00, it's worth the money.

Now for the fun part! Starting today and ending on next Tuesday, I'm giving on ONE LUCKY READER the chance to win products from Hard Candy's "Color Correct" collection!!! This is what you have to do to enter this giveaway:

1. Follow @thecrypticbeauty and @hardcandylife on Instagram.
2. Write "I want candy!" underneath the sweepstakes photo.
3. Share the post with a friend and viola! You're entered the contest.

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 2nd 12:00am. I'll announce the winner on our official Instagram the next day. Good luck beauties!

This limited edition line is available exclusively at Walmart and it targets coverage for skin problems such as acne, dry skin, dullness and dark spots in shades across the spectrum. 

Read more about Hard Candy's "Color Correct" collection below.
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Preview: Allen York to Release "Ghetto Gospel"

Preview: Allen York to Release "Ghetto Gospel"



After releasing his latest single, "Clue Tape/Screw Tape" back in October, hip hop artist Allen York left his fans wondering "what's next?"

York took a small hiatus to perfect his artistry to present us with an impeccable new visual entitled "Ghetto Gospel." Produced by Dom?, "Ghetto Gospel" is the next single from York's forthcoming album, "Project Telescope."

I asked the emcee what was his writing/development process for creating "Ghetto Gospel," and this is what Allen York shared with me:

"So this whole thing started with me watching this director's videos, and his eye for capturing things in such a intense manner. I knew I wanted to work with him. So I knew I had to craft a new record so fit the vibe that I wanted the video for. I was searching for beats for a little then my man Dom? played this beat sample on IG. I hit him about it and he was fronting I can't lie. Music industry stuff. So two weeks later he told me I could buy the beat. From there I kinda wanted to just talk some fly shit, that was my main goal. Give them bars with reality in it. So the vibe was set before I even wrote the record, writing it was kinda easy."

Allen York just shared via Instagram today he will release the music video to "Ghetto Gospel" in two days!

On another note, New Jersey producer Dizzy Rambunctious dropped a new single "Rollin' Stone" featuring Allen York. The track comes from his recently released album "Wond3rland."

The spring/summer is looking good for Yorkie!

Harlem born, Kissimmee bred, hip hop artist Allen York is just your semi-typical young man with dreams to spread his lyricism. Starting to rhyme at the tender age of 10 and putting out tapes at 15, has taken a lot of time for Allen York to get this point. With his unorthodox song making capability and approach to music as a whole, it's good to see someone who's more focused on the craft than the credit. The lyrics are simple enough to relate to, but complicated enough that you may catch something new every time. Allen's main objective is to make sure his cities are represented well, and that others may join him in making Orlando a hip hop power house.

View a snippet of the music video to "Ghetto Gospel" below.
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