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Friday, October 22, 2010

BluePrints by Jamilla Ali

One of the most rewarding parts of being a media correspondent is meeting and interviewing different public figures who have made their dreams a reality. Its my job,the writer to listen and deliver the story to you;the reader. After each interview I ask for a photo to document my journey. Some of my most memorable interviews has taught me so much about the person and myself.

During my interview with J.Cole (first photo)backstage after his sold out SOB'S performance, he said he would attend concerts at SOB's and dream about being on the stage, he never thought he would be performing there that night and how bless he was to be the first to sign with Jay-Z and RocNation. J.Cole attended St. Johns University in Queens, NY as a way to come to NYC from Fayetteville,NC to become a star. He still wasn't signed after college but was eventually asked to try out for a spot with Jay-Z's new label RocNation. J.Cole is my most memorable interview,hands down. I have also been inspired by Peter Rosenberg's (second photo) outspoken attitude towards hip hop music. Peter host his own show on Hot 97 and holds his tongue for no one. During our interview he referred to today's music as "generic".

B.O.B is one of the hottest guys in the game right now, I snapped this photo with him(third photo) before his performance at Hot 97's whose next live showcase. This was before he released his hit single"Nothin on you" B.O.B predicted his success to me and told me he needed to save his "voice" for his performance so I couldn't ask him anymore questions. LOL. After seeing him perform at the 2010 MTV video music awards I cracked a smile. He knew he would be successful and no one could tell him different.

I met Nipsey Hussle backstage at the J.Cole show. Nipsey is very laid back and cool. His swag made him stand out and his resemblance to Snoop. He was super nice. I like Nipsey. He graced the freshman XXL cover along with J.Cole and Wiz Khalifa. Check out some of my snap shots with some of my most memorable interviews. At WBM we will call this 'Blueprints'


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