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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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[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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[INDIE ARTISTS] NAREY PEREZ: SINGS WITH EMOTIONS

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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.

“HEY HURSH (DA FRONT PORCH) NO BETTER TIME TO DO THIS THAN NOW! THERE’S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS GOING ON RIGHT NOW..” – NaRey

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:
@THEREALNAREYDC
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

 

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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.

Follow NaeNae:

IG | Twitter | FB: @fieryscorpio81


 

 

 

 

 

 

“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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[Single] Bless One “No Choice” feat. Tamar Braxton @blessone333 @tamarbraxtonher

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“ENERGY IS EVERYTHING” TO THE ARTIST BLESS ONE, BORN BRANDON LASTRAPE IN THE EARLY DAYS
 OF MARCH 1990. THIS HIP-HOP AND R&B ARTIST’S PASSION DERIVES FROM HIS INTENSE DESIRE TO SPREAD TRUTH AND LOVE THROUGH HIS ARTISTRY. HIS EXPERIENCES GROWING UP IN THE STREETS OF WEST LOS ANGELES IS A DIRECT NARRATIVE OF JUST THAT.

“BLESS ONE HAS EVERYTHING IT TAKES, ALL HE HAS TO DO IS STAYED FOCUSED” – TOO SHORT

BLESS ONE CURRENTLY HAS A SMASH NEW SINGLE ENTITLED “NO CHOICE” WITH TAMAR BRAXTON AND IS CURRENTLY CLIMBING RADIO CHARTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY (MEDIABASE) AND IS SHOWING NO SIGNS OF SLOWING UP. MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT BLESS ONE AS HE JOINS TAMAR ON
 HER 2017 SUMMER TOUR AND IN THE WORDS OF BLESS ONE “MAKE LIFE YOUR HEAVEN UNTIL YOU MAKE IT TO HEAVEN”.

https://www.audiomack.com/song/krucialmusicgmailcom/bless-one-no-choice

Direct Link: https://www.audiomack.com/song/krucialmusicgmailcom/bless-one-no-choice

Connect w/ Bless One
FACEBOOK: @BLESSONE333
INSTAGRAM: @BLESSONE333
TWITTER: @BLESSONE333
WEB: WWW.BLESSONE333.COM

BOOKINGS/REQUESTS:
JERRY “MADDHEAD” LEWIS (310) 626-2524
JERRY_LEWIS70@AOL.COM | BLESSONE333@GMAIL.COM

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[INDIE] BLAK LUCK

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What is your name and where are you from?. Blak Luck aka Luchyano aka Jimmie Mac straight from the whole East Coast (New York, New Jersey, D.C., Baltimore).

Can you give us a run down of what you have done so far in the entertainment business? Been on over 25+ official dj mixtapes , shade 45 , foxxhole radio, hosted from my hood 2 your hood pt 20, dropped 6 mixtape solo albums independently…

What was it like the first time getting on a stage? Don’t really remember but remember my first time being on the Mic at neighborhood pool party back n 1998 freestylin n ended up battling an older nigga in front of the whole hood..

Instagram @BLAKLUCK

YouTube – Blak Luck

Twitter @ItsLuchyBaby

Google – Blak Luck

What do you want to accomplish before the year closes out? Dropping my project and going on tour.

Do you have any shoutouts? Shouts 2 all the djs that play my shit and everybody in the struggle.

Can you tell us 3 hiphop artists that influenced your original creativity? Hard to say but definitely the ones before me who put me on game was Mobb Deep, Biggie and Redman!! But the west and south were and still in rotation but these were who I could relate too the most.

 

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[Music] Krujay – “What They Want” (Russ Remix) @Krujay

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Krujay, a hip hop artist from the DMV, delivers a melodic remix to “What They Want”, a single from hip-hop artist Russ, and his new album “There’s Really A Wolf.” Throughout the record, you can hear Krujay delivering a powerful statement with yet such a soothing impact about his impact and experience in the game. Krujay is currently working on his upcoming EP “Against The Grain” set to release in 2017.
Beat Re-Produced by Kartoon

https://www.audiomack.com/song/krujay/krujay-what-they-want-remix
Direct Link: https://www.audiomack.com/song/krujay/krujay-what-they-want-remix

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Connect w/ Krujay

Facebook: Facebook.com/KrujayMusic
Twitter: @Krujay
Instagram: @KrujayMusic
Booking: DulyNotedEnt@Gmail.com

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