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Master Class: Duane DaRock by DJ Layne Luv

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Napoleon Hill goes on record with his book Think And Grow Rich telling the reader the very day he was sent on a mission to seek out the most successful people in the nation at that time, and develop a formula for how they became that way. The proposition was set by steel giant Andrew Carnegie. The two things I took from that fateful encounter is that successful men act quickly and change their minds slowly. 2nd, is belief,  will take you further than you can ever imagine. My point is, had Napoleon Hill let the knock of opportunity pass him by, by not recognizing a jewel (opportunity) handed to him from greatness, he might have robbed the world of some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time inspired by his book. In July of 2017, in a conference room in Raleigh North Carolina, filled with DJ’s and radio personalities, I also felt the knock of opportunity when I heard the story of Duane DaRock…as told by Duane DaRock, and my journey has not been the same since. When he told the story of being homeless, I was at the time on the verge of being homeless and I didn’t know how I was going to get to North Carolina, let alone eat while I was down there. But one week before his breaking point…his life changed. One chance meeting with a legendary rapper solidified his place in music history. Ladies and Gentleman… Legendary Producer Duane DaRock.

SO: Mr. DaRock, so glad you could join Straight Official today. When you spoke at the Fleet Music Conference this past summer, you had something different to say vs, just talking about the music business itself, you wanted to drive home positive energy and vibrations. What made those things the forefront of your message?

DD: Well I’ve known about the power of vibration since I was 4 years old and the gift that came with that was being in tune with the vibrations of the universe and whatever you think about you bring about. The game changer for me was when my grandfather died when I was 12, that’s when I jumped in the music business which makes 32 years being in the music game. I will solely accredit the things I’ve accomplished in this business based on it being all about positive energy, good vibrations.

SO: So where did determination play a factor in your will to make it in the music business?

DD: Like I said I knew at the age of 12 what I wanted to do, so I let nothing or no one take me off of that path. So in 93′ I started producing records with the help of a man by the name of Steven Brown. He was a jazz musician. What happened was, I couldn’t find anyone to make beats for me being that I was from the Boston area. So I learned what I could until eventually I became self contained until the fateful day I met Big Daddy Kane. From there I started producing beats for Digable Planets, Kool Moe Dee, Rakim, LL Cool J and the list goes on.

SO: I know the story , but for those that need to hear this, tell the inspiring story of how you met Big Daddy Kane.

DD: Ok so I was homeless. My girl kicked me out and I was bouncing from place to place and I was starving. I was starving to the point my homie said I needed to go get some food assistance. I got all the way there and something came over me and I said NO! I’m dope…I’m dope. I went home to make some rice because it’s all I had to eat….as I’m pouring the rice in the pot, a jar from the cabinet falls and breaks into the pot of rice. I pick out the big pieces but mind you the little pieces are still in there, I literally ate glass that night. This sparked not only a fire but a fearlessness in me. About a week later, I went to the Big Daddy Kane concert on a mission to let Kane hear my beats. I tell the security that I’m one of Kane’s dancers. Security wasn’t having it. So as fate would have it, a fight broke out distracting security and so I ran. I didn’t know where I was running to, but I ran right into the back of Big Daddy Kane. I told him what I did and he listened to the beats. While he’s doing this, I can see security coming to get me. And in true Kane cool fashion. He gives this look to say, “Can’t you see he’s with me?” The very next day I’m in the studio with Kane and I’m officially in the music business. But let’s be clear…I’ve been homeless even two other times after that. I’ve made money, lost it, made it again. It was a clear lesson from God to stay humble. The Lord giveth and he taketh away.

SO: You and Jadakiss seem to have a trusting working relationship. How did that come about?

DD: I met Jadakiss through the actor Duane Martin. I did a song for a movie called Hustle and Heat. Duane Martin and Jadakiss both played in that movie, so through working together, we just kept building until eventually we ended up doing the song Letter To Big with Faith Evans which ended being the main song on the Biggie movie. But let me backtrack. I met Faith one night because I was hungry and I listened to my craving and went to Fat Burger. What I thought was a craving, was in fact that I was being guided by the vibrations. When I saw her, I told her about my studio, she came back and heard a couple tracks and that night I penned the hook to Letter To Big.

SO: What do you say to the theory that people sell their souls to get into the music industry?

DD: First of all, your soul is not for sale, so you can’t literally sell your soul. But I will say that when you go against who you are to gain some sort of stardom or unearned favor, you are then going against who you are morally and that’s why you see the heavy drugs and heavy drinking because some people in the industry have made deals that compromise who they were, so they drink to escape their now reality. You can be in this business without succumbing to the tricks of people trying to tap into your inner core of who you are. But thats why you have to operate on a high vibration so you can recognize and avoid that trap.

“When you link with demonic forces for superficial gain, you go against the will of God and that’s what selling your soul means to me.” -Duane DaRock

SO: Who’s responsible for how you ethically move throughout the music business and keep your integrity?

DD: HAHAHAHA make sure you put this in there. And put my laugh in big bold letter too. There so many artists today that wouldn’t have gotten where they are without the people they shitted on, pimped and played. A lot of ghost writers and ghost producers will never see the light of day. They receive no credit and are getting robbed regularly. But these are they same people responsible for the success you see in today’s artists. A lot of people at the top…stole their way to the top. There are a lot of wolves in this industry, but I consider myself a lion. A Lion moves gracefully and knows it rules that land. A Lion commands and takes what he wants when he is hungry. A wolf plots, plans and preys on anything weaker. A wolf is constantly looking to devour, a Lion attacks only when necessary .

SO: What’s your final word for today’s up and coming musicians?

DD: When you’re tapped in to your inner guidance, it will tell you what you need to do. Stop saying “I’m chasing my dreams.” If someone tells you to “Chase your dreams” smack the shit out of em. Anything you are chasing is obviously running away from you. The words you want to use is that I’m attracting my reality…I am manifesting my dreams. You’re talking about the guy that was homeless three times yet Kevin Hart used my song about struggle to be the main song for his movie. It can happen for you if you believe in yourself. I’m Duane DaRock and I stand by what I’ve said.

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[FEATURE] David Banner: 601 comes to the 614 by DJ Layne Luv

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Sept 27th 2017, Jackson Mississippi rapper David Banner calls up 106.7fm The Beat in Columbus Ohio and receives some disturbing news. He was told that a rumor circulating the city was that he would more than likely not show up to the lecture event Speak Your Truth Summit. Shortly after the interview Mr. Banner went right to Instagram to confirm that he indeed was coming to our city and that he was proud to come to our town. Within that one minute video, you saw integrity, compassion and a deep rooted southern pride to always keep your word no matter what it costs. All qualities of being a real man.

If you have grown with David Banner like I have since the hit song Like A Pimp ft Lil Flip or major production credit on T.I.’s monumental album Trap Muzik (2003), then you know that the 2017 David Banner is not the same one we know from 2003. Of course David Banner always told well rounded stories, such as Cadillacs on 22’s referencing the death of Emmett Till and other misfortunes in his home state, but after 2006, we started to see a change and conviction in his approach to music. Maybe it was those Katrina waters of 2005 that destroyed his beloved state that brought about the enlightenment. Go back in time and remember how pissed he was when the world witnessed with it’s own eyes that the President of the United States George W. Bush didn’t give a damn about the poor and disfranchised in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and of course the city hit the worst New Orleans. This was his family that was suffering and he was the only voice fit to sound the alarm in the time period to speak about his state of emergency. (pun intended)

The Great Malcolm X said in his autobiography…once the light is turned on inside you cannot turn it off. Well Mr. Banner’s light continues to shine brighter and brighter as he brings awareness to the plight of being Black In America especially in the southern states. When Straight Official caught up with Banner…I had a lot on my mind. I was extremely perplexed. I witnessed and reposted the murder of Patrick Harmon of Salt Lake City Utah on my Uptown Weekly Instagram page. Not to mention being close to the case of Timothy Davis in Columbus Ohio. In that particular situation, by all means, we are grateful that young man is still alive. However, with strain and intensity in my eyes, I told Mr. Banner…”Sir, there’s a lot of people that don’t know….but I know you know….Please shed some light on how long we have to endure these horrendous acts in front of our face as we standby appearing to be helpless.”

Understand I come to piss people off and make them uncomfortable. Because pain brings about attention quickly. Listen, a warrant, smoking weed, running, none of that is justifiable in killing someone. I’m not just talking about black people. Whatever color they are, if they are not directly posing a threat to a police officer and they’re just running away, my friend there is no reason for anyone to get shot. See, white people have gotten black people to think like them, so when we see someone jammed up by the police, the first thing we think in the back of our mind is ..damn what that n***a do? Now unless that man (Harmon) was wanted for murder, then shooting him doesn’t make any sense. You see, we also have to stop echoing their bullshit media commentary, just like in the Kaepernick situation. They wanna say kneeling is a disrespect to our troops. Well, the last time I checked, America treats it’s troops like shit. So as I’ve said on many stages, the only way to get “the power’s” attention is either by the loss of money or the loss of life.”

I spoke with David Banner for about 15 more minutes, and then it was time for him to get whisked away to the stage for his lecture. As he stood before the crowd he commanded everyone to turn off their cell phones from going live at his show. His reasoning is that he feels African Americans already give away too much for free. “We have to start getting paid for our talents and gifts” he states. He also said in front a semi-light audience “If folks wanted the experience, they should have brought their ass to the show.”

He then passed out his CD #Godbox to the entire audience, and then had enough time to play snippets from two songs for the appreciative crowd. He proceeded to break down why conscious music may not sell the way mainstream music does. “One reason muh fuchas may not buy ya shit is cuz it ain’t jammin. Just because your music has a message in it doesn’t mean it should suck.” As he states that Godbox is one of the most important albums to hip hop in the history of it, only the keepers of this culture and art form can co-sign that prediction. And just as we saw of 4:44, #Godbox did not have the nightclubs in mind this go round, but instead another project to wake up the minds.

After the show, David Banner showed true southern hospitality and shook as many hands and took as many pictures as he could with those that had to wait patiently almost two hours for the rapper/producer to take the stage. And he also gave many kudos to the organizer of the event Ms. Tomiqua Perry for her hard work and determination. 

Lastly at David Banner’s request he wanted me to quote him saying “This is the first time I’m saying this to Black America on your article brother. Don’t be afraid, they are killing us anyway so continue to stand and speak out against injustice. They’ll kill you for obeying the law, (Philando Castile) so don’t be afraid. We have been so conditioned to be afraid of white people. I’ll say this for the first time too, most black people praise white people more than they’re own religion. They’ll cheat on their wife, kill another brother, lie, steal, do everything that bible told them not to do, but will not take a stand against wrong-doing white folks. Use that, don’t take that out, quote quote mutha fucha hahahaha. Because we have to address our conditioned mentality for change to  happen as well.”

Thank you Mr. Banner for coming to our city and opening up the minds to Speak Their Truth. And be sure to pick up #GodBox on all streaming outlets (iTunes Tidal, Spotify etc)

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[FEATURED ARTIST] E-Reign: The Future Of New York by DJ Layne Luv

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When a rapper dubs themselves the “future” of anything, best believe they have the confidence to know that the energy they are putting out foretells their success among the masses to come. It’s been a long time since New York City has held the crown as the reigning capital of rap music. Atlanta has held that title for a while judging by the amount of rappers that gets top priority radio spins and project sales. Even though the public may see the likes of Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj and now Cardi B all from New York getting their shine (Shout out to the leading ladies of rap right now)….however, it’s still many miles away… in fact light years from The Golden Era where 80 % of the industry rappers during that time were from New York.

Nowadays the internet has leveled the playing field for both rappers, producers and DJ’s and artists alike. The no longer need “the industry machine” behind them to be successful. Chance The Rapper has inspired so many independent artist to stay independent and E-Reign from Queens NY is no different. His grind is definitely being noticed on the east coast and he’s hustling everyday to become known in other states across the nation. The young rapper has the business savvy to put together independent tours with him as the headliner. From high quality music videos to riot energy live shows….E-Reign will definitely have the masses paying attention real soon.

Ladies and Gentleman… E-Reign.

SO: Glad you could join us man. Let’s just get right into it. On a lot of your promotions I see the slogan “Future of New York” ..for the audience, what does that mean?

ER: My team and myself, are just trying to bring something new and fresh to the table. That slogan is meant to inspire no matter where you’re from. I know some people might see that term as something braggadocio, but I’m not just talking about myself. I’m putting on for my city but I’m putting that energy out there to the world. I’m talking about my generation, my culture. So much pressure is put on us millennials to adapt to what was…and we don’t want to be told what represents us…WE want to establish what represents us and for that to be embraced. I may articulate that in a different way as opposed to someone down in Atlanta, but we are basically saying the same thing…we are the future…hate it or love it.

SO: I’m noticing most successful independent artist have a strong team behind them. How do you keep your team focused and on the same page?

ER: Yeah man, the key to a lot of it is staying true and loyal to those you started from the bottom with. From there I tend to keep a lot of things in-house because the trust has already been established from way back. By learning each other…things gel together, like when you’re playing basketball…if I shoot that pass, I know who’s going to be there to catch it. Honesty, also goes a long way. You can’t have a lot of “Yes” people on your team. There has to be people in place to tell you the truth so you’re not out in public looking stupid.

SO: What other states do you feel like you’re getting traction in other than New York?

ER: We’re definitely making noise down in Philadelphia. North Carolina has shown me a lot of love and our new spot is Miami. We did a show down there and it was crazy so….and we continue to just keep networking with the brand so hopefully you know, by politickin wit you ….maybe we can get it in Ohio too haha. (pun intended)

SO: So what are you working on right now?

ER: So recently I just dropped my new mixtape The New York Times Vol 1., and so the team and I are promoting that real heavy,…. and then we’re also working on a single called “Whatchu Sayin” and we’re going to be shooting a video for that as well. Other than that , just continuing to tear down these live shows to give the people their money’s worth.

SO: Ok here’ s the typical cliche question LOL, Who would you say your music is influenced by?

ER: Tupac of course and Nas….Lyrical storytellers by far that not only cause you to think but through their rhymes you can see vividly the picture they are painting to the listener. And I mean of course the no-brainers being from New York…The Jay-Z’s and The Biggie’s of the world.

SO: Lastly, where can someone find your music?

ER: Very easy, go to www.ereignmusic.com or you can find my music on all streaming sites. iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, all the heavy hitters. I just want to show love and get some back you know?

SO: Well thank you for chopping it up with us. We are looking for gigantic things to happen for you in 2018

ER: Thank you for having me. I really appreciate it. One.

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[NEW MUSIC] 1st AKA Pretty Girl “Litty Again”

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One of the more talented female MCs in the Big Apple today, 1st AKA Pretty Girl has been consistently building her buzz by being respected musically. Sans the gimmicks, she is focused on brand building and networking with influential individuals. Also a popular radio personality, 1st is featured on Da Cypha Radio Fridays 9-11PM via DTF Radio.   Check out her latest track, her Litty Again freestyle to the popular Meek Mill track.

 

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[FEATURED ARTIST] Diamond Young

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Earlier this year I featured Charlotte area model Diamond Young as my model of the week on a popular model site. Little did I know, she’s also an amazing independent artist. Decided to do an interview with her to discuss her new single and accompanying visual entitled “Time”.

The majority of your model work is very sensual. Have you always been confident with your body?
“Absolutely!! I feel that in this day and age you have to be. If you’re not comfortable with yourself how can anyone else be?”

Do you write all of your material yourself and if not who are some of the writers you’ve worked with?
“I’ve written all of the songs that I’ve put out!”

What would you label your style &/or genre. Also who are some artists who’ve influenced your sound?
“I don’t know how to label my sound, honestly. I just sing. I’m obsessed with SZA’s style of singing and writing. It’s different and crazy dope.”

Which do you feel you’re most comfortable with between writing, recording or performing?
“As of right now, my writing. I’m still finding myself as an artist so I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to the performance aspect of my music.”

Do you feel that the Charlotte music scene is encouraging for indie artists and why?
“I feel that it is in certain aspects but it could be BETTER. A lot better. It just takes all of the artists here to come together and put it on the map! There’s so much talent here but I don’t feel that we get the recognition we deserve.”

What project are you currently promoting and who are some of the people who’ve helped you get to this point?
“I’m dropping my single “Time” and the Music Video today..there’s so many people who have contributed to helping me with my music, I’d get lost trying to list them all lol.”

Who are some of the current popular artists you’d like to work with in the future?
“Definitely Sza, Kehlani, Elhae, and Xavier Omär.”

What are the most difficult things you’ve had to face as an independent artist up to this point of your career?
“Trying to do everything alone!!!! I’m very headstrong and I LIKE WHAT I LIKE. Lol. I’m very particular about things so I’ve had to find people who I can work well with and vibe with. Honestly, these past few years have been very hard trying to push my music by myself. But at the end of the day this is what I want and I won’t stop until I get it!!”

What’s next for you after the release of “Time”?
“I’m going to start working on an EP and maybe even a visual project so just stay tuned. 😘

Thank you for taking out time to sit with us and good luck on a very successful music career in the years to come.

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[MUSIC] Freestyle: Vaygez Blakk jumps on classic LOX “Kiss Ya Ass Goodbye” track

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One of the veteran female MCs from Harlem Vaygez Blakk has returned to fill what many have been calling a void of real up and coming spitters to represent for the lyricists of the world. Looking to change that accusation, Vaygez Blakk has dashed the scene with a strong single, Money N We Out, and now has followed up with a classic homage to the golden era on her Kiss Ya Ass Goodbye freestyle. Listen below:

 

 

 

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[INTERVIEW] TREZFALSETTO: BLOW FT SWIFT

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Over the last couple of weeks I have had so much work to do I have forgotten to sleep. There is no complaining because all it means is that I am accomplishing some of these goals. Fleet Week was fantastic so check out my next post to hear all the goodies. During Fleet Week I met different artists which by the way was amazing but this particular artist caught my eye. Other than being just eye candy for some of us he was actually pulling the crowd in which I feel is a very important thing in the music industry when you are performing. I was mouthing lyrics to a song I didn’t even know just because I wanted to feel apart of the song (don’t judge me). The song itself brought back memories of Mario Winans. It was only right that I could seat down with the artist and find out more about it.

SO: TREZFALSETTO IT IS A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU, BUT JUMPING RIGHT INTO IT , WHAT IS YOUR DRIVE?

TREZ: PROVIDING FOR MY FAMILY, MY DAUGHTER, FOLLOWING A DREAM YOU KNOW.

SO: WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER 1 GOAL?

TREZ: BE THE BEST ARTIST I CAN BE. I WANT TO HAVE THE TOP SALES AND BE TOP OF THE BILLBOARDS.

SO: WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND, TELL ME WHO YOU ARE IN YOUR OWN WORDS?

TREZ:MY NAME IS QUANTRE I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN DURHAM NC AND MY PASSION WAS BASKETBALL AT FIRST. ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS PLAY THEN OF COURSE THAT DREAM WAS DEFFERRED DUE TO HEALTH PROBLEMS. I KNEW FROM YOUNG THAT I WAS SUPPOSE TO DO SOMETHING MORE , I KNEW I WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE MY NAME MEAN SOMETHING SO I STARTED TAKING MUSIC MORE SERIOUSLY. IN MIDDLE SCHOOL I WAS APART OF A RAP GROUP AND THATS WHERE IT STARTED AND WHERE I GOT THE NAME TREZFALSETTO.

SO: WHO INSPIRE’S YOU ARTIST WISE?

TREZ:  CHRIS BROWN,USHER,MUSIC SOULCHILD, SMOKIE NORFUL TO NAME A FEW. THEY ARE ALL ARTIST I LOOK AT AND STUDY , I FEEL AS IF THERE VOICES HELP MOLD ME INTO WHO I AM AS A SINGER.

SO: WHATS SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO CHANGE AS A ARTIST ? ITS EASY TO SAY YOU WON’T BUT LETS BE HONEST PEOPLE CHANGE ITS OUR NATURE TO ADAPT.

TREZ: THE PEOPLE I HAVE AROUND ME. IF YOU STARTED OUT WITH ME AND HELP ME GET TO A CERTAIN PLACE IN LIFE THEY ARE THE ONES WHO WANT TO SEE ME SUCCEED. I HAVE A VERY STRONG TEAM BEHIND ME.

WHATS YOUR ADVICE TO THOSE JUST STARTING OUT?

TREZ : NEVER STOP GRINDING, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WASN’T GIVING ME A SHOT. I HAD WENT TO SO MANY THINGS AND PEOPLE LOOKING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND ONLY 1 PERSON GAVE ME A SHOT , HE OPEN THE DOORS FOR ME AND THAT OF COURSE WAS 5 STAR. WHEN YOU STOP GRINDING YOU ALLOW ME TO SAY “YUP I KNEW IT”. YOU ALSO HAVE TO INVEST IN YOURSELF. I WOULD PUT MY LAST INTO PRODUCING. YOU HAVE TO SACRIFICE THINGS YOU WANT FOR THIS BECAUSE IT IS A BUSINESS.

SO:DO YOU EVER GET NERVOUS?

TREZ: NERVOUS ? NO! ANXIOUS OF COURSE.

SO: WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?

TREZ: THE SINGLE DROPPED TUESDAY JULY 25,2017. ‘BLOW FEAT SWIFT. EP COMING SOON AND I CAN SEE A ALBUM IN THE FORECAST , NO RELEASE DATES JUST YET.

SO: TELL ME MORE ABOUT “BLOW”.

TREZ: SO BASICALLY I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU A REAL BECAUSE I’M ABOUT TO BLOW ( BLOW UP, GET KNOWN) AND OF COURSE ITS FEAT ANOTHER GREAT ARTIST SWIFT. WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR AWHILE AND DID SOME MUSIC IN HIS DADS BASEMENT. I SENT THE TRACK OVER TO HIM AND BOOM WE MADE ‘BLOW’.

 

Thank you so much to Trezfalsetto and his team , Make sure you all go ahead and download the single.

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[MUSIC NEWS] Summer Williams Releases Official Cover Art “97”

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NYC based songstress, Summer Williams has released the official artwork for her popular 97 single, which has been making waves amongst tastemakers and is slated for official release as of August 4th. Recently gaining momentum virally, Summer is primed to close the summer months out with a bang. Check out the cover art below and get to know more about this #StraightOffiical talent visually. Thank us later.

 

 

 

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[FEATURE] Hip Hop in more ways than one: Cife Man

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Born Kerven Chery in Port Au Prince, Cife Man as he is known professionally is a Brooklyn based MC representing Beekay Entertainment. His journey in music began organically at the lunch room tables in High School, the exact place that birthed many legendary figures in the Hip Hop culture. Showcasing his talent for all of those whom would listen, Cife Man found his place as a lyricist knowing that he had the bars it took to control a crowd. As his interest in the art and culture grew, so did his passion for the elements and the genre that he would come to know as rap. Studying what it took to be a supreme contributor Cife Man began penning actual songs, learning what bars and cadences meant and the importance within the finished product.

His influences are widespread encompassing both Hip Hop and reggae music. Artists such as Buju Banton, Beanie Man, Elephant Man, Wu-Tang, Redman, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, Nas, and The Notorious B.I.G are whom he spent his younger days listening to and supporting. Respecting their ability to deliver reality based content, Cife Man began to emulate that exact approach and later on when he would dive in professionally he would make it a point to reflect on his standing as a husband, father, son, and hustler.

Utilizing one of his greatest strengths, his voice, Cife Man has become a regular on the Rotten Apple indie scene. As a performer he is well regarded for going above and beyond when delivering his music in a live setting. With countless mixtape releases under his belt such as Frac City Vol 1 & 2, After Frac City Vol 1 & 2; The Human Torch, Top Cat, and others Cife Man has solidified himself as a working artist with quality product. With a new project More Fire on the circuit, featuring All I Know, Path to Glory, and Paper Faces Cife is making the exact progress that he planned. His latest release, Go All Out, is one of his finer works and will serve as a great momentum builder as he rolls out viable content for the rest of the summer 2017 including his forthcoming album, Cifenberg.

 

 

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[Music] 40from40 “The Last 4” (Mixtape)

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40from40 (Chandler Pierce) is one of the newest Hip Hop sensations to emerge from the Bronx New York. 40 prides himself on his knack for versatility as well as his ability  “dance on different types of instrumentals” as he describes himself in his own words. His knack for delivering a witty level of wordplay has separated him from many of his contemporaries. The relate-able nature of his music has led to easy consumption by his supporters, and intrigue amongst new fans. Trial and tribulations of his past are a major theme in his music, and 40 has exemplified purpose for his releases as the therapeutic element is there.  Notable tracks such as “Not Fair” “1Night” & “Trapping Everywhere” have become popular and heightened the anticipation of his full project release. His work with various artists such as JAYOHH23, StarTheStar, and MellThePlug has afforded him the opportunity to perform throughout the tri-state at renowned venues the likes of Gravity Lounge, C Lounge, as well as his headlining appearance at the NYC vs 914 showcase. Each of these unique performance slots allowed 40 to showcase his distinct style, which he would describe as somewhere between “Trapper and Rapper”. Check out 40s new project, The Last 4 below:

 

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