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[BREAKING NEWS] HIP HOP PIONEER BIZ MARKIE DIES AT 57

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Biz Markie at Kensington High Street, London, UK on 6 April 1988 (Photo Cred: CNN.com)

Confirming multiple reports from various news outlets, rapper BIZ MARKIE passed away today at the age of 57. An iconic and legendary talent, his career spand over three decades and he provided the type of personality that displayed a person who was born to be in Hip-Hop.

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NPR reports that manager Jenni D. Izumi, manager of Biz Markie that the support of both calls and emails during this time of difficulty are greatly appreciated. While no exact cause of death has been announced, it was known for months that Biz (Marcel Theo Hall) was in declining in health.

Coming of age in the golden years of Hip-Hop, Biz would create an catalog that included memorable hits from “Vapors” and Nobody Beats The Bizto mention a few, to his most renowned track in music history “Just a Friend” that would catapult the young MC into superstardom and cement his legacy in Hip-Hop. He made music with his mouth (literally) as a beatboxer while making the world take notice of a movement that would last the test of time.

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 01: Rapper Biz Markie performs onstage during BACARDI’s Big Game Party at Surfcomber Hotel on February 01, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for BACARDI)

We here at TenthLetterMediaStraight Official Magazine are deeply saddened by the loss of such an influence in both music as well as life. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.

 

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Kashdoll Co-signs Up and Coming Virginia Rapper Newport Savy

Newport Savy announced his upcoming release and cover art for his new project “Demons & Angels 2”, a sequel of his first EP that undeniably got his foot in the door. His single “All Kinda Money” also sparked a ton of buzz behind the artist. Kash doll recently recorded herself bumping Newport Savy’s track and co-signed him. “Back in Business” and “cliche” are two singles from the project that Savy previewed, Kash Doll showed her interest in the artist once more by reposting “cliche” snippet on her story.

Demons & Angels 2 is said to be Newport Savy’s best work yet in his recent interview, he plans on collaborating more and mastering his craft.

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Zion Y Lennox Celebrate 20 Year Career With “La Trayectoria” Concert

Zion y Lennox commemorate their 20 years of artistic career with a concert titled “La Trayectoria” to be held on December 4, 2021.

In this way, the most acclaimed duo in the history of urban music announced their return to the most important stage of their homeland, the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in what will be their only concert to celebrate 20 years of career, in what the world knows as the cradle of reggaetón.

Tickets will be available starting tomorrow at 10:00am at Ticketera.com.

Zion y Lennox boast countless awards that have marked their success in music. These include: three nominations for the Tu Mundo 2020 Awards; the Gaviota de Plata and Oro awards at the Viña del Mar International Music Festival.

They return home, to be back with the people who made them who they are today.

Over the years, Zion & Lennox have captivated their fans around the world and have become a fundamental influence in the urban culture, being part of the evolution of the genre and what this movement is today.

“Our career has evolved with the genre, and we have become part of the protagonists of this story. Reggaetón is a culture that has transcended worldwide, and this is thanks to all the fans who support our music faithfully. That’s why we celebrate our trajectory from our home, the Coliseo de Puerto Rico,” said the singers.

Their latest album, “Motivan2,” debuted at #1 on iTunes in the United States and Latin America.

Zion & Lennox’s follow-up single, “Hola,” closed in first place, on US Radio Airplay, in 2018.

Zion & Lennox are currently working on the final details of their highly anticipated album, “El Sistema,” which will be released during the summer, and promises collaborations with Sech, Rauw Alejandro and De La Ghetto, as well as the tracks “No Me Llama,” in collaboration with Myke Towers; “Gota Gota,” alongside El Alfa; and “Te Mueves,” featuring Natti Natasha.

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Comedian & Actor Paul Mooney, Dies 79

Comedian & actor Paul Mooney, has died his rep, Cassandra Williams, stated to The Hollywood Reporter.

Paul Mooney was 79

Mooney died Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. at his home in Oakland, California.

A statement from the family is forthcoming, Williams said.

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Texas Raised artist ISO on point to represent for his city @iso_tmtr

The Arlington, TX native emerges as one of the rap game’s hot new prodigies. Iso has been rapping since he was 9 years old and gained initial inspiration from his aunt. Iso recently dropped a new video on YouTube titled “Chances Make Bosses.” Another single to check out is “Overtime” that can be found on his EP, Closer Than Close. Iso makes his presence known with his own style of conscious, feel-good music. He also provides a mixture of slow, up-tempo, and trap music.

Growing up in Texas Iso learned the music industry at a young age. His musical influences include Ice Cube, Mac 10, UGK, Pimp C, and DSR (Dirty South Risers). His mellow dramatic genius draws in the most inclusive material that meets the ears. Before rapping, Iso was always a hardworking individual who’s biggest pro was always his ability to network. Iso is inspired by competition, “There’s always someone working harder than me”- Iso

In the future Iso wants to have his own record label with multi-platinum selling artist and go on world Tours. Iso s is also multifaceted with interest in real estate, crypto, and being a brand ambassador for modeling agency. Iso p prides himself on setting a goal and achieving it.

Iso has an emerging clothing line entitled “TMTR”- Texas Made Texas Raised expected to drop soon. This clothing line represents who Iso is and where he comes from all while including the street style look for comfortability. His views on YouTube average over 300 views within 48 hours.

Early in his career, Iso has worked with DJ Vip who was Nipsey Hussell’s dj. Iso has also performed at Oakland Showcase Tour at Complex Oakland in 2018. Iso paints the picture of the struggle, which fans can relate to, with different cadences and wordplay.

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Are NFT’s Hurting The Environment!?

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens have gained a lot of buzz lately as digital art has sold for millions in some instances. They are essentially digital collectibles which are usually placed on a bidding market place such as Rarible, Opensea, or one of the many other auction sites. Most of these marketplaces allow users to exchange crypto for the NFTs. The most popular crypto being traded is currently Ethereum (ETH).

THE ETH PROBLEM

Unfortunately, ETH consumes massive amounts of energy to mine and to keep track of transactions. An Ethereum transaction can have a carbon footprint equal to that of an hour long flight or much more. The amount of power currently being used for ETH transactions alone can power all of Panama for a year. NFTs themselves are not to blame for an increase in energy consumption, rather it’s the cyrpto that is being used to purchased and sell NFTs that is detrimental to the environment.

 

NFTs Vs Mother Nature?

So do we cancel NFT’s? No, digital art is here to stay and NFT’s have certainly provided a new renaissance in the art space. There are several practices in place that reduce the environmental impact when trading NFT’s, however some of these practices such as Sidechaining or Bridging crypto can be unpredictable. The most effective method is to use a marketplace that is not back by the ETH blockchain. There are several NFT marketplaces that utilize other blockchains, you can find a list of eco-friendly NFT sites here. It will take transparency and accountability to ensure benefits digital art outweigh the environmental cost. Most of the world has jumped into Sustainable Super Hero mode or is preparing to do so.

A Sustainable Future

Despite trips to Mars, Earth is the only planet we have and WE are a serious threat to our planet, so WE need to be proactive in protecting it. Understanding and accountability go along way and when we understand the damage we can cause, we are more likely to find an alternative that is less damaging. Let’s work together to hold each other accountable for a bright future on our beautiful planet. Happy Earth Day

 

#NFT #EarthDay #Crypto #Technology

 

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[BREAKING NEWS] DMX, HIP-HOP ICON DIES AT 50

DMX (Photo Cred: Complex.com)

Confirming multiple news reports, we here at TenthLetterMediaStraight Official Magazine are saddened to confirm that DMX, Hip-Hop icon has passed away. He was 50.

DMX (Earl Simmons) was an amazing artist who rose to popularity in the 90’s with his debut album Its Dark and Hell is Hot which brought him immense critical acclaim and commercial success. The Yonkers MC would embark on a legendary career, which included 7 more studio albums.

DMX (Photo Cred: Yahoo.com)

DMX also made his presence felt in Hollywood as he appeared in several memorable films such as Belly, Exit Wounds & Cradle 2 the Grave. 

Belly (Photo Cred: Barnes & Noble.com)

DMX’s family released a statement this morning stating “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.”

DMX (Photo Cred: People.com)

The Hip-Hop community as well as the world has shown an immense level of support for the Dark Man. TLM & SO Mag send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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[BREAKING] DMX IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING OVERDOSE

DMX (Photo Cred: El Comercio)

DMX is in critical condition following an overdose that has the Hip-Hop icon fighting for his life.

DMX (Photo Cred: Yahoo.com)

Confirming multiple news media reports, the 50 year old artist is currently in a hospital in New York and is in a vegetative state after having to be revived after flatlining.

DMX (Photo Cred: Complex.com)

We will follow this story in its development and give our thoughts and prayers for DMX and his family and friends.

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Cardi B Calls Out E

Cardi B is upset about the E network publishing a life story on her without her consent. A “true Hollywood story” about her life is set to air Monday, March 15, and Cardi is not having it. On Twitter, Cardi said “My life is my story. How can someone tell my story without asking me?” Her single “Bodak Yellow” just went diamond on Monday, March 8th and she made history by being the first female artist to do so. The RIAA tweeted, “Congratulations to @iamcardib, the first female rapper to achieve a RIAA 💎 single award! #BodakYellow @AtlanticRecords.” Despite not being pleased with the E network, Cardi also tweeted “But,hey, maybe the story will be good.”

#GetSOM #CardiB

 

 

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Tidal purchased by Square: What This Means For Artists


 

Square Inc announced it would purchase a majority stake in Tidal worth $297 million in cash and stocks. This Tidal purchase by Square should be very exciting news for artists as Square will now provide financial backing to the growing streaming service. Not just in terms of financial capital, but also the financial knowhow. Artists need a team to turn their art into a business and Cash App could provide that team all in an app. Selling merchandise, concert tickets, digital albums and eventually NFT’s, will be available at your fingertips.

Who is Square?

Square Inc initially gave small business owners the power to process electronic payments using a device small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. This technology has grown rapidly over the last few years and now allows users to transfer and store digital assets such as digital dollars, stocks and even Bitcoin via the popular Cash App. Cash App quickly grew in popularity in the urban community because it allows for quick and safe electronic payments. This is to a group of people that has been historically mistreated by big banks.

What’s up with Tidal?

Founded in Norway, Tidal kicked off its music streaming service in 2014 and was quickly purchased by Jay-Z accompanied by a slew of other artists including Rihanna, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and more. Tidal has over 70 million songs and was an early trailblazer in the HiFi (high-fidelity) audio streaming. This streaming service may not have nearly the amount of subscribers as Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music, but the fan base is loyal and in 2016 over 45% of them paid for the HiFi premium service. Tidal also provides a significantly higher payout to the artists compared to Apple Music and Spotify.

“We’re interested in a 360-degreee view of artists as small-business owners. Streams is just a subset of what they do,” says Square Inc’s top hardware executive, Jesse Dorogusker who will lead Tidal on an interim basis.

What this could mean for Artists?

With the development of NFT’s and Square’s purchase of Tidal, we can start to see a path for artists to regain control of their art without the dependency of major record labels. It sure is an exciting time for all creatives.

#GetSOM #Q #Tidal #Square #NFT

 

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