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Straight Official Sit Downs: Demi Lowrell

Demi Lowrell
Photo Cred: LA Wire

DEMI LOWRELL stopped by our headquarters this week for this installment of Straight Official Sit Downs where we chop it up with emerging talent nationwide. Our own @klassikceo served up the questions and the vibe was dope. Check out their one-on-one down below and click here to discover new and upcoming artists.

Q&A WITH DEMI LOWRELL

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

I’m Demi Lowrell, a singer-songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. What first got me interested in the music industry was my family. I come from a very musical background and they’ve supported my dreams of becoming an artist since I was young.

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

What inspires me to create is knowing that people could listen to my music and relate to it and it makes them feel good.

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe my sound as pop mixed with R&B.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

What is your creative process like?

As far as my creative process, I would listen to a beat and find a flow that I really think would go along with it and then I would input lyrics.

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

I would love to collaborate with Summer Walker, Jhene Aiko and SZA.

What is one message you would give to your supporters?

One message I would give to my supporters would be to have faith in GOD and he will get you through anything!

Demi Lowrell
Photo Cred: Atlanta Wire

Most people do not know that I can actually act and I have been in several plays around Memphis.

Demi Lowrell

SHIFTING GEARS

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

Definitely acting or directing movies!

Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

I admire artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Michael Jackson because they are such huge and phenomenal performers as well as artists. I would love have performances like theirs, they really know how to intrigue a big crowd.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

The best advice I’ve ever been give is: Do not fear anything that can’t kill you. I love this advice because it makes me more confident and ready to take on anything!

Demi Lowrell

IN CONCLUSION

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

If I could change one thing in the industry, it would be the messages that most artists today send out to the world. There’s so much violence and hate already and I think people should make more positive and uplifting music.

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

I just released my album “Doin’ Me” on all platforms so, I will continue promoting my album! In the next year, I will like to see myself on big stages and meeting/collaborating with major artists.

STAY CONNECTED WITH DEMI LOWRELL

You can find me on all social media platforms as “Demi Lowrell” and you can reach me by https://www.instagram.com/demilowrell https://www.tiktok.com/@demilowrell https://www.facebook.com/isha.jones.140

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Get To Know Kayla The Love Note

Kayla The Love Note

Meet Kayla Wilson

Kayla is originally from Calabash, North Carolina but she grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kayla is a single mother of 2 amazing boys ages 15 and 11. She has one biological brother from her mom Barbara Wilson. Barbara passed earlier this year from her battle with multiple sclerosis.

Her mom was also a registered nurse and a rapper who also worked with MC Lyte during her career. Kayla also shares the joy of being an aunt to her only niece. She goes by “Kayla The Love Note”. Her name originally was “K-Note” then she changed it to “K-Love”. Combining both names as she came up with “Kayla The Love Note”.

Kayla’s Education, Work & Artist Experience

Kayla shows us that you can still follow your dreams as a single parent. With an associate’s degree in Vocal Coaching and wrapping up a degree in Criminal Justice Applied Sociology. Kayla has many skills like truck driving, private security, probation officer, counseling, and boxing with 3 years of experience. She has a passion for always wanting to help others, and Kayla continues to support her community.

Kayla The Love Note and her mother

Kayla grew up watching her mom perform since she was 2 years old in the family group called the “The Tones of Joy”. Which she joined at 5 years old. The leadership and influence her mother provided helped to inspire her to go into the music lane as well. Her mother’s strength really taught her to fight for her dreams no matter what she went through in life.

At 13 she wrote her first song “I’m Gonna Make It Happen” and her second one was “Weak”. Kayla continue to sharpen her skills the older she got. Kayla had the courage of a lion at 2 years old. Stage fright or being nervous was never an issue or concern for the young-raising artist. She had the confidence that would steal the spotlight.

Her confidence increased as her fans in her community increased. This is reflected in her traveling at an early age with other major artists. Kayla backed away from music for a little while dealing with depression and managing her mom’s illness.

A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

Kayla faced her fears of coming back stronger than ever with a new love in her life at the time, D. Mistro but are no longer together. He helped her find her new voice by reaching higher notes while singing. Kayla has also created a gospel rap song to help encourage the young in keeping with their faith in God. The singer and songwriter also had a talent for acting.

In 2009, her appearance on The Jerry Springer Show took her to American Idol. Ending at round 3 as a contestant, she continues to fight. Artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, H-Town, and R-Kelly are her favorite singers of all time. Growing up her dad played Sam Cook and her mom played Betty Rock.

Since she was 10 years old, Mary J Blige was her favorite female artist along with Erykah Badu. Kayla’s songs like “I’m in Love with a Man I Cant Stand”, “Southern Love”, “Back To the 90’s Love”, “Panties Down”, “Make Me Say OH’, and his newly released single “The Weekend” as really created a buzz

IN CONCLUSION

Kayla The Love Note wants to create more diverse music like country, rap, jazz, blues, and gospel music. Kayla worked with artists like Lyfe Jennings, Bishop Bullwinkle, King George, Miss Porsche, Jay Morse Group, Nelson Curry, West Love, and Lenny Williams.

Nelson Curry is not only her manager but a huge influence in her life. Nelson is like an Uncle to her, who gives her great advice and encourages her. Mr. Smoke is also someone in the business that helped sharpen Kayala’s Southern Soul experience as an artist. There are two artists she hopes to work with soon Sir Charles and Urban Mystic. Kayla is currently working on new R&B singles “Back Seat Love” and “Give It Here”. Don’t forget to go to church with the new gospel single “Church Shoes”.

Kayla has opened up for many comedians from Netflix, Def Comedy Jam, movies, and TV shows. Those comedians were James Stephen III, Bro Man, Orlando Jones, J Anthony Brown, and Barbara Carlyle. Kayla has worked with Jokers Comedy on da Move and Groovetime Entertainment plus many more.

James Stephen III help her start her own show before getting into Southern Soul music. Working with James, created an opportunity to get connected to other comedians through his theater which was televised. Kayla was part of a Motown 59 show which created her discovery as a Southern Soul artist. Barbara Carlyle took an interest in her when Kayla was working on her tv show called “Divas”.

The icing on the cake was hearing her sing Patty Labelle’s song “If Only You Knew”. Kayla worked as Michael Jackosn, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J Blige on the Motown show. Kayla’s tv show ‘Divas” was aired on BET, VH1, and Fox for four years with Billboards advertising. The new band which now are known as “The 7r3sh’ will soon be renamed Kayla and The Love Notes.

FOLLOW KAYLA ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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IG/ https://instagram.com/original_kayla_the_love_note?igshid=MmIzYWVlNDQ5Yg==

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Zeus Rebel Waters is Ready for Summer Detention

Zeus Rebel Waters Summer Detention Tour Flyer

Legendary Midwest recording artist, Zeus Rebel Waters is in the midst of his Summer Detention Tour. The St. Louis native has hit the road with Yerrty G and his Weirdo Gang affiliates. With stops across the nation Zeus plans to use this summer to bring his brand Rock-Hop to the fans. With influences that range from the early days of Rock and Roll to hardcore Rap Zeus has found a land and made it completely his own.

Zeus Rebel Waters posing.

From Rukapuff to Zeus

Having one successful career in the music industry is hard enough, but having two is almost unheard of. The artist formerly known as Rukka Puff has parlayed his notoriety as a fun-loving, high-energy performer into an artist rebrand that has allowed him to grow into one of St. Louis’ most recognizable faces. Having been invited to throw the opening pitch and perform at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, Zeus has even been recognized by the mayor of his home city being awarded his own day (June 1st) for his continued contributions both musically and through his charitable work with the youth in the city.

Zeus

Partnering with local Wendy’s restaurants for his youth reading initiative has allowed his platform to grow exponentially While still maintaining his creative and artistic integrity. These accomplishments are great, but none of them would be available if his music wasn’t also equally impressive. With multiple songs being played across various Midwest radio stations, both terrestrial and online, being placed in movies and television shows, and burning up clubs across the country Zeus is in prime position to reach national stardom.

Check out Zeus’ Luv music video right here on straightofficial.com!

With these tour stops left there’s no reason not to catch Zeus and the Weirdo Gang near you!

Tour Dates

7/7 Springfield, IL

7/8 Lincoln, IL

7/22 Miami, FL

7/27 Oklahoma City, OK

7/29 Fort Worth,TX

8/12 Pops Sauget, IL

8/26 St Regis Falls, NY

9/9 Black Taste of St Louis Festival

9/25 Los Angeles, CA

10/7 Taco Fest Forest Park

11/4 Gala Foundation Ball with Run DMC

11/16 free Concert St. Louis Library

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Saiint and Jay Harlem Team Up To Release “Lovely” Music Video

MEET SAIINT & JAY HARLEM

Vocalist SAIINT, hailing from Columbus, Ohio and recording artist JAY HARLEM out of Cleveland, Ohio are making noise. The duo released a music video for their cover of Billie Eilish ft Khalid “Lovely”.

The video released as a special Live In The Cage (LITC Creator: Antmost Visuals). The location was at Creative Gen Studios in Willoughby Ohio (The Lab VIsualz). Both of the young artists are currently with Timeless Records, an independent label based in the Midwest. 

Sean Muscatello of Timeless Records said “Both of these artists have amazing potential in their prospective genres. Saint’s voice will stop anyone in their tracks. She is a gifted artist. I can’t wait for the world to get to know her.  We are in the final stages of her first EP.

He continued, “When it comes to Jay Harlem, his records hit in the clubs or in the streets. But with this Lovely cover, Jay shows off a different side of himself. I think will surprise a lot of his fans and definitely gain him some new ones.”

WHAT THEY ARE UP TO

Jay Harlem has released several records over the years. Mostly hard hitting rap records that’s garnered over a million views on YouTube. From the gritty, real life experiences in his music to the unique corresponding visuals, Jay Harlem gives fans a look into his life. Jay Harlem is currently working on a new album set for a Fall/Winter release. 

Saiint is finishing up her debut EP which will drop in late 2023. She’s worked with songwriters and producers that have credits with mega stars like Chris Brown and Kehlani. While Saiint finishes up her EP, she will release more visuals of covers she has done. She wants to give the world just a taste of her incredible voice and natural vocal skills.

FOLLOW SAIINT & JAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay connected on Instagram SAIINT @Saiintx.x and JAY HARLEM @_JayHarlem

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Artists You Should Know | Jet Santiago

MEET JET SANTIAGO

JET SANTIAGO is an quickly emerging artist holding down the culture of Hip-Hop from the nineteenth state. His approach is one that is built upon solid production and prominent lyrics. As a cultivator of the movement, Jetty realizes his position and what the genre means to him. “Hip-Hop is expression and perspective. It’s a way to tell stories from your point of view and let people into your view of life.”

There is always a driving force that makes a person commit to being an artist. For Jet, all it took was for him to attend a J. Cole concert in 2014. Speaking on the experience he recalls “It was his Forest Hills Drive Tour and I somehow snuck into the section right in front of the stage. Being able to hear and see one of my favorite artists up close gave me a different level of inspiration.”

Moments like that have inspired him to derive his own lane in his artistry. Jetty’s unique sound and delivery are not necessarily like your “run-of-the-mill” rappers. When asked about it, he replied “I had to develop my own flavor. I love all styles of music but I never compromise my sound to fit in with what’s hot at the moment.”

Jetty Santiago

Music comes in waves. You can’t ride the wave. You have to be the wave.

Jet Santiago

BODY OF WORK

Since 2019 Jet has staked his claim in Hip-Hop. Releasing dope singles like New Age, Mood! and City of Dreams, he prepared us for his EP Le Jour de Anniversair. When asked about his creative process he replied, “I need to be inspired in order to create. I get inspiration from traveling, meeting new people and having new experiences. Once it’s there I lock in and won’t leave the studio until 5am.”

In 2020 Jet released his first album titled “Santiago Summers” to rave reviews. The 12 track project is full of gems but one in particular caught my attention. The track “Andy Bought A Basquiat” was not only #7 (favorite number) but also my introduction to him as an artist. From the samples to the lyricism, Jetty flew high on this track!

The Hip-Hop scene in Indianapolis is growing. When I asked Jetty how he stands out amongst his peers, his response was brilliant. “I’m authentic, and original. I’m not promoting the destruction of our people, nor am I promoting killing each other in the streets or overly glorifying drugs. I have a message but I’m not preaching to you. With me you get a perfectionist who cares about music and the culture. You can party, laugh, cry, feel motivated and inspired when listening to my music.”

Jet Santiago (Video Cred: DJ Slikk’s Booth Action)

NEW MUSIC FROM JET

Jet’s upcoming release You Could’ve Been Here promises to be another impression of his craft and artistry. “It’s a culmination of my experiences over the previous 3 years since my last solo project. 10 songs with the vibe of the album being mostly upbeat. Not only my best project to date but the best rap album of the year.”

We shifted gears and spoke about the journey to get here. Jet spoke on the peaks and valleys to arrive here. “Being able to monetize what I create is a blessing. People actually invested in your art and waiting for you to drop music is the dopest thing in the world. I’ve gained people but also lost people. Overall it has shaped me and helped me grow as an artist and person. It’s all a part of the journey.”

I asked Jet what he would change about the industry from an artist’s standpoint. He spoke on an overhaul, “I would change the structure of deals. I’d make contracts easier to understand and fair to both sides. The wording in contracts however can trap an artist into more than they originally thought they signed up for.”

EDITOR’S PICK

I was fortunate to meet Jet way back when I was a blogger for this publication. Through another dope individual and friend, I listened to Jet and from jump knew this was something special. He alongside countless others from Indy would dominate my #SaturdaySpotlight & #NewMusicMondays features with great music.

YCBH is set to release on January 11th. I was able to hear a few tracks exclusively. No spoilers obviously, but my pick from what I heard was “Law of Attraction” which you can check out down below!

Jetty Santiago

Read and be as knowledgeable as possible. The more you know, the more you will be able to talk about.

Jet Santiago

FOLLOW JET SANTIAGO ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay connected with Jet Santiago on Instagram (@jetsstayhigh)

“You Coulda Been Here” to release soon on all music streaming platforms (Apple, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube)

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Goat Vibez Interviews: The Lady Alma

Philadelphia’s Queen Of Soulful House Music

Who Is The Lady Alma?

House music mainstay LADY ALMA is one of the many reasons Philadelphia’s sonic scene is world renowned. Her uplifting anthems considered instantly infectious wherever they’re heard.

For decades, she has recorded memorable musical gems with other global forces in song crafting. Her list includes Philly’s own King Britt, longtime collaborator Mark de Clive-Lowe and 2x Grammy Nominated Terry Hunter.

In addition, she’s collaborated with Uber-producers Kaidi Tatham, David Harness, Osunlade, DJ Spinna, Yukihiro Fukutomi, Will “Reelsoul” Rodriguez, Miza, Fanatix, 4Hero and more.

The Lady Alma

Illustrious producer Rob Paine, her long standing musical brother-in-arms, features LADY ALMA on “Love Right Now”. His saucy grind with Joey Crawford on Worship Recordings, its mix blessed by Pete Moss.

Kicking off February with more flavor than a spice store, “Love Right Now” shows their enduring allure. This is a follow up the 2022 re-issue of the Frequent Fliers remix of Paine’s 2006 EP spotlighting LADY ALMA. Other songs include “This Is The Life,” as well as the 2020 mellow dance groove, “All the Way Far Away”. Their BBE Music collaboration co-produced by David Marston and boosted via remixes by Toribio & Troop 493.

The Lady Alma

February blows a kiss to fans of “A Philly Special Christmas” too. It’s the set arrival of the third, final vinyl pressing of the charitable 2022 album. An LP notably rocked by a rewarding cover of “Merry Christmas Baby” teaming LADY ALMA and multi-talented Philadelphia Eagles player Jordan Mailata.

The pressing before it sold out in two minutes, hit Billboard #1 on the Compilation chart and Top 10 on Album Sales.

What’s Going On Now?

LADY ALMA’s paired up with DJ Spinna for another killer Galactic Soul remix. This time for her soulful classic “Running for Nothing,” which was released on UK record label TotheRock Records.

She’s heartily highlighted via a compilation of remixes created by a slate of acclaimed DJs —  including Hunter, Mark Francis, Shannon Chambers and Lil Dave — artfully recreating the LADY ALMA track, “Make You Move,” for T’s Box Records.

Standouts in Hip-Hop and rock admirably enlisted LADY ALMA to build on musically that year as well. Specifically the legendary Grammy Award-winning DJ/producer Marley Marl for an EP project due for release this 2023, and “Kickin” with Philly’s own G. Love & Special Sauce and Chuck Treece.

Two songs from her project with Marl (“Livin’ For The Groove” and “Joy {Hallelujah}”) were co-written by singer-songwriter-producer Kenny Bobien. They are scheduled for delivery to audiences later in the year.

The Lady Alma

The Philly-raised songstress born in San Diego is known for a range of uniquely inspirational jams. Among them “Happiness,” “Believe,” “Chances,” “Hold It Down,” “Peace You’ll Find”.

Fans of LADY ALMA recognize not only the magic of her skillful vocal arches but her amazing songs’ motivating messages amid the musicianship.

Count that among the top reasons “Gimme That Music,” her virtual residency at World Café Live named after her 2004 jam with Peter & Tyrone, rocks its crowds so well and with such consistency, sublimely aided and abetted by Vertical Current.

The city of Philadelphia has notably recognized LADY ALMA as one of its key musical contributors, both via past African American Music Appreciation Month celebrations and official proclamation bestowal.

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Straight Official Sit Downs: Deadrick

Deadrick

DEADRICK is an emerging artist that linked up with our own @djspins for this new installment 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 DEADRICK

How Did You Come Up With Your Stage Name? Tell us where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

My stage name is my first name. It’s a part of my branding as a songwriter/performing artist being my authentic self. Some people say Dead-Rick which has a ring to it but it’s pronounced (Deedrick) I go by either or it’s not too many people you can think of that have that name anyway so it make sense for me 

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino are who inspire me to create initially but through the things that I’ve experienced in this lifetime as a man is what inspire me to create so much more on deep levels that I can’t even fathom completely 

How would you describe your sound?

Exciting yet chill, extremely catchy, sexy, soothing maybe euphoric. Those are the basics when I listen to my music but when I go into creating it’s all about the vibe of what I’m feeling what I’m going for based on the record and what I wanna put out.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

What is your creative process like?

I listen to the beat or I create my chords and drums. And literally just freestyle or I just mumble words to catch a rhythm then once I got it I fill it the mumbles with words to tell a story or paint a picture. 

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

I’d love to collaborate with Tyler the Creator, Doja Cat, Childish Gambino, Teezo Touchdown, Russ, Fuego Base he’s dope and starting to come up) & LIL WAYNE!! I wanna work with almost every one who makes music but those guys I definitely want to have a record with. 

If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?

I’d open for Doja Cat, Tyler the Creator, Brent Faiyaz & maybe Yachty if he went on tour. It’ll make sense due to the sound I have. 

Deadrick

Be your best authentic self. Don’t quit on your goals and keep going. Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

Deadrick’s message to his supporters

SHIFTING GEARS

What is the most useless talent you have?

In my opinion, I don’t think any talent is useless. I’d say I’m good at fighting, taekwondo boxing etc…

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

Still serving in the United States Army and becoming a personal trainer on the side. I would teach courses and provide a nutrition guide based on human anatomy and body types.

Who are some artists you admire and why?

I admire the Wayne’s and the Donald Glovers and the Tyler the Creators and Brent Faiyaz’s.  They’re their most authentic selves when it comes to the branding and engaging with their audience. That’s how I wanna be because it shows they actually care for their audience like I do mine. I try my best to engage with every single last one of them ESPECIALLY when it comes to live performances. 

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Be Relentless. Sometimes you have to have an unbelievably delusional amount of confidence to get where you are trying to go. After hearing those words those, besides my kids that’s been the only thing that’s keeping me going and wanting to conquer more. Because I deserve it. So I’m going to go after what I desire.

IN CONCLUSION

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

Honestly I love the game. It ain’t fair but that’s what makes it so much more sweeter. It keeps me on my toes.  What I would change is knowledge that’s gatekept so artists can be more successful and get their business together.  Let’s stop the capitalistic system we have.  Other than that, it’s not that bad. Especially when you know how to navigate through.

Deadrick- Move

You dropped your latest release earlier this year. Tell us about it.

“Move” although it’s a song it’s actually apart of a playlist I put together. It tells a story about this incident when I hooked up with this super bad Georgia Peach. It didn’t work out like I thought it would and I feel like it didn’t work out well because I was so pushy and moving things to fast and not letting it be smooth and taking it slow.

I mean, yeah the sex was good but as a man you gotta bring more than just good sex to the table establish those high qualities. As a man if you trying to keep a woman that wants to be kept. But the whole story is  just going through the motion of meeting somebody. Y’all have a really good time and the situation dies out like majority of relationships you see today. “Hook-Up” culture don’t get me wrong some stuff can last for years but in the end everything dies out even if y’all are still in contact with another  And “Move” is the second chapter of it.  1st song is “Smoov Feelin” the beginning stage of meeting a women

2nd song “Move” the middle stage where you’re in the honey phase 

3rd song “Should’ve Took it Slow” the end where everything dies off and you experience your perspective of grief. 

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

Build so much leverage that many wanna work with me on terms that equally benefit us both as businesses.  I have the resources now  I just gotta keep pressing this button and grow. 

FOLLOW DEADRICK ON SOCIAL MEDIA

All social media handles such as IG, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok & YouTube @DeadrickMusic 

Search for Deadrick on all streaming platforms

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Straight Official Sit Downs: T Barz

T BARZ stopped by the Straight Official Headquarters for this 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 T BARZ

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

T Barz from Mobile, AL. I got started around 2013. I was writing poems & spoken word pieces but that quickly become half pleasing & me growing up watching/listening to Hip-Hop/R&B artists like Biggie, Missy, Common and MC Lyte. It was easy for me to determine I wanted to put my words to instrumentals & it started from there, not long after that I would get in contact with a local engineer & record in the studio.

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

Life inspires me to write, the experiences of myself & others around me. As long as I’m breathing I think I’ll have something to say even if I’m only saying “turn up” on a track I always got something to write or a story I can come up with & tell. 

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is early 90s Hip-Hop mixed with the now. Balanced. I like to think that wasn’t by mistake. I’m in between 2 generations to where I understand the older crowd but I also understand the young crowd in ways so that made me very versatile, I can create whatever sound I want. My beats can range from slow to fast to piano to guitars.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

What is your creative process like?

It differs, but mostly I let the instrumentals create the tracks for me. If you’re an artist or even have a strong love for music then you know music have moods/emotions attached to them if you listen. So for me it’s when I listen to a track it’s easy to tell if it’s going to be a conscious track or a party track or some “raw raw” (laughs). 

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

To be honest, too many to name. J Cole, Common, Missy, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, School Boy Q, The Game, Dave East, Lil Baby and Remy Ma.

T Barz
Photo Cred: The Hype Magazine

What is one message you would give to your supporters?

Always hold me accountable for the things I say. If I rap about pushing drugs in the hoods then I come on social media & talk a completely opposite game call it out. I don’t like when fans are so stuck on an artist they look over their wrongs & even make the wrong be right in their eyes knowing it’s not because it’s “their idol.”

SHIFTING GEARS 

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

Dancing. Some people know but that was my first love. Self taught growing up watching MJ & Usher back in the day. Any artist that would choreograph dance back then in a music video I would be a little girl standing right in front of the TV learning every move doing exactly what I saw.

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

I would probably be an actress or in the criminal justice field.

Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

I admire artists like Queen Latifah & MC Lyte because they didn’t stop at music. They were able to cultivate every other talent they had & that’s what I want. I’m not just talented in one area so I want to be able to scratch on everything I can actually do.

T Barz
Photo Cred: Urban Bridgez

IN CONCLUSION

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

I’ve been giving such good wisdom in my life I don’t think I can narrow it down to the best because I needed ALL the wisdom I’ve ever gotten equally. I always say this quote sits with me always “A smart man learns from his mistakes but a wise man learns from the mistake of others” & in that he avoids more pains than the smart man. 

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

I would change the over-saturation. Needing talent isn’t the main thing or even needed anymore as an artist as long as you got popularity. I believe we’re missing out on great talented artists because for whatever reason they might not have the popularity or motion as one who is not as talented as them.

What’s next for you? Where would you like to see yourself next year?

On TV screens & radio stations all over the country. That’s my goal. To saturate every market me & my team possibly can with “T Barz”. The talent is there we just have to put the work in. 

FOLLOW T BARZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram/Twitter/YouTube- @Tbarzzzz Facebook – Facebook.com/OfficialTbarz 

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Basquiat – 38 Spesh X 2wo Offishall X Swab

38 Spesh
Photo Cred: Throw Up Magazine

New Music Alert

The music industry’s been blessed with the release of a new single “Basquiat”. This song pays homage to one of the greatest artists of all time, Jean-Michel Basquiat. The single “Basquiat” features 2wo Offishall and 38 Spesh. It’s a Hip-Hop masterpiece that’s lyrically and musically outstanding.

Produced by Chicago super producer 2wo Offishall, known for his outstanding work in the music industry. His ability to create soulful, hard-hitting tracks has made him one of the most sought-after producers in the game.

This collab with 38 Spesh is one for the ages. This collab resulted in a single that’s a perfect balance of artistry and creativity.

What to Expect

The track is a tribute to an iconic artist renowned for his unique style and contribution to the art world. The song captures the essence of Basquiat’s work. His craft was often viewed as being politically charged.

With thought-provoking and introspective lyrics, the track reflects on the impact that Basquiat had on the world. The song hits on the legacy that he left behind as well.

The song serves as a perfect showcase of 38 Spesh’s lyrical prowess. His verses seamlessly flowing over 2wo Offishall’s perfectly crafted track. His storytelling ability is evident as he takes the listener on a journey through the life and times of Basquiat.

38 Spesh

You Should Listen

The release of this single is a testament to the power of collaboration in the music industry. Spesh & 2wo have come together to create something truly special. They are paying homage to a legendary artist who continues to inspire generations of creatives.

“Basquiat” is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates good music and the impact that art can have on society. It’s a perfect example of what is possible through unity and appreciation of the Arts.

As a result of this union, we now have a fitting tribute to one of the greatest of all time. This track is sure to be remembered. A classic for years to come.

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Trey Joshua Releases “Fine to Me”

Trey Joshua

Meet Trey Joshua

Life is short, and in its haste, we must revel. The essence of youth is the here and now, a truth that Trey Joshua captures in his latest single, “Fine To Me.”

The 21-year-old artist from Toronto spawned the song in unconventional conditions, an outburst of creativity coming over him and his producer friend Ricky Tovey as the two found themselves with a group of friends at a camp in Muskoka. In the midst of the debauchery, the friends forged a summer bop that sells shoulders to sway.

“We were all drinking and partying, and after my buddies fell asleep, the producer Ricky and I were still up,” Trey explained. “We got bored, so we decided to make some music. Right then, he laid down the beat. Drums were kickin’, melodies were swingin’, and as soon as I heard it, I knew it was something real.”

The Creative Process

It took just 15 minutes for the duo to devise this dance tune, recording the original version in the cabin where they stayed. Trey and Ricky later showed what they’d made to their friends, and it became a staple for the rest of the trip. It taught Trey an important musical lesson.

“It’s funny how something so easy and simple can make so much sense,” he said. “If anything, the making of the song taught me that not everything in music has to be so calculated and precise. It’s totally okay just to feel and let flow sometimes.”

Trey Joshua

“Fine To Me” is Trey’s second release of 2023, following up his single, “Drunk,” from earlier this year. Its lyrics include themes of partying, love, and how they can intertwine. All with the expressed goal of getting you up on your feet.

“The dancing after the song was made also had a big influence on the strategy of how I wanted to promote the song, because what made me love this song more than anything was the sight of people I didn’t know dancing to it and having a good time,” Trey said. “I was just glad that a song I made had that effect on people and that I could be a part of their good time.”

What’s Next?

This is the beginning of what Trey intends to make a long career in music. The artist began his musical journey in 2018, taking major influences from XXXTENTACION, J.I.D., 6lack, The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan, and Billy Idol, among others.

His story in music goes back to even before his birth, though. Trey’s parents met in 1994 at a Grateful Dead show in Vermont. Eight years later, they had their son and named him after the Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio. Everything that brought Trey into this world pointed him toward one thing.

“It is no stretch to say that I was born to make music,” Trey explains in his Spotify artist bio. “I would go as far as to say that I believe I live only for the sole purpose of creating it. Music surges through my veins, entangles my mind, destroys, dissects, and dismantles my soul. Yet, it is my truest love.”

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