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Yaya Bey’s ‘Ten Fold’: A Soulful Journey of Love, Identity, and Self-Discovery

  • May 14, 2024
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Yaya Bey’s ‘Ten Fold’: A Soulful Journey of Love, Identity, and Self-Discovery

Yaya bey, ten fold, chasing the bus, r&b, hip-hop

Rating: 9/10 – EXCELLENT Album

Yaya Bey’s latest album, ‘Ten Fold,’ released on May 10, 2024, is a captivating blend of soulful reflexivity and sonic exploration. Building on the success of her previous works, “Remember Your North Star” and the EP “Exodus the North Star,” Bey delves deeper into themes of love, identity, and self-discovery with her distinctive voice and nuanced lyricism.

The album opens with “crying through my teeth,” setting an introspective tone with its hypnotic lament. This track, along with others like “east coast mami” and “sir princess bad bitch,” showcases Bey’s ability to weave deeply personal narratives with authenticity and vulnerability. The production throughout the album is a mix of jazz-inflected R&B and electro elements, creating a rich, textured soundscape that perfectly complements her lyrical depth.

One of the standout tracks, “chasing the bus,” has a dual meaning, reflecting both romantic disillusionment and Bey’s experiences in the music industry. This song exemplifies her talent for crafting relatable yet profound messages, urging listeners to find validation within themselves rather than seeking it externally.

Collaborations on the album, such as “so fantastic” featuring Grand Daddy I.U. and “eric adams in the club” featuring Exaktly, add diverse flavors to the project, enhancing its overall appeal. Each track contributes to an immersive journey through Bey’s artistic and emotional landscape.

“Ten Fold” is a testament to Yaya Bey’s growth and versatility as an artist. It’s an essential listen for anyone seeking music with substance and heart, providing a thoughtful exploration of life’s complexities through a soulful, contemporary lens.

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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