Young Devyn was only eight years old when she became a sensation in Soca music. Now 19 years old and creating buzz in the rap community, Devyn reveals how her debut EP ‘Baby Goat’ combines the genres.
“Rapping was like the last thing on my mind,” Young Devyn admitted to HollywoodLife while looking back at her earlier teen years, which may come as a surprise from the youngest person to ever freestyle at the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher. For the 19-year-old music artist, who has been given the seal of approval by rap legend Nicki Minaj herself, rapping started as a “hobby” that branched from her first passion: Soca music. The genre — birthed in Trinidad and Tobago — served as Devyn’s launchpad into the music industry after she performed a Soca song in tribute to her Trinidadian background for her school’s Heritage Day talent show more than a decade ago. “The performance, it just went crazy. Everybody’s going crazy. And then a week later, I ended up on the radio, and people were just like, ‘Who’s this little girl?’ And I exploded from there,” Devyn exclusively told HollywoodLife ahead of the release of her eight-track debut EP, Baby Goat, coming out on June 18.
This “explosion” entailed Devyn becoming an established name in the Soca scene, regularly performing at her own shows and touring with the likes of Soca icons like Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin. By 2016, then a young teen, a new curiosity formed: Devyn was drawn to the “metaphors and punchlines” of rap, and began to study the art form by watching documentaries. So, Devyn — who was raised in East New York, Brooklyn — decided to “try it” out for herself. “I was just doing a fun hobby for a couple months…and exercising my pen and actually started gaining the confidence to post like little ‘Freestyle Friday’ videos on my Instagram. So it was like a switch for everybody,” Devyn said, recalling how these weekly social media posts began her segue into hip hop.
“Everyone at the time knew me for doing Soca. So it was a cute little thing to do every Friday, like people were looking forward to it,” Devyn continued. The MC went on to have a moment of enlightenment in her career after doing a freestyle rap show that “went viral”: this could be her way of reaching new listeners, since she “always wanted to make Soca a little more mainstream.” With that revelation, Devyn knew what to do next: “And that’s when I decided to take it serious and realize that could be my way to reach the masses.”
This epiphany is what set the stepping stones that led to Devyn’s debut EP, appropriately named Baby Goat, that combines both her Soca sound and hip hop lyricism into one project. Devyn teased that the EP’s upcoming singles like “Secret” and “Entanglement,” despite falling into the camp of what Devyn considered “mainstream pop,” still have that Caribbean influence that kick-started her career. “If you’re not from the Caribbean, you’re still going to understand it and enjoy it. So it transcends everywhere, and I think people are gonna love it. And that’s kind of like, a teaspoon of what, you know, my culture is really about,” Devyn said of the tracks that are fun and flirty, perfect for putting on blast while driving with the top (or window) down this summer.
And then you have Devyn’s solid rap tracks; one of them, “Straight To It,” was already released to fans in March. Devyn swapped sweet melodies for hard-hitting verses that demand her to be taken seriously as a rapper; not that she needs to make the request, given clever lines like, “Got a different hoodie for the spinnage / I could cook a rapper, turn ’em like a spinach / Everybody know my body different, hottest in the world and I ain’t talkin’ Guinness / Ain’t a problem started I ain’t finish / Know some flossy ooters like a dentist, yeah.”
The forthcoming EP was not just shaped by different genres, but by Devyn’s exposure to “different cultures,” too, as an artist who has been traveling and performing since she was eight years old. From enjoying “boat rides” in Sint Maarten to swimming in Tobago, Devyn said such experiences “expand your brain.” This translates into her music when it comes time to apply that brainpower to songwriting. “I just started writing music on a worldwide basis,” Devyn said. Instead of wondering what her city would love, she was thinking big picture: “What can I do to captivate the world?” These goals all tie back to Devyn’s goal to always be transcending one label.
What also makes Devyn’s work unique is that you won’t find explicit lyrics in it, something she was already getting attention for long before this debut EP came about. This hesitancy towards swear words and violent themes wasn’t because of her young age. Rather, Devyn saw omitting them altogether as more of a writer’s challenge, which rings more true today as she’s “getting older,” the singer-rapper said. “When you get older, you can say more things. And I still just choose not to. And it really does test your limits,” Devyn explained, adding, “It’s just all a part of the testing it and pushing your pen, really just finding out vocabularies and just different things that makes people react. Once you like, pay attention to all those things and put in a boiling pot…that’s kind of how I just be figuring it out.”
While it’s one of the many things that makes Devyn unique in her music — in addition to a level of success few her age have achieved, after also attracting the attention of stars like Taraji P. Henson — above all, Devyn just wants to be relatable.
“I definitely just want people to know that it’s okay to need normal. Like, I feel like that was kind of what was missing,” Devyn observed, noting how music doesn’t always need to be about being “always glammed up” or “being too sexual” (“nothing” is wrong with that, though, Devyn made sure to clarify). Rather, Devyn believes that her debut ep Baby Goat brings “regular emotions, regular things that we go through just everyday life…all ages, all genders, no matter where you are, could just relate to.” And if you won’t relate to it? “You’re going to respect [the EP] because it’s my story and I’m not over exaggerating anything or putting on a facade or show, like this is my real life,” Devyn said.
Pink Offers To Pay ‘Sexist’ Fines Against Norwegian Women’s Handball Team After They Wear Shorts
After the Norwegian Women’s beach handball team got fined for refusing to wear bikini bottoms, Pink trashed the ‘very sexist rules’ and offered to cover the bill.
Pink is doling out the green to protest the European Handball Federation’s rules. The governing body fined the Norwegian women’s beach handball team a total of €1,500 (around $1,765, per CNN) after the team wore shorts, just like their male counterparts, to the 2021 European Beach Handball Championships. “I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform,” Pink, 41, tweeted on Sunday (July 25). “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.
— P!nk (@Pink) July 25, 2021
The team shared their love for Pink by reposting her tweet to their Instagram story. “Wow! Thank you so much for the support,” they added, per CNN. The team also shared their gratitude for all the support they’ve received over this fight. “We are very proud of these girls who during the European Championships raised their voices,” the Norwegian Handball Federation official Twitter account tweeted. “We at NHF stand behind you and support you. Together we will continue to fight to change the rules for clothing so that players can play in the clothes they are comfortable with!”
Vi er kjempestolte over disse jentene som under EM hevet stemmen og ga beskjed om at NOK ER NOK! Vi i NHF står bak dere og støtter dere. Sammen skal vi fortsette å kjempe for å endre regelverket for bekledning, slik at spillerne får spille i det tøyet de er komfortable med! pic.twitter.com/MmfiMtVz2Q
— Norges Håndballforbund (@NORhandball) July 20, 2021
According to International Handball Federation regulations, female-identifying players must wear biking bottoms “with a side width of a maximum of 10 centimeters (3.9 inches), with a ‘close fit’ and ‘cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg,’” per CNN. Meanwhile, male-identifying players are allowed to wear shorts that are “not too baggy” and 10 centimeters above the knee. Many female players say that the uniform is degrading, and Eskil Berg Andreassen, the team’s coach, told CNN that the team was fighting for the freedom “to choose” its own kit, adding that the required uniforms could discourage women from playing the sport.
In response to the criticism, EHF President Michael Wiederer said that “the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented. Significant efforts will be made in order to further promote the sport in the best way possible for everyone, regardless of gender.” However, the president said that such changes in regulations could not happen overnight.
Scott Disick Sweetly Snuggles GF Amelia Hamlin As They Go For A Hamptons Boat Ride With Penelope, 9 — Photos
Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin are enjoying some quality time in the Hamptons, cuddling up under a designer blanket while out for a boat ride.
Scott Disick has snuggled up to his new girlfriend Amelia Hamlin, while spending some quality time in the Hamptons. The 38-year-old took to Instagram on July 24 to share a pic of the couple getting cozy on a boat. Scott revealed they were joined by his daughter Penelope, 9, while vacationing in The Hamptons, the popular celeb hot spot east of New York City. In the pic, he and Amelia were wrapped up in an Hermes blanket to protect against the chilly ocean breeze.
The daughter of Lisa Rinna wore a white sweater while Scott cut an equally casual figure in a grey hoodie. “Hermes only to swim,” he captioned the photo. It comes just one week after Scott shared a pic to his Instagram story with Amelia and Reign posing on a dock. “Great night just a little smelly for reign out on these old docks,” he wrote, explaining why Reign was holding his nose shut with his left hand.
In the photo, Scott rocked camouflage sweatpants and a white tee, along with blue and white sneakers and platinum blonde hair. 20-year-old Amelia looked glam in a beige corset-style top and and high-waisted cream pants, which she paired with pointy-toe heels. The father-of-three also posted a pic of his daughter Penelope sitting on top of a Mercedes SUV. The nine-year-old, whom he shares with his former partner Kourtney Kardashian, cut a casual figure in a pink sweatsuit and slip-on shoes.
Scott and Amelia first sparked dating rumors in October 2020, however, the 18 year age gap has been a point of contention for Amelia’s mom Lisa. The Days of Our Lives alum confessed that her daughter told her she was just “friends” with Scott until Amelia sent her a photo of the two on the beach. At that point, Lisa said she knew there was “more to it” in a recent episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “She’s 19. He’s 37 with three kids. Hello?” she said on camera during the episode, which filmed in November. “I’m a lot nervous about it,” Lisa also added at the time.
Kim Kardashian Snuggles Psalm, 2, At Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Listening Party – Photos
Kim Kardashian sizzled in an all-red ensemble as she supported ex Kanye West at the listening party for his highly anticipated 10th album with all four of their children.
Kim Kardashian, 40, snuggled her youngest child Psalm, 2, close at ex Kanye West‘s Donda listening party. The reality star was on hand to support the father of her four children, 44, at the exclusive event in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, July 22. Kim had a stoic look on her face as she held Psalm inside the Mercedes Benz stadium as Psalm inquisitively appeared to look out at the stage or crowd.
The 2-year-old rocked a Yeezy-approved ensemble with a black muscle tank and leather pants, along with a pair of Kanye’s foam runners by Adidas. Meanwhile, Kim looked straight off the runway in her head-to-toe red ensemble. The skintight outfit, reminiscent of something a race car driver might wear, included a bold zipper detail up the front. She paired the the look with a bold pair of black sunglasses, keeping her hair straight and center parted. Kim finished the bold outfit with a pair of red colored boots with a silver glitter heel.
Kim was in attendance at the highly anticipated listening part along with her other children North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, as well as sister Khloe Kardashian, 37. The Good American founder supportively sat by her older sister amongst the crowd, also keeping her face hidden behind a pair of oversized shades. Khloe opted for a fitted black outfit with a turtleneck style top, rocking her blonde-highlighted locks in a loose beach wave. Despite Kim and Kanye’s on-going divorce, Khloe has referred to Kanye was a “brother for life” — even showing him some love on social media ahead of the event by liking three of his Instagram posts teasing new music.
As expected, Kanye made a reference to his split from Kim on the album. “I’m losing my family / I’m losing my family / I’m losing my family,” he said repeatedly on one of the tracks, believed to be titled “Welcome To My Life.” Over their seven year marriage, Kim and Kanye resided in the Los Angeles suburb where the SKIMS CEO still lives (Kanye appears to spend the majority of his time at his Wyoming estate). Donda was also full of several guest appearances, including a verse recorded by Jay-Z just hours before the album dropped.