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[INTERVIEW] #NAENAEONTHESCENE: ‘SUPERSTAR KAY IN THE SHADOWS OF AUGUST’

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Happy Hump Day! It’s your girl NaeNae and I hope everyone’s week has been good so far. Let’s get right into with another dope interview with Cleveland’s own, SuperStar Kay. This artist wears many hats in the music industry starting from being into fashion designing to becoming a writer to producer to now a singer. Plus, being an owner of an online magazine. Your girl had the pleasure of making my music video directorial debut by shooting SuperStar Kay’s first music video, ‘Single’ off his debut project, ‘Shadows of August’, which is dropping soon.

SuperStar Kay was born Christopher Richardson in February 1990 in Cleveland, OH. His interest in music was developed at an early age when he was encouraged by his aunt to sing in church. Initially music was literally just an interest, but fashion design was his passion. It wasn’t until he decided to try his attempt at producing when he found out he was really good at it and began to nurture that talent. He established Khyng-Jayden Productions in 2001 and was very successful starting out. He later signed producers Akitak (Memphis, TN) and Chase (Houston, TX). In 2012, SuperStarKay moved to Valdosta, GA and partnered with Fatima Carter to establish 937 Magazine, an online publication that caters to independent artists. After a year, he decided to place 937 Magazine on hiatus and went back to focusing more on producing. To make himself more appealing as a producer he began writing and donating his voice for hooks. In 2015, he moved to Indianapolis, IN and opened his third studio, The Shadow Gallery, adding engineering to his resume. He also revamped 937 Magazine and re-launched in January 2016.

In late 2016, after growing tired of mumble rap and meaningless lyrics being glorified, SuperStar Kay decided it was time to emerge from behind the scenes and become a recording artist. His singles “Club Lights”, “Bank Deposits”, and “Text Me In the AM” have received a large number of plays and positive reviews. He recently released his first video for this third hit song, “Single“. His highly anticipated debut project “Shadows of August” is set to release on August 21, 2017 on all major platforms.

 

When did you first start singing/writing/producing?

I started writing in 1998 then got into producing in 2001. Decided to take my shot at singing in 2015. But I didn’t start to let the world hear me until 2016.

Who are some of your biggest influencers?

Roscoe Dash, T-Pain, Chris Brown, The Runners, Chamillionaire. Depends on what type of track I’m trying to make at the time really.

 

Writing process? Do you write from personal experience or from other people’s experiences?

I write from both my own experiences & others. I wrote for a lot of others so sometimes I channel their energies for a track.

The meaning behind your project, Shadows Of August?

Shadows Of August, is all that losing my son left me with. The pieces of me that are left, the pain, the creativity, the motivation, everything in me that I didn’t have when I started building the project that came to me when my son died. That’s what the album is; I feel like its shadows of him, pieces of him he left me with to make it.

 

Top 5 artists you would love to collab with? (Local or mainstream)

Roscoe Dash, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Rae Sremmurd & Maroon 5.

Favorite Color?

Clear. It goes with everything.

Favorite 90s sitcom? 

Married With Children.

Are there any upcoming shows or videos?

I just had a great show in Indianapolis; shout out to those who made it out. I’ll be at an event in Pittsburgh, PA towards the end of August. I am putting together an event of my own in Cleveland in September, to pour shine on my upcoming album as well as others around my city.

 

For booking SuperStar Kay:

Brittany Brookins

B.YOND Music Management

b.yondmusicmgmt@gmail.com

 

www.instagram.com/therealsuperstarkay

www.facebook.com/therealsuperstarkay

www.twitter.com/superstar_kay21

https://soundcloud.comtherealssk

 

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[NEW ARTIST] LeftLane E chops it up with Straight Official

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Had a chance to listen to this Upcoming Chicago Artist, LeftLane E, before we get into this good interview I want you to read about him.

“Chicago by Storm!”

That’s when everyone started calling LeftLane E by the street album title “Mr. Davenport”……well the name sounded pretty good, so it stuck.

During the time, he was promoting his 1st CD. Lil E was asked to perform at many venues and clubs throughout the Chicagoland, such as Bill’s Blue’s Bar, Club Candela,” The “Legend”, “The Checkerboard Lounge”, “Club 43″ and had also performed at ” The Taste of Chicago-Summer Concert Series” as an opening act.

Also, while in Minneapolis, Minnesota he appeared at the popular club called “The Bar Fly then tore the roof off at “The Red Sea Club, and wowed the crowd at the famous ” Rogers Skate Park”. In Los Angeles, he was invited to perform with other rappers for a week at “The Speakeasy Night Club.

All the ladies just love his clean approach on stage, but the fellas really dig his mean swagger and performer’s attitude. So not to keep the streets waiting too much longer, now out with his latest Mixtape of March 2017 entitled “The Escape Route” hosted by DJ Milticket & Ricky Rampage, produced by Tha Arkitek

 

WHY U CHOSE YOUR NAME?

LeftLane E came from was given to me by my cuzo Buck..(Always LeftLane E what ya on? Where ya at?) I was always somewhere running thru the city..tryna get to it

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING MUSIC?

I have been written since I was like maybe 12/13 start writing seriously like 16/17..performing like crazy once I hit 21.

WHAT CITY AND STATE YOU RESIDE IN, AND DO YOU GET LOCAL SUPPORT FROM THE CITY?

I’m from here out south.. live from 93rd king drive,92nd dauphin cottage grove…I do genuinely from a lot of people more so now because they see me moving…life has a crazy way of showing you things…and a unique way of building you up that’s just for you.. and when people see that confidence but humble sorta swag. They rock with you.

WHO DO YOU SAY YOU DO IT FOR?

I do it for everybody that keep asking me “why am I local?”(my hood, my fans, family that’s counting on me of course) but I do because it’s my passion, it’s where I find my peace bro, of course, the money to come but I’m not such an excellent communicator to a certain extent. And I best explain my self thru song…

WHATS YOUR GOALS AND YOUR AMBITION?

Thru everything that I been thru and going thru jo..str8 up hard work, consistency finding a way when cats intentionally throwing unnecessary forks on the road…like forget my future goals.I have like right now goals..3 months from now goals..6 months from now goals you feel…which makes that main goal that much easier to reach…with every new level I reach I create a new goal.. to be successful, to be another Mayweather of music, so overall I can say its to be just a dedicated as Mayweather!

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LABEL AND ALSO ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH ANY MAJOR BRANDS OR LABEL?

I’m in the process of legalizing my label now. Making everything legit so that’ll be up and running soon! You’ll definitely hear more about that for sure. I’m working bro.

YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS IN YOUR MUSIC CAREER?

I don’t have any regrets. The whole word regrets it’s a complicated word in itself sorta…like how I could regret anything that I’ve learned or should’ve or shouldn’t do. It’s a lesson to me…either I hit my beat or I missed it you know…like I just apply everything I should’ve done them and apply them now…straight up! Never soak in the past. Double back for what you should’ve done

IF YOU CAN GIVE ANY KNOWLEDGE TO ANY UPCOMING ARTIST WHAT CAN IT BE? Stack, invest in yourself, make sure your work is legal. Oh and never stop at NO!

WOULD YOU STAY INDEPENDENT OR WOULD IT WOULD YOU FULLY GO TO A LABEL AND WHAT LABEL WOULD YOU GO TO?

If I could back myself like I want to, I would most definitely stay independent and just grind, stack and reinvest my money into different things. It’s all a hustle right. BUT if I did have too, it would be RocNation. It’s like right now Jay is at of point of grabbing artist and letting them go for what they know after they earned the place. He’s signed/signing all power artist. He’s up to something and I definitely wanna be apart of that.

WHATS YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS IN MAKING SONGS?

Vibes, emotions what I’m going thru at the moment. How I see fans react to music. Being true to myself when I’m writing. Grab me a drink sit on my back porch and just stare out into the city and think for the most part. Also, the biggest is out doing my last song. Always challenging myself. Recreating myself.

IF YOU HEARD AN ARTIST IT CAN BE INDIE/MAINSTREAM ARTIST FIRE SHOTS(Verbally) WOULD YOU RESPOND?

Local- it depends on who it is and how it can benefit me and not benefit the artist by me responding.

Mainstream- hell yea I’m on em!! No questions asked!! It’s beneficial. Now you got a wider fan base looking for you and what music you got. Or who you rock with.

WHERE CAN WE STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOU  ANY LINKS OR SITES?
You can me find at
IG – official_leftlane
Twtr- @leftlane_e
Music is all over tidal, mymixtapez, apple music etc.

You can find me at anytime at www.leftlaneliving.com shoot me an email and I’ll get right back to you

THANK YOU FOR CHOPPING IT UP WITH US HERE AT STRAIGHT OFFICIAL

Thank you for the support!! #LeftLaneLiving

 

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[INTERVIEW] #NAENAEONTHESCENE: ‘MUGZY FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER’

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What’s good my people? Its your girl, NaeNae back again with another artist interview. This time its coming from all the way in Sydney, Australia. His name is Reyne Brady (pronounced Rain) but goes by the name of Mugzy. He has put out two albums and has a worldwide fan base. Along with being featured in multiple independent films/TV Commercials and the list goes on and on.

 

 When did you first start rapping?

I became interested in hip-hop music and the culture of hip-hop when I was 14 so 2005 my early years in High School

Around that time I guess you could say I was a bit of a loner which caused me to get punk’d/bullied a lot also my grades were failing an I had no avenue where I would be in life when I finished school. So instead, I bought myself an iPod an started listening to artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Tupac.

Eminem was the one I could related to the most (Even to this day) I know it sounds cliché because I’m a typical white boy myself but just the Aggression/Anger in his wordplay/lyrics. It kinda gave me a voice to say ‘I don’t give a f***’ a platform to fight back an take no sh** in this world.

Starting off I would drop down small rhymes in my workbook but I knew if I wanted to progress I would have to write full lyric songs. Also, I knew if I wanted to be known or respected by the general hip-hop community who loves it as much as I do then I would have to do my homework take a trip back in time where it all started in the 70s of South Bronx and learn bit by bit.

What inspires me about the culture of hip-hop?

That it’s the ONLY music form that you can express yourself in any way/shape/form possible. You pick any other music genre Rock, Pop, R&B etc, etc. Trust me they don’t have the same effect that hip-hop brings thats why I love it.

Besides Eminem, who are some of your other biggest influences?

50 Cent, Tupac Shakur, Nas, DMX

Writing process, Do you write from personal experience or from other peoples experiences?

Personal Experience 100%
My music is for those people who don’t give a f*** who don’t go by all these rules/regulations in life.
The ones who’ve taken so much sh**. So its time to voice ya opinion an say f*** the world. You do YOU an live FREE we are ALL Different

A lot of artists now-a-days seem to be doing this Auto-Tune, Quick Syllable rhyming (Which half the time makes no sense), Plain beat futurist GARBAGE.

New and old artists seem to change their ways just because its popular. Its like this massive pool of trash doing the same thing over an over there is no uniqueness anymore and their all fighting for this one spot which is the dream.  But you all sound the same.

With me, I grew up in the generation of hip-hop where lyrics & making your music sound TIGHT was everything to the listener and I’ve stuck by that from day one.
I’ve been told that by me staying this way its made me unique. Like, when people see me they instantly know I’m hip-hop affiliated and thats because back then in the 90s/00s character/image was everything too. (I haven’t caught the bus like the rest who are following these trendsI waited at the bus stop haha)

What are a few of your guilty pleasures?

Women specially flexible ones. They are always fun.
Hip-Hop
Basketball

Favorite Color?

Black

Favorite 90s sitcom?

Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Which TV Show Power or Empire?

HANDS DOWN its gotta be POWER
Australia isn’t up to Season 4 yet. Our country here in (The Land Down Under) starts slacking when it comes to getting TV Shows/Movies on time. Sucks in a way.
BUT SUPER PUMPED FOR SEASON 4.

Last song you listened to in your car or phone?

Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean
P.S. Still trying to learn how to do the moonwalk. Only dance move I’ve always wanted to learn. HAHA.

 

As you can see Mugyz is very passionate about hip-hop music and his views on this new style music of today. Take a listen to his music.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mugzy/216863988358655

 

 

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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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[INTERVIEW] #NaeNaeOnTheScene: ‘Nights for Days’ with Dead Silence

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What’s good my peoples? It’s your girl NaeNae that brings you #NaeNaeOnTheScene event reviews. But instead I’m switching it up with an interview with this raising emcee by the name of Dead Silence. I first remember seeing this charismatic, laid-back gentleman with a sense of humor several months ago at an event here in Indianapolis. I instantly fell in love with his voice and raw sounding flow.

Fast-forward to July 3rd, Dead Silence puts out ‘Nights For Days’. From the time I hit play on his mix tape, I didn’t skip one song and that’s very rare these days when it comes to mix tapes and albums. His voice/flow matched perfectly over producer, D.J. KoolBreeze beats. From his mix tape you hear a blend of the old school hip-hop and today’s hip-hop. Even though I love the entire mix tape if I had to choose my top three favorite songs they would be; ‘R.A.W.’, ‘Free Fallin’, and ‘Those Memories’.

Check out the full interview below as we talked briefly about his mix tape, ‘Nights For Days’ as well as writing process and more in downtown Indianapolis.

Until next time, its your girl NaeNae as always bringing you #NaeNaeOnTheScene with Straight Official.

Peace and Blessings.

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“Nights For Days”

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/deadsilence9/sets/nights-for-days

Audio Mack: https://www.audiomack.com/album/dead-silence/nights-for-days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Other Side”

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/deadsilence9/dead-silence-the-other-side-prod-by-dj-koolbreeze

Follow Dead Silence:

IG: @deadsilence9 | Twitter: @deadsilence_9 | FB: @deadsliencemc

 

 

 

 

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[SO FEATURE] Tampa Mystic Sits down w/ P.Digga for an exclusive interview! @itspdigga

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Thank you for taking time with us P.Digga. Please introduce yourself and tell us where you’re from.
My name is P.Digga aka The CoalCity, I’m from Enugu, Nigeria.

What’s the meaning behind your name?
As I started freestyling with my friends during my high school days and was getting known by the whole students at that time. The name P.Digga came along as my school mates who believe I will get paid in music industry gave me the name. The P actually stand for pay, Although many call me Play after learning I can act films. The CoalCity tells people the exact place where I was born.

You’re an artist and aspiring actor/director. Tell us what your motivation was to get involved in the entertainment industry?
The notable celebrities who inspired me to culture myself into making music and films was likes of Ice Cube, Queen Latifah & 50 Cent. They played a big role that drafted me to comprehend I could do both creating music and acting along.

Tell us about some of the cameo’s, appearances & roles you’ve done as an actor?
The character I played in Tormenta feature film was “Stanley” which was Executive produced by Houston Community College. I also played others roles like “Zeal” in a Speed dating documentary, a “rapper” in Perils of Night School and so on.

For those who may not have heard your music, how would you describe it?
My music are very motivational, so I recommend they give it a listen.

Currently what single you are pushing and where can we find it?
I have a single with DJ Chose called “like a stripper” which is available on SoundCloud and other streaming services. I’m looking forward to dropping a new single soon. The name of the song is “tell you something” off my upcoming project “The Versatile”.

You have an upcoming EP ‘The Versatile’, what can we expect from this project?
The Versatile is a combination of trap and pop records in one tape. Fans can expect to hear something different like singing. I got songs in English, Pigeon English and my native language. the intention behind “The Versatile” EP was to prove people I can create all kinds of music in different ways to access fans all over the world.

What’s the vibe like when you’re in the studio working? What are some of your ‘must haves’?
Music is my addiction and that’s my first love, it’s one of things that makes me happy. I feel very accomplishment when I’m in the studio working. My must haves will be Jewelries, houses, foreign cars and boats. Already building a mansion in Africa which will be completed soon I travel.

Give us 3 words that describe P.Digga the Artist / Entrepreneur?
P.Digga stands for Play, Skills, and versatile

What’s next for P.Digga?
Right now, I am working on The Versatile EP and also working to produce my first feature film which still in the very early stage of pre-production. The film will have scenes in the United States and Africa.

Tell everyone where they can find you? [Websites, Social media, Booking info etc]
They can follow me on my social media:
Instagram: TheCoalCity
Twitter: itspdigga
Bookings: africanondeckmusic@gmail

Any Shout Outs?
Shout out to my partner A-Q for helping place my music to right radio stations in Nigeria.

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Straight Official sits down w/ Kuntraversy for an exclusive interview! @Kuntraversy

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What’s going on Kuntraversy? Please introduce yourself and tell us where you’re from.
Kuntraversy checking in two times! Reigning from Birmingham, AL. II your front door!

How did you get started in the music business?
Actually, as a kid I would kick freestyles with my friends over songs that were already out on the radio, over time the creativity and strategy allowed the music to translate into a business of it’s own.

What’s the music scene like in your city for independent artists like yourself?
My city in particular is difficult for “budding” artists! Despite very little industry help within the state of Alabama, we’ve still put out some big names, my city is independent based where we “do for self”. It’s plenty of talent in Birmingham, few legitimate outlets to expose it all!

For those who may not have heard your music, how would you describe it?
My music is what I would consider “Street Conscious”! I believe in the power of a mind at peace and the militant heart required to survive in a top 5 murder rate city. My music is geared more for the true street cats with the brilliance to accumulate wealth. I just try to touch that entrepreneurial spirit within us all!

Currently, what single / video are you pushing & where can we find it?
I’m currently pushing my follow up release to the “LeakTape” series, entitled The “LeakTape2”.
It’s a follow up to The “LeakTape” which is currently available everywhere online. “The “LeakTape2” will be available across multiple online platforms for download(mymixtapez, DatPiff, etc)!

What are some of your goals that you wish to achieve within the next year or so?
At this point in my career, I’m alot more focused on brand building, moreso than just making music. The music is only a part of the dynamics of hip-hop. I personally would like to influence the culture in many ways, I’m currently working on a clothing line (in the works) along with multiple other avenues to influence my city and the culture of hip-hop.

How did you come up with your name Kuntraversy?
Well, at a young age I soon realized that there’s 2 things in this world that will always sale! Sex, and I’m the other!

What’s your definition of Grynd?
My definition of Grynd is a simple “3-D” recipe : Discipline + Dedication + Domination!
Be disciplined to whatever you’re dedicated to, and you’ll dominate it!

Tell everyone where they can find you? [Websites, Social media, Booking info etc]
You can find info, bookings, and updates at www.TrapRepublican.com
All of my social media is linked there as well or you can follow me everywhere @Kuntraversy!
#Bookings contact: FreewillRecordsCEO@gmail.com #FWR

Any Shout Outs?
Big shouts out to all my Trap Republicans representing across the nation! And
rest well to our Fallen Legends(Bam Bam Carter, Doe B., Mr. Biggs, Lil Mone, 100 Stack Fatt, Teddy T)
Free Northside Weezy and salute to every movement that’s moving & Salute II my entire city & state . >>> #BhamAlabama

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Life Expectancy: Money, Health & Hip Hop by DJ Layne Luv

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How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? 

In the United States, being a young & black guarantees a person born under those circumstances a significant amount of obstacle & struggle. Not only is the African American still inferior economically, the race’s environment has a high percentage of being subject to, poor diet, questionable healthcare (which means they can’t afford adequate treatment for disease), and violence (whether it be amongst each other or by the hands of law enforcement). Even in a time where the life expectance for the average human is 75, throughout time, a lower number has always been the case for the African American male. This is because the African American race has always had to survive under the most stressful conditions dating back to slavery. But my question is, why isn’t health and money for healthcare brought up more in the Hip-Hop community? How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? Is it because it doesn’t weigh in on the “cool” factors to talk about? Is it because dying or the threat thereof  has become the ultimate badge of honor? Why are we still having to do fundraisers and benefits for disease treatment and funerals? What financial plans are in place for rappers, DJ’s and B-Boys when they get sick or expire?

These are tough questions, however most of these issues could be solved with the proper funding and education around the matter of Hip-Hop and Health. We just recently lost Prodigy of Mobb Deep who battled sickle cell all his life. Sean Price of the group Heltah Skeltah passed away in his sleep in 2015. Heavy D died from a blood clot in his lung but it was later found out he did in fact have heart disease. Big Pun actually died of cardiac arrest.

I’m from Columbus Ohio, so even though this is a national publication, I want to honor an iconic rapper from my city who was special to us in the #614 and recently passed away… Sheron “Neswordz” Colbert  #RIH

Now let’s stop for a second, because I don’t want to get into the rappers that died at the hands of violence because that’s not where I’m going with this blog.

This is my point:

Hip Hop will be 44 years old this year. This means that the pioneers of Hip Hop are either senior citizens or on their way to being senior citizens. This means (God forbid) we may be losing a lot more Hip Hop icons in the “hopefully” distant future. But I’m noticing the mortality rate decreasing in age within the culture and I wanted to bring awareness to it in this blog.

One thing I loved about our last presidential administration, Big Up Obamas!, is that the Hip Hop community put them in office and President Barack and First Lady Michelle made it their business to bring awareness to healthcare and education directly to the minority in America.

How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? 

How can we make LIVING cool in Hip Hop? How do we celebrate Life instead of Death? And most important, how do we put Financial well-being and Health together in this culture?

It definitely takes money and good decisions to be healthy. And maybe that’s why a healthy lifestyle isn’t cool to most young adults. Because Hip Hop from the beginning was all about taking the risk. Living on the edge. The new Rock N Roll. While Jay Z’s new 4:44 album is a great album to raise consciousness, the radio still bellows “Percocet, Molly Percocet” in regular rotation. Twerking videos and Drug money to the ear still resonates among adolescence. I get it! A safe lifestyle is a boring lifestyle. But yet, after the facade is lifted, and something tragic happens, all of the sudden we see that the rapper with money to the ear doesn’t really have sustainable income to treat the calamity.

Here’s this…The hardbody has always been the thing in Hip Hop, but what you don’t realize is Will Smith, LL Cool J, 50 Cent, Fantasia and Ashanti live very healthy lifestyles. They don’t engage in Marijuana, Alcohol or any other recreational drugs. Rumor has it that rapper Future…lol….doesn’t drink Lean or pop pills…but he advertises it to the youth in his music. So from that standpoint, what’s being fed to the public may appear to be a cooler lifestyle, trust me, eating right and adding exercise to your lifestyle will increase your chances of living a long and productive life.

Am I the old head in the room? Probably. But that doesn’t mean I can’t put this On The Table (Pun Intended) If you are one those people that just so happens to want to pursue or are pursuing a career in Hip Hop. Please take your health seriously. Black N Milds look cool until you get lung cancer. Sleeping with Twerk video models are cool until you get HIV. Living reckless with a bunch of beefs looks cool until we have to bury you and someone has to pick up those expenses. Live for today but plan like you will live tomorrow. Put a financial plan in place so that if anything does happen, you have your family taken care of.

It’s a new day! Taking care of yourself and your family is the “New Gangsta”

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[EVENT] Xscape Litty! @ “Essense Festival 2017”

<> on July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

I don’t know how many people has been waiting for this comeback reunion of Xscape, but there were so many people at the superdome in New Orleans that they couldn’t even see the performance. I didn’t make it to New Orleans but the performance hit youtube, social media and Xscape is back. Check out a few clips from the super reunion performance and first exclusive interview from the ladies at Essense this year.

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