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Recently I got the chance to chop it up with SANTA SALLET to get to know the upcoming DMV recording artist and speak on what he has going on currently.
DJ SPINS: What is your Stage Name? Please tell us where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?
Santa Sallet: My name is Santa Sallet and I was born a champion in Roseau, Dominica. I currently rep the DMV. I love cartoons and I excelled at poetry at a young. One day I came home and I saw Busta Rhymes’ video Gimme Some More and the rest is history.
DJ: Who and/or what inspires you to create?
SS: I see rap kind of like martial arts. I enjoy the sport of rapping and I want to continue sharpening my sword and my skills. The way I can do that is to rap with the best. To do that, I need to be part of the best of them.
DJ: How would you describe your sound?
SS: Classic. I bring a lot of classic 90s rap sounds with a modern flair. My rap style is really a child of New York/East Coast rap.
DJ: What is your creative process like?
SS: I am always freestyle. I am forever freestyling. I will hear a beat that’s so dope once it comes on that I can’t stop freestyling to it. The only way I can stop is to conquer the beat by writing a song to it. Then I can find peace once more.
DJ: What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
SS: Busta Rhymes, obviously, but also Schoolboy Q, ASAP Mob, Tyler the Creator, Dave East, Maxo Kream, Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar, and the legends like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z.
DJ: If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
SS: Schoolboy Q or Tyler the Creator right now would be dope.
DJ: What is one message you would give to your supporters?
SS: Think and grow rich. What you think, say and do is what you will become.
DJ: What is the most useless talent you have?
SS: Juggling and completing Rubik’s Cubes really fast are pretty useless talents.
DJ: What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
SS: The same thing I do every day. Try to take over the world. Being a rapper is just the start. I am an entrepreneur and rapping is just one of my business ventures. So I guess I’d still be making money.
DJ: Who are some artists you admire and why?
SS: I admire Kanye West. He was one of the first artists known for both their production and ability to rap. I wanted to emulate that and produce my own rap albums. In addition to Kanye West, I also admire other billionaire rappers such as Jay-Z and Dr Dre (Not quite…but you get the idea). I too would like to be a billionaire rapper. Finally, I admire Will Smith. What an amazing career. He’s also one of my early rap influences. He has a phenomenal career as a CLEAN rapper and actor. I too would like to rapper/actor.
DJ: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
SS: Be original. I was lucky enough met DJ Jazzy Jeff for the release of his album “The Magnificent” during a family vacation in Cape Town, South Africa. I bought his record and lined up for a signature. When I got to the front I asked him if you had one piece of advice for an aspiring rapper, what would it be? He thought about it and replied, “Just be original. No matter what you do or what anybody says just be original. Be yourself. Be original.” As a huge Fresh Prince fan, I remember being SUPER nervous at the time and like walking away when he started talking, but he stopped me because he really wanted to make sure I heard what he was saying. I now approach my rap career with these words in mind.
DJ: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
SS: I wish it was easier to use other people works to create derivative works. Like I get its copyrighted and you need to be compensated. I don’t get why you are allowed to say no. Let’s make sampling easier. I guess you could disagree with the message your music is being used for, but that’s art. I think it’s meant to be free to grow and evolve. They say you have two deaths: The first is when you die. The second is the last time someone says your name. I want to live forever, baby. Use my music.
DJ: What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
SS: I want to go on tour. I will be dropping my official mixtape early next year. Be on the lookout for Plutography. I want everybody to hear it. I plan to rap all over the world.
DJ: What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?
SS: You can find me on everything @SantaSallet. You will find me hanging out on Instagram the most. If you want to get in touch head over to my website at www.SantaSallet.com and fill out the contact form. Otherwise, don’t be weird and just drop me a message on any of my socials.
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You ain’t gang get the f*ck out the vehicle”“Many Tools” @KinggSplashh
When you’re in a small state like Connecticut, there aren’t too many people making high vibe songs unless you’re like independent artist, Kingg Splashh. To start November off right, this drill rapper released a super dope video with Connecticut kinfolk, Showly. Expressing a cool demeanor with aggressive lyrics, the track embodies some of the dopest modern influences in rap.
I can feel all the hate in the air now/ I was worried back then I don’t care now/I used to be scared I don’t fear now.”“Many Tools” @KinggSplashh
He can’t afford to be fearful. Granted that his young son, Dior, is looking for his father to be HIM. Think of what makes Connecticut notable and you probably think of nothing but politics. However, the “A.P.E. (About Paper Everyday)” artist is making noise within the music community in the Constitution State. Now, we must recognize that most people aren’t rooting for artists from the north to be the next big thing. Though admittedly, “Many Tools” showcases some of the best musicality in the region and in a very catchy way.
Showly matches the energy very well. The whole squad understood the assignment and that’s all we can ask for! From scene to scene, the performance was well executed and edited.
Whether you’re riding in the car, getting dressed for the day, or watching content for development – this is a great video! Kingg Splashh is winning on all ends.
Watch Kingg Splashh put on for his state in the “More Tools” video. Be sure to connect with him on all platforms to see what he has in store next!
“MANY TOOLS”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuAC8jlrZtc
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Etienne Conner, known as 85Royaltee, is a musician from Florida who has been in the industry since he was 15 years old. He began his career as an engineer and was originally not a huge fan of the spotlight. That all changed when he realized people won’t let you touch their music without hearing what you can do. He started to freestyle, mix, and master his own music. He ended up gaining a fanbase, and didn’t expect to connect with people the way he has throughout his career.
85Royaltee fully realized his potential when he had his first performance and forgot the lyrics to his verse. The crowd became was upset that the song was ending prematurely. It was a song that 85Royaltee composed, and he couldn’t ignore his call to music any longer.
“At that moment, I realized that I needed to take this seriously and go hard. Succeeding [in the music industry] isn’t easy – it takes practice and you have to grind and perfect this craft,” he explained.
85Royaltee has kept his word, consistently dropping new music, promoting his work and performing in and out of the U.S. He even lived in Japan for about a year, where he performed and reached a new audience. “I love performing and seeing people who don’t speak my language, vibing to my music; that was the best feeling I’ve had so far.”
With all of this experience under his belt, 85Royaltee has improved both musically and financially.
I’m proud of how far I’ve come. A lot of people say they want to do it, but don’t follow through. I’ve managed to follow through for so long and it’s paying off. I’ve even tapped into the business side of the music industry, which will help me grow even more.85Royaltee on his experience in the music industry
Of course, the music industry comes with its challenges. 85Royaltee wants to focus on reaching the masses and expanding his audience while staying true to himself. “A lot of people will tell you to change your sound, your cadence, or your fashion. I’ve continued to be me and it’s gotten me where I am today.” He encourages young artists to do the same and to stick to their unique styles.
While 85Royaltee creates different styles of music, he enjoys writing and performing emotional, more personal, songs the most. “Writing is therapeutic to me. I write about things that I’ve been through personally. This allows people to connect with me as an artist. I can make party music but I make love songs, too. There’s that pain I express too. I would rather have a fan connect and relate with me more than anything else.”
85Royaltee is not letting Covid slow him down, and has released two dope singles, “3am” and “Tryna Touch A Mili.” Living by his motto, “don’t stress over what you can’t change,” he has successfully adapted to the music industry and is headed to the top of the charts at an international level.
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Anthony Bailey aka AntBailey is bringing us a New Genre ‘Rap-Pop’. Queens-born, Atlanta- raised artist who has a creative vision that he wants to share with the world. He saw music as another way of expressing himself and found that calling in high school. But it wasn’t until after learning Dance at The Artist Institute of Atlanta when he started to take music seriously. In 2013, he recorded professionally, producing the beat for his single “Get Like That,” after that, he knew that he can make anything.
In 2014, the rapper/songwriter has cranked out his debut EP. Got Energy, which featured such tunes as “Moodkiller” and his hit single, “Energy”, which hit nearly 7K likes on Soundcloud. AntBailey describes his music as “Hype- Conscious,” meaning high energy, but also informing music with some subliminal and thought-provoking messages. shows his versatility by not only performing hip hop and R&B, but also Pop, Rock and EDM.
In Atlanta, he got the attention of HoodRich Pablo Juan’s older brother, Caleb and in New York, YNVS CEO Juan “Shampoo” Ramirez, who took AntBailey under his wing.
AntBailey cites J. Cole, DMX, Coldplay, Usher, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson as his musical influences, but idolizes the hardest working man in showbiz, James Brown, whose stage presence and performance AntBailey takes after.
AntBailey has performed in both New York and Atlanta as well as Coast 2 Coast Live and SXSW. His goal is to be one of the greatest performers of all time, bringing back the feeling of performing and the lost art of dancing in hip hop. He hopes to open doors to more than just music, but to fashion and art as well, making him the creative visionary he was born to be.
I’m currently working on visuals for my new single, “Bad Lil Shawty” as well as my debut album on the YNVS label. Stay in tune with my New Genre ‘Rap-Pop’
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Born in Haiti and based in New York, Lil Haiti has been in the music industry for a long time. Since the age of five, his work includes singles dating back to 2015 such as “Good Vibe”, his albums The New Haiti (2017) and Trust the Process (2018), and his newest song “Where The Cap At” featuring Flipp Dinero.
Lil Haiti’s music travels in time and tells stories of his life. In his new single, “Where The Cap At,” the lyrics, “If you talkin’ money/drop your Cash App,” refers to a time during the pandemic when he was providing financial support to his followers and fans via Instagram. He believes that music isn’t the only way he can help people. This is why he continues to work a 9-5 job on top of his music.
I’m for the people. I’ll use my 9-5 money to feed whoever I need to feed and give back to the community. I want them to know that this is not from my label, this is from me.Lil Haiti
We discussed his upcoming giveaway for single mothers. The sweepstakes included a day at the spa, a nice dinner, a meet-and-greet, as well as $300. “Whether you’re a nurse or a teacher, any job, single moms need some time to themselves. Being a single parent is not easy. I wanted to give them a great time to have fun and to relax.”
Lil Haiti has been helping others since he was a kid. This trait will remain with him for the rest of his life. His support doesn’t stop at the community but also includes other artists in the industry. One of his next career goals is to create his own label. This will act as space for up-and-coming artists to gain the experience that they need to succeed. He believes in giving opportunities to young artists, especially those with similar backgrounds.
“I feel like some people think that needing to work hard for so many years means you can’t help others in the process. But I think that knowing how hard it can be should give you even more reason to help others in similar situations. Give advice, make it easier for them. You don’t have to give the entire plan but at least help create the blueprint to start their own journey.”
With his years of experience, Lil Haiti has a few key strategies to succeed in music. He uses an analogy of building a house and says that much like a house the music industry requires time, patience, and a strong foundation to make it to the top.
The music industry is not a fast cash, get-rich-quick scheme. Build a foundation so that when you have that one hit, you have nowhere to go but up because you already built somethingLil Haiti’s advice on how to become successful
Lil Haiti is living proof that you can succeed in music and still stay true to yourself. He has a strong purpose to help his community while simultaneously living the life he wants. “I want to bring hope to others and people that it’s possible to make it to the top by staying consistent, humble, and patient.”
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17-year old rap phenom Elan Suave teams up with former American Idol Top 20 finalist Olivia Ximines for the “Teen Romance Remix.” The track is a follow up duet to the smash single released in August. The hit single has already garnered significant support across major streaming platforms and media outlets.
Elan and Olivia channel relatable emotions and harmonic vibes of the original version impeccably as they exchange authentic, engaging verses throughout the course of the song. The sincerity of their vocal performances projects an appealing authenticity that makes it sound like they’re just having a back and forth romantic conversation. It’s this type of chemistry that makes the song a hit!
Olivia brings a fresh perspective to the track from a woman’s point of view, singing gracefully over the track produced by Jose “Clutch” Martinez. She displays her wide-ranging vocal ability on the duet which is a perfect complement to Elan’s signature blend of Hip-Hop style flows and melodic R&B vocals. As fans of both genres, this track is a win-win for us all!
The two artists are more than just a creative duo. Suave & Ximines are also attending college! The dynamic duo are both freshmen at Howard University.
They have collaborated to create a superb hip-hop/R&B ballad similar to “You’re All I Need” by Method Man & Mary J. Blige or “Always On Time” by Ja Rule & Ashanti. This track should resonate with music listeners across the globe!!
“Teen Romance Remix” is available on all streaming platforms (Spotify link below). Make sure to stream it, playlist it and save it to your Favorites Library!
R&B artist, JDesiree, is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been singing her entire life. She began with Rhythm Express, and spent her youth performing. By the age of 19, she joined a cover band that launched her career in music.
JDesiree’s history in music doesn’t end there. Not only was she a background and lead singer of the cover band, The Ingrid Rachel Project, she also started her own band. She would later join the band, Plair and Friends. JDesiree was a part of Plair and Friends for about two years before beginning her solo career.
With these unique experiences on stage, it was only a matter of time before she began writing her own songs. She already had a collection of fans who constantly asked for her music. Though new to this realm of the industry, it gave her audience an opportunity to get familiar with her.
“When you perform on stage for so long, you get accustomed to hearing yourself a certain way. On top of that, I was singing other people’s music, adapting to who they are instead of who I am. She now has a better understanding of who she is as an artist. “I’m doing work in the studio and recording my own songs. I’m able to be vulnerable and transparent about who I am as an artist.
JDesiree has been influenced by artists such as Jill Scott, Anita Baker, and Toni Braxton. She has always loved the late ’80s & 90’s R&B and soul and grew up around incredible talent. Her family includes The Isley Brothers and her father, who wrote the song “Joy” for Teddy Pendergrass.
I am inspired by everything around me because I have always been surrounded by incredible music.JDesiree
Prior to releasing her first single, “2 Wrongs”, JDesiree had been in the studio for a year and spent that time exploring her own style of music with the help of Ariel Betts. Ariel wrote “2 Wrongs” and co-wrote “No Clothes.”
During this process, JDesiree gained confidence in having her own voice and grew into the artist that she is today.
“I wanted people to have something to go home with and I really wanted to find myself in music. When I dropped my first single, I was terrified. It was so new to me and I was worried about people liking my voice and, honestly, the real me. Once I started getting the reception from my first single, that fear went away. I am proud of the accomplishments I’ve made so far and the people I have reached.”
As a solo artist, JDesiree is only at the beginning of her career. For now, she wants to gradually introduce people to who she is and allow them to feel her vibe. With a unique rollout in mind, fans can expect teasers, singles, and even music videos. She is not only exploring the lyrical world but the visual side of music as well. With a degree in Cosmetology, she’s able to use her experience as a MUA to step out of comfort zones and in front of the camera.
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Recently I got the chance to chop it up with Virginia’s own LADY LOE as she’s on a mission to let the world know that “She Did It.”
DJ Spins- What is your Stage Name?
LADY LOE- I go by the name of Lady Loe.
DJ- Please tell us where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?
LL- Born in Brooklyn, Bred in Queens. My mom and dad loved “oldies but goodies” music. My dad was a R&B singer in a group. I would listen to the oldies but goodies and rap to those songs while imaging I was on stage performing.
DJ – Who and/or what inspires you to create?
LL- Life, really. Mine and other people’s situations inspire me to write and create. I’ve written songs about homelessness and domestic violence as these things happened in my life, which touches the lives of others who experienced the same or similar situations.
DJ- How would you describe your sound?
LL- Most people say I sound aggressive when I’m rapping (laughs). Everyone says they love my voice and that my voice is unique. Cool from Cool and Dre (Platinum producers) said that I don’t sound like no other female which was dope!! He continued by saying that I sound like a female version of Busta Rhymes! That was a huge compliment!!
DJ- What is your creative process like?
LL- I’m very picky when selecting beats! (laughs) The beat is what moves, directs, and shapes my vision. I write to video in my head. I’ll freestyle, not with words, but with patterns to create my cadence and how the flow would go.
DJ- What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
LL- Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Meek Mills, Queen Latifah, Lauren Hill, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Rakim, and Roddy Ricch to name a few.
DJ- If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
LL- Definitely would have to be Jay-Z
DJ- What is one message you would give to your supporters?
LL- Never give up on your DREAMS!
I’m very picky when selecting beats (laughs). The beat is what moves, shapes and directs my vision. I’ll freestyle, not with words but with patterns to create my cadence.Lady Loe on her creative process
DJ- What is the most useless talent you have?
LL- Dancing! (laughs)
DJ- What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
LL- If I wasn’t in the music industry I would be involved in social work.
DJ- Who are some artists you admire and why?
LL- Fat Joe because he put on a lot of artists and they are now superstars. I would also say Jay-Z because he built an Empire.
DJ- What is the best advice you’ve been given?
LL- Never try to change any situation that you can’t control. I am only in control of myself and my actions and behaviors.
DJ- If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
LL- I would like to see more opportunities presented to female artists.
DJ- What’s next for you and where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
LL- I would like to chart on the Billboards.
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Cam Dolla is an artist in Atl who is gaining attenion in the music industry . He also makes beats and engineers. Cam has over 2 miliion views on Spinrilla, over 3 million streams on Soundcloud, and he also has over 700 thousand streams on Youtube with 7 videos! Cam Dolla has worked with big artist such as Lil Baby, NBA Youngboy, 21 Savage, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Lonnie, Blac Youngsta, Bun B, Starlitto, Foogiano, Pooh Sheisty, Gucci Mane, Lil Boosie, Dee Mula, Quando Rondo, Mango Foo, JayDaYungan, Kevin Gates, Webbie, Big Krit, Yung Bleu, and Zed Zilla
Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/AP24kXNsQG8