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Straight Official Sit Downs: Andre Pitre

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ANDRE PITRE is the next contestant on this week’s edition of Straight Official Sit Downs. Our own @klassikceo served up the questions and you can check out their one-on-one down below. For more emerging artists across the land, click here for more issues of Straight Official Sit Downs.

Q&A WITH ANDRE PITRE

What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

My name is Andre Pitre and I am from Beaumont, TX.  My dad would play music in the house all of the time.  So, we listened to Gospel before church on Sundays, and R&B the rest of the time. God put this in my heart and I just always knew I wanted to perform.

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

LIFE! Life inspires me to create. I was born to do this!  I love how music touches, motivates, and moves us.

How would you describe your sound?

I would say my sound is a little bit of old school combined with new school. It is soulful, passionate, and inspires hope.

 THE CREATIVE PROCESS

What is your creative process like?

My creative process is definitely spontaneous. It is a reflection of things I have gone through. I have experienced alot in my life. I write as a creative outlet. My music tells a story.  The words transform into images. I can see, feel, and visualize things so clearly.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

I would love to collaborate with Beyoncé, Jay Z, Drake, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Missy Elliott, and Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few.

What is one message you would give to your supporters?

Never give up on your Dreams.

Know your worth don’t take any BS from anyone!

Andre Pitre on the best advice he’s received

SHIFTING GEARS

What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?

Most people don’t know how witty I am, and how much I enjoy laughing. I definitely can be a comedian at times. Several of my friends are in comedy and I have so much respect for them.

What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?

I am a triple threat – Singer, Actor, Director. Music is my first love and that’s why I created Tri-Wen Music Group. If I wasn’t doing music, I would be directing and acting.  Charnele Brown, (aka Kimberly Reese from A Different World), is a phenomenal Actor, Writer, Producer.  She is my Co-Founder and business partner in Tri-Wen Productions.  

Together we created and wrote THE BLACK MAN, a powerful play about mental health awareness in Black and brown communities, highlighting the Black man’s experience and normalizing conversations around therapy. 

Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

I like old-school artist, like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, and Teddy Pendergrass. They had their own style and performed with so much passion.

IN CONCLUSION

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Allow Artists to have more creative freedom. The industry needs to have more transparency, honesty, and integrity.

What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

I see myself performing all around the world and allowing people to be inspired by my music. I want to be a change agent and have tremendous impact internationally.

What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? 

IG : @andrepitre13

FB:  Andre Pitre

Email: BookingAndrePitre@gmail.com

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Rich Harvest Takes Over #NewMusicMondays

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Rich Harvest Entertainment is a collective of talented artists representing from the Circle City. The “strength in numbers” mantra is the mission statement as these brothers & sisters are making noise with their new collaboration Rich 23. The project dropped on Friday and it’s the spotlight for this week’s #NewMusicMondays presentation.

Rich Harvest- Rich 23

WHAT TO EXPECT

Rich 23 is a label compilation project. Executive produced by CEO of RHE Illy Octane, it features the roster in all it’s glory. The features on the project include Aye It’s Weez, Air McCarthy, Mojo SVG, Pak, Willest Jackson, Tee Milly, Afoxxxzay, Steve Hood, Kloe Je, Skimask Riko, Versa, and Chi Nitty.

This album is unique as it’s a studio tour album. The label was on a whole lotta rich shit and decided to take it on the road, literally. While some of the tracks were produced in Indianapolis, they touched down in Louisville, Cincinnati and Austin, Texas to round out the tour.

TRACK LIST

Rich Harvest- Rich 23 Tracklist

Check out this dope visual from Rich 23 “Blessings” featuring Mojo SVG, Tee Milly & Willest Jackson down below.

Blessings Music Video (Shot by Fats Fontana)

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T-Quest Music Review: Hyena Squad

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T-Quest Music Review: Hyena Squad Hyena Squad Drops New Single “Find Out” Featuring Grammy Winner 2 Chainz

Brace yourself as Hyena Squad gears up to release their latest single, “Find Out”. This duo from the heart of the Midwest, Michigan, are upping the ante by featuring Grammy award-winning artist, 2 Chainz. The buzz is heavy, and the airwaves are about to explode.

Hyena Squad, consisting of Iced Out and Derange Da Messiah, is not a new name in the hip-hop scene. Since their emergence in 2017, they have been setting stages on fire across the Midwest. Their relentless energy, creative rhymes, and infectious beats have earned them accolades, fans, and solid respect in the industry.

Not content with resting on their laurels, the duo has been touring and performing around various states, promoting their newest project. The project, already making waves, is about to be followed up by the hotly anticipated single “Find Out”.

T-Quest Music Review: Hyena Squad

The new single is more than just another track – it’s a statement, a testament to the Squad’s evolution, and a bold promise of what’s to come. It’s like adding fuel to the fire, turning up the heat for an even more thrilling musical experience.

Imagine the edgy, raw energy of Hyena Squad combined with the lyrical prowess of 2 Chainz. It’s not just a song; it’s an experience that promises to leave you wanting more. As we eagerly await the release, it’s clear that this song is destined to create ripples in the music industry.

While we await the drop of “Find Out”, make sure you’re following Hyena Squad on social media for the latest updates. Their journey, their successes, their struggles, and their triumphs – it’s all there. It’s not just about the music; it’s about the journey, the story behind the beats and the rhymes. Check them out at https://www.instagram.com/517_hyenasquad/.

So, get ready to dive in and turn up the volume! Hyena Squad and 2 Chainz are about to turn up the heat with “Find Out”. Stay tuned!

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Journalist Bae | RED LIGHT PLAYLIST (Part 2)

Today is New Music Monday, the day is almost over, so here we have the second edition of the Red Light Playlist inspired by Moore Music Radio’s “Midnight Meltdown”. Now, while this R&B playlist is carefully curated, it’s presented in no particular ranking or order, just catch the vibes and let me know which song stood out to you. Hopefully you can find a few that are brand new to you! Check out part 1 here. Also, can we give an honorable mention to Transparency by 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, and Usher…

10. Warm December – Sabrina Claudio

Kicking off the vibes, we have a very sultry holiday ballad from the Miami-native. I could personally listen to this song all year the way her voice just runs like water. I’ll let you be the judge, but don’t sleep on the Florida baddie.

9. Truth or Dare – Tyla

Speaking of water… Next we have South African breakout star, Tyla with this lively ultimatum – “Truth or dare, is it true you care?.” Well, do you? It’s just enough of a crossover to be a beautiful R&B song.

8. Get Close – Ari Lennox

This is still fairly new and hasn’t quite jumped out as a favorite, it’s giving filler music. Elevator music for the bedroom. Really chosen for the sake of variety and the feeling of the sound. Lyrics aren’t deemed relevant in this case.

7. Nothing Even Matters – SIR

Not brand new, but a great addition nevertheless. Who could imagine such a voice from such a man!? The entire song, from production to visuals, fantastic!

6. Simple – Coco Jones, Babyface

As the song suggests, a very simple song from the duo. Though it’s minimal, it can be labeled effective.

5. Calm & Patient – Jhene Aiko

A social media fave right now, are the smooth sounds of Cali-born, Jhene Aiko. You can’t help but feel both patient and calm. A real feel good vibe just showers overs.

4. Finding Peace – Summer Walker

If you’re having a real self-care/aware moment, this sound would be essential. Maybe I’m bias because I’m a Summer fan… You decide…

3. The Divine Feminine – Savannah Cristina

This song has a fairly different feel than the rest on this playlist, however it does what needs to be done. I am bias this time to the soft life, but again, let me know what you think…

2. Sensational – Chris Brown, Davido, Lojay

A MASTERPIECE! SENSATIONAL, if you will! I am not disappointed in this song in any shape or form. This can be played at anytime. 10/10!!

1. Bosses In Love – Kehlani, Ty Dolla Sign

It’s got volume! It’s got body! There is no way to possibly make this song better. “You know what’s going on…” they belt out. If no other song, you have to add this one.

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Journalist Bae | Introducing King Priimme @_kingpriimme

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November 28, 2023 — I got the opportunity to sit down with the 1st artist out of Virginia Fleet! According to him, he doesn’t do “heart to hearts” because he puts it all in the music. Neverttheless, this was that. Meet this Brooklyn-native, King Priimme. Let’s get into it.

Now, He’s King Priimme…

He used to be Optimus Prime or Bars, amongst other names, but now he’s known exclusively as King Priimme. In 1990, Anthony “King Priimme” Johnson was born in none other than Brooklyn, NY. Let him tell it, the journey to King began immediately. His [maternal] family is musically inclined so it was only natural to join the hallway cyphers around the boombox. The family affair was so real that Priimme and his cousin began to rap under their uncle’s wing after relocating to Virginia in 2003. However, the empire state of mind never left, citing influences like JAY-Z and the Notorious BIG. Feeling like an only child, the venture out with his cousin took him further than he expected.

I’ve been rapping, but I got to a point where I was ready to know what I sounded like on a song!”

@_KingPriimme on When he hopped off the music porch

Dream Team Records

Once he started to get the hang of things, he eventually left from under his uncle to create Dream Team Records with the intention to change the wave of music. Priimme explained that hip-hop is no longer real generally. It’s been twisted, turned, and diluted to accommodate a very sensitive, impressionable environment. He was also very clear that after a certain point, everything about and around him has been carefully crafted and chosen. If nothing else, I can definitely agree with that – representation matters!

I can’t make you want it as much as I want it & I definitely want it!”

King Priimme on Choosing a team

VA Fleet

Shoutout to DJ Pink Diamond for recruiting the 1st ever VA fleet artist. So far with coalition, the artist has been able to walk through new doors and sit at new tables. Including performing at the Virginia Fleet Conference, headlining this saturday at Open Mic, with more appearances coming soon after. While family/work balance is important to the artist, you can expect his next project “The Black & White Album” next year. For now, you can vibe to his single “Right Now” and his other projects.

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Andre 3000 To Release New Album This Week

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ANDRE 3000 has decided to bless the masses with a new solo project this Friday. The ATLien and Hip-Hop legend announced this week that he will be releasing “New Blue Sun” which will be his first project since his joint project Idlewild.

Andre is the epitome of being an unpredictable artist. His impeccable wordplay and unique style is what has catapulted him to the top of most Hip-Hop fan’s lists. As one half of Outkast, Andre has created timeless songs that still slap to this day!

So what would make New Blue Sun any different from his other projects? Andre has two words…no bars.

What Can We Expect?

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Andre 3000-New Blue Sun (Photo Cred: BrooklynVegan)

The New York Times reports that the record will be “is an entirely instrumental album centered around woodwinds.” Andre made the announcement on Tuesday saying “I’ve been interested in winds for a long time, so it was just a natural progression for me to go into flutes,” He continued, “I just like messing with instruments and I gravitated mostly toward wind.”

While messing around he drew inspiration from  Alice ColtraneSteve Reich and Pharoah Sanders. The album was co-produced by André and Carlos Niño, and includes contributions from the guitarist Nate Mercereau and Surya Botofasina on keyboards and synthesizers.

Andre 3000
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I remember, at like 25, saying, ‘I don’t want to be a 40-year-old rapper. I’m still standing by that.

Andre 3000, New York Times interview when he was 39
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The Quest Chronicles: Scotchie Boss

The Quest Chronicles: Scotchie Boss Recently I chopped it up with recording artist Scotchie Boss. Next big star on the rise. Check out our interview below and be sure to watch the LIVE interview on The T-Quest Show with T-Quest & DJ ILL NINO Thursday November 9th at 7 pm Eastern on www.Youtube.com/TQuestGLM

Meet Scotchie Bosso: An Unconventional Journey into Music
If you’re one to believe in fated encounters, then the story of Scott Carlino will intrigue you. Straying away from the typical narrative of childhood dreams, Scott found solace in music, using it as a lifeline during his journey to sobriety. His journey wasn’t a smooth ride, but it was in the midst of life’s grueling curveballs that he found his true passion. In the face of adversity, his music became his retaliation and his form of self-expression.

The Sound of Resilience: Defining Scott’s Music
Scott’s sound is as unique as his journey. Filled with raw emotions and experiences, his music is heavy, hardcore, wicked, and dark. It’s a reflection of real-life struggles, offering his listeners a peek into his world.

Creating Music: A Cathartic Process
His creative process is personal and steeped in emotions. Drawing from his own experiences, Scott crafts his lyrics and melodies to reflect his journey, making his music not only relatable but also inspiring.

Collaboration Goals: Meg The Stallion
When asked about his dream collaboration, Scott quickly mentions Meg The Stallion. A partnership between these two would be a fascinating blend of styles and narratives.

The Quest Chronicles: Scotchie Boss

Scott Carlino: A Man of Many Talents
Music isn’t the only talent Scott boasts of. He is also a skilled cook, a fact that many of his fans may not be aware of. It seems creativity extends beyond his music and into his kitchen!

Admirable Artists: Overcoming Adversity
Artists like Nas, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Massika, and Tommy Lee Sparta hold a special place in Scott’s heart. Their ability to overcome adversity and emerge as business mentors greatly inspires him.

Scott’s Message to His Supporters
Scott’s advice to his supporters is simple yet profound – “Stay true to yourself. Loyalty goes a long way. Never quit, never give up. No matter what.” He also remembers the best advice that he has been given, “If everyone likes you and agrees with you you are doing something wrong.”

Scott’s Future Aspirations
As for the future, Scott has plans to make a solid release next year, with a goal of gaining 20,000 new fans. A lofty goal, but if anyone can do it, it’s Scott.

Connect with Scott
Want to connect with Scott and follow his journey? Find him on Facebook and Instagram under the handle “Scotchie Boss”. You can also reach out to him directly through the contact page on his website, ScotchieBoss.com.

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Jarvis Thompson speaks with DJ Pressure

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Introducing JL Thompson

Jarvis (JL) Thompson grew up in Laurel, MS. He considers Laurel his city roots and Bassfield, MS his country influence since it’s his father’s birth town. The artist is the oldest of two sisters and has no brothers a part of his bloodline but surrounds himself with several bonds that are just as strong as if they were. He is a lovely father to his son and a supportive husband to his pregnant wife, USM alumnae, Brandy Thompson.

Church Roots

JL started singing at church where his father is pastor. The congregation has always been supportive of the artist and his music, but his first major appearance was actually at his preschool gradation. Jarvis’ mother and father are his number one supporters. While being known for his outgoing personality, he takes his place in the community as an artist and truck driver. He graduated from Laurel High School, attended Jones Community College, and is currently a senior at Williams Care pursuing healthcare. Along the way he gained an electrical certification since being an artist was not originally a thought. It just began to grow on him and his family. Thompson is also known for his piano and organ skills.

Jarvis, Wife, and Son
Jarvis + Brandy Thompson

Kamron is JL’s five year old son and is very vocal about the sound of his father’s music. This is held in high regard by Jarvis due to difference in finances after the birth of his son. From struggling to provide a “Happy Meal” for his toddler to becoming a truck driver or “Mr. Big Truck Driva”. Jarvis ultimately put God first and trusted his plan for his life. The artist went through a faze of consecration with God. The intent – finding out who he was and his purpose in life. Once it became clear, Jarvis continued to pursue his calling as an artist.

JL Thompson

JL Thompson As An Artist

Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, and Little Milton are all major influences because of his father’s choice of music. JL Thompson would appear on Facebook singing to gain viewers from time to time. What once came across as a joke about being a blues singer, is now his reality. He continued to move forward in the Southern Soul community. Writing his first song “Gold Digger”, which was based off a conversation with his brother who had concerns about dating a woman who always wanted him to pay for her things. A woman who had expensive taste but also a cheater.

While attending the “Jackson Music Awards” for the first time, I had the opportunity to meet several artist like Castro Colman, Stan Dixon, JWonn, Jeter Jones, and many others.

JL Thompson believes praying daily with his team provides a level of strength which open doors no man can close in personal life and career. It’s important to do this because of his involvement with different people and spirits. His second song was “Hey, Mr. Truck Driva”. This song was based off a lady at the truck stop offering service to please the truck driver and wasn’t too aesthetically pleasing. This song was based off a true story. The lady charges 40.00 to provide a service but once done she’s on to the next truck driver. JL Thompson’s third song “Big Truck Driva”, encourages others to date a truck driver. This song was created to give appreciation to male and female truck drivers. He sings about having a supportive wife who takes rides on the road with him and don’t mind pleasing her husband on the road.

JL Thompson’s “Greenwood Whiskey”

JL Thompson is not only an artist but a smart businessman. His next song “Take A Shot” is based off of his new whiskey. The song speaks about working all week and finally being able to relax at his favorite spot. Once there, he would ask the bartender to pour him up a shot of his favorite whiskey. Greenwood Whiskey was created from a tasting in Colombia with his cofounder. He is the first Southern Soul artist with a major liquor brand behind his name. He promotes his partners’ whiskey at all his shows.

Thompson also has a trucking company “T3 Express” which is managed by his wife. JL Thompson is hoping for nomination in 2024 at the JMA’s. He’s performed at the “Denim and Diamonds” event in Columbia, MS. He has performed next to artist like Lamarus Williams, Chris Ivy, Big Yayo, LJ Echols, Jeter Jones, Willie Cayton, Ken Wolf, Dru Evens, Bobby Rush and so many more. He even sang background with Stacy Adams and had a chance to perform at Calvin Richardson showcase. which was a spontaneous decision by Calvin. His goal is to be able to work with King George and LJ Echols one day. Jarvis L Thompson is just looking to grow and continue to support his family while putting God first.

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Straight Official Sit Downs: John Alex Gatsby

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JOHN ALEX GATSBY is an emerging artist that sat down with our own @klassikceo for this edition of Straight Official Sit Downs. The official online site of The Worldwide Fleet DJs, we get you up to speed with new talent from across the land. Check out their one-on-one down below and click here for more issues of Straight Official Sit Downs.

Q&A With John Alex Gatsby

Where are you from?

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Greensboro, NC

What first interested you in the entertainment industry? 

I would go to the radio station with my dad who was a DJ on 97.1WQMG in Greensboro, NC and answer the phones across the hall at 102JAMZ with DJ Tapmoney and seeing all the action. Growing up music was always played in my house. My dad taught me how to DJ, how to mix and exposed me to so many different genres of music.

Who/what inspires you to create? 

I’m inspired by multiple artists including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Usher, Chris Brown and so many other legends

The Creative Process

How would you describe your sound? 

Unique. I like to offer genre bending music. I like to promote positivity in my sound, challenging harmonies and a wide vocal range to top it all off.

What is your creative process like?

I “cook up” with my producers, I don’t accept beat packs. I am influenced by the moment and create from scratch on the spot in the studio. That’s best musical magic making.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

 So many! Stevie Wonder is at the top of the list. I like Jazmine Sullivan a lot, Jay-Z would be a dream come true.

Photo Cred: EARMILK

This is a marathon not a sprint, and you must not follow your dreams but instead, chase them.

John Alex Gatsby

Shifting Gears

What is one message you would give to your supporters?

Firstly, thank you because without you there would be no me. Secondly, I would encourage everyone to not only follow their dreams, but chase them.

What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?

 I am a multi-engine certified pilot. I have been flying airplanes longer than I have been driving cars!

Who are some artists/people you admire and why? 

I admire anyone who is willing to go through the process. Those who put forward the dedication and put in the work necessary to be heard by the masses, all while dealing with the internal scrutiny and asking “Am I good enough?” I can relate to every artist struggle and admire anyone who is willing to go through it just because we love making music so much.

In Conclusion

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? 

The industry is gonna be the industry, if I were to change one thing, another thing would simply become more problematic. Because it is what it is, what must be willing to change is my ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

My primary focus is to keep making good, relatable music, continue to work with various platforms to get my word to the masses and enjoy the journey along the way. In a year, I will be enjoying the ride, enjoying the fruits of my hard work and working even harder to level up yet again.

Follow John Alex Gatsby on Social Media

@JohnAlexGatsby on everything. check out my site and get some merch at www.johnalexgatsby.com DM me on the gram, I would love to hear from you!

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Straight Official Sit Downs: Leo W3ST

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Leo W3st

LEO W3ST is the next contestant to take the hot set for another edition of Straight Official Sit Downs. The official one-on-one with The Worldwide Fleet DJs. @klassikceo served up the questions and their vibe was indeed dope. Check it out down below and click here for more of the Straight Official Sit Downs.

Q&A WITH LEO W3ST

What is your Name? Where are you from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?


Leo w3ST, I’m from the west side of Chicago and what got me interested is just simply the love of music and the joy of performing.

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

These days I’m inspired by my kids and life situations when it comes to creating.

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe my sound as authentic, unique and original.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

What is your creative process like?

It varies but for the most part some Mary J. is definitely in rotation. I might play some classic songs or songs from my favorite artist to get me going.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

I got a few but Joey Badass , Saba, Smino, Dave B, Tink, Dreezy and Sonta

Leo W3st
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What is one message you would give to your supporters?

I appreciate y’all for supporting everything I do and sticking with me through this journey.

SHIFTING GEARS

What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?


I’m real good at taking apart electronics and figuring them out, fixing them and putting them back together.

What would you be doing right now if you weren’t doing music?

It’s crazy cause I been doing it so long I never thought about it (laughs), but I would say maybe still in entertainment but not trying to be the focus like an A&R or something.


Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

J Cole is one. He showed me it doesn’t matter what you wear, people are still going to rock with you as long as you are a solid person. My big brother is another. He taught me a lot and is still giving me game today.

Leo W3st
Photo Cred: Shazam

IN CONCLUSION


What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Be yourself and give 100 percent to something if you really love it.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I would make it more accessible for artist to find booking agents and have an unknown artist stage at festivals for the local artist in that city.

What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?


What’s next is me continuing to grow as an artist and a person. I would like to see myself in a bigger light with more opportunities like modeling , acting, voice overs, etc.

FOLLOW LEO W3ST ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Find Leo W3ST on IG: w3st_92, Twitter: w3ST_92

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