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.
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:
B.YOND Music Management
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.
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)
Women specially flexible ones. They are always fun.
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.
If you haven’t already read the review on Jerrel Moore’s latest mixtape, you need to definitely go check that out now, but you’re still in the right place. Here we are breaking down each meaningful, well-written song and diving into this rising artist’s mind, music, and personal life.
Jerrel recently released his mixtape Nas Can’t Play, a tribute to his son after his own metaphorical death. An album which reflects on his current, future, and future’s past experiences. He touches on his death, his grind, women, and fatherhood in a way that is not only extremely personal but relative to his audience.
How does he do it? By crafting each song as a message to his son, Nas, and rapping as if he is speaking directly to him, yet it resonates to any listener young or old.
After hearing his mixtape, not only was I impressed, but I also wanted to know the inspiration behind his creative wordplay and dedicated lyrics. That’s why we met up face to face for an overview of his mixtape song by song, and now, I’m here to send along his meaningful message behind his project!
Keep on reading if you want to dive deeper into the mind of this artist, lyricist, and father.
#1 “If I Die”
This song is the opener to the project. It starts strong beginning at the end, Jerrel’s death. He explicitly details the acts leading up to a robbery where his assailants murder him in front of his own son. That isn’t where it stops though, like mentioned before, he is speaking to Nas, almost in reflection of the story. He speaks to his son on revenge, family bonds, and what’s really important in life. Even touching on gang affiliation, letting his son know that, indeed, his family is the set he needs to rep.
This track starts the project off strong and keeps us listening for more. You can watch his latest video for the song below, then keep it pushing through the rest of the project with me!
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#2 “Nas Can’t Play”
Coming in second on the tracklist is “Nas Can’t Play.” A song where Jerrel dives into the obstacles he faces as a father in the lifestyle that he lives.
The hook pretty much sums the title up and sets the tone.
“Nas can’t play, there’s too much drugs in the house. I got crack, I got weed, I got mud at the house.”
This is where Jerrel really opens up about the pull between fatherhood and his everyday life.
“Insight” is, of course, a story for his son, but one of the most audience reaching songs on the project. Here Jerrel takes us to the club, and into Nas’ teenage years, to preach to all of us the knowledge of women and their provided distractions. Picture this: You’re in the club, you see one of the baddest chicks in the club, and you, yes YOU of all people, gets curved. Now to the average young man, this might be disheartening, but to Nas, to us listeners, Jerrel lays it all out on how we should really feel; not pressed. He coaches us into personal confidence with this one, letting us know there’s somebody out there for all of us and to keep it moving to the next one.
#4 “Coney Island”
Keeping it consistent on female drama problems, Jerrel takes us to New York, on track 4, “Coney Island.” No, he may not really have a side piece in the beachy town, but that’s what makes this entire project so good; the stories told and the future acknowledged. In this song, he describes a more detailed relationship than the one in “Insight” and how to maneuver through it. Jerrel actually gave me some exclusive personal details about the woman in this song, but you gotta move on to the next song description for that!
#5 “World In My Palms”
Good! You stuck around to find out more about this mystery woman he is referencing. Well, in this song, track 5, we are visually sucked into an entirely new situation. Taken from the Boro to the tropics, Jerrel has us follow him through his personal experience with his main since before he made it. The catch is, the “main chick” from this song is really the same girl from “Coney Island,” just a different aspect of her. Almost as if in the past, Jerrel has dealt with a major struggle in a meaningful relationship, and now, in order to save his son and us from the same hardships, he gives us a little game on these females.
Here he wants his son to remember two major things, “always wil’out while you’re young” and “if you smooth, you can float your way through anything.”
When it comes to what this song describes, it’s a little more self-explanatory, title wise. Yet, Jerrel Moore puts a personal spin on a classic comparison to the famous NBA player, Allen Iverson. Unlike many, Moore skips the common place lines about ballin’ and getting money like Allen, and acknowledges the major grind the pro-baller put in to make it. Jerrel feels like he’s one in the same when it comes to his hustle in the music industry.
He has been through ups and downs through his journey towards success. Between multiple car accidents and just general hardships life can bring, Jerrel has stayed on top against all odds, like Iverson. Not only has he overcome obstacles and put in time and effort, but unlike many, he has actually put his money up in belief of his own aspirations. As a message to his son, this couldn’t be any stronger: do what you gotta do to make it, “even if you don’t get the ring!”
#7 “On A Mission”
Originally the last song on the mixtape, “On A Mission” talks about those trials he overcame in before he made it in “Iverson,” before the clout.
Although each song is relatable, this is another that stands out as something we’ve all felt and been through. Each of us has had that moment where we can only count on ourselves, a time when everybody is on some bullshit and there’s no one in your corner.
Speaking to Nas, Jerrel pictures himself spitting some game to his son, after his passing, while his son deals with the same feelings we’ve all felt, needing some strengthening words to make it through. Here he lets us know our will power and God will take us where we need to be in life, a message every son needs to hear from their father, especially once they’re gone for good.
#8 “Enough For Me”
Playing off the last track, Jerrel continues to instill in all of us that, indeed, we can get there alone. He touches a bit on spirituality in this song with my favorite line being, “If your soul isn’t level, you exposed to the devil.”
The lyrical and raw talent of this artist is refreshing. He gives us more to think about than the average trap rap artist, making him stand out from his competition. After listening to this project, you’ll understand where I am coming from, but let’s continue on to the last two songs of the mixtape.
#9 “I Can’t Hold You”
This interlude type piece comes in second to last and as one of the more personal pieces on the mixtape. A flashback to the beginning, Jerrel describes this piece as the moment Nas realizes his father’s gone. Imagining a scene in the park, Jerrel reflects on how he doesn’t have the option of “babying” his son.
Finally, he made it! But wait, we all thought he was dead?! Well, he fooled us all, including his son, Nas. An alternate ending to the story, Jerrel switches up the script, moving from death to success instead.
In the final song, he is walking in a mansion and realizing, “I’m tripping, I’m here. We good!” From his untimely death in track one, through his life lessons and experience, Jerrel manages to see his death only metaphorically, bringing us full circle on a journey of losses, gains, and ultimately success.
Clearly, after reading these song by song descriptions, you are ready and eager to hear the tracks.
You can find his music on Spinrilla now. The mixtape is just over 30 minutes making it an easy listen and trust me it’s worth your time!
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NaRey of Washington D.C. made a choice to share her voice ever since she was a little girl. Check out this 1 on 1 with NaRey Perez on DA FRONT PORCH for STRAIGHT OFFICIAL.
1. Can you tell us your name and where you are from? The name is NaRey.. NaRey Perez – Born and raised in Washington, D.C.
2. When do you decide you wanted to sing professionally? As a little girl, I’ve always loved to sing. I sang in church, at school, at cheerleading practice.. lol.. EVERYWHERE! I knew at a young age that I wanted to be remembered for something when I left this world – why not it be something I love?? Which is entertainment in its’ entirety, acting as well.
3. What music of yours would you suggest someone to listen to? That’s always a hard question for me, but I love, “NO MORE”, “SOMEBODY”, “THE MOTIONS” and “AGAIN” .. Sorry, told you it’s a hard choice for me! lol Just go DOWNLOAD ALL of them while it’s still FREE!
(Until the end of 2017)
4. Who are some of your musical influences? My musical “Idols” coming up were Aaliyah and Selena, but I have a true love for powerhouse singers such as Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Tamia and KeKe Wyatt to name a few. Beyonce has shown she can get up there too!
5. Can people find you online? “Yaaaaassss!” lol Please do find me and tell somebody else to find me too! lol <3
My WEBSITE is: WWW.ENTERTAINERNAREY.COM; My INSTAGRAM is:
@NAREY_PEREZ ; My FB ARTIST PAGE is: @NAREYDC ; My TWITTER is:
LADIES, I’m keeping an eye out for y’all!! I need more beautiful ladies on my page representing!!
6. What’s your definition of a hustler? My definition of a hustler is someone who is getting it in every aspect of their life. If they don’t have the means, they find it or they find a way to get it done regardless. I think it’s a person who knows how to get results, but also understands how to ALWAYS work SMART so the “HARD” doesn’t seem so difficult. Not saying hard work isn’t necessary because it definitely is, but you can lighten your load if your go about your moves in a smart way.
7. What do you want to see changed your community? I would love to see younger generations care more about their lives and other’s lives.. not all, but most seem so lost in a fake image. I’d love to see our Black community (yes, I’m mixed) continue to come together to raise our people up. I’d love to see way less violence, and the understanding that a lot of times issues can be hashed out like adults, if only everyone would take off the “tough masks”, and give patience and understanding a try – it’d go a long way.
8. What is a week in your life like? Man, a week in my life?? *sigh* Right now, there’s so much going on.. planning, writing, recording, filming, traveling while maintaining regular life.. it’s a lot. So let’s just say my weeks are currently like whirlwinds – I love this industry though!!
9. Any shoutouts? Yes please!
I’d like to shoutout DUDS DEVENEIR – who is a producer and artist himself. He worked with me on my singles, “AGAIN”, “WATCH ME MOVE” and “GOT WHAT YOU NEED”. He’s from Houston, TX and a very talented artist.
I’d also like to shoutout KYONTE & M. QUEST who are two amazing artist & producers whom worked with me on the original version of “THE MOTIONS” (watch my very first video on my website from a few years ago to hear the original version), and shouts out to “BUBU THE PRODUCER” who remixed the updated version of “THE MOTIONS” (which is available for download now) and also is the producer who recorded the song, “NO MORE”
– Thank you BuBu!! <3
Ok, two more shoutouts and I’m done! lol
Shout out to “GOTTIROCKSOLID” for this upcoming project (COMING SOON)!! This man is amazing at his craft and has major credits in the industry, be sure to keep a lookout for all of his projects, and our upcoming project together! It’s going to be AMAZING! Last, but not least.. I also want to shout out my future manager who is going to help me stop playing 7 roles in my head.. I don’t know who you are yet, but hey, shout out to you dude.. Shouts out to you!! LOL 🙂
10. What would you tell to someone who wants to use his or her original creativity but is scared to give it a go? I would tell them to RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH. Know what you’re doing and getting yourself into. Have a solid package and preferably a budget. NETWORKING is everything, so is promotion and marketing. If the entertainment industry is your passion, please understand it takes a special individual to be successful in this business.. there are ALWAYS more “No’s” than “Yes”. It’s hard, mean and can be unfair, but if it’s truly what you love and you truly have the talent.. be ready to grow some tough skin and go for it! <3
Slym B. is from Northeast Louisiana in the city of Jonesboro. You can reach him online at Twitter: @SlymB / Instagram: @SlymB
Slym B. “Die Fa Mine LaFamilia” has drops of jewels to keep your mind focused of staying alive, getting your money right and getting your life insurance if you’re gonna be in the streets because caskets ain’t cheap.
“The song and music video came together naturally based on my life beliefs and what I stand for, the music video just showcases radical and raw energy.” – Slym B.
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.
inquires: Gerald@teworldwide.com or 704-774-6212
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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”
“The Other Side”
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