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Apr
11
Vision @ AVO Playhouse

Vista, California, USA

Vista, California, USA

Mar
22
Vision @ Dream street live

ocean beach, California, USA

ocean beach, California, USA

Mar
14
Vision @ Rythm Lounge

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

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Vision

Written by : Lisa Ferma

Originally from Lynwood California, Christina "Vision" Cardona is am emcee/singer of mexican descent whose pulsating, inspirational rap music is oerfect for the new millenium. Her pinpoint delivery, coupled with her charismatic style was evident from the very beginning. Vision has been putting it down for years. She combines her raw street raps with souful R&B vocals giving her mass appeal.

As a child, Vision grew up in a broken home. With that came a childhood of pain. Her father Xavier became absent soon after her birth and her mother Victoria was left to raise Vision and older brother Ernest. Vision was forced to grow up with a quickness. Despite her struggles, Vision set forth to prove her talent and desire to succeed.

At the age of five, Vision's mother began calling her Tina Turner. It was then when Vision started singing. Vision has captivated audiences in the thousands touring with Lowrider magazine and opening up for Nick Cannon on MTV'S Wild n Out, Crooked I, Too Short, Nas, Bone Thugs, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg and many more heavy hitters in the industry. Vision has linked up with Hi - C and Suga Free, The Pharcyde, Steve Vicious, Cypress Hill, Crown City Rockers, Baby Bash, Crooked I, Lil Easy E, Ying Yang Twins and Spice One.

Vision is a proud and single mother to her six year old son Justice. She is currently working on her debut street album due to be released soon.

Contact myspace.com/visioncomplex
- Imperfekshun Magazine


NEW NEW **** VISION interviewed by: MACHA FEMME SAN FRANSISCO
Category: Music





It Takes Strength and Vision to Follow Your Dreams
An Interview with MC Vision
Article by Micaela Valdez, Macha Femme Press.


Recently my beautiful aunt passed away in San Diego. So I headed down to the funeral last June and was honestly miserable at the time seeing no good in having my aunt leave us on this Earth. I felt relief to finally be with family during this difficult time. My father and I decided to have breakfast at a restaurant in Vista and we noticed a theater next to the restaurant advertising a pacific arts performance. He suggested we come back in the evening for the show to help get our minds off of our grief for a minute. This is where I saw MC Vision perform. Seeing her take the stage with just herself and a microphone gave me strength. She flowed speaking on her life, youth, and the future. She also gave me the inspiration I so greatly needed that day. I shared this experience with a spiritual friend and told her about the strange timing--my aunt's death, but without hesitation she reminded me that life is a cycle and that for every passing there is also a birthing of something new. A new cycle starts.


Q and A with VISION:


(Q) When did you first fall in love with hip-hop?

VISION: I've always been into soul music. As a little girl, my moms was heavy into Tina Turner, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye. She loved to dance. This was in the 80's. I remember her getting all dressed up in her bell-bottoms and just seeming so young and happy. She started calling me Tina and kind of turned me on to the music greats. I think that's when I fell in love with hip-hop. Hip-hop means something different to everyone. To me hip-hop is a lifestyle filled with soul.


(Q) How did you first learn to rap?

VISION: When I was eleven I started writing these long a**poems. That's when I first started getting the inclination to rhyme, but I first started to rap when I was thirteen years old. I used to hear my brother and his friends freestylin' and it was like a light when off in my dome, 'hey I can do that too,' and from that day forward I just never ever stopped.


(Q) What kind of topics do you mostly rap about?

VISION: The struggle. Real life. What we go through daily in the hood. What I've seen, pain, joy, ya know. I want to make a difference with my music. That's my purpose. So I try to stay away from the shaking ya a** type topics. It's cool to have fun, but it's time to make a change.


(Q) Have you ever felt intimidated as a female emcee in a male-dominated field?

(Q) Have you ever felt intimidated as a female emcee in a male-dominated field?

VISION: I'm not sure I've ever felt intimidated. What I have felt is the need to work overtime to prove my worth as a rapper as a woman. Im no punk, I'm strictly about rapping and making music. Sometimes our invoirment causes us ladies to create a hard shell around ourselves and a hard attitude just to show these dudes and all else that they can't come at us just any old way.. save the funny s*it ya know. There are women out there, there are people in general in this game and in everyday life, who are busters, fast and not so intuned. I've had to fight, shout, sometimes throw things to demand that respect. I know why I'm here. I'm a female who happens to be a boss. I put the work in, I've paid my dues all on rapping, today where I stand I gets that respect... Believe me, I know what I'm doing


(Q) Have you had any mentors in the music business?

VISION: My brother. He's the only mentor in my musical life so far that's made any sense. (Laughter)


(Q) How did you get the name Vision and what drives you as an artist?

VISION: When I started rapping, I was trying to come up with nicknames. I came up with a bunch and Vision was one of them, but I didn't use it. A few years later, I moved to Los Angeles and formed a Christian rap group. I asked my manager to help me pick out a name and he asked me to explain myself and what my goal was. He said, "How about Vision?" Crazy 'cause I didn't tell him I had already thought of that name!


(Q) What experiences in your life have made you the person that you are today?

VISION: Man, where should I start. I've gone through so much in my life. I know we all go through a lot, but I think I've experienced things that the average person could never survive and that's real. So everything that I've endured in my life, the pain, being abandoned, joy, sadness-it's all added to who I am today. Today I am very strong-willed and very weary of people, honestly, but I'm also very compassionate and forgiving.


(Q) What has been one of the most exciting experiences you have had in your career?

VISION: Every time I get to do what I love, I'm excited. When I do a show, big or small and when I'm paid to do shows out of state. Last year I was flown to Arizona, New York and San Francisco all on rapping. My mother came with me and on the plane when I looked at her, she was happy. I said 'Momma, all this 'cause I rap.' It was a beautiful time. God willing I can provide more for my loved ones some day.

So far, one of my favorite shows is probably the one I did in Arizona for a nightclub opening. It was me, Suga Free, and HI-C and the promoter kept us together the whole time. We flew from Cali to AZ together, used the same tour bus and stayed at the same hotel, but different rooms of course! It was a lot of fun and a crazy experience being so close to these guys that my brother and I grew up listening to. I learned a lot from Suga Free on how to not take sh** from no one. When someone did something he didn't like he'd make this face of total disgust and it was just so funny. So now when I'm not happy I make that face too.

Another show I did that had a huge impact on my life was this gig I did at the Key Club in Hollywood. I was the only musician on the bill and it was a party for Nick Cannon's "WILDN OUT" show. So it was packed with celebrities, but not just any celebrities, they were all "hood heroes" like Tracy Morgan, Vivica Fox, Tyrese, and Meagan Good. It was fly, but In the middle of my show, my cd skipped! (Laughter) That was pretty crazy, but I just rolled with it, so it turned out pretty cool. Every show I have done has been a great experience. Whether it was a hole in the wall spot or a huge nightclub, or I did a great job, or I sucked. It's all good to me, 'cause I'm doing what I've dreamt of since I was a little girl and for that I can't complain.


(Q) What advice would you give young women of color coming up who want to work in the hip-hop music industry?

VISION: Please whatever you do, learn to respect and love yourself first! Then go out into the world with confidence in who you are as a woman. If you have children, don't assume that you ain't got a chance. You just gotta work harder is all. This music game is so very, very hard. I've gone to bed crying many nights, but I've persevered. Keep fighting; don't never ever let anyone tell you you're not good enough. Stay away from boys, at least until you have your sh** together and don't get caught up in anyone's hype, good or bad. Just focus on you and what you gotta do and always remember Vision was here first. (Laughter)


M.C. Vision is a talented female rapper and singer of Mexican descent. She has been in the underground hip-hop scene since the late 90's and hails from Los Angeles, but now resides in San Diego. To learn more about Vision and download her music visit: www.myspace.com/visioncomplex.


Micaela Valdez, aka Mexica Queen, is a writer, poet, and dj. She currently lives and works in San Francisco. For inquiries email: machanoticias-owner@yahoogroups.com.


Article by Micaela Valdez, copyright 2007, Macha Femme Press. www.myspace.com/machafemme. - Macha Femme San Fransisco


Discography

Official street album due to release March/April
Title: C'est la vie/That's Life
Current online radio play at:
Community service radio
Ur the movement radio

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Originally from Los Angeles, California, Cristina "VISION" Cardona is "The West Coast's official female emcee/singer of Mexican descent" who with years in the musical game and plenty of dues paid has earned that moniker again and again...To hear Vision or to see her perform, one can truly feel why she is deserving of the title.

"My truest passion is helping others. For me, performing is just the way I can help people by influencing them with my music. It is a natural extension of the style of the music I make."
-- Vision

Fans say that Vision’s style combines the soul of Tina Turner, aggression of Tupac, and flavor of all west coast artists known and unknown. She has formed her style in rapping about the reality of life with a goal to make a difference. She has been told by many of her fans that her music was inspiring in helping them get through tough times, such as death in the family or loss of hope with the message that anyone can make it.

“You have to keep fighting for what you believe in… no matter how many times you fall, just pick yourself up and keep moving forward.” -- Vision

Vision was born in the streets of Los Angeles where she remained for a few years then moved to San Diego with her family where her journey would begin. She is currently working on her street album with all the lyrics written by her and songs performed by her featuring a fiery urban mix of Hip hop, rap, and R&B served up with a savvy street wise twist.

Vision has performed in a variety of venues from Hollywood night clubs to outdoor concerts such as the Low rider magazine tour, and even in her hometown where she is well known. She is featured on countless mix tapes, albums, local and national hip hop magazines and variety shows. Vision has opened up for several national acts including; Bone Thugs n Harmony, Hi-C & Suga free, Nick Cannon, Crooked I, Ying Yang Twins, Baby Bash, Snoop Dog, Cypress Hill, Crown City Rockers and Spice one. On her current street album is working w/ The Pharcyde, Abstract Rude, and Steve Vicious. She has also exhibited her skills on various CDs for other artists outside the U.S.
In addition to her talents on stage, she also enjoys writing songs. She identifies themes, composes the lyrics, and develops the energy needed for all of her works. She has also very involved in the production of each song she creates. She has completed a multitude of songs choosing the best ones suited for her fans.

“What I really love about rapping/performing is being able to “be there” through my music for those caught in the struggles of life. Being able to reach out to people and let them know that I care. -- Vision

Vision has an energetic and entrancing on-stage presence as a performer. She delivers the oomph in what five artists can bring to the show all by her-self. There is no stopping her when she is passionate about what she loves.