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[MUSIC VIDEO] FOREVER DIFFERENT FAMILY- FLICK ME UP

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Flick Me Up came about due to Instagram. Most men and women when going out to Club/Party etc ask for his or her Instagram and watch it do numbers. (Numbers) mean the most LIKES, VIEWS, SHARES, and we as FDF: BOP FLEXMASON SKEENO Took that picture too be taken. To put on and made it into a banger FLICK ME UP is fun with Strong Energy for the kids and adult.and made it into a banger FLICK.

Video Shot WD Productions aka#TheVisionaryWDP

 

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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.

@DJLAYNELUV

@StraightOfficialMag

@EReignesm

 

 

 

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[NEW ARTIST] Meet Izzy Brinks!

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Everybody loves some good Chicago music, I recently had the pleasure of meeting the artist who goes by the name Izzy Brinks, who actually makes really good music. I had the pleasure of  being one of the judges of a showcase she won. When I say she took the crowd by storm; I was amazed at her talent and energy . “Izzy Brinks The Phenom, The Up And Coming Artist of Chicago is a hard pill to swallow when it comes to the music scene because you don’t know what Izzy Brinks you gonna get in that moment.She has a way of captivating the crowd every time.

        Growing up on the west side of Chicago in Humboldt Park at the age of 11, Izzy started her love affair with music partly because her brother’s group, Empire Armada which she was also apart of, They would let Izzy dance on stage for them sometimes which is when she grew to cherish the moments of life with music. Izzy was raised on such Artist as Outkast, Common Sense, Twista, Mos Def and  Crucial Conflict. Then came artist like Eminem, that showed Izzy its ok to be different and get a little crazy sometimes. She began to get out there showing her own creativity coming up with catchy vibes such as Trap & Go, and a beautiful vibe entitled “Blaze” That’s when she linked up with Yung Blak Executives Media Group LLC. In the summer of  2017, she took her career to the next level and is currently promoting her single “Blaze” Produced By Nicole Moore. 

Check Her On Social Media!

Facebook @imizzybrinks

Instagram @im_izzy_Brinks

booking for features or shows

ybemgbookings@gmail.com or call 872-222-8739 or DM @ybemediagroup

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[FEATURED ARTIST] Diamond Young

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Earlier this year I featured Charlotte area model Diamond Young as my model of the week on a popular model site. Little did I know, she’s also an amazing independent artist. Decided to do an interview with her to discuss her new single and accompanying visual entitled “Time”.

The majority of your model work is very sensual. Have you always been confident with your body?
“Absolutely!! I feel that in this day and age you have to be. If you’re not comfortable with yourself how can anyone else be?”

Do you write all of your material yourself and if not who are some of the writers you’ve worked with?
“I’ve written all of the songs that I’ve put out!”

What would you label your style &/or genre. Also who are some artists who’ve influenced your sound?
“I don’t know how to label my sound, honestly. I just sing. I’m obsessed with SZA’s style of singing and writing. It’s different and crazy dope.”

Which do you feel you’re most comfortable with between writing, recording or performing?
“As of right now, my writing. I’m still finding myself as an artist so I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to the performance aspect of my music.”

Do you feel that the Charlotte music scene is encouraging for indie artists and why?
“I feel that it is in certain aspects but it could be BETTER. A lot better. It just takes all of the artists here to come together and put it on the map! There’s so much talent here but I don’t feel that we get the recognition we deserve.”

What project are you currently promoting and who are some of the people who’ve helped you get to this point?
“I’m dropping my single “Time” and the Music Video today..there’s so many people who have contributed to helping me with my music, I’d get lost trying to list them all lol.”

Who are some of the current popular artists you’d like to work with in the future?
“Definitely Sza, Kehlani, Elhae, and Xavier Omär.”

What are the most difficult things you’ve had to face as an independent artist up to this point of your career?
“Trying to do everything alone!!!! I’m very headstrong and I LIKE WHAT I LIKE. Lol. I’m very particular about things so I’ve had to find people who I can work well with and vibe with. Honestly, these past few years have been very hard trying to push my music by myself. But at the end of the day this is what I want and I won’t stop until I get it!!”

What’s next for you after the release of “Time”?
“I’m going to start working on an EP and maybe even a visual project so just stay tuned. 😘

Thank you for taking out time to sit with us and good luck on a very successful music career in the years to come.

Booking Email: DYoung633@gmail.com
Instagram: @DiamondYoungOfficial
Twitter/Snap: @TheRealDiamondJ

 

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[VIDEO] @BSMITHYNIC – SET THE RECORD STRATE

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@BSMITHYNIC has teamed up with one of the hottest Djs in the south, @IamDjCoop, to bring his case forward to the streets. Check out the lead single from the YNIC artist’s latest mixtape STREETS ON TRIAL titled “Set The Record Strate” Shot By @FlackoTheProducer

Follow on IG/Twitter @BSMITHYNIC For Booking YNIC4T@GMAIL.COM

-@Ms_Echia

#theyBopweNetwork

 

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[NEW ARTIST] “VERS DA GOD” – CHOPS IT UP WITH TREY GEE

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Rap Artist Vers da God was born Kelvin Stewart on August the 19th of 1989. Vers was born in the city of Chicago and raised in the Notorious southside known as Englewood on 80th in bishop with two other brothers. Growing up in Englewood and seeing the hardships, gangs, poverty, pains, and mischievous lifestyles of the community influenced some of the hard hitting lyrics styled in his verses.Vers da God music influences are by the legendary artists: 2 PAC, Biggie, Eminem, Jay Z, Nas and D block of the Ruff Riders!Listening to his music and delivery, many would say his style is a deep distinct smooth sound with a touch of hood swag that is instantly gravitated toward.Vers’s daily motivation is his love of music, family and more importantly his 8-year-old son.What he loves most about creating a craft is constructing hard hitting metaphoric bars that will impact anyone who listens.Vers began to discover his talent in grammar school. Vers da God attended John W. Cook Elementary where he sat at lunch tables battling other students and discovered his clever word play.  Vers da God immediately  became known for his punchlines, when then met with the upcoming female artist that goes by the name “Kay Kay.” Due to his popular talent,  she insisted that they should be the first artist to rap at the school’s assembly and they did.After that performance, his love for music continued to grow. Vers worked diligently at creating a great hit with a polished performance and eventually was chosen on numerous occasions to open for big named celebrities like Fabulous, Cassidy, Shawnna, Freeway just to name a few.His direction is to express versatility while delivering intriguing punchlines and metaphors to get your brain working!
Vers could be compared to such artist as Biggie, Jadakiss, Future, Eminem compressed down to one soul.Vers also does productions and listens to a broad variety of genres which includes: Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Blues, and contemporary classical.”Invest In Your Dream To Become A Reality” is the quote he lives by as he strives for greatness!! An admirable leader in his life is Barack Obama who also lived in Chicago. Vers saw the many hurdles he overcame as an African American male in his city. This taught Vers to believe that you can be anything if you put time and effort into it.
In 10 years Vers Da God hopes to be known as a superior artist all over the world and have at least four prosperous albums, with number breaking sells.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

WHY U CHOSE YOUR NAME?

My name is self-proclaimed. I do it all. My name come from the word versatile. My style can change up at any moment. I can tap into all elements of music. I shortened it and made it Vers drop the e.

HOW LONG YOU BEEN DOING MUSIC?

‘ve been doing music seriously since the age of 14 on and off. So about 13 years give or take.

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

I was born and raised in Englewood Chicago Illinois, and really Chicago has a hard time getting support for anything. Whether it’s a new clothing line, new artist, new grocery store. Support is hard to get.

WHO DO YOU SAY YOU DO IT FOR?

I do it for me, this is what I’ve always dreamed and loved when it comes to the music. I do it for my city and family. My city is my family. But most importantly my son.

WHATS YOUR GOALS AND YOUR AMBITION?

Short term goal is to be in the XXL magazine in 2 years. But I want to be known as one of the greats.

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

I’m signed to Alpha Squad under Chop Squad entertainment. We’re a team working hard every day on our craft. I am my city coming soon from Alpha Squad Ceo and Chop Squad’s vice president Nod. Also look out for our Alpha Squad mixtape zoos out coming soon.

DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS IN YOUR MUSIC CAREER?

I regret I didn’t continue when I was on fire. I stopped. I opened up for the biggest names at that time, Cassidy, freeway, just to name a few. You have to be consistent.I

IF YOU CAN GIVE ANY KNOWLEDGE TO ANY UPCOMING ARTIST WHAT CAN IT BE?

Be you, and be consistent that’s all it takes to live out whatever it is that you want to do.

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

I would stay independent at this time. I like the freedom and the artistic creativity of my own ideas. Labels are cool don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t for me. I would only take a distribution deal. If I had to choose I would check out Interscope, and Roca fella.

WHATS YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS IN MAKING SONGS?

The production brings my creativeness. But I can just be randomly doing anything and a bar would just pop into my head, I stop immediately and note it in my phone cut on the beat and vibe off of it. Also Real life situations, pain, love, being broke etc I have to be captivated by the experience and the beat.

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

Yes, I Will Definitely Fireback With These Bars. I have to let them know who they messing with that way others will proceed with caution.

WHERE CAN WE STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOU ANY LINKS OR SITES?

 @versdagod on all social media and sound cloud. Epk and Web page coming soon Vers drop the E Thank you

THANK YOU FOR CHOPPING IT UP WITH US HERE AT STRAIGHT OFFICAL EXECUTIVE DECISION WITH TREY GEE!!!!!

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[INTERVIEW] #NAENAEONTHESCENE: CHRIS SHYE (A STAR ON THE RISE)

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It’s Thursday so that means for some the workweek is almost over and it’s closer to the weekend. What’s good, its your girl NaeNae bringing you another #NaeNaeOnTheScene interview. Chris Shye is a star on the rise. At only 18 years old, he has been performing throughout the US from New York, Atlanta and his hometown of Indianapolis just to name a few. I first saw this young man perform at The Green House Affect, a local open mic in Indianapolis and was amazed with his performance. Chris has a very shy personality but when he gets on the mic he blows you away with his voice. One day, I got to sit down with this amazing singer-songwriter to get to know a little more about him.

Follow Chris Shye: FB: @ChrisShyeEnt | IG: @chrisshye.ent

Follow NaeNae: FB: @ChasingMyDreamz81 | IG: @fieryscorpio81 @chasingmydreamz81

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[MUSIC REVIEW] Jerrel Breaks Down ‘Nas Can’t Play’ – Speaks To His Son After Death

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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.

 

#3 “Insight”

“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.”

#6 “Iverson”

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.

 

#10 “Circumstances”

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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