If you are as clueless as me your first question was probably “Well, what is a Geo-Filter (PNG)”. The graphic designer that goes by D.1000 explains this to us.
“A PNG file is a Portable Network Graphic, my works are generally large files so I convert them into PNG’s so that I’m able to post and use it as content on the Snapchat App. Surprisingly, this isn’t a regular file. I make illustrations and then turn them into a PNG files so that they are smaller and have more flexibility. For example; Easier to download, better color quality & smaller file to open. After that process you have made your very own Snapchat Geofilter! A Snapchat Geofilter is content that informs people where they are and what they may be doing . They can then use it to post and share with friends & family!” – D.1000
Ok, see this graphic above? You can customize something like this and put it as an overlay on your picture or video as seen above. So the sections on the graphic that are white are actually transparent so you would see your picture or video behind the graphic. Similar to when Snapchat lets you put your location or time on the screen It’s pretty much the same premise.
I used the Lil Wayne picture above as an example. The only difference with that graphic is that there is a opaque-brown overlay verse the “Welcome Prince Tamir” graphic which is completely clear.
I had some many questions for D.1000. To me, it’s a very unique business. I had to ask her about her history and what started her down this path.
“I realized that having one job wasn’t going to cut it. So I went online and typed in “ways to make money from my phone”. Nothing popped up so I went to YouTube…nothing there either and what I mean by “nothing there” is I spent countless hours downloading hacks and signing up for certain things that weren’t beneficial to me or my computer because soon after my computer caught a virus from all the fraudulent software I was trying to buy. I was in a rush to be rich! Times were very hard, so I turned to social media . I went on a daily media frenzy and at one point while I was recording a video on Snapchat I stopped recording and pressed the “x”. I then told myself I wanted to learn how to make a Snapchat Filters…of course, then I didn’t know the correct term. Quite frankly no one does!” – D.1000
For D.1000, it was simply drive and ambition that led her to this path of graphic design. She was tired of being stagnant. She found a way to be self sufficient. That’s really all we can ask for in these times. I almost always see D.1000 cross promoting with other business owners. Wether it be shouting out their business or modeling their clothing. Keep striving for self-reliant businesses out there.
If you want a personalized Snapfilter here is her contact below
Southern Hip-Hop, or Florida Hip-Hop in particular, started off with it’s on flavor. There was definitely a separation between the music made in the mecca of Hip-Hop (New York) and the new ride if southern rap. I think we can give a lot of that credit to Uncle Luke (or Luke Skyywalker) & the 2 Live Crew, Danny D, MC ADE, and Mr.Mixx.
2 Live Crew
The content wasn’t lyrical more than it was risky, fun, and energetic. The music was more so for dancing. The sound was referred to as “Miami Bass”. After the 80’s going into the 90’s we got artist and DJ’s such as ; DJ NICE & Nasty, Quad City DJ’s (Space Jam), and 69 Boyz (Tootsie Roll).
The use of the Roland TR-808 sustained kick drum, raised dance tempos, and frequently sexually explicit lyrical content differentiating it from other hip hop sub-genres. Music author Richie Unterberger has characterized Miami bass as using rhythms with a “stop start flavor” and “hissy” cymbals with lyrics that “reflected the language of the streets, particularly Miami‘s historically black neighborhoods such as Liberty City and Overtown“.
Despite early national media attention in the 1980s, Miami bass has never found consistent mainstream acceptance; though its importance has had a profound impact on the development of hip hop, dance music, and pop.
Source : Wiki
Florida Hip-Hop, from the 2000’s to present, has had heavy hitters such as, Rick Ross, Trina, Plies, DJ Khaled, Trick Daddy, Kodak Black, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Ball Greezy, XXXTentacion, Gun Play, Denzel Curry, Khaotic, Woop, and many other artists on lower levels. The music still has the bass sound but has also adopted a “trap” and “goon” aspect. Me personally, I give credit to T.I. in neighboring state of Georgia for the birth of trap music. Just my opinion. That’s neither here nor there. Let me explain why I feel 300lbs of Guwop’s music will broaden the Florida Hip-Hop spectrum.
We are definitely in an era of Hip-Hop where the younger guys definitely have their own lane. Don’t get me wrong, we had young rap artist such as Kriss Kross and Lil Bow Wow but for the most part they kept up with the older generation. There wasn’t a distinct difference besides the lyrical content which was obviously fit for their age. Other than that; the lyrics, beats, and vibe was completely aligned with their OG counter parts.
Now a days, the younger artist have a completely different lane. They are often referred to as “Mumble Rapers” or chastised about their style of dress. Though, when I look back on artist such as Rick James and Prince, androgynous was the style. History is repeating itself but I think people may just be finding a reason to be upset with the young guys excelling so easily in this new technology and internet wave. You have guys like Kodak Black and NBA Young Boy who went viral around the age of 15. The faith that I have in 300lbs of Guwop is that they pretty much hit all facets. The aren’t lazy with their lyrics. They often triple time and even focus on harmonizing. I get the feeling that they want to be respected as artist and not just rappers. By the fans, they want to be loved for their energy.
The bromance between the duo is definitely the first thing that stands out. In a genre full of tough guys and hard faces, the group decided to be their fun, energetic selves. To top off their package, they brought that same energy into their music. The music catches your attention and the videos are just icing on the cake. You can tell that the duo simply wants to inject great vibes and energy into the atmosphere. Their Instagram page is simply hilarious. Check it out for your self. (search 300lbs of Guwop on IG).
I got my first whiff of the group through a clothing line called “Coolie Collection” (Coolie Website Link). The artist modeled the clothing for CEO Blue Steel. Blue Steel ventured into the record business and I guess that’s where the connection was made. The boys definitely caught the viral surge immediately.
They started off separately as 300 Rez or 300lbs of Swag & DK Guwop. 300lbs of Swag + DK Guwop = 300lbs of Guwop.
The group had individual songs and group songs that popped but their break away single was definitely “Teefus”. The song has a great baseline to add to their funky swag. The song focuses on their gold grills. It may sound braggadocios but the boys are so down to earth the make the subject light hearted and amusing . The song got a extra boost when Lil Wayne decided to remix it on his new project “Dedication 6”.
With one music video (Teefus) pushing 600k views and their new single (Plan B) sitting close to 225k, I can definitely say that the group has caught some attention. Their timing is impeccable. Florida needs something refreshing at the moment.
Our top young Florida artist, Kodak & XXXTentacion, have been having a lot of legal woe’s. No knock to them, it simply is what it is. The public needs to see that everything isn’t so uptight. We’re mostly known for our image of beautiful weather and sandy beaches. With that also came a lot of drug activity being that we are on the coast. Frankly, what I’m getting at is Florida needs to drop the 300lbs of blow and get behind 300lbs of Guwop.
Hip-Hop has saved so many lives. We know the story all too well. “Troubled criminal drug dealer, in and out of jail, saved by Hip-Hop”. It’s a perfect way for people to escape their situations. People can only rap about reality and that’s the reality they come from. You can’t knock them.
In the same breath, it’s truly beautiful seeing the energy that this group puts out. The boys still post funny videos on their Instagram of them working at a carwash. If that doesn’t speak volumes of their message, I don’t know what else does.
Pay close attention to their rise. These guys are definitely “it”. I’m rooting for them and also rooting for the shift in gears that their wave will bring. Let’s have fun again. Just like the Uncle Luke days. Thank you 3PG and much success!
Deborah started off as any other kid. She developed a dream from simply watching her surroundings. This so happened to be watching her mother cook some of her favorite meals. For Deborah, cooking gave her a place to escape. After graduating high school she made a firm decision to pursue cooking as a career.
She decided to move from her home town of Gainesville,Fl to attend Daytona State College in 2012. Daytona State College had a great culinary school and it was fairly close. This is where she met her current friend and mentor Andra Chishlom. Andra has had some great success in culinary arts which includes her major roles at Daytona State College, her various news appearances, and her great run in cooking show competitions. Deborah gives Andra much respect for all the help and promotion she has given her throughout her career. Deborah graduated from DSC in 2014.
In 2015 Deborah decided that she wanted to open a restaurant of her own. Her pastor prayed for her and told her that she would be opening a restaurant soon. That was enough motivation for her to pursue it seriously. With the help of her mother and father she was able to find a building that was reasonable for her. Unfortunately, the space was occupied at the time. Yet, something filled her spirits about the place and she prayed over it as if it was already hers. About a week later she saw that people were moving things out of the place. She immediately called the realtors and by late 2015 Lil Mama’s Kitchen was born.
The place was in disarray but with her strong team that consisted of her husband, parents, her pastor and her uncle eddie she was able to turn the place around. Strictly from the connections she gained while in Daytona Beach, she was able to have a successful soft opening. There were a lot of great vibes and that’s all Deborah asks for.
“I really just love great vibes and atmosphere. I love to come out and greet people, ask them how they are doing, and engage with them, ya know? I love to uplift people. Be the light to their day. I’m a community person, as well. I just love to help people. I also like to speak inspiration into women. Especially, when it comes to respecting their bodies and being much more than what’s on the surface. Self value, Self Worth, and knowing who you are is the key. I feel like a woman such as myself owning a restaurant inspires them.” – Deborah Branch – Owner of Lil Mama’s Kitchen
When speaking to Deborah about what dishes brought in the most customers she couldn’t pin point things at first. Then her mothers chitterlings came to mind. She said the chitterlings were a hot item that people frequently requested. She switches it up pretty much every day, though. She has a special for each day she is open. Her focus is soul food.
Cooking wasn’t tough for her. She says that learning the business was difficult.
“This being the first time of me running a business, it was definitely tough at first. I always worked under people but never fully ran a business on my own. Learning how to manage the finances, menu roll outs, learning certain employees….it’s things you don’t really think about until you actual experience it. The advice I have for anyone starting a business for the first time is research, research, research. You can never learn too much. I definitely give credit to God for how things fell in place for me.”
Though her main success came from her restaurant and cooking, her main goal is to help woman in general. She keeps God first and really thanks her parents, her pastor, her husband, and Andra for all of their help throughout her journey and rise to the top.