Congratulations Cardi!

As you know, over here on The J Spot, we are huge fans of Cardi B! Last night, she performed on Saturday Night Live and debuted her baby bump after her new album, Invasion of Privacy, went certified G O L D! The 13 track LP wasn't even available for a full 24 hours! 


Cardi, you deserve! In celebration of her success, I want to feature Pin and Proper, an Enamel Pin/Greeting Card online store. In the new year, I entered a giveaway to receive their new pillow and coaster set with none other: Cardi B and won! Go check out their current assortment on Etsy!


Queens Reign Supreme

*Now Playing:* 

U.N.I.T.Y. - Queen Latifah

If you are not aware, I am a HUGE music junkie. I'm talking about carrying my Sony cassette player in my backpack, with extra double A batteries type junkie. I'm talking about carrying my Memorex CD player EVERYWHERE I went in middle school WITH a ziplock bag full of CDs type junkie. I'm talking about downloading songs off LIMEWIRE and burning my own mixtapes/playlists on CDs type junkie. I mean, I can go on and on! 

A while ago, I made a post on Instagram talking about when I fell in love with Hip Hop. *Starts playing Brown Sugar in the background* Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop (That Thing) released in 1998 and like I mentioned in that post, that was the beginning for me. I heard it everyday on multiple radio stations, on the way to school, and throughout summer camp. Yes, I was only six years old, but the song was number one for a reason. It resonated with my soul. It might sound dramatic but even with Lauryn being problematic at times, her music speaks for itself. Of course, Ms. Hill wasn't the only artist to open my eyes to the depths and variations of Hip-Hop. But she definitely made me aware that there is a space for women in the Hip Hop genre.

Today marks history! Cardi B is the first female since Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop to have a hit single (Bodak Yellow) reach No. 1 today on the Billboard Charts. In honor of this great Cinderella Story, I wanted to highlight women in the music industry. Specifically, Female DJs and Producers! I don't think they get enough credit to be honest. Let's be real, to be in a male dominated world is work in itself. But to be in a male dominated, dogmatic, problematic, mysogynistic, AND  patriarchal industry (mouthful, I know) can have its own challenges along with highlights.

These women that I list below (in no particular order) will be people you may or may not have heard of. They own their talent and their ability to make a name for themselves. These DJs move a crowd in a way that no other musician can do. If you don't know what I'm talking about, have you seen "The Get Down" on Netflix? Essentially, they are the heartbeat of any event! Whether it is a launch party for Puma or Adidas, having a residency at a night club, DJ'ing for day parties all the way to New York Fashion Week after parties! You can't tell me that's not dope. Take a look for yourself at the women, who I believe, are giving the men a run for their money in the music industry.

Leave a comment if I should look up a female DJ in your area!

Angel and Dren

IG: @angelanddren


Quiana Parks

IG: @quianaparks


Vashtie Kola

IG: @vashtie


Gab Soul

IG: @gabsoul_


DJ Miss Milan

IG: @missmilan


Brittany Sky

IG: @brittanysky


Kitty Cash

IG: @kittycash


DJ Kool Flash

IG: @djkoolflash


DJ Saige

IG: @ djsaige

Podcast: @DJnChill


DJ Kiss

IG: @kissthedeejay


Tiff McFierce

IG: @tiffmcfierce



IG: @xoxodjkdot


DJ Fannie Mae

IG: @djfanniemae


DJ C. DeVone

IG: @djcdevone


Music of Summer '17

I'm highlighting new projects that recently dropped. The list includes SZA, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lorde, & more! 


There's so much great music out right now, it's unreal! I don't mean to toot my own horn but BEEP BEEP! I know good music when I hear it and usually within the first 30 seconds. But for my readers, I took a good listen to all of the projects listed... unless 30 seconds passed and I wasn't feeling the track. 

Go ahead and check out the list of albums/tracks that recently released:

  • SZA - CTRL
    • Mannnn this has been on repeat since it released. I've always been a fan of SZA and I am so proud of how far she's come! The quality, sound, and lyrics of this album are impeccable. Pure artistry. Must listen for sure.
  • Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    • This is for the culture. If you haven't listened to it, I will assume it's intentional and we don't need to be friends. 
  • H.E.R. - H.E.R., Vol. 2
    • Perfect follow up to Volume 1. Her voice is amazing. Did you know there's an artist named H.I.M. and their tracks are responses to one another! (Shoutout to Twitter for the info)
  • Bryson Tiller - True to Self
    • Bryson, Bryson, Bryson. He's back at it again. Overall, it was a good album, I just need less samples. I get it's your thing but uhhh let's gets some producers in the studio for some newnessssss Fav: Money Problems
  • Gucci - Droptopwop 
    • Gucci came back with a vengeance in the best way possible. Fav: Helplessss
  • DJ Khaled - Grateful
    • All these features and you think I have something negative to say?! Asahd is BLESSED.
  • Party Next Door - Colours 2 - EP
    • I wasn't expecting this to drop but I am not disappointed in these 4 songs. 
  • 2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
    • Favs: Bailan x ISSA VIBE! x 4AM x Door Swangin; Nicki just needs to NOT with Realize lol I respect her but I don't have to like her singing and her constant references to "breaking Aretha records." Good day. The entire album is a bop though.
  • Lorde - Melodrama
    • Don't tell me you forgot Lorde?! The hit single Royals? Yea, that's her. The album has a chill vibe and it complements her as an artist. My favs: Loveless (prob b/c of the bass & it gives me Gwen Stefani + Lily Allen vibes)
  • Jhene Aiko feat. Chris Brown - Hello Ego
    • How can you go wrong with the soulful voice of Jhene? + We all know anything Christopher is featured on is an automatic hit. 
  • Drake - Signs
    • Typical Drake + Island/Afrobeat. Eh but you know everyone will dance to included.
  • Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
    •  She definitely should've been on the 2017 Freshman Class XXL Cover, but I digress.
  • Gucci feat. Chris Brown - Tone it Down
    • This will do numbers like Party, quote me. Summer Hit.

All in all, Summer 17 debuted some great projects! It's a great time for music.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my reviews? Tell me your favorite tracks/albums in the comments!