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Uni-G is Not like the Other Kids

Amanda Giordano


I guess what makes me unique is that no matter how hard it gets, I don't conform to today's sound or look. I fall in the category of the Kendrick's and Cole's, and today's trend are face tats, glorifying death and being an addict. I'm at a huge disadvantage because the majority of what I rap about is the complete opposite of what is popularized. Due to me staying true to myself, it makes it harder to become the next sensation. I'd prefer a strong foundation but it can become tiresome at times, I guess what keeps me going is knowing that I've stopped so many people from committing suicide, I've sent many to rehab all because of my words and that's more meaningful then rapping about today's trends. Plus, Why be like the other kids when the other kids don't even know who they are... I'm proud of who I am...

Kisha Johnson is Not like the other Kids

Amanda Giordano


One can be anyone, but anyone can't be me. That's my power. I'm a one of one. That sounds fancy, right? I'm fancy. I'm funny, I'm creative, I'm ever-learning and always creating. That can be your power too, but only if you want it to be. 

I’m always thinking about ways to uplift while healing myself and my voice became a way to do that. I realized that through my own pain people could resonate and combat the problems that they had. I stepped up and said “I’m not okay,” people were like “Me either girl” and I went from there. There's a lot of stressors for inner-city kids (Basically a lack of everything, throw in some marginalization, oppression and mix in a combination of sexual-mental-physical-emotional abuse for a low functioning human being) and it all happened by design. Through my poetry, I try to educate people on self-love, the history of black people, and finding problems to the solutions we face as underserved communities.


I came up with The Give Back Tour after listening to the Dead Prez “Let’s Get Free” album. It was a way to hold myself accountable. I had learned so much about myself and healing that it would be a disservice not to share it with everyone else. My plan is to go around the States teaching about affirmations, healing rituals, poetry while learning from all the people and things I meet in between. Ultimately, I’ll bring that knowledge right back to my borough and I know that no one can do it alone which is why the goal is always to share as much as I can of myself in order to inspire the revolutionary in us all.

IG: @AHoodrathippie 

Eric from Foreign Figures and the band is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


"how to we dream differently, I think the big dream for us is to create music than can allow others to feel safe enough to express their true authentic selves. and to impower others to chase after their dreams as well. What makes us different? (not like the other kids) no one has my same personality, style, taste of music, voice. but we definately like different genres of music and we as a band blend hip hop, r&b, rock, and we kinda have our own sound." 

Thank you Maralee Nielson

Until we get caught is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


We’re “Until We Get Caught” and we are a 6 piece pop punk band hailing from both Staten Island, NY and Providence, RI. That’s right, half of us live in New York while the other half live in Rhode Island. Right off the bat, you can tell that we aren’t like most bands. Our music style isn’t like most other popular bands as well. 

What makes us unique however is not just our location or our music. But we all come from different walks of life and have experienced all different upbringings. Since this band started in 2014, our goal wasn’t to get signed and become rock stars. It was to send a message to anyone out there that life may not always go the way you want it to, but you should make the most of it and live it to the fullest. We bring this up during every show we play, whether that be local or when we tour across the country. Every song we write has many hours of trial and error behind it, so much heart and soul and each message in these songs are something we hope resonates with the listener. 


Aleks Gershman- Unclean Vocals

Chris Brady- Clean Vocals

Rickie Garcia- Rhythm Guitar/ Vocals 

Chris Petrocchi- Bass Guitar

Nick Rod- Lead Guitar

Tom Reig- Drums


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Zara Lone is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Why am I not like the other kids?

I think my background kind of shaped me into the person that I am. I went to catholic school for 4 years, then went to public middle school, got shipped off to Pakistan, went to a private boarding school out there, came back and attended the rest of high school and college here. I graduated with a political science degree with a minor in sociology from Wagner College. While in school, I interned with the United Nations. I also became licensed as a business risk analyst and insurance consultant while in my junior year of college and landed a job a couple days after graduation as a professional sports business risk analyst on 42nd and Park. I went back to school a year later to get my MBA (also Wagner College) and currently work at Marsh and McLennan. I think my educational diversity really shaped my point of view and expanded my horizons very early on.

I think I'm relentless in my pursuit of success, I want to do everything - and I make sure that I do. I started my artistic endeavors with writing prose, it developed into poetry and short stories. I am a makeup artist and it sparked my interest into the realm of fashion. I then branched off into photography and started playing with graphic design. The more I did shoots and collaborated with other local artists, the more I started curating my own vision and decided that I wanted to start a project where I could have the artistic visions in my mind come to life. I have eclectic taste and enjoy quirky statement pieces, I like controversy and pushing the limit, and sometimes, my vision would clash with the photographer or creative director. I think the only way I figured out how to do that was to start directing shoots from start to finish. I wanted to find a way to complement my artistic vision with my purpose. I believe that my purpose in this lifetime is to bring to light the social and ethical issues that we see day to day but are unpopular to talk about; it's to change the world by pushing the limit to achieve positive results. It is sometimes to become the bad guy but to plant a seed in people's minds that forces them to think beyond the level of comfort that they are used to. One particular issue that is close to my heart and that I'm working on a piece for is mental health in the South Asian community. I hope to shed light on the stigmas associated with culture and religion in minority communities. Another issue that I would like to tackle is how to bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood by teaching people the important things that are neglected by school curriculums like learning how to interview for jobs and maximizing your personal brand.

Lastly. I think what really sets me apart is that I have an immense amount of pride about where I come from. I'm a self proclaimed Staten Island fanboy and I am enlightened enough to acknowledge that there is immense talent and opportunity here. I believe that supporting where we come from and the people that we are surrounded with not only strenghthens your own personal mission by expanding your network and building bridges but strenghthens a community. I believe strongly in the power of unity and hope to make this a core value of my upcoming blog, called Chronicles of the Lone. It is going to be a culture blog hyperfocused on the concepts of social awareness, art, and community. 

Lavish is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


People always ask me how am I different from everybody else. People tend to look at me and can immediately tell I'm not everyone else. From the way I carry myself humbly, the way I dress, even down to the energy I give off as soon as I step into a room. But what makes me very different from a lot of people is the way I speak. My #1 obstacle in life has sparked off the person I am today.

Being an artist and speaking into a microphone with a melody has always been easy for me. Speaking is something that is easy for everybody. It's how we communicate. It's how we express our feelings and tell people we love them. For me, speaking without lyrics and a melody has been a huge obstacle. Being a person who stutters makes me different from everyone else. It's things so easy like saying "thank you" after somebody holds the door that makes me frustrated because I cant get the words out. Ever since I was younger, I turned that frustration into lyrics & melodies and showed people that 'stuttering kid' from Staten Island has a bigger voice than you think when I begin to rap. I'm #notliketheotherkids because I take my weakness and turn it into one of my biggest strengths - music. I know my worth and I know my voice is powerful... even if it takes me a while to say what I have to say.

Skyllas Wang is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Why am I not like the other kids?

I've never felt like I really was like anyone else growing up and I always did things in my own weird way. Being an adult, things are still the same way. I choose to make my own path rather than following ones already made. As a creator I find responsibility in my art to be a physical representation of the shifts that happen in life and to make people feel deep emotions that open their mind. One thing I want to teach people through my own being is to be open to taking risks, be open on the journey of finding yourself and be open to love.



Jordan Barone is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


"I am not like the other kids because of my willingness to bet it all on my craft. I eat, breath, sleep, dream, and live music. There’s pictures of me at the piano as early as 2 years old. I began producing with my brother at age 9. I was set on this path way before I knew how it would manifest itself in every aspect of my life. 


Everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. For me, this would be to make a living by waking up, walking down to the studio, and creating for the largest portion of my day. I believe this is attainable, and this goal has set me in an organized, yet manic frenzy. 


I really took the jump when I began interning as an audio engineer at multiple recording studios in NYC. The city represented the largest of what my dreams could be. I was in rooms with the stars, so close, yet so far. But it drove me, kept me awake for more than 24 hours at a time. 


Not much changed when I made the switch to be an artist. I created around the clock. A hummed melody could turn into a full sonata, and no genre could bind me. I could be Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” over Wu-Tang inspired sampled drums. I'd dream of music, wake up, and rush to bring the idea to fruition. I even forget to eat sometimes, that’s how deep I get in it. I’ve been trying to find the balance so that I don’t lose all aspects of a social life, and so that I still spend quality time with family. But to be honest, it’s all just patchwork, and I’m itching until I can create again.


I’m sure there are some others like me, but I know they are rare. It's my wish to not only create, but have my inner voice and melodies heard, sometimes playing soft, or sometimes screaming boldly, but one way or another, stating clearly- I am not like the other kids. " - Jordan Barone

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Keyz Vango is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Here’s why I’m #NotLikeTheOtherKids :

I have an understanding that, to lose your “inner kid” is to lose your ability to dream. In order to fulfill your dreams you have to often resort back to that child-like mind set. Kids don’t hesitate so much. Kids don’t dwell on what can go wrong. Kids just do, based on what feels natural. For many, it’s the hardest and most terrifying thing to simply choose happiness. I guess what separates me from the other kids, is that I’ve finally relearned how to stare fear straight in the face and just do me, like a kid.


Prema 777 is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


I’m not like the other kids, I’m captivated by what we don’t notice. I’m inspired by the unknown and I’m driven by the unaccepted. I'm pretty awkward, & uncomfortable, often times overly friendly. I go for opposites and do things like root for the underdog. I look at failure as a friendship to my enlightenment & have always believed I can change the world. Everyday I’m 1 step closer to making a bigger change. Really I’m not like the other kids because I’ve pretty much always been ‘that other kid’.