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Master Class: Duane DaRock by DJ Layne Luv

Duane DaRock Long Way

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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[INTERVIEW] GET TO KNOW FLEET PRESIDENT DJ O.S

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Finally had the chance to sit down with Fleet President DJ O.S, not only does he know his music he is such a comedian as well. I must say being apart of Fleet has been wonderful to me and to work with all the amazing people that make up Fleet is nothing short of greatness!

SO: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS AND/OR HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?

OS: I’VE BEEN DJING SINCE I WAS 16 AND I HEARD SOME DJS ON THE RADIO AND AFTER THAT IT WAS ON.

SO: BEING THAT YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT OF FLEET DJS, WHAT WAS THE STARTING POINT ON THAT JOURNEY?

OS: I BECAME THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE KLASSIK ASKED ME AND BEFORE THAT I PUT IN ALOT OF HARD WORK WITH THE FLEET BY DOING MIXTAPES AND DOING INTERVIEWS ON MY RADIO MIXSHOWS. I TOTALLY BELIEVE IN THE BRAND AND I LOVE WORKING WITH OTHER DJS.

SO:HOW DID YOU MEET KLASSIC (CEO)?

OS:I MET KLASSIK OVER TEN YEARS AGO WE HAVE MUTUAL FRIENDS IN NEWARK NJ WHERE I USED TO LIVE AND I WAS ASKED TO BE A FLEET DJ AND ME AND HIM TALKED EVERYDAY FOR THE LAST 5-6 YEARS SINCE WE STARTED FLEET RADIO AND THE FLEET DJ CONFERENCE.

SO: RIGHT NOW WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO? HOW DID YOU GET INTO DJING, WAS IT SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO?

OS: I WAS ALWAYS INTO MUSIC AND AFTER WATCHING A MOVIE CALLED BEASTSTREET I KNEW BEING A DJ WAS SOMETHING I WANTED TO DO. MY MOTHER ALWAYS HAD MUSIC PLAYING AND THE LOVE I HAVE FOR HIP HOP IS A NO BRAINER. AS FAR AS WHAT I AM LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW IS ALOT OF CLASSIC 70S AND 80S MUSIC LIKE A OLD MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS. AS FAR AS THE NEW MUSIC I’M REALLY LIKING THIS RAPSODY ALBUM. ITS REFRESHING.

SO: SO WHAT ARE THE NEXT FLEET EVENTS AND WHEN CAN WE CATCH YOU ON THE STATION?

OS: WELL THERE ARE SO MANY FLEET EVENTS BUT THE NEXT BIG ONE IS FLEET WEEK IN HOUSTON TEXAS. IT WILL BE A GREAT WEEK FULL OF SHOWCASES, PARTIES,AND COMMUNITY EVENTS IN DECEMEMBER.

IM ON FLEET DJ RADIO WEEKDAYS 8AM-9AM AND EVERYFRIDAY 7PM-9PM. IM ALSO ON RADIO IN FAYETVILLE NC ON 104.5 FM EVERY FRIDAY 9PM-11PM. I AM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR FLEET DJ RADIO, CLASSIC FLEET RADIO AND FLEET RNB STATION

There you have folks Fleet DJs very own DJ OS (President, Program director for Fleet DJ radio as well as Classic fleet radio. Like I’ve said before it ain’t official until it’s been featured on Straight Official! #GetSom

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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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[INTERVIEW] #NAENAEONTHESCENE: STEFFANY MONEQUE ‘PAINTING HER CANVAS’

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What’s good, its your girl NaeNae bringing you another #NaeNaeOnTheScene interview. This week’s interview comes from the deep, sultry sounding voice of Steffany Monique. She is an indie R&B artist comes from Huntsville, AL. She started writing music and poetry when she was in high school. Steffany writes all of her music acapella until around March of 2016. This past October, Steffany released her first single ‘Medicated’, which now rests at 10K in streams. Shortly after, she released her best running single ‘Discretion’, which recently broke 90K. Steffany has since then released 4 additional tracks off her project “Canvas’, on Valentine’s Day of this year. She wrote all of her music, with the exception of the hook on Discretion, which was written by producer, Mantra.

 

What’s the meaning behind the project, (Canvas)?

A lot of people don’t know this, but J. Cole’s “Apparently” initially inspired me. One specific lyric stuck with me, “this is my canvas, I’ma paint how I want it baby“. I decided to take that idea and expand on it. I look at artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, etc. I notice how their work is displayed in museums and exhibits for people to view and try to decipher. Viewers have the opportunity to feel what the artists felt when they made it. I wanted to be like those artists, I wanted to paint. So whenever I found a beat that I liked and could write to, I would name it a canvas, while my lyrics would play as paint. This made me an artist like the rest. It gave my listeners a chance to feel and appreciate what I wrote as well as the emotion I put behind the execution.

 

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

Writing process…I’ve always loved to write. I discovered I had a real knack for it my junior year in high school. It’s incredibly therapeutic to me. As far as the perspective I write from, it varies. Sometimes, it’s my life. Sometimes, I write about experiences my friends have lived through. Sometimes, I just think of love and pain and I try to think of ways to be relatable to every listener. Whether they’re on cloud 9 in love, feeling frisky and sensual, or dealing with betrayal and trying to grow through and from a recent heartbreak.

 

Who are some of your biggest influencers?

Biggest influencers…there’s quite a few but each for different reasons. First and foremost, I ADORE Aaliyah. I think she had that tomboy, favorite “girl-next-door” vibe mastered. I watch her interviews often and I admire her spirit, very pure and kind. And her music still rocks to this day, even in her absence. I want to create music like that, the kind that just lives on forever. If we tap into performances, tour life and a master of visuals, Beyoncé. I am more than a singer. My mother put me in dance classes when I was about 4 or 5 years old and I would compete nationally with my studio and later joined my high school’s dance team. I am a huge Beyoncé fan and I went to my first concert of hers last November, she’s a STELLAR performer. So I decided I would add spunk and choreography to each of my performances so that I could grasp and keep my audience’s attention. Lauryn Hill, Big Sean, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Gucci Mane are lyrical geniuses. I don’t think that each of them always receives the credit they deserve, but they definitely inspire my word play and lyricism. A song has to be more than a catchy beat, I have to make my audience think, “run it back“, and make me an Instagram caption (haha).

 

Top 5 artists you would also like to collar with one day?

Top 5 artists would like to collab with one day…only 5??? That’s soooo hard. Okay…H.E.R., Gucci Mane, Daniel Caesar, DVSN and Drake. If I could pick a second 5…I’d choose SZA, Internet Syd, Kehlani, Frank Ocean and 2 Chainz. That was way too hard lol.

 

If you weren’t doing music, what else would be interested in doing?

If I weren’t doing music, I would dance. I have a lot of experience in the field as I mentioned previously. If that didn’t work, I would definitely write music for other artists.

 

Last song you listened to? Whether on your phone or in the car?

Last song I listened to…’Eternal Sunshine’ by Jhene Aiko

 

Upcoming shows? 

I’ve got a performance coming up for the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, AL. I’ve also got a performance lined up for Nashville and New Orleans. It’s all very exciting. Also, I’ll be releasing my first video mid-November. Stay tuned!

 

What’s your motto in life?

My motto in life…I want to inspire the uninspired. Meaning, the creatives who feel like the odds are outrageous, I want to show them that the odds conquerable. On top of, I want to help bring back good music, good R&B. I feel like it’s not appreciated enough anymore. I’d like to change that.

 

Make sure you go take a listen to Steffany Moneque’s EP, “Canvas” you won’t be disappointed. Its available for download and stream on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube, Shazam, iHeartRadio and Napster!

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

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[INTERVIEW] B.BANDZ-The New Fresh Prince of Chicago? – GET HIP W/DJ MOS PRECIOUS

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RECENTLY, I got to catch up with the young and new fresh prince of the Chicago. He goes by the name of B.Bandz. His church going background helped motivate his journey to become a young rapper. As a young child, B.Bandz actively participated in his grandparent’s church and found his likings in songwriting. Surely not the common making of a star story, but sets him career apart from the other wave of young artists.

As a young talent, he wrote lyrics that were uplifting and strayed away from profanity. He happily expressed that, he still does not use profanity in his lyrics to this day. He embraced being the voice of the youth, as his dad and him transition his gospel lyrics to be more suitable for the world of music.

As a DJ, I love hearing that because that makes it easier to add his music to radio and other clean music exposure outlets.

This talented young 17 years old introduced himself has fresh and cocky. As we all should expect B.Bandz style is made to impress. As he mentioned during our interview, he titled himself the Fresh Prince because of his style and what he talks about in his song. Which explains the reasoning for the release of his new single “Fresh”. Fresh has caught the likings of Russell Simmons distribution company and currently is being played on all major radio and music stores worldwide.

I was amazed to hear that before embarking on his musical journey, he was a dancer.  This attribute surely will set him apart from is musical counterparts. He is made for the grind and has the determination to be huge. He expressed that his goal is to become the next big superstar in the next five years. He was happy to express that his dad, Miltickit a five time grammy winner is his motivation.

As he completes is tour run with Jermaine Dupri’s Rap Game Tour, B.Bandz continues to strive for higher heights and create music that is 100% profanity free.

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[INTERVIEW] #NAENAEONTHESCENE WITH DIDDA JOE

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What’s good, its your girl NaeNae bringing you another #NaeNaeOnTheScene interview. Despite only being 24, singer/songwriter Didda Joe has already traveled a long path as he pursues his dreams and music career. The rising artist’s varied skill set has already taken him from his home of Indiana to across the United States, ultimately landing him in Los Angeles. It’s a natural destination for someone as talented as Didda Joe, who fell in love with music at a young age and began singing by the time he was 10. He continued along, teaching himself to read and produce music, play instruments, write and produce. He’s thrived in the entertainment scene, working with Master P, No LimitJoe Moses and more, as well as earning placement on Pandora, Spotify and other online music retailers.

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[RADIO] “The Yodo Show” taking over your airwaves

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Thousands of people tune into Urban radio station WCCG 104.5  every weekday to hear one of the hottest radio shows killing the airwaves called “THE YODO SHOW”.  Antoine Hill also known as “Yodo” born in California but raised in Raeford NC, has kicked the door wide open in the broadcasting world by having the number one afternoon show at an urban radio station in Fayetteville NC. Much of his success can be contributed to his loyal listeners and his funny, smart witty comments that bring laughter to people all over the city. Standing over 6 ft tall, slim and always having his own fashionable style, Yodo has made such a substantial impact in the radio community within this past year. Taking a break from being an on air-personality, great father, party host and social guru in the community, I was able to sit down for an exclusive interview with him.

JC Live: It’s so hard for many people to get into the broadcasting field, how did you get your opportunity to become a radio host?

Yodo: My homie Big Leem hit me in the inbox one day and said are you interested in doing radio? I said Yup..and here we are. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now.

JC Live: You have been doing radio now since March of this year, so what is one of the craziest experiences you have had so far?

Yodo: We had a concert come in town and I had to interview about 9 artists in 2 hours. It was definitely crazy, but fun at the same time.

JC Live: So in this entertainment world people love to assume things. What is the biggest misconception you feel people have of you?

Yodo: That I have alot of groupies. Ain’t no groupies around here. I ain’t that known. I’m still bae-less.

JC Live: You being an artist yourself coming to the other side of being in radio and able to see both sides of things, what are your thoughts towards that state of music right now?

Yodo: If your music don’t jam in the strip club, you ain’t winning.  But, the artists who make it to big mainstream outlets also win too. The music field is still as broad as it has always been, there’s just more to select from now.

JC Live: Have any advice for Independent artist out there trying to get their record played on radio?

Yodo: SHOW. LOVE. TO. THE. DJS. They are who makes and breaks you.

JC Live: Have any new things that are in the works that people need to look out for? (Projects you are working on)

Yodo: Working on the album entitled “Normal” from me and my guy 3D Straw, with the group called “#Wreguhlur” and yes the hashtag is apart of the name.

 

You can check out The Yodo Show weekdays from 3pm to 7pm on WCCG 104.5. If you also looking to contact Yodo for questions or booking you can email him at THEYODOSHOW@gmail.com

Make sure to follow him on social media:

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TheYodoShow on Instagram

 

 

Article by Jelia JC Live Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[INTERVIEW] “Bankroll Gimmick” talks New York City Hip-Hop and more with Jason Bourne

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Rising performing artist as well as producer and engineer Bankroll Gimmick is a native of the birthplace of Hip Hop, the Boogie Down Bronx. Recording professionally since 2011, Bankroll has taken the time to carefully brand himself both sonically and promotionally. Currently promoting a plethora of releases, he has caught a buzz as a result of the feedback from popular tunes Way Strong, Out the Mud, and Aint Real. Inspired by some of the greatest contributors to Hip Hop home Bankroll Gimmick gives credit to his best friend Jerel Patterson as a motivator, and one who was very instrumental in his musical pursuits. A life-long lover of music, Bankroll draws on personal experiences as well as the life experiences of his closest friends, and family to develop the content and substance he has today. We sat down recently for an interview where we talked about the state of Hip Hop in our city, his creative process, and new music. Check it out below:

Jason Bourne: A lot has been made of the resurgence of NYC Hip Hop – what’s your take on where the city stands right now in the Hip Hop game?

BRG Gimmick: I think the city stands in a good place right now. It can never be forgotten that Hip Hop started in the city, but we also have to come to terms with the fact that the south and other regions took over for a little while. I take my hat off to anyone putting out good music, and handling their business but I am happy and inspired that the focus is back on the progress on The Big Apple. Would love to have myself and some others take things to the next level.

Jason Bourne: You are a native of the Bronx. One of the things that I have noticed in recent times is a unity amongst MCs in the Bronx which has helped the buzz stay high in the borough. Who are some of the artists that you have aligned yourself with on the collaboration tip?

BRG: I am most definitely from the Bronx (puts X’s up). The unity in the Bronx is at a high right now. I think it has always been like that on the collaboration tip but it also helps that it is being promoted more. Things like Social Media, and even more at the shows is something that is going public and inspire more people to follow suit. As far as my resume, I have collaborations with Sonny Mon3y right now as well as Romane, and O Banga.

Jason Bourne: For those who may not know, who is Bankroll Gimmick?

BRG: Bankroll Gimmick is a hustler. From young I realized money is not real, but it is necessary. Life experiences have taught me it is a trick, but the catch is you just have to make the trick work in your favor

Jason Bourne: How is your creative process? What’s the vibe in the studio?

BRG: The vibe with everything I do is up. Excitement, I can say. Once the vibe is right the music and everything else flows. I have a lot of energy and I only invite good energy to be around me in life and when I am in the studio.

Jason Bourne: What are 5 must haves for a recording session?

BRG: To be honest, a good amount of weed, and some liquor are must haves. (Pause) of course. Keep it 100, I like to light candles, and have good people around with the vibe like I was saying before. It is also a must to have a great engineer.

Jason Bourne: You and O Banga hooked up for your latest track, Bankroll; talk about that record and how it came together?

BRG: When the New Year dropped O Banga hit me up and let me know he had a record that would take us further this year. I trusted that and I said, man send it to me ASAP. Once I heard it I knew he was right because the track fit my aura. I wrote the verse immediately and we went right in to cook up. The rest is history. That record is doing very well for us.

Jason Bourne: What is your earliest memory of falling in love with Hip Hop?

BRG: My earliest memory of loving hip hop was about 1995-1996. I had bought 1 of Jay- Z albums and I also copped Puff Daddy & the Family album. I knew I loved Hip Hop after hearing those.

Jason Bourne: What should our audience be on the lookout for going into the next quarter and ending the year?

A lot of visuals. I have a couple of videos that I will be releasing as well as my album, GOLDEN RULE

 

Follow @BankRollGimmick

 

Listen to Bankroll featuring O Banga

 

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