Issue #108 – Digital Cover

Published on January 16th, 2018 | by Jerry Doby


The Hype Magazine Live Session With DefJam’s new R&B/Pop crew Riplay

Riplay at DefJam Records

Riplay at DefJam Records

Near the end of 2017 DefJam Records welcomed their newest R&B Pop girl group Riplay under the direction of Phantom Boyz Music Group. Riplay is an R&B Pop girl group from Baltimore, Maryland consists of three young ladies, Marshaye Hebron aka “Shaye”, her younger sister A’laiza Hebron aka “Lay”, and Kiya Hawthorne aka “Ki” who are between the ages of 15 to 17. They definitely have next up as each one of the young ladies bring a unique element to the group that sets them apart from the typical girl group.

Riplay’s fall release Status sent the group into a whirlwind of popularity nationwide but they’ve got a great starting body of work to rock with to kick off 2018.

About Riplay

Shaye originally from PG Maryland brings a style of hip hop to the group that reflects one of her idols Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez.

Lay brings a soft soothing sound that sets the tone for the group and with her funky image she makes a bold statement.

Ki originally from Baltimore Maryland is known by the group, to bring the soul and the power behind the sound.

With their natural talent in being performers, Riplay looks to entertain the music world with great music and energy. Working hard to follow and recreate the blueprint of some of the girl groups before them,as they mirror the likes of TLC, SWV and other great female R&B Pop groups before them.

The Hype Magazine met with these young lionesses via telephone to talk about their new situation and what’s on the books for 2018.

About the label

Phantom Boyz Music Group is an American-based music production company, since its inception in 2006, The Phantom Boyz have produced records for both American and international artists, including Jim Jones, Christina Aguilera, B5, Alexandra Burke, BoA and Rainie Yang.Since signing with Phantom Boyz Music Group, Riplay’s video “Strange” featuring Lil Key (of Jermaine Dupri’s The Rap Game) & “Hate Me“ has gone viral. Strange has garnered over 3.2 million views on Facebook & Hate me is at 1.8 million views and climbing also on Facebook . With the strategic direction of Phantom Boyz Music Group spearheading Riplay’s career, success is inevitable.

These young ladies aren’t sitting on their laurels taking in all of this new celebrity, they’ve been spotted out in the community giving their time and support with other celebs including this Christmas where Lala & celebrity friends fed & gifted 250 pairs of brand jordan sneakers, coats, hats & gloves to girls of non-profit, Girls Inc of NYC. These ladies know that to whom much is given, much is required and thus, it’s their “Time To Shine.”

Lala Anthony, Riplay and Lil Uzi Vert

Lala Anthony, Riplay and Lil Uzi Vert

Bonus: On December 28th, Riplay let loose of a new joint Time Of The Month which is about the different changes girls bodies go through as young female teens causing the to have mood swings…

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I see said the blind man! ~ JD





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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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