Larren Wong came down to our MYX Global Studios in Los Angeles and answered a few questions so we could get to know him better. Find out about his musical background, what it was like growing up bi-racial in the Bay Area of California, and if he speaks Tagalog in this Spotlight Interview.
About Larren Wong:
Larrenwong is a self-taught vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter from Union City, CA. The child of a Filipino immigrant mother and African-American father, Larren has a diverse, rich ethnic history. His grandfather, a big band jazz leader and flautist in the New York Philharmonic was an early musical role model for Larren, despite being hard to impress.
The now 24-year-old artist began playing the guitar at the age of 12 and has been actively working to elevate his craft ever since. Along the way, Larren learned how to play bass, piano, and the bassoon as well. After playing D1 football and obtaining a Masters of Science for Leadership in the Creative Enterprises at Northwestern University, Larren played linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks before deciding to leave athletics to pursue a full-time career as a musician.
Drawing heavily from sounds of the Bay Area as well as artists like Erykah Badu, J Dilla, and D’Angelo, Larrenwong fuses his range of influences and life experience into a worldly sound that is uniquely his own.
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, and Influencer Jules Aurora is hopping into the MYXed Bag hot seat and is excited to answer your Fan Questions. So, submit away to the form below, and let's see which fan questions make it into Jules's MYXed Bag episode. The deadline for submissions is 11/16/21.
About MYXed Bag:
MYXed Bag takes your favorite celebrity and puts them in the hot seat, answering your fan-generated questions from our MYXed Bag. The new MYX digital show gives the fans the opportunity to submit questions for the show via the MYX Global website.
He's back at it "Again." After the release of his latest single featuring E-40 and LaRussell, P-Lo drops some new gear. This P-Lo Authentic Collection features a Stunna Boy Hoodie and Hat with some authentic pins. This version of the Stunna Boy Hoodie has the infamous character's face traced out and centered in the back of the pullover.
The hat that just dropped also stays within the same colorway as the hoodie. This colorway most gives a nod to the SF Giants color pallet and features three pins that come with the snapback. This drop is available P-Lo's website alongside some other merch you can add to your collection.
Filipino American Hip-Hop Artist Pretty Pape$ hits the MYX Traks stage and performs his viral hit “Boomin” live at our MYX Global Studios in Los Angeles, California. Pape$ is the first Hip-Hop artist on MYX Traks, so he made sure to bring the energy for a memorable performance. Check out his performance below!
MYX Traks is a part of MYX Global’s new Youtube content line-up. The show features a live in-studio performance from up-and-coming and established artists co-produced with Traklife Media Group.
Pretty Pape$ is a one-man shop in this music industry. From production, writing, engineering and mixing, Pape$ is one of those artists who you can leave in the studio by himself and he’ll walk out the studio with a hit. In a sense, he's like Russ, a DIY pioneer. Pape$ knows his talent will only get him so far, that’s why he’s leaned on his consistency to make a name for himself.
Since he started dropping music Pretty Pape$ hasn’t taken a year off, consistently dropping singles, EP’s & albums annually. In 2020 it seems all his hard work is really starting to pay off as his 2019 single “Boomin” has begun to make its round on Tik Tok. It all started when the Boston Celtics used “Boomin” on an Instagram Reels video and within a week the official account for the NBA, NFL, CBS Sports, Saints, Ravens & more have used “Boomin” on Tik Tok. Within 2 weeks the song has generated over 7 million views from verified accounts on Tik Tok and it's only just starting.
If you're in the Los Angeles area, here is a Filipino American History Month event worth checking out! HiFi Kitchen and FilAm Arts are celebrating the impact of Filipinos in Breaking with a screening and discussion panel featuring Filipino-American Bboys, Remind, Wicket, and more!
A little history lesson as to why this event is taking place:
On July 21, 1996, one of the most influential battles in Breakin’ history happened in Historic Filipinotown of Los Angeles, CA, between Renegades and Style Elements. HiFi Kitchen is honoring the 25-year anniversary of this historic battle.
Follow the links below for more details on this event and make sure to follow HiFi Kitchen for updates leading to the festivities on October 15th.
Info and Tickets: Eventbrite
Follow HiFi: Instagram
Saweetie is on to the next one! Hot off the news from Netflix announcing her as the host for their latest special "Unzipped," the Icy Queen revealed her latest collaboration, more work with SinfulColors. Her latest collection with the company "Made on Mars" comes with textured, bold metallic nail polishes that give off a rocky surface effect that you can pair with Saweetie's galactic nail stickers to complete the perfect space mani.
Saweetie has been working with SinfulColors for some time now, and it seems to be an ongoing collaboration between her and the top affordable nail polish company. The long-running partnership is a perfect match for Saweetie because we know she always keeps her nails fresh, vibrant, and eye-catching. This Saweetie x SinfulColors collection is a Halloween collaboration and is available at Walmart.
Cover Photo Courtesy of SinfulColors Instagram
With a new viral video or meme popping up on social media every day, the world of social media continues to grow at a rapid pace. We can easily get lost in the spectrum of social networks and definitely miss some influencers worth following and getting to know. Here is our first-ever list of a few Filipino American Social Influencers you should give a follow to right now.
In no particular order here we go:
Nick Urteaga @coastalflicks
Nick is a Creative Director and Big and Tall Menswear Influencer. He recently went viral, showcasing his style and proving that bigger guys can be stylish too. So if you are looking to understand fit and style and want to get creative with your videos and photos, Nick is an excellent account to follow. His tips and tricks can be found on IG Reels.
Azia Celestino @aziacelestino
Azia is News Personality and TV Host currently on Cheddar News. In the early months of the pandemic, Azia found a new audience on Tik Tok and IG Reels, sharing news updates from the comfort of her own home with #KeepitShort with Azia. To date, she has over 2 million likes on Tik Tok. She was formerly on Channel One News and Complex Hustle.
Francis Kenneth @franciskenneth
Francis is a US Navy Veteran, musician, and blogger. He's a Social Influencer in the Menswear and Lifestyle space and has worked with worldwide brands such as Nike and Mazda. If you are trying to connect the business behind the influence, Francis is a great example of that. Check him out on Instagram.
Asia Jackson @aasian
Asia is an Actress and Content Creator. She created a social movement called #MagandangMorenx, which translates to "beautiful brown skin." The movement is dedicated to challenging the traditionally enforced beauty standards within mainstream Filipino media and combating colorism within the culture. Asia can be found across all socials. I would definitely recommend checking out her Youtube Channel.
Nava Rose @thenavarose
Nava is a Fashion Lifestyle Content Creator all over social media. Her fashion tips, DIYs, and obsession with BTS have garnered her a Youtube following of over 1.2 million subscribers. The Ellen Show took notice and even gave her a digital show called "Nava on the Fly" on ellentube.
Now we know that there are so many more Filipino American Influencers out there for all of us to discover so let keep us in the loop! Follow us on our socials and leave a comment to let us know who we should look out for next.
Also, stay tuned for more social influencer lists from the Philippines and all around the world coming soon!