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[New Music] Layton Greene “Myself”

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Known for her viral hip hop remixes of popular mainstream artist songs to charting Billboard Top Hot R&B chart. Leveled Up Music Group Artist Layton Greene is the next big R&B Star of our millennial generation. Check out her first original song “Myself” produced by G-Styles on the track. The future of R&B is here. Listen Now.
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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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New Music: Tre’ Da Maker (@kingtre_216) “EZ”

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Tre’ Da Maker is an artist grinding and hustling in these Atlanta streets. He’s building his base from indie stage to stage. He recently was apart of ND Streets “The Rap Challenge” and he won the song 4 song battle competition. He has an official mixtape coming really soon, check out one of his single he’s pushing in the streets called “EZ”.

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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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[Single] icekream ft. Eric Leon – No Questions @MrKream @ericleon772

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Recently signed international music beat maker to Cool & Dre – icekream – and Epidemic’s very own Eric Leon drop their first collaborative joint together: ‘No Questions’. This definitely seems like a family affair. The Dubai & Miami based artists are looking to announce themselves on the trap scene with this strong, infectiously delivered, opera-style banger. Eric jokingly refers to his counterpart & fellow song producer icekream (“Gucci on me fur coat cuz I’m with ice…testing out my whole life they be like damn he nice”), signaling to their audience the blatant comedic & fun approach that ensued whilst making the song. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

Epidemic Music Signs Music Producer icekream After Hearing His Unmatched Talent
icekream is a one-of-a-kind EDM Trap and House music producer

Marcello “Cool” Valenzano and Andre “Dre” Lyon heard EDM Trap and House music producer icekream and immediately signed him to Epidemic Music. icekream’s unmatched talent is taking Epidemic Music in the direction that the company had been actively pursuing. icekream is a one-of-a-kind producer that has the skills and capabilities in production that Cool & Dre had been in pursuit of for Epidemic Music. With this added talent to their roster, Epidemic Music has now been able to aggressively attract new clients and more business in this new genre of music. The EDM Trap genre has been evolving over the last several years. It’s known for its mix of hip-hop, dub and dance music. Combining icekream’s one-of-a-kind EMD Trap and House music production with Cool & Dre’s hip-hop skills has secured production placement in the United States and international markets. “Immediately upon signing with Epidemic Music, our efforts paid off by securing a first collaborative single in the U.S. market,” says Dre. “We are currently in the process of marketing the first single ‘Lemme See’ with the help of Eric Leon, also from Epidemic Music.” Born in London, England, and raised in Paris, France, Emirati (UAE) music producer icekream has been active in the music scene since he started DJing/scratching at only 13 years of age. By the time he was 24 years old, icekream decided to pursue his musical dreams full-time. After he met his music partner TroyBoi, they decided to launch a Trap attack on Soundcloud as unique artists and as a production/DJ duo named SoundSnobz. With unmatched and unadulterated talent, SoundSnobz turned a blind eye to convention. icekream and TroyBoi were quick to embrace the growing Trap music scene in the U.S. and helped it spread globally. Their fearless, experimental, progressive style has earned them a rapidly growing, international fan base and collaborations with underground and mainstream artists alike. They have worked with such notable artists as Wyclef, Diplo and more. To learn more about icekream and upcoming new music, visit https://www.instagram.com/mrkream. Epidemic Music Group was founded by Cool & Dre. Cool & Dre are a team of American record producers and songwriters from North Miami, Florida, consisting of Marcello “Cool” Antonio Valenzano and Andre “Dre” Christopher Lyon. https://www.instagram.com/epidemicmusic/

Listen now on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/track/71B7nrEpNjvXvSkHFIlhHp?si=_vq7BzuZSqigkwQspvi3Ow

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Stay Connected
icekream
https://www.Soundcloud.com/icekream
https://www.Soundcloud.com/SoundSnobz
https://www.Instagram.com/MrKream
https://www.Twitter.com/MrKream

Eric Leon
https://twitter.com/ericleon772
https://soundcloud.com/ericleonmusic
https://www.instagram.com/ericleon772
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0HDVupMv7TRa4j17YxAAdQ
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/eric-leon/600715946

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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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