Adverts I Have Used

I have picked 2 adverts that would be suitable to use in my magazine and that go with the rap genre and can appeal to my target audience. I have chosen these specific adverts as I feel they will best attract my audience as they are showing flashy belongings such as cars and sneaker which is the vibe to go along with the rest of my magazine.

these adverts links with what my target audience is attracted to. Using my dating profile, I have picked out that most of my audience are attracted and influenced by rappers and what they are into, therefore, having a sneaker and car advert in my magazine would really gain buyers and readers.

A New Improved Contents Page

My Improved Contents Page

This is my new and improved second draft for my music magazine contents page. I have asked some questions to a peer as to get an outsider assessment.

  • How does the contents page work in tandem with the front cover?

Used the same colours such as black and white and portrayed a professional design.

  • Is the font/typeface consistent with the front cover?

The contents page follows a similar layout and uses the same typefaces in both pages.

  • What genre of music is the contents page featuring?

It is featuring rap as it is grungy and stylish.

  • Describe the images of the stars using adjectives.

Confident, trendy and stylish.

  • Which cover-lines tempt the audience to read on and which ones stand out and why?

The text is inflated substantially more than the description with clear page numbers beside it.

  • How do the cover-lines reflect a music magazine?

They reflect a music magazine with gossip and the latest news on the stars.

  • Which areas, aspects have distracting areas of integration of copy and images?

The cover star is on one side and the text is on the other which gives a clear contrast between the two.

  • What aspects do you consider conventional or unconventional?

The professional font is conventional however, the image can challenge the genre as it is the latter.

What is a Contents Page?

Design Draft Content Pages

These are my 3 designs/ideas for my contents page in my magazine. These designs will help me when creating my contents page as I have these templates to go off which will make it easier when displaying the contents in the page. I have also researched some other contents pages from other rap magazines. I have found a contents page that I will get my inspiration from.

This content page from VIBE (2008), is fairly simple with the basic red, white and black colour scheme, this makes the star stand out in front of the dark background. The titles are full of catchy caption and the brand logo standouts in the top corner. This magazine will help give an insight of what my design will look similar too when creating my own contents page.

Feedback & Reflection on Draft DPS

Voice Memo Of Peer & Teacher Feedback

Summary Of Feedback


  • Needs a masthead.
  • Need to credit the photo.
  • Likes how the font looks.


  • Good negative space and textures.
  • Possibly a pull quote.
  • Good atmosphere.
  • Good technical skills.
  • Text not in all caps.
  • Good leading lines.

I will take this feedback and make some changes to my double page spread taking into account what my peers and teachers have said, which will make my magazine the best as possible.

Second Shoot Contact Sheet(s)

My Contact Sheet

This is my contact sheet for my location shoot. I feel that I captured a lot of promising shots that I think can work in my Music Magazine. I feel that the cigar was a great prop to use as it added a layer of edginess within my image which was the look I was going for to fit in with the mise en scene of my magazine, which will make it easier when designing my magazine around these images.

My Improved Article

When South London rapper Jay-R was 20 years old, he uploaded a few songs to SoundCloud. The tracks got a couple hundred plays, then a few thousand. Three years later, on the strength of a moody song called “Next Up” and a series of streaming-only mixtapes, the rapper, now 23, has racked up over a 100 million Spotify streams and nabbed a Best New UK Artist Grammy nomination.

Jay-R’s rise is impressive. But this year, he’s just one in a crowd of Rap stars who are dominating the mainstream. Nearly half of the songs on Jan. 27’s Billboard Hot 100 chart was rap or incorporate elements of hip-hop. Listening in the genre increased 74% on Spotify in 2017, and Drake, the Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar were three of the platform’s top five most popular artists. This opened Jay-R’s eyes to what is possible in rap and what made him devote his life to it.

The Grammys are evolving as well. In years past, Album of the Year nominations might nod to one hip-hop album, this year, rap dominated the category, thanks to artists like Jay-Z, Lamar and Donald Glover, who has pushed genres with his musical project Childish Gambino. Three of the five nominees for Record of the Year are also hip-hop, as are three of the five up for Best New Artist, including Jay-R.

 How did you first get into rapping?

My Brother star­ted rap­ping when we were young­er and even­tu­ally got me into it. I wasn’t that deep into it but after we went to jail over basic­ally noth­ing, we star­ted mak­ing a song about it while in lockup. Once we got out, we nev­er stopped mak­ing music, and I found my voice while I was there as I think my imprisonment impacts on my music today.

Tell us about your track Next Up?

“Next Up” is a hard track. The point is to be com­pletely self-centred. Ini­tially, it was released in a short EP called “TRAPHOUSE” in 2018. The point of the whole pro­ject was just embod­i­ment of ‘the streets’, ‘party­ing’, and going out with the squad. “Next Up” is a song that is meant to be flashy, cocky, and over­all flex. “Feel your­self music” as my man­age­ment calls it; a def­in­ite song to play as you put on your best clothes while get­ting ready for a wild night.

What’s next for JaY-R in 2020?

It’s the beginning of a new decade, so I have to go all out! I have several projects; some completed some still in progress, sitting in the vault. Not to talk about the visuals that I have started working on… let’s just say 2020 will be a year of content. New music and new videos! I will be changing the game with features that no one would guess to happen as it is a new chapter for me in music, and most importantly in my life.

Changes I have made

  • I have taken out some unnecessary parts and words that didn’t fit well.
  • I have made more points of the certain views on my artists and what he thinks about the subjects I have talked about.
  • My target is to make sure everything is clearly shown on my double page spread and fits the mise en scene of my magazine.