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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.

https://itun.es/us/OwNSkb

inquires: Gerald@teworldwide.com or 704-774-6212

FOLLOW ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIAS @TREZFALSETTO

MAIN PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHER @NIKONDON

 

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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.

 

 

 

Get to Know more about Summer Williams:

 

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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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[MUSIC VIDEO] Mickey Z keeps it Hip HoP “Cornerside” ft. Chase Baker

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As a 21 year old rapper from Brooklyn, NY Mickey Z has impressed some of the purest Hip Hop fans with his knowledge of and respect for the culture as a whole and most importantly true lyricism. Recording for the past 5 years, Mickey Z has compiled a healthy catalog of freestyles and original compositions which have validated the acclaim and potential seen in him by industry insiders alike. His grind has included major footwork as Mickey Z is a staple on the showcasing scene, and even incorporates hand to hand marketing of his material and released projects showing his understanding of the grassroots approach necessary to build a true audience and support system.

His influences include Jay Z, 50 Cent, Nas, and Tupac which is reflected in his diction. Calling North Carolina home for the past couple of years has allowed Mickey Z to diversify his portfolio sonically and draw in fans from other regions considering the trend in Hip Hop today. He is comfortable on any beat, as you can rest assured that he will deliver great wordplay. His collaborations with Chase Baker, Casso, Arky, and Googs to name a few have allowed Mickey Z to showcase his talent amongst other true talents, bringing back the art of a dope feature.

 

“I am out to be one of the greatest artists, period. That has been my goal since day one and in my heart I know I will be. It is a hill I have been climbing for a while now, knowing that it does not come easy. I have no intention of giving up and I know the hard work will pay off.”

That dose of reality is what has drawn many to his brand. His ceiling his high, and his music is a reflection of his true experiences and respect for the genre.

Check out the accompanying visual for his Cornerside track featuring Chase Baker

 

 

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Instagram: @TheRealMickeyZ

Twitter: @TheRealMickeyZ_

Snapchat:  @TheRealMickeyZ

 

 

 

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[MUSIC] Josh Jacobs “Keepin It 100”

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For true artists, the goal musically is to make an impact just as much as it is to make a profit. Brooklyn native Josh Jacobs is one who falls under that category, as the quality of his material  and effort to be as entertaining as possible has always taken precedence over monetary pursuits. The mark of a true artist and creator. In that niche, he has crafted his latest single, Keepin it 100, which is an ode to honesty and focus. One of his more candid tracks to date, his maturation process and growth as an MC is on full display.  Produced by Miracal, Keepin it 100, is seasoned with witty wordplay and a dose of reality that true Hip Hop heads will appreciate. Check it out:

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[MUSIC] BENNY FAME: A BLEND OF 2PAC & CHRIS BROWN

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Benny Fame of Worldwide Reality ENT. is gonna take you on a swerving journey  with “SEXY OUTTA SPACE ,” produced by Doug Grigsby (Michael Jackson, Levert, Teen Marie and more), “I DO IT” and “V.I.P.” just to drop you a few game changers from HATE TO LOVE exclusively on DATPIFF.

The full project is produced and arranged by Benny Fame. He style is vicious and smooth. My personal two favorites are “STORY OF MY LIFE” and  “FLY GIRL.” Below is a self-produced music video for “I DO IT.”

Get to know Benny Fame on this one on one for STRAIGHT OFFICIAL MAG.

1.What is your name and where are you from?

Benny Fame from Philadelphia…I have lived in Florida & Texas.

2. How would you describe your music?

A mix between 2Pac and Chris Brown.

3. What is hip-hop to you?

A full expression of one’s feelings at the moment…good or bad.

4. Can you tell us about your past projects and what you are currently working on?

Currently on Datpiff I have “”Hate to Love mixtape…I am working on new Ep coming soon.

5. What’s a hustler?

Person that gets thru any situation.

6. How can people reach you online?

Email bennyfame215@gmail.com instagram:@Benny_fame

7. What do you think will make you stand out as an up and coming artist?

I produce all my own music and I am a walking encyclopedia of music from the 50s to current music and in all genres from rock to rap…I feel this will reflect in my music and help me stand out.

8. Any shoutouts? Shout out Da Front Porch …Noble Prince Hart…Worldwide Royalty…and my mom

 

Booking info: hursh@dafrontporch.biz

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One Mans Art….A conversation with Louis Picasso by @DJLayneLuv

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When your 20 year old daughter tells you “Daddy you have to listen to this artist….” with all of her enthusiasm, you have no choice but to drop everything and give her your undivided attention. The back story is that she was attending a listening party and she got there extremely early to find a young man setting up stage and lighting. As she engaged in conversation with the young man she became intrigued by his views and outlook on certain things. They ended their small talk without any exchange of names. She gradually attended the party to the progression of the featured artist for the evening. As they introduce the featured artist, she then made the connection with the moment of clarity. Louis Picasso was the gentleman from earlier setting up his own show. She was even more impressed with the quality of his music.

Come to find out, he’s well known in Ypsilanti Michigan and has a commendable following. With his latest single Gold, he’s booked for a few dates across the country including some dates in California.

It is one thing to know a person by their art…but to get to know the authentic person behind the art is something totally different altogether. When I speak to masterful musicians, I am so amazed by their humility and dedication to their craft. This conversation gave me hope for my daughters generation. So much is lost in translation based on age differences that when two people put aside those prejudices, they find they have a lot more in common than not. Speaking to this young man made it refreshing that he is in my daughters circle. And Oh! did I forget to mention she is helping with his artist management now?

Ladies and gentleman… Louis Picasso

OTT: I’m always interested in the inner workings of an independent artists journey considering I’m one myself. So tell us how did you get into music?

LP: As with a lot of musicians, my entire family is involved with music. Everybody sings, everybody plays and instrument, so I was kind of born into it. However, I didn’t start writing music until about 2008. It was like another way to express myself verses being out here doing a lot of wrong, music was my sole outlet.  Then about 2013 I started to take it more serious.  I started learning about music theory and the history of music and different genres of music I wasn’t listening to before…so that’s how it started.

OTT: Because there are limited paths to success in the music business today, I see you’ve taken the approach of a Lamar, Cole, or even names like Lupe and Badass. What brought about your eclectic sound?

LP: My approach to the music always zoned in on lyricism vs the beat which is not the approach most people take. The majority are moved by the beat or the flow. I took a liking to B.I.G. because of his wordplay. Biggie was the first album that I went through and fully dissected and I got that from my dad when I was in middle school. And I just admitted I was feeling my dad’s music so please forgive that crime. (It’s human nature to rebel against your parents music LOL) Yeah but I was really feeling how Biggie put a song together and from listening to more rappers like him and Nas, I noticed how they put different feelings and emotion into their stories. Because you see… when you’re creating, you really don’t know how it’s gonna come out, but through their influence, I learned how to trust my feelings and expression.

OTT: Tell us about your evolution as an artist and finding your own voice.

LP: Well it’s like you said up until 2008, my interpretation of music was from everything that I listened to prior, so in that, there is a lot of mimicking and trying different styles. It took a lot of changing man because you have to be true to yourself and your art, but you also have to produce something your audience will love and appreciate.

OTT: Great transition! Without giving away your business secrets lol, how did you develop your respectable following?

LP: Weeelll…hahaha, I was tired of being told no when it came to my vision. Necessity is the mother of creation and invention so I was forced to think outside the box when it came to my marketing and building relationships. I remember wanting to rock at certain shows and being told no. I remember wanting to record in certain studios and being declined. I got fed up and started doing it on my own. You have to have faith behind your ideas and your craft. Because if you don’t, you’re going to get discouraged and eventually give up. You can put tens of thousands of dollars into your project but without faith you don’t have much. This is why you have the Missy’s and Pharell Williams and Timbalands that are masters at what they do because they took the time to learn everything on their own and they were hungry for that knowledge despite the roadblocks.

The last show I got told no to, it left a bad taste in my mouth so I created what is called a Pop-Up show at Third Rail. That was my very first show and it sold out the first week based on how we promoted it and previewed it. Well before the show, people were impressed with our presentation which made them interested. That’s a key right there. Your presentation has to be so appealing that it makes people want to check it out. The buzz was so real that I just took that formula and applied it to every single show.  I put my all into and keep my faith in tact.

OTT: Being that you are from Michigan, what is your take on the house that J Dilla built and his contribution to your home state and just music itself?

LP: The first time I heard about Dilla was around 2008 and a producer friend of mind  let me listen to him and it took a while to get into my system because I wasn’t really into that boom-bap soulistic style. But one thing about music is you have to open your soul up to it in order to receive it and once I did, I really see the time and effort he took to learn music and develop his sound and it made a huge impression on me.

OTT: Let’s talk about your project now…what is GOLD?

LP: Gold….. I want to describe it as an opportunity. With this project I want Gold to pertain to worth as in worth of self not so much materialistic . I dropped Gold around April 1. I wanted to get a bunch of creators around the area and like put together an orchestra that would display to the audience the worth of these independent artist in the area. That is what I wanted to display on Gold and then again my entire album.

OTT: Lastly, where can old and new fans purchase your music?

LP: Apple Music man, they can purchase the single on iTunes and mostly all of your favorite other steaming companies. Please get the word out and it is definitely appreciated. They can see my videos on YouTube under Louis Picasso and they can follow me on Instagram under @LouisPicasso. Thank you for having me fam.

OTT: We appreciate you as well. Best wishes on all of your music endeavors.

@DJLAYNELUV

@StraightOfficialMag

@FleetDJs

 

 

 

 

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[FEATURED ARTIST] Pretty Girl AKA 1st (@PrettyGirl1st)

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Known musically as “1st” for her knack for dropping dope verses in one take, a skill that highly commendable given the nature of todays Hip Hop.  Shiniqua as her friends know her, is an aspiring female MC from the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, NY who has been groomed in both the means streets of Brooklyn as well as Boston, Mass. Well rounded, 1st is a well respected host on the popular DTF Radio broadcast, Da Cypha which airs Fridays from 9-11 PM.  A mother of 2 beautiful little girls, 1st is a model for strong women as she uplifts through her music and her media platforms from contributing blogger to radio host as she juggles that responsibility with cultivating her 1st Time Only EP and Barz Over Pretty mixtape both of which shall be released this calendar year.
Acclaimed for her ability to paint stories with her lyrics, her content is based on life experiences and the overall plight of a proud female standing ten toes down in a male dominated industry.  Love-able to say the least, 1st is often times referred to as the girl next door in some senses and every guys’ Woman Crush Wednesday in others.  More than a pretty face, 1st is on her way to becoming a familiar brand one bar at a time, carrying the torch for women in Hip Hop.  Born with talent, according to loved ones, 1st played with words since a youngster ultimately finding her place in a recording booth as a teen dominating local talent shows earning neighborhood ears and support. 
 
“The biggest inspiration on my career was Salt N Pepa’s Push It record. That is when I knew I wanted to be an entertainer.”
 
 
From queen Latifah’s U-n-it-y to the reign of Foxy Brown, Lil Kim and more 1st realized her dream of galvanizing millions was in arms reach. Capitalizing off of the buzz garnered by her recent Wait A Minute Freestyle, and body-bagging radio broadcast cyphers, 1st is primed for a break out 2017. Stay tuned.
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[INTERVIEW] @FirstClasse Interviews King Z3us Ferguson

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I’ve always viewed Hip Hop as a way of life. A real good song can make you feel marvelous at your lowest of times. Some songs speak about experiences either you’ve had first hand or heard of. For some it creates a way to explore into the culture and lives of others.

One day I was flying back home from an event I hosted. I was exhausted and really tired. I scrolled through soundcloud and found the perfect song that explained my emotion at that time. It was “Skies” by King Z3us! I loved the energy of that record! My favorite quote was “I just want my momma in that foreign in the driveway” and “We wanna touch the sky..so high so high”. 

My mood was lightened it was definitely a record that made me feel good! I kept singing the hook for days, that’s how catchy it was.

 I caught up with King Z3us and did a radio interview for my show First Classe Is In Session. Naturally I wanted to do an interview for straight Official.

Thank you so much King Z3us for sitting down and speaking with me here on straight official! So tell us, when did you fall in love with hip hop(yes I stole the intro)?
I fell in love with music at an early age, listening to Michael Jackson. I was a HUGE Mike Jack fan. Then as I got older I had my phases from Outkast to Nelly to Luda to Cash Money, Nas, Jay-Z, Jada, Dipset, Max B, Drake, Kendrick.

Out of all the projects you’ve done which one would you consider to be your favorite?

Of all my projects I love “The Testimony”

Who inspired you to get into the music business?

Honestly, it was something I naturally loved. I naturally loved making beats. Then I grew an interest of writing to the music which led to a love for the art.

What are some artist you would like to work with?

Andre 3000, Asap Ferg, JMSN, Drake, Jay-Z, Juicy J, Too Short, Nip Hustle.

How about producers?

Dr. Dre, Timberland , Pharell, Swizz , Kanye

What projects are you currently working on now?

I just released “The Chris Ferg Project”, do now I’m just getting my features up.

How can the readers get a hold of your music?

They can go on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, SoundCloud, AudioMack etc.

What are all of your social media links?

Instagram: z3usferguson
Twitter: Thekingz3us
SnapChat: chrisf3rg

Thank you so much for your time! We wish you nothing but the best and continued success!!!

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