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I Dream Of $ Jigi $ by DJ Layne Luv

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…And just like the Jeannie from the tv show her “image” caters to the fantasy of the male wishes (and some females too lol) but seriously that is not any of her concern. The true business woman from Dayton Ohio is focused on the check daily and very little else in the way of drama or negativity. Her name is Jigi Deniro as in Spanish currency. Her movement you ask? Pretty Pesos. The rest is self explanatory.

These days everybody says they’re about the check, but what caught my attention was Jigi’s consistency. It’s one thing to constantly flood a social media timeline, but to do it in a versatile way that shows your skills, grind, hustle, and doesn’t bore the audience…now that’s saying something. For example, early risers can catch her on Wright State University’s Hip Hop WakeUp Radio on 106.9fm bringing sunshine to her loyal listeners and informing them on all the latest happenings with Ohio Hip Hop artists. You might also see her at a fund raising event empowering the youth to stay in school. And for the people involved in the night life, Jigi heavily promotes Plush Adult Night Life ENT. 

Being that she was from Ohio, I wanted to do more than interview her, I wanted to be a part of the Jigi Deniro brand. So, I called her up one day and asked her if I could have the number to her manager and the information on who does all of her marketing and branding. She replied “You’re speaking to her. That would be me, me & me” LOL! I also asked her if she wouldn’t mind being a part of a worldwide organization that promotes a represents artist in every state (Fleet DJs). She said “Are you kidding me or what?…yeah I’m down.” After speaking with Aaron and presenting her artist press package, it was a go. Jigi became an official Fleet Artist. 

But please don’t judge her by what you see on the surface. Jigi is from good stock and receives love and support from her parents and the rest of her family. I asked her if her folks were ever uncomfortable about her promoting adult entertainment (dem skrippers) and she stated “Of course, any parent wants to protect their child from the pitfalls of this world, but they know that Jigi is grown at the end of the day, that means Jigi got her own bills to pay.” …she adds “But I receive so much love and support from my family, my mother especially”

What most may not know, is that even though Jigi is from Ohio she developed her HU$TLE down south at good ol Tennessee State University. She says “Attending school down there really opened me up to diversity and life outside of my Ohio bubble. When you’ve got all that talent in one area from New York, Chicago Atlanta, and California, different personalities are going to influence creativity and you give some and you take some, but it’s all there to develop what you’re trying to become.” I want to give a shout out to my HBCU family because I still carry those connections to this day….

She’s very witty. I asked how she feels when she thinks people might think she’s doing too much…and already speaking in third person she responds…“Jigi got a whole lotta Plan A’s “ I bust out laughing. “No for real…All my Plan A’s bring in some sort of revenue or income stream for me” 

She has a single out now entitled Y.E.S. being pushed by The Fleet DJ’s however, please go to her youtube channel and check out her other two hot songs “Lost Count” and “Lingo” ft D. Seanny 

Be sure to follow her on all of the social media sites because her star is rising and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

@DJLAYNELUV

@Jigi_Deniro

@StraightOfficialMag

@UptownWeekly

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RENNI RUCCI: QC OR NOT?

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OK, I would like to start this article off by stating that this is in no way set up to bash Ms. Rucci. I am a fan of her music and I want to see the young artist win. I am however, a blogger, a DJ, and a fan of the HipHop culture as a whole. I am firm believer in the saying “there is no future in fronting” and so when things come across my desk that don’t add up – I have to do my job and keep the streets informed. Sometime in January a list popped up on Instagram called THESCTOP20. It created a small buzz in and around South Carolina, some people liked the list and some didn’t. Then on March 21st, Renni posted a pic of her on Instagram at the QC label signing a document as if to imply that she is actually signing to the Quality Control label. I even re-posted that pic and congratulated her on the major move. That was epic in my eyes for a female MC from the S.C.; right along with A’ja Wilson being the only three time SEC Player of the Year and #1 WNBA Draft Pick

Then i got an I got an email with a flyer that was posted on Instagram that had Renni listed as a QC artist and then one of the same flyer with her as just an artist.

And hey, mistakes are made on flyers all the time, as a Dj I know that so I really didn’t pay that much attention at all. But when the Vibe.com article came out in April; written by Darryl Roberston, I was then interested as too which is it – signed or not? I would be greatly disappointed if it wasn’t true. I fell the Carolina’s are behind Renni. She shouldn’t have to pull any publicity stunts to further her career. She is a very talented artist and she writes her own material. I have even played her songs on my radio mixes and even a few mixtape placements. Recently when I play her songs in the clubs the reaction from the crowd is all love. So i would think that QC the label would be smart enough to sign her and not pass up on the opportunity. Renni Rucci is one of the hottest female artist’s coming out of the Carolina’s. Alongside spitters like Story Bricks, Jazmine Phoenix, B. Kiddo, Yazzy, and JuJu to name a few.

The streets of the Carolina’s need to know what the deal is. I have checked Quality Control’s official Instagram and there is no announcement of them signing a deal with Renni. There are no picture’s of her and Coach K or Baby Coach (A&R for QC). I have reached out to a few of my QC DJ friends and even they don’t know. So I guess myself and the rest of the world will have to wait and see exactly how this plays out. Either way… it’s a good look for the Carolina’s.

Follow Renni Rucci on Twitter @RENNIRUCCI and Instagram @RENNIRUCCI_

Check out her latest video “TOP OFF” by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oabKk9MoFU8

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#NAENEONTHESCENE: ‘MEET THE ARTIST’ Eddie ‘ET’ Thomas

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It’s Friday and it’s finally starting to look like spring here in the city of Indiana. What’s going on everyone? Its your girl NaeNae with #NaeNaeOnTheScene. I’m bringing you another ‘Meet The Artist’ edition. This 23 year old comes from Cleveland, Ohio and goes by the stage name, ET. He owns his own independent record label Sille Boy Entertainment (SBE) and is member of High Vybz Music Group.

Born Eddie Thomas in April of 1995, this artist was introduced to hip-hop at an early age from his parents. He was listening to artists such as Biggie Smalls, KRS-One, NWA just to name a few. ET began writing music in the fifth grade after being inspired by The Game’s debut album, The Documentary. In June of 2016, ET released his first studio EP called Einstein with 3 singles; Spitting Bass, Don’t Sleep On Me, and That Way. After not being pleased with the success of the project, he decided to take time crafting a new sound for himself, which he calls MidWest Musiq. Recently, ET dropped the single Plans off his upcoming project called, Kid Rocket. As he stated, with his “mature creative growth” this new project is a must listen.

 

Check out ET’s MCs act like the don’t know Freestyle video and be sure to take a listen to his latest single, Plans of his upcoming project, Kid Rocket.

https://soundcloud.com/eddiethomas95

https://twitter.com/EddieThomas95

https://www.instagram.com/eddiethomas95/

https://www.facebook.com/eddiethomas95/?ref=bookmarks

 

Follow NaeNae on all social media: @fieryscorpio81

 

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*Press Play: I Look Up/ Capital P album review by DJ Layne Luv

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“….so where’s he from?” …”Delaware”…”The State?” ….”haha nah bro the city, right there from your state Ohio” This is how Capital P was presented to me via a constant DM on IG through his business partners. I must admit that for a few months, I didn’t follow up as well as I could have. Being a music critic and state manager for all of Ohio with The Fleet DJ’s, I tend to get a lot of submissions regularly. However, after I had a phone conversation with Byrd and Jamezz Bonn (Divine Engineering), I instantly felt a connection. They insisted that Capital P was the one that was going to make noise from Ohio. So I invited him up to the studio to kick it wit us just to see how he vibed with my crew. So one Wednesday, he came up to the WTMH Studio and right there on the spot, we said we were going to premier his single on our live Workout Wednesday broadcast just to see how our audience felt about his work. The single they submitted was El Hombre. I will testify, from the very first note we heard from that song, we were believers in this man’s music.

Being in this business for a while, a DJ hears a lot of music, so it really takes something special to keep an artist’s body of work from going in the pile and moving on. If you listen to Capital P’s / El Hombre first, you will be fooled into thinking he’s just another trap rapper no matter how great the song is. But when you play his entire album of Capital P/I Look Up  you’ll bear witness to artistry coming from the Delaware city. It will actually blindside you of how good Capital P really is. One of my favorite songs of the project Tuck It In takes you into the mind of a person that has seen a lot of ups and downs and of someone just trying to make sense of the world. The live guitar on this songs helps the listener drift from a stressful day into a bliss of funkdefied melody. It may actually be one of my most favorable tracks on the project.

Throughout the album you can hear the pain in the rapper’s voice. It’s a beautiful pain like that of a Bob Marley meets the rap-from-the gut-flow like Tupac Shakur. Not to even try to compare the Delaware rapper to these Legendary figures, it’s just that you can hear the same determination to change the minds in his songs. The song Good is a perfect example of that determination. As he says in the song…“I’m a get it till I’m good” the listener can truly understand Capital P will not stop until he sees some success for his labor. Once again I have to go back to the erie guitar riffs that wail, to paint the picture of a rapper with a big gift trying to push this sound out of his small city.

State of Mind you can hear Cap P making a statement. He is getting the listener to understand that the happening that go on in big cities happen right there in the city of Delaware. He wants the audience to not underestimate the crime and violence that happen where he is proud to be from. As the heroin epidemic continues to stay on the rise in Ohio, he is sounding the horn the same way Grandmaster Flash did with “The Message” when he said, “It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under” State Of Mind takes you on a day in Delaware where anything can and will happen.

Tell You What… I’m predicting will be a “ladies” summer song for 2018 in the Midwest. It’s a melodic song where the rapper tries on his vocal skills for size and delivers nicely. It’s always been a formula for rappers to come out with the radio song right before the summer. This is that song. When Cap P actually played that song for me on my radio show, I asked him “So when do you come in on the song?” they all laugh and he says “That is me through the whole song” I’m like “That you singing?”….and he grins . That was another time when I became a believer in his music.

Overall, I give this album a high rating because of the production and arrangement of all the songs. It’s a solid project! You can tell time was taken on the mixing and mastering of all the songs. When I listened to this entire album, it’s like reading a book. The content has to be just as exciting as the title. I Look Up is just that exciting to listen to.

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Out of 5 stars I would give it 4 based on production and lyrical content….5’s are given for classic albums and only the rest of the world can give him that. Let’s see if I Look Up is a game changer for OHIO.

-@DJLAYNELUV

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New Music: Denae Joi – Mis Fit (Full EP)

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Listen to singer-songwriter Denae Joi brand new EP “Mis Fit”Available for download now worldwide on iTunes & Spotify.  The EP which includes 6 tracks will take you on a memorable musical ride with a list of hit club records for a fun Friday night & slow jams for the lover in you.

 

The EP was also produced by DJ Nicki Nice and includes the break out record “Across The Room”  This is something that should be added to your playlist right now!  Check out Denae Joi full EP project below!

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SNS of Icy Gang…The Son Of A Superhero by DJ Layne Luv

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The 41st Law of Power by Robert Greene warns the reader to avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes and that includes your father. King Solomon with all of his riches and concubines, could not outdo the legacy of his father King David. Sure the son may gain notable popularity and success, but that usually only works if the son takes a slight turn to form their own identity. When you are the son of a world renown DJ, it’s fortunate when you learn that lesson early. SNS of Icy Gang is the son of DJ SNS, a Harlem DJ that made his mark in the mixtape game in the mid to late 90’s. DJ SNS made his name by leaking exclusive singles from major artists on his mixtapes well before their release date. This was long before DJ Clue added this to his formula of success. The reason this method was so successful was because of timing. This method was before the internet or streaming, so the only way someone of the culture would be up on the latest groove was through a mixtape. This method caught the son of a hustler’s attention by the name of Sean “Puffy” Combs and Combs found a way to make SNS’s music leaks profitable. SNS would soon be the go-to-man to leak exclusive Bad Boy records on his mixtapes to get the feedback from a street level if the single was a hit or not. This partnership made SNS very famous and rich.

As DJ SNS’s name got out there, he began to tour and travel the globe making a name for himself as the DJ that would shut down any party, block or any club, giving superstar DJ’s such as Ron G & Kid Capri a run for their money. Meanwhile SNS had a son being raised in Harlem. As his son grew up in the Harlem neighborhoods, he began to hear stories about how famous his father was. Sad and proud at the same time, the only time he got to see his father was on mixtapes, magazines, music television shows, or briefs visits when he was home from the road. As SNS’s son grew, he would play basketball on the famous Harlem basketball courts such as Rucker Park. As soon as he would make his way to the asphalt, the OG’s would say “Yo! here come Lil SNS.” And from there the name Lil SNS stuck. “I couldn’t change my name if I wanted to.” laughs Lil S. As I talked to Lil S, I truly had to respect his perceptive of his father growing up being a superstar absentee dad to wanting to carve his own lane in the music business. Even so much to that fact he recently dropped “Lil” from his name to just SNS. Check it out as we chop it up about growing up in Harlem to his group Icy Gang and their music.

SO: Whaddup S! Glad you could spare some of your time to chop it up with Straight Official. If you could, kinda walk us through how you took it all in to be around the likes of Puff, Capri, and a lot of the superstars of rap all because your father was “That Dude”!

SNS: So when I was young, I barely seen my Pops, because you gotta think, this was the late 90’s so he was in rare form. At this time I’m talkin about, he had the big-body Range Rover…iced out chains. When he would roll through the hood everybody knew it was him. So I would either see him coming, like just getting in, or I would see him going like leaving and it would be like the ice cream truck, I would run behind the car chasing it. But I didn’t truly realize his popularity or power until I became much older and started to do this music thing for myself.

SO: Tell us about not only the pressure of being DJ SNS’s son, but talk about the pressure of being a rapper coming out of Harlem.

SNS: Yeah like you said, It’s pressure just being from Harlem and coming out doing music let alone being the son of DJ SNS. You gotta look at it like this, of course I got what I got because of the genes, but growing up in Harlem we love music, we extremely love fashion and the people of Harlem World just love to have fun. Harlem was and still is a Mecca for talent, from the Harlem Renaissance to Jazz to Hip Hop. We not even gonna talk about The Apollo. The Apollo is still proving ground of if you have what it takes to make it big time. If you even want to talk poetry and Langston Hughes we’ve got that legacy too. Harlem will forever be essential to art. So the pressure to be from here is… if you gonna come outside you always gotta be on ya A game. You have to always be ready because you represent a pride..a legacy.

SO: Sounds like you struggled in the beginning with having a famous absentee father.

SNS: ….yeah only because I didn’t understand the grind it takes to stay on top in this business. Not until I got older did I start to understand the business of the industry and you have to be built for it. But when I was young I didn’t understand why I could only see my dad in a magazine or on tv or on a cd cover. I mean I would hear the folklore of the things my father was involved in, like people still come up to me and tell me they will forever love my father because they used to carry his crates just to get in the club and he would get them in and put some money in their pocket. My pops showed love to a lot of people here in Harlem. But then when I got older and got busy, I was able to bless people with my success more than I could my time, so it started to make sense about him not being available all the time.

SO: So I’m sure the natural expectation is that people thought you were going to be a DJ…why did you choose to rap instead?

SNS: My father’s already iconic in the DJ world so he already did that on the DJ side of things. I knew early on DJing is not what I wanted to do, but I was a fan of music and I knew I wanted to be involved in music so it only made sense to carry the torch from an MC perspective. Imma be honest, the first time I saw my father DJ and I saw how lit he had it, it made me never want to DJ haha because I knew that wasn’t my lane.

SO: Is your father hard on your music because you’re his son?

SNS: Man listen, my father is hard on music period. He is a super honest person about what he likes. If he don’t like something he’s gonna stand on it, so he’s only gonna play what he likes. So yeah, it took him a while to play my music because he wanted to make sure it was right. As my father you would think he would be the first one to play my music. But nah…he had to know it was good first. But this music journey has brought us closer so I’m grateful for that.

SO: So being that Harlem is known for entertainers and notorious hustlers what kept you on the straight and narrow?

SNS: Who said I stayed on the straight and narrow? Haha I was involved in a few things to come outside and get what I needed to get. And seriously nobody could really judge me. Because I’m telling you, on a nice day, I don’t care what the season, on a nice day, winter, spring, summer , fall, everybody is outside and everybody’s looking, so when the lights catch you, you gotta be right. These days the music keeps me right but before that, anybody will tell you, you gotta get it how you live. As a man I wanted to do for myself, so you see the people around the way having nice things, you wanna have nice things too, so you take the steps to get them. My Pops asked me why I was doing it but as a man I told him I have to make my own mistakes. I’m just glad I didn’t get caught up. I’m blessed…cuz I got stories haha.

SO: So are you nervous about having mass appeal in this industry?

SNS: Out the gate I know my music is not going to be for everybody. All I’m asking is for people to give it a chance. Because you may not like one record, doesn’t mean you won’t like the next 3, 4 or 5 songs I put out. All it takes is one hit to catch fire. I already got the green light  from Flex, I already got the green light from my borough. Seriously, I’m from Harlem man, we are born with a confidence to win. So that’s my outlook on things….I’m going to win.

SO: You seem to have a mature approach to your music goals, what do you accredit that to?

SNS: I watched for years, Jay, 50 Cam, Kiss, and Fab and watched the moves they made, right or wrong and I studied them along with the wisdom I received from Big S and the rest I just use my instinct and what feels right. So from there, that’s how I try to move.

SO: So what’s the end game and who is Icy Gang?

SNS: When you mention those legends Big L, Dipset, Ma$e, Diddy, Dame, DJ SNS, I want to be right up there wit em. As for Icy Gang….we just the next level. Rock wit us!

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[INDIE ARTIST SPOTLIGHT] “DAZZY”

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Bridgeton, NJ is one of the smallest cities in America and one of the most dangerous. With one of NJ’s highest crime rates, nothing good is expected to come from Bridgeton, but Dazzy is determined to change minds.
Dazzy, born Dazmiere Johnson followed the footsteps of his older brother and started running the streets trying his hand in a life of crime. The only time that Dazzy was able to get some relief from his fast life was through music.
Teaming up with Homay Productions, Dazzy headed out to the Agenda Trade Show in Las Vegas to shoot the
visuals for his first single “Real Fast”.

Now ready to display his full potential Dazzy decided to release full project titled “Black Roses”.

Listening to @Dazzy ‘Black Roses’ using My Mixtapez app https://mymixtapez.com/a/130852

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[New Music] Kissie Lee – It Pours

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New music from The Cool Club, Kissie Lee is bringing new waves to the R&B game. Her songwriting credits includes artists such as  Keke Wyatt, Tiny of Xscape, and Scotty Atl. Kissie Lee is currently featured on Sy Ari da Kid new album titled “After the Heartbreak”, on Fabulous and Jadakiss “Nightmares Ain’t As Bad”, and received a number one record on Billboard Dance/Pop Charts for Skylar Stecker. Her second EP “No Saint” is anticipated to drop Spring of 2018 featuring the new smash single produced by Twan Da God. It is currently available on digital platforms; Check it out here.
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[Event] Fleet dj’s of Georgia Present “Media Pass” featured artist Jeff Chery

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The Fleet DJs of Georgia aired their monthly show The Media Pass on February 20th, 2018 that specially featured the upcoming rising star Jeff Chery @JeffChery. He has a new single called “Price Tag” that Fleet DJs Georgia will consistently promote and assist to become a hit!
Jeff Chery, also known as the Haitian Mufasa, is hip hop’s newest
and fastest growing sensation! Having migrated from Haiti to
Brooklyn, NY at age 6, then moving to Atlanta, GA in his early 20’s,
Jeff Chery is boundless and so is his sound. His music is a beautiful
combination of colorful Haitian rhythms, traditional east coast grit
and the melodic bass of the Dirty South. His Haitian roots gives him
a sense of pride, will and determination that keeps him grounded,
while his American upbringing has helped him to develop the
boldness and audacity needed to stand out in this game.
And stand out he has! Jeff Chery is recently being featured on the
new VH1 television series Signed, a show where 3 music moguls,
Lenny S (Roc Nation), Rick Ross (Maybach Music) and The Dream
(Radio Killa Records) work to develop unsigned artists and turn
them into potential stars. The winners will ultimately have an
opportunity to be signed to a record label. Chery’s dauntless
personality, raw energy and overall lyrical prowess got the attention
of Rick Ross, who added a verse to Chery’s single “What You
Doin?”.
In the meantime, while the show is airing, Chery is continuing to
work on his music. His latest project, Roam, is not only a lyrical
expression of who he is as an artist, it’s also his verbal testimony,
detailing the hardships, trials and tribulations that most independent
music artists go through on their journey towards success. So please
stay tuned in to the Jeff Chery experience, for it is indeed a larger
than life roller coaster ride; gritty, fun, very personal and drippin’ in
sauce!

Jeff Chery “The Haitian Mufasa”
Rapper/Actor/Songwriter
Website: Jeffchery.com
Soundcloud: jeffchery
Facebook: Jeff Chery
Twitter: jeffchery
Instagram: jeffchery

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