Island Music has taken many turns in the mainstream market with artist like Drake, Tory Lanez and Nicki Minaj; they’ve all dabbled in the Caribbean sound. Originial reggae artist like Vybz Kartel, Spice, and Sean Paul all have seen the success from the crossover from reggae music. Now more Caribbean artist is stepping forward showcasing their talents to the American audience.

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Nailah Blackman is a Trinidadian soca star who is connected with the ties of Ras Shorty, Abbi Blackman, and Avian Blackman. Her grandfather Ras Shorty is one of Trinidad’s most legendary artist, he is most popular for creating soca music, and Jamoo. Both sounds are upbeat tempo music influenced by Afro, Latin, Funk and Soul.

Nailah recently performed July 4th weekend in Westbury, NY for their annual Allan’s Bakery Barbecue. She spoke with journalist Kay Dotttt to discuss new music, celebrity crush, and her favorite beauty secrets.