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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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[FEATURED MODEL] Tania Kanga

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Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 32 A
Waist: 25
Hips: 33
What would you rate yourself from 1-10? 8

Tell everybody your name and where you’re from?
Tania Kanga, I grew up in Oklahoma but I currently live in Houston, Texas.

So how long have you been modeling?
I’ve been modeling for roughly a year.

How did you start modeling?
I was encouraged by some local fashion photographers and decided to pursue it.
So what are you doing with yourself besides modeling?
I work as a marketing and sales manager for a speciality pharmacy as my full time job.

What would you say is your best feature and why?
I think I have great facial features that differ from others. With my background (Sri Lankan) I have a different look.

What else do you do for fun (besides modeling)?
I do a lot of non profit work in Houston.

Do you like sports? If so who is your favorite sports figure?
I love sports! I played tennis in my younger years competitively.

What’s playing in your (iPod, iPhone, Android, music device)/Favorite Song (currently)?
I’m currently loving Cardi B’s new album!

What’s the craziest pick up line you’ve heard from guys trying to get your attention?
That’s hard, but I think once when I was going through a drive through someone said “omg did Beyoncé let you off today?? You’re gorgeous!”

How do you get into “character” for a photoshoot?
Depending on what kind of shoot it is, I usually like to review what I’ll do before I even get to the shoot. But music helps me a lot.

What’s your favorite accomplishment in modeling so far?
So far, I’ve really found its amazing how many very talented photographers and brands have approached me to model or sponsor their brand.

What would you say is your ultimate turn on?
I love it when someone can genuinely make me laugh.

Who’s your favorite photographer?
I’ve worked with Two Lee’s photography in Houston so many times and I enjoy every time! He’s taught me a lot and he’s always open to letting me practice and shoot different things.

What’s something that most people would be surprised to find out when they actually meet you?
How tall I am! No one thinks I’m short from my photos.

How can people get in contact with you?
You can email info@tonyatx.com

All photos by: @spia_photography

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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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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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[Entertainment news]Rakim Sets The World on Fire With Tweets About Today’s Rap Music

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Rakim Sets The World on Fire With Tweets About Today’s Rap Music
Roman White February 14, 2018
Rakim is not rocking with today’s hip-hop scene. The Goat emcee and one half of the legendary DJ/Rapper duo Eric B & Rakim, took to Twitter on Tuesday to – with as much detail as possible and taking full advantage of the extended character count– make his opinion on the rap scene today known.
“You are now witnessing the devolution of rap music,” Rakim said. “The death of poetry and smoothness, they use this. The absence of a message. The inability to create meaningful change through words and verses, but the worse is, they don’t even know they hurt this artful purpose, it’s tragic.”
Rakim’s sentiments have been echoed from a few of the music industries OG’s who feel that what made Hip-Hop powerful is being lost. Legendary Producer Quincy Jones in a recent interview with vulture said that with the exception of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar the hip-hop music coming out was valueless. Jones referred to artists of today and producers as being “greedy” and unknowledgeable of the history.
Rakim and Quincy Jones may have a point as artists today have been if nothing else, ignorant of the history of the rap game. Platinum selling rapper XXXtentacion in a Twitch interview with DJ Akademiks claimed he was better than Tupac Shakur because Tupac didn’t make rock music. Lil Yachty in a 2016 interview with Billboard, couldn’t name five songs from neither Notorious B.I.G. or Tupac and even went as far as calling Biggie overrated, a statement which he later apologized for.
There does seem to be a vast disconnect with the OG’s and the new rappers with the almost blatant disrespect on both sides. The question now is if we’ll see the God emcee, Rakim, get back in his bag and drop some new music to ruffle some feathers.

You are now witnessing the devolution of rap music. The death of poetry and smoothness, they use this. The absence of a message. The inability to create meaningful change through words and verses, but the worse is, they don’t even know they hurt this artful purpose, it’s tragic.
— Eric B and Rakim™ (@EricBandRakim) February 12, 2018

You need to look real close at this previous tweet that’s reached almost 1 million people already and see what you read.
It says “rap” not “hip hop”.
If you don’t know the difference, you can’t make a difference. #KNOWtheLEDGE
— Eric B and Rakim™ (@EricBandRakim) February 14, 2018

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[FEATURED MODEL] Glorivee

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Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 5’6″
Bust: 36
Waist:26
Hips:37
What would you rate yourself from 1-10? “10 Godfident😎

Tell everybody your name and where you’re from?
My name is Glorivee. I’m Dominican, Puerto Rican and I live in Miami

So how long have you been modeling?
1 year

So what are you doing with yourself besides modeling?
I’m a full time mommy and i represent brands sometimes.

What would you say is your best feature and why?
My best feature is my hair! Lol, people love my hair.

What else do you do for fun (besides modeling)?
I enjoy trying new foods and sharing time with my family.

Do you like sports?
If so who is your favorite sports figure? Im not too big on sports but i love running. 

What’s playing in your (iPod, iPhone, Android, music device)/Favorite Song (currently)?
I listen to a-lot of classics Sade, Alicia keys, Lauren Hill, Bob Marley, Jay Z, Beyonce,  Kendrick Lamar and J Cole. My favorite song right now is Jay Z and Damian Marley “Bam”.

What’s the craziest pick up line you’ve heard from guys trying to get your attention?
Cant think of any now.

How do you get into “character” for a photoshoot?
I activate my alter Ego Chica Maravilla (Wonder Women) and slay.

What’s your favorite accomplishment in modeling so far?
My goal is to get into commercials for Target, Colgate, Gap. I recently did my first commercial for a college and I’m still super pumped about that.☺

What would you say is your ultimate turn on?
A man with wisdom and experience. I love me a wise man.😏

Who’s your favorite photographer?
Richard Lecoin

What’s something that most people would be surprised to find out when they actually meet you?
That I’m shy and don’t like talking much at first.

How can people get in contact with you?
Chicamaravilla_28 Instagram
Gvasrunway@yahoo.com

All photos by:  @richardlecoin_photography

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[FEATURE] Richard Beavers Gallery features Shawn Theodore’s Church of Broken Pieces’ Exhibit

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Coming off of a three-month run at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Church of Broken Pieces is currently exhibiting at the Richard Beavers Gallery. Church of Broken Pieces is a collection of vivid images by photographer Shawn Theodore, a Philadelphia-based, multidisciplinary artist work in photography, video, and collage is highly respected. Embodying a defiant brand of black artistry the collection focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of African American and African Diaspora identities and explores the concepts of race, spirituality, patriarchy, matriarchy, and class structure within disappearing Black communities.  Check out a couple of additions to the collection below:

 

     

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[FEATURED MODEL] Taliah Muhammad

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Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 36
Waist:24
Hips:30
What would you rate yourself from 1-10? “9 since I’m not perfect”

1. Tell everybody your name and where you’re from?
Taliah Muhammad Williamsburg, VA
2. So how long have you been modeling?
Since I was younger I participated in several beauty pageants and hair shows. Around 2005 is when I officially started modeling seriously.
3. How did you start modeling?
I auditioned for a fashion show met a lot of great people with ample amounts of opportunities
4. So what are you doing with yourself besides modeling?
I’m a mother to a seven year old boy and I attend college for Radiation Science.
5. What would you say is your best feature and why?
My smile is contagious and genuine.
6. What else do you do for fun (besides modeling)?
I enjoy creating healthy meals, taking trips,painting, and being with family
7. Do you like sports? If so who is your favorite sports figure?
I do no preference on a figure. I ran track so track/field is my favorite to watch.
8. What’s playing in your (iPod, iPhone, Android, music device)/Favorite Song (currently)?
Sza album, Wild thoughts, Pills and automobiles
9. What’s the craziest pick up line you’ve heard from guys trying to get your attention?
I have heard so many its hard to pin point one. The thing I find crazy would be the stalking and repeated messages on social media.
10. How do you get into “character” for a photoshoot?
Combination of Music, wardrobe and mind set
11. What’s your favorite accomplishment in modeling so far?
I would have to say two novel cover model publication sold in Barnes and noble.
12. What would you say is your ultimate turn on?
A Man who knows and works for what he wants
13. Who’s your favorite photographer?
I have a few favorites.. HumbleVizion,Cornelius Vick MrCandC,ImagezEverythang, Motiontography and DarrylB EnticeMagazine
14. What’s something that most people would be surprised to find out when they actually meet you?
My personality is just as beautiful
15. How can people get in contact with you?
Email: t.Muhammad.tm@gmail.com
ModelMayhem: Taliah Muhammad
Instagram: Muhammadt6
Facebook: Taliah Muhammad
All photos by: @Imagezeverything
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[FEATURE] David Banner: 601 comes to the 614 by DJ Layne Luv

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Sept 27th 2017, Jackson Mississippi rapper David Banner calls up 106.7fm The Beat in Columbus Ohio and receives some disturbing news. He was told that a rumor circulating the city was that he would more than likely not show up to the lecture event Speak Your Truth Summit. Shortly after the interview Mr. Banner went right to Instagram to confirm that he indeed was coming to our city and that he was proud to come to our town. Within that one minute video, you saw integrity, compassion and a deep rooted southern pride to always keep your word no matter what it costs. All qualities of being a real man.

If you have grown with David Banner like I have since the hit song Like A Pimp ft Lil Flip or major production credit on T.I.’s monumental album Trap Muzik (2003), then you know that the 2017 David Banner is not the same one we know from 2003. Of course David Banner always told well rounded stories, such as Cadillacs on 22’s referencing the death of Emmett Till and other misfortunes in his home state, but after 2006, we started to see a change and conviction in his approach to music. Maybe it was those Katrina waters of 2005 that destroyed his beloved state that brought about the enlightenment. Go back in time and remember how pissed he was when the world witnessed with it’s own eyes that the President of the United States George W. Bush didn’t give a damn about the poor and disfranchised in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and of course the city hit the worst New Orleans. This was his family that was suffering and he was the only voice fit to sound the alarm in the time period to speak about his state of emergency. (pun intended)

The Great Malcolm X said in his autobiography…once the light is turned on inside you cannot turn it off. Well Mr. Banner’s light continues to shine brighter and brighter as he brings awareness to the plight of being Black In America especially in the southern states. When Straight Official caught up with Banner…I had a lot on my mind. I was extremely perplexed. I witnessed and reposted the murder of Patrick Harmon of Salt Lake City Utah on my Uptown Weekly Instagram page. Not to mention being close to the case of Timothy Davis in Columbus Ohio. In that particular situation, by all means, we are grateful that young man is still alive. However, with strain and intensity in my eyes, I told Mr. Banner…”Sir, there’s a lot of people that don’t know….but I know you know….Please shed some light on how long we have to endure these horrendous acts in front of our face as we standby appearing to be helpless.”

Understand I come to piss people off and make them uncomfortable. Because pain brings about attention quickly. Listen, a warrant, smoking weed, running, none of that is justifiable in killing someone. I’m not just talking about black people. Whatever color they are, if they are not directly posing a threat to a police officer and they’re just running away, my friend there is no reason for anyone to get shot. See, white people have gotten black people to think like them, so when we see someone jammed up by the police, the first thing we think in the back of our mind is ..damn what that n***a do? Now unless that man (Harmon) was wanted for murder, then shooting him doesn’t make any sense. You see, we also have to stop echoing their bullshit media commentary, just like in the Kaepernick situation. They wanna say kneeling is a disrespect to our troops. Well, the last time I checked, America treats it’s troops like shit. So as I’ve said on many stages, the only way to get “the power’s” attention is either by the loss of money or the loss of life.”

I spoke with David Banner for about 15 more minutes, and then it was time for him to get whisked away to the stage for his lecture. As he stood before the crowd he commanded everyone to turn off their cell phones from going live at his show. His reasoning is that he feels African Americans already give away too much for free. “We have to start getting paid for our talents and gifts” he states. He also said in front a semi-light audience “If folks wanted the experience, they should have brought their ass to the show.”

He then passed out his CD #Godbox to the entire audience, and then had enough time to play snippets from two songs for the appreciative crowd. He proceeded to break down why conscious music may not sell the way mainstream music does. “One reason muh fuchas may not buy ya shit is cuz it ain’t jammin. Just because your music has a message in it doesn’t mean it should suck.” As he states that Godbox is one of the most important albums to hip hop in the history of it, only the keepers of this culture and art form can co-sign that prediction. And just as we saw of 4:44, #Godbox did not have the nightclubs in mind this go round, but instead another project to wake up the minds.

After the show, David Banner showed true southern hospitality and shook as many hands and took as many pictures as he could with those that had to wait patiently almost two hours for the rapper/producer to take the stage. And he also gave many kudos to the organizer of the event Ms. Tomiqua Perry for her hard work and determination. 

Lastly at David Banner’s request he wanted me to quote him saying “This is the first time I’m saying this to Black America on your article brother. Don’t be afraid, they are killing us anyway so continue to stand and speak out against injustice. They’ll kill you for obeying the law, (Philando Castile) so don’t be afraid. We have been so conditioned to be afraid of white people. I’ll say this for the first time too, most black people praise white people more than they’re own religion. They’ll cheat on their wife, kill another brother, lie, steal, do everything that bible told them not to do, but will not take a stand against wrong-doing white folks. Use that, don’t take that out, quote quote mutha fucha hahahaha. Because we have to address our conditioned mentality for change to  happen as well.”

Thank you Mr. Banner for coming to our city and opening up the minds to Speak Their Truth. And be sure to pick up #GodBox on all streaming outlets (iTunes Tidal, Spotify etc)

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[FEATURED ARTIST] Diamond Young

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Earlier this year I featured Charlotte area model Diamond Young as my model of the week on a popular model site. Little did I know, she’s also an amazing independent artist. Decided to do an interview with her to discuss her new single and accompanying visual entitled “Time”.

The majority of your model work is very sensual. Have you always been confident with your body?
“Absolutely!! I feel that in this day and age you have to be. If you’re not comfortable with yourself how can anyone else be?”

Do you write all of your material yourself and if not who are some of the writers you’ve worked with?
“I’ve written all of the songs that I’ve put out!”

What would you label your style &/or genre. Also who are some artists who’ve influenced your sound?
“I don’t know how to label my sound, honestly. I just sing. I’m obsessed with SZA’s style of singing and writing. It’s different and crazy dope.”

Which do you feel you’re most comfortable with between writing, recording or performing?
“As of right now, my writing. I’m still finding myself as an artist so I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to the performance aspect of my music.”

Do you feel that the Charlotte music scene is encouraging for indie artists and why?
“I feel that it is in certain aspects but it could be BETTER. A lot better. It just takes all of the artists here to come together and put it on the map! There’s so much talent here but I don’t feel that we get the recognition we deserve.”

What project are you currently promoting and who are some of the people who’ve helped you get to this point?
“I’m dropping my single “Time” and the Music Video today..there’s so many people who have contributed to helping me with my music, I’d get lost trying to list them all lol.”

Who are some of the current popular artists you’d like to work with in the future?
“Definitely Sza, Kehlani, Elhae, and Xavier Omär.”

What are the most difficult things you’ve had to face as an independent artist up to this point of your career?
“Trying to do everything alone!!!! I’m very headstrong and I LIKE WHAT I LIKE. Lol. I’m very particular about things so I’ve had to find people who I can work well with and vibe with. Honestly, these past few years have been very hard trying to push my music by myself. But at the end of the day this is what I want and I won’t stop until I get it!!”

What’s next for you after the release of “Time”?
“I’m going to start working on an EP and maybe even a visual project so just stay tuned. 😘

Thank you for taking out time to sit with us and good luck on a very successful music career in the years to come.

Booking Email: DYoung633@gmail.com
Instagram: @DiamondYoungOfficial
Twitter/Snap: @TheRealDiamondJ

 

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