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[MUSIC] “Wordz That I Manifest” by DJ Layne Luv

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It has become the cliche to say “I Rap” among today’s Hip Hop youth. In my opinion, this was best explained by The Notorious B.I.G. when he said: “Either you slang crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot.” In those lyrics, he was breaking down the limited opportunities to make it out of “the hood.”  However, back in those days, microphones and studio time were not easy to come by, which meant it was probably simpler to play sports or sell crack than to make it out by being an MC.

Nowadays, with technology advancing by the millisecond, it has become relatively easy to become a force in the music industry. In my line of work, I have interviewed dozens upon dozens of aspiring rappers and singers.  In this vast sea of wannabes, there are a few chosen ones that understand what it means to be a storyteller. I came across one. His name alone lets you know that he is in tune with the old saying…”What’s in a name? They’re not all the same!” His name is Trek Manifest. I interpreted his name as a journey one works diligently to bring about or what one has brought about. Either way, when you listen to his rhymes, you know that this young man is on a mission to be heard.

He’s from The Magna Media Group out of Columbus Ohio….Ladies & Gents…here is Trek Manifest.

OTT: What have you been up to?

TM: Chillin man, literally. LOL, It’s cold again 16 degrees bruh. Sheesh! No, but seriously, I have a single out right now called Drummer Some off of my project entitled Trek For Short. The video is crazy which all of your followers can go to Youtube and check it out. I’m a drummer myself. I’ve been playing a real long time, so I felt it only right that I showcase an instrument that I’m very fond of.

OTT: I notice you don’t market yourself like other aspiring artists. Your marketing seems very patient and calculating. Why so?

TM: Music has become a fickle market. You’ve got so much of it coming at you from every angle. My marketing is more personal and transparent. I don’t do this for the fee of “Likes” I don’t want to deal with the machine if I don’t have to. I prefer a more grassroots following because over time those fans will be more loyal than whatever hot song is out. While any artist wants to be successful, I’m not out here chasing hits. I honor my craft. And a big shout out to my group Magna that gives me that creative freedom.

OTT: Great segue way! What is March Magna?

TM: Our group was on our grind really hard for fall and winter of 2016, so when we had a collective meeting about release dates, we realized we all wanted to release our projects in March 2017. AU’s album was to be released Mar 3; my project was March 24th, Larue & Wordz projects were to be released in March as well so we all decided to floodgate this month to our fans, pushing nothing but Magna projects. It’s for the people that love our music whether you’re a Day One or Day 20. It’s an appreciation month for those that support Magna. By the way, the play on words was my idea by the way…put that in there. LOL!

OTT: I’ve watched a number of the Magna artist grow throughout the years. There are sellout numbers at your shows. People really do purchase the music, and you get great media coverage. Is it an insult or a compliment that people are shocked that your music is that good, and you all have that great of a following?

TM: It’s Both! As an artist, it takes a great amount of work and sacrifice to not only be true to yourself but to also connect with the people. So as an artist bringing the content we have to the table, some people don’t realize the sleepless nights, the time away from our families, and the money we can’t readily spend for the sake of putting out quality work. So when you have people that come with a bunch of pointless criticism, it’s liable to get you ignored or worse, get you hurt because we take our music very serious. But for the people that are new to the Magna experience, we welcome open and honest feedback and hope that we can compel you to follow and purchase our music.

But the thing we focus on is the people that do rock with us. The reason is that their passion of support comes from an honest place and in time, they turn other people on to our music.

OTT: I hear that you teach for a living. Do you hold yourself accountable for the content you put out?

TM: Maaaan! I used to be very conscious about that, but there is freedom in transparency. I teach special needs children, but I work with all children. I don’t think true art can come from restraint. I look at typical kids, and they can get on my nerves worse than the kids I deal with. You almost have to come at them a certain way because they don’t understand nor do they respect a passive approach. But at the end of the day, they can see care and compassion behind those words you speak. I look at music the same way. I could talk to Sup (Super Natra), and a lot of words can come flying out my mouth that people wouldn’t believe. That’s who I am. But when I talk to a parent about their child, that’s also who I am. I will not let you, or anyone else put me in a box. I’m just Trek man.

…..and let me say this. I used to be the type to get at you real quick about my views and where I stood. Being married and having children of my own, life has helped me to see things differently, and now I have confidence in who I am without saying a word.

I’m sorry I keep going man, but let me address people that want to criticize today’s music, whether it’s trap, trendy or the music we put out. “If you don’t like it. TURN IT OFF!” There was a time for Flash n nem; we honor that. There was a time for N.W.A., and they were majorly criticized, but now they are in the Rock N Roll Hall of fame. This is OUR music, and it speaks to US! You don’t like the music; I get it. Next question is what are you going to do about it? I am for balance, but I’m also for the music.

Ok, I’m done. LOL!

OTT: Well, we here at Straight Official love your image and the message you are putting out. Lastly, what is the name of your project and when is it going to be released?

TM: Ok Ok my latest project is called Spring Seventeen to be released March 24th. It will be available on all streaming sights iTunes etc. Please go pick up my previous project on all streaming sites as well Trek For Short where you can pick up the banging single that’s out now “Drummer Some”  you won’t be disappointed. Thanks for having me today fam, I appreciate you!

@DJLAYNELUV

@TrekManifest

Youtube: Drummer Some

 

 

 

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APPLE’S IPAD AIR 2 AND RETINA IMAC EVENT ROUND-UP

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As s expected, Apple‘s press event on Thursday debuted more than a couple pieces of new hardware. Most notably, the previously leaked iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 have been announced with release dates and pricing. And while there’s no news of an updated MacBook, the new 27-inch iMac has finally received a Retina display.

 

iPad Air 2

The original iPad Air was plenty thin to begin with, but Apple has now trimmed the iPad Air 2 down even further to a less-than-pencil-thin 6.1mm; that’s an 18 percent decrease from the prior generation.

And if you spend any time reading on your iPad out in the sun, a new laminated screen boast 56 percent less reflection. The rear-facing 8-megapixel iSight camera and updated, front-side FaceTime HD camera are updated with better face detection functions.

 

Additionally, Apple claims the new iPad Air 2 is much faster on the network side of things, thanks to improved 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi. The device is backed up with the A8X processor chip–the same found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And the Touch ID home button has also made its way to Apple’s tablet.

iPad Air 2 is available for pre-order tomorrow, and shipping next week. A 16GB Wi-Fi model will retail for $500 USD, while 64GB and 128GB models will cost $600 and $700, respectively. Adding on cellular compatibility will raise the price by $130.

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iPad Mini 3

The iPad Mini 3 didn’t receive quite as many new features as its bigger sibling, but there are a couple notable changes.

Namely, the Mini 3 will also tack on the Touch ID sensor and receives faster Wi-Fi connectivity via 802.11ac with MIMO. And in case that Iggy Azalea song featured in recent Apple commercials has wormed into your ear, you can now pick up an iPad Mini 3 in a gold finish. You’re so fancy.

iPad Mini 3 will also be available for pre-order tomorrow, and ships the following week. The tablet will cost $400 USD for a 16GB model, $500 for 64GB, and $600 for 128GB.

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The New 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display

While there were hints Apple would reveal a new all-in-one desktop today, the inclusion of a Retina display was a nice surprise. But even more surprising, perhaps, is Cupertino’s decision to ramp the display up to 5K.

Certainly, 4K resolution displays are making some headway in both PC monitors and HDTVs, but Apple is one of only a select group of computer manufacturers who have taken things to the next level.

Apple claims the 5K display on the new 27-inch iMac features 14.7 million pixels, with a resolution that’s seven times greater than a standard 1080p HDTV.

The new iMac also features Intel processors, ranging from a 3.5GHz Intel i5 to a 4GHz i7. Graphically, you can expect a Radeon R9 M290X; a 900MHz mobile chip with 2GB GDDR5. Much like the last update to the iMac line, the new Retina iMac features a 1TB fusion drive, which blends SSD speeds with HDD storage.

The new iMac is available today for $2,500 USD.

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Mac Mini Gets An Update

The iMac wasn’t the only Mac on the docket today, though. Apple has finally updated its little Mac Mini with better processors and other features. Cupertino last updated the Mini back in 2012.

Launching today for $500, the Mac Mini now includes 4th generation Intel Core processors, Intel Iris and HD Graphics 500 for graphics duty, and PCIe-based flash storage.

Additionally, you can expect improved 802.11ac Wi-Fi and two Thunderbolt 2 ports in what Apple calls its “most energy efficient desktop.”

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OS X Yosemite Available Today, iOS 8.1 Next Week

The latest–and free–update to the Mac operating system is available today for download. Among the previously announced features, you can expect a newly designed Dock and continuity features that make it easier to switch between Apple devices.

 

A new Messages app allows SMS texts from even non-iOS device users, and calls to your iPhone can be transferred straight to the desktop.

Additionally, the first major update for Apple’s mobile platform, iOS 8.1, will be available on October 20. While Apple says 8.1 will usher in new features for iPhone and iPad–including Apple Pay, which launches Monday–just remember your emulators are dead. So long, emulators.

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Missing in Action: Apple TV

Unfortunately, there’s still no word on a new Apple TV. The last major update to the digital media player was two years ago, and despite steady rumors of a new set-top box, Apple CEO Tim Cook ended the event without any sign of the little box.

And what makes this even stranger, is Apple’s mentioning of new AirPlay functionality. Apparently, AirPlay will now allow you to stream media to your Apple TV without the need for a Wi-Fi connection. Ah, well, maybe next time.

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Apple looking to ban sale of Samsung products

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Apple is looking to ban the sale of Samsung gadgets yet again.

The company filed papers Friday related to the patent-infringement trial that was brought to a close in California early this month. In a mixed verdict, the jury found that Samsung had violated three of Apple’s patents and that Apple had infringed one of Samsung’s.

Apple is asking that the Samsung gadgets found to violate its “quick links,” “slide to unlock,” and/or “automatic word correction” patents be prohibited from being sold. Those devices are the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, and Stratosphere phones.

Newer Samsung gadgets weren’t part of the trail, but Apple’s attorneys address them, as well as future devices, in Friday’s filing, saying the ban should also apply to any “software or code capable of implementing any Infringing Feature, and/or any feature not more than colorably different” from the infringed Apple features.Apple attorneys said the company would “suffer irreparable harm” if Samsung were allowed to continue using the patented features and that “monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for this resulting irreparable harm.”

In the case, the jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for Samsung’s infringement, much less than the $2.2 billion it had requested. It awarded Samsung $158,400 for Apple’s use of its patented method of photo and video organization in folders.

In a separate filing Friday, Apple asked for a partial new trail on damages.

The two companies have been going at it over patents in the courts for some time now, and the judge in the recent case, Lucy Koh, has twice before refused Apple requests for permanent sales bans on Samsung products.

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Pharrell And Ray Lewis – Natural Born Hitters

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This mixtape is a collaboration between Under Armour and two of the world’s greatest hitmakers in the realms of music and sports, Pharell Williams and Ray Lewis. The tracks on this mixtape are inspired by the film, ‘Ready for August’ which are based on the true life experiences of Ray Lewis during his high school football years. Each track is reflective of a key moment in the film, Training, Practice and Pregame. Music and sports have always complemented each other, but have never hit so hard until now. Copy and paste this link now!: http://ua.com/naturalbornhitters/#contest

1. Training (Feat. Ray Lewis) [Prod. By Pharrell Williams]
2. Practice [Prod. By Pharrell Williams]
3. Pregame (Feat. Ray Lewis) [Prod. By Pharrell Williams]

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iPhone 5S to launch June 20, go on sale July, claims report

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Apple will unveil its next iPhone on June 20 and kick off sales in July. At least, that’s the claim from Japanese Mac enthusiast site MacFan.

Marking its 20th anniversary as a Mac-oriented Web site, MacFan suggests that the next-generation iPhone will take the stage at a Apple event on Thursday, June 20. The new iPhone will then go on sale a few weeks later in early July, as reported by Electronista.

The report further claims that Apple will launch the much-rumored low-cost iPhone in August and target it as a pre-paid device for developing markets such as China and India.

Electronista dubs the rumor plausible but doesn’t indicate where or how MacFan got its information.

A June or July launch timeframe for the iPhone 5S has been proposed by other Apple watchers and even a couple of analysts. Apple did release the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4 during the June and July period and only switched to fall for the iPhone 4S and 5.

How does MacFan’s claims stack up with other recent rumors?

Apple analyst Gene Munster expects the iPhone 5S to launch in late June, followed by the low-cost model in the September quarter.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will announce the next iPhone in June and offer it for sale in July.
Japanese Apple blog Macotakara said earlier this month that production of the next iPhone had already gotten off the ground.

MacFan’s report does echo those of other sources, though it’s gone farther out on the limb by suggesting a specific launch date. And like most rumors, that one should be taken with a grain of salt.

A June 20 event would come hot on the heels of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which typically runs throughout the second week of the month. In the past, Apple actually used WWDC to announce new iPhone models, including the iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3. So, if Apple returns to a June iPhone launch, an announcement during this year’s WWDC seems the more likely timeframe.

Whatever the date, a summer debut for the next iPhone could be a good strategic move on Apple’s part.

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Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

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PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine’s Day slaying of his girlfriend at his upscale home in South Africa, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer’s Olympics.

Pistorius buried his face in the hood of his workout jacket as officers escorted him from a police station after his arrest in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, a 30-year-old model who had spoken out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women.

olice said she was shot four times in the pre-dawn hours at Pistorius’ villa in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria. Officers found a 9 mm pistol inside the home and arrested Pistorius on a murder charge.

What sparked the shooting remained unclear, but police said they had received calls in the past about domestic altercations at the home of the 26-year-old athlete, who has spoken publicly about his love of firearms.

A police spokeswoman, Brigadier Denise Beukes, said the incidents included “allegations of a domestic nature.”

“I’m not going to elaborate on it, but there have been incidents,” Beukes said. She said Pistorius was home at the time of Steenkamp’s death and “there is no other suspect involved.”

Pistorius made history in the London Games when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympics. He didn’t win a medal but did make the semifinals of the 400 meters and became an international star.

Thursday, companies quickly removed billboards and advertising featuring Pistorius, a national hero in South Africa who also inspired fans worldwide with the image of his high-tech carbon-fiber blades whipping through the air.

Kenny Oldwage, Pistorius’ lawyer, told reporters the athlete was “emotional” after his arrest, “but he is keeping up.” He said he planned to seek bail for Pistorius at a preliminary hearing Friday.

Pistorius has had troubles in the past in his personal life, which often featured fast cars, cage fighters and women.

In February 2009, he crashed a speedboat on South Africa’s Vaal River, breaking his nose, jaw and several ribs and damaging an eye socket. He required 180 stitches to his face. Witnesses said he had been drinking, and officers found alcoholic beverages in the wreckage, though they did not do blood tests.

In November, Pistorius was involved in an altercation over a woman with a local coal mining millionaire, South African media reported. The two men involved the South African Police Service’s elite Hawks investigative unit before settling the matter.

Pistorius’ father, Henke Pistorius, said Thursday: “We all pray for guidance and strength for Oscar and the lady’s parents.”

A spokeswoman for Pistorius at Fast Track, an international sports marketing agency in London, said the athlete was assisting with the investigation and there would be no further comment “until matters become clearer.”

The sprinter’s former coach, Andrea Giannini, said he hoped the shooting was “just a tragic accident.”

“No matter how bad the situation was, Oscar always stayed calm and positive,” Giannini told The Associated Press in Italy. “Whenever he was tired or nervous, he was still extremely nice to people. I never saw him violent.”

Firearms captivated Pistorius, the subject of an online Nike advertisement that featured him with the caption: “I am a bullet in the chamber.” In November 2011, he posted a photograph on Twitter of himself at a shooting range, bragging about his score. “Had a 96% headshot over 300m from 50shots! Bam!” he wrote.

Linked to a number of women by the South African media, Pistorius and Steenkamp were first seen together publicly in November. She was named one of the world’s 100 Sexiest Women for two years running by the men’s magazine FHM.

The leggy blonde with a law degree also appeared in international and South African ads and was a celebrity contestant on “Tropika Island of Treasure,” a South African reality show filmed in Jamaica.

While known for her bikini-clad, vamping photo spreads, she tweeted messages urging women to stand up against rape. Her tweets also focused on Pistorius, with one of her last messages noting her excitement over Valentine’s Day.

“What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?” she wrote. “It should be a day of love for everyone.”

Police have not publicly named Steenkamp as the victim, saying only that a 30-year-old woman was killed. Steenkamp’s publicist, however, confirmed in a statement that the model had died.

“Everyone is simply devastated,” the publicist, Sarit Tomlinson, said. “She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed.”

Police arrived at Pistorius’ home after 3 a.m., and paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive Steenkamp, police spokeswoman Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale said.

Officers later took Pistorius to a hospital so doctors could collect samples for DNA testing and check his blood alcohol content.

Pistorius had both legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday because of a congenital condition, and campaigned for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes.

He was initially banned because of his carbon fiber blades — which critics said gave him an unfair advantage — before being cleared by sport’s highest court in 2008.

He was a last-minute selection to South Africa’s Olympic team, competing in the 400 meters and the 4×400 relay. He later retained his Paralympic title in the 400 meters.

South Africa’s Sports Confederation, its Olympic committee and the International Paralympic Committee all had no comment on the shooting.

Shock rippled across South Africa, a nation of 50 million where nearly 50 people are killed each day, one of the world’s highest murder rates. U.N. statistics say South Africa also has the second highest rate of shooting deaths in the world, behind only Colombia.

“The question is: Why does this story make the news? Yes, because they are both celebrities, but this is happening on every single day in South Africa,” said Adele Kirsten, a member of Gun Free South Africa.

“We have thousands of people killed annually by gun violence in our country. So the anger is about that it is preventable.”

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Michael Jordan: Give me Kobe over LeBron

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Michael Jordan likes the bling of Kobe Bryant better than the King.

Michael Jordan said in an interview with NBA TV that, if given a choice, he would take Bryant over LeBron James.

Widely considered the greatest player of all-time, Jordan said it would be a tough choice between Bryant and James. However, Bryant’s five titles with the Los Angeles Lakers compared to just one for James with the Miami Heat, would be his deciding factor.

“Five beats one every time I look at it,” Jordan said. “And not that (James) won’t get five. He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one.”

Of course, Bryant has been around a lot longer than James to rack up his titles. Bryant is in his 17th season while James is in his 10th.

James, in the midst of a record run where he has put together at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting in six straight games, was not too worried about Jordan’s choice.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” James said at the Heat’s shootaround in preparation for Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “If you take Kobe one and I go second, it doesn’t matter. I don’t get too involved in what guys say about me or if you take Kobe or if you take LeBron. As long as I’m on the floor and I make plays for my teammates, I don’t do what I do for other people’s approval.”

Jordan, who turns 50 years old on Sunday, won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and was named NBA MVP five times over his celebrated career.

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Hidden ‘radio’ buttons discovered in Apple’s iOS …

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There’s a hint that Apple has something new in the pipeline, and the company appears to have tucked it away inside the latest version of its iOS software.

Discovered last night within a freshly jailbroken iPad: a set of buttons and code references for “radio,” a feature found in iTunes on Macs and PCs, but not on the iPad or iPhone. Making things more interesting is another button suggesting you can make purchases via the radio feature, presumably from iTunes.

The buttons, which were spotted by 9to5Mac, hint at Apple’s much-rumored radio service, a product that will let people stream music much like they do on the popular Pandora service, but with deep ties to Apple’s iTunes library. Rumors that Apple has been working on such a service have floated for years, but heated up last year as talks with labels advanced.

The discovery follows a high-profile jailbreak of iOS 6.1, the updated system software Apple released just last week. A team of developers came up with a tool that gives users deep system-level access to do things like install applications from third-party app stores, change the look and feel of iOS, and add new software features.

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