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Omarion Chop it Up About Everything with Vlad | @omarion

Omarion recently sat down with Vlad Tv talking about his history in the business. He talks coming from Inglewood, California dealing with the gangs and how it help him develop character. Omarion discuss working with Diddy early in his career before b2k, how it felt to be signed as a member of b2k. Omarion makes it very clear he is the lead singer of B2k , period. Watch part 1 thru 4 here.

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MUSIC: It’s “Hot Girl” Season: Diamond x Princess are BAcc At It Again!

#GetSOM via @THISISDJSAMORE

When they say it’s a “hot girl” summer , or hot girl season; it’s all about women being in their bag, handling their business, and not caring what anyone have to say about it!

The ladies of the Mobb, have gotten together and drop some V Power on them. Check out their interview with the Breakfast Club , talking about coming back together and grown up in this music business as women.

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New Interview with SelfMadeSilu @SelfMadeSilu

1. Hello, please introduce yourself to our readers and give us a background of where you are from?

Hi, I’m doing business “SelfMadeSilu” and I’m from Albany, GA. I am currently serving in the U.S. Army starting in 2014 and has done operations in multiple war zones including Syria and Iraq. I represent anything that can be considered prosperity, positives vibes, respect, and humbleness. I don’t represent a hood or group but a mindset of the law of principles and the sensitive ambitious people.

My original business name was “S.I.L.U.” which stands for (S)tephanie (I) (L)ove Yo(u) which my mother’s name. I decided to change it to have a better way of popping up on everyone search engine first. I decided to dedicate my motives to my mother for what she’s sacrificed to take of me.

2. Talk to us about what inspired you to get into the music business?

What inspired me to get into the music business was being able to lift my voice in the military when calling cadence. It definitely gave me the ability to create my own cadency of lyrics and voice inflection, my love for poetry, and being around all my family members and one of them either would sing or freestyle. I want to share my soul driven lyricism to the community to show people it’s ok to be yourself and not fit in with the crowd. I’ve always been different in a way from every crowd. I never wanted to fit in with anyone what so ever.

3. Thinking back to your childhood, what was it like growing up in your city?

Growing up in Albany, Georgia was both fun and later realize that life wasn’t what it seems. As a kid you think you got it all figured out until reality hit you. As a kid growing up there was very mediocre considering the highness of the crime rate and low based Success Level. Reality kind of hit me as a kid when I used to catch my mother crying from not being able to make the bill payments and not being able to give us what we wanted all of the time. As a kid seeing my mother starve herself trying to feed me – which is what I lectured on my song ‘P.T.S.D.’ – and my brothers and sisters really takes a toll on a child’s mind. That’s a lot to take in as an adolescent. I remember days that I only got to eat at school and still reported to football practice. It really felt like my stomach was touching my back.We were born right in middle of gang and drug affiliation. The violence of that is either going to humble you or you’re going to end up 6ft under or in concreted confinement. Most of us just wanted to be part of something considering the absence of particular people. Some of us did things to make sure their families were fed. I personally feel that anyone that’s a product of that type of environment is poisoned mentally to continuously be malice towards people that’s around them. In my song ‘Section 8 Boi’ I lectured that “I was playing 2k with the same person that kicked my door and left it empty.” Thats very true. There are more robberies and burglaries in poverty dominate neighborhoods than middle/upper class communities. I had to leave because I noticed that you can let someone bite your hand off and they will try to get more out of you. I had to get out of there and have no plans to return.

4. Who would you say inspired you in the music business and why?

I say that the military and my mother are what inspires me to do what he do and stay positive. The military considering that they encourage leadership, character, and responsibility, including their rhythmic way of having voice inflection when marching. My mother inspires me because she has always been by his side.

5. What music are you currently promoting today?

Well I currently release a single month just to give my true fans something to rock to and also to show people that I can make hits that people can relate to. I’m pushing all songs but single that I’m giving my uppermost focus and investing into is my single ‘Mixed In My Thoughts’

6. Since you’ve been in this business how has your music evolved throughout the years?

Actually I started doing music back in 2012-2014 but I stopped because I didn’t have the funds and I felt like I was trying to fit in with the wave instead creating a wave. I literally took 5 yrs off from doing music until I felt more mature and original in my lyrics. I decided to to start back doing music when I was in the middle no where in Syria waiting for conflict with the enemy and taunting other countries to start with us. I don’t know what it is. I’m thinking it was God, Allah, Muhammad…whoever it was instilled me with a gift during that stressful moment of my life and I wanted to pursue into showing the maturity of my lyricism and voice. I will forever be original.

7. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in this music business?

The biggest lesson that I learned is that you can’t pay for streams and likes and expect to true feedback and royalty collections.
I did business with @viralexecs which end of being a fraud digital marketer
I did business with DJ Spinrilla which is another scammer. All of his stuff is fake and he takes your money and doesn’t do anything to show for it but ask for more money. I got all my money back from him though. Thank God.

I really don’t understand how people feed off aspiring artist when they know for a fact most of us trying to avoid being mixed in violence.

8. Do you have a project you are currently promoting? If so what is it called and where can our readers find it?

I released my Album called ‘Mixed In Emotions’ on New Years Day 2019. On any project that I release I always want to show my diversity of making any type of song theme. My singles will always have somewhat of then same theme to it, but will always be different in its own way.

My singles will be fierce, painful, and optimistic. I like to show the pain then end it with overcoming from it mostly. You can go stream it which will be blessing to me and I will gladly appreciate it and dishonor any boasting that received from it. Your acknowledgement is what matters.

9. Break down your definition of Grynd?

“Grynd” to me is having consistent “un-frictioning” focus towards life to achieve success from your goals. Meaning that whatever is blocking you, slowing you down, from doubt, self-doubt etc you stopping that friction by applying pressure with your work ethic by going against the grain that life brings.

10. What else are you looking to accomplish besides the music business in the future?

The content of my grind is to create business opportunities to put my family in place for success. If they don’t take it serious that’s on them. I won’t be giving out no hand-outs. They can go in any corner and hate me. I don’t care. Why would I give you money when it’ll be better to show you a way to get it?

11. Where can fans find you on the internet in the future?

Fans can find me On IG & Twitter @SelfMadeSilu
And my website:
https://www.selfmadesilu.com/
They both have all my contact info if anyone needs to contact personally

12. Any Shout outs?

Shout Out To My Mother, my Grandmother, My Engineer Badd Guyy, my young cousin BDP Darrio, and to other artist such as Juno Carter, TheMorningAfter, TheRealBlo, OffiIcialTonio, and MegoDaDon, also to all the people that’s out there pursuing some type action to gain any type of valuable end return.

Shout Out To My Friends Bryce, Devon, Ray Ray Lewis, Marcus Oval, Chad, and Ronnie Wilson

Shout out to all of the CEOs that I studied like Birdman, Pierre Thomas, and Coach K for giving me the idea of long term consistency.

Shout out to the artist like Derez Deshon, Kwony Cash, Slim Dunkin, Lil Wayne, Drake, Bryson Tiller, Plies, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane & PeeWee Longway for giving me the idea of being original will get me further long term than trying to be part of the wave.

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[INTERVIEW] TLM CHOPS IT UP WITH T-QUEST via @TenthLetterMed

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine are setting your Memorial Day weekend off with our dope demo known as the #SaturdaySpotlight where the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop is both captured and covered! On this day we shine the spotlight on artists both near and far who are making noise in the entertainment realm.

This week I had the opportunity to chop it up with Fleet DJ’s own T-QUEST as she is on the heels of her newly released single “Indulge” which is receiving both attention and spins via all streaming music platforms. The multi-talented artist and songwriter is 3 years vested with Fleet and upon getting to know her, I realized that she dons several hats in her pursuit of her dreams.

“Even though I am considered a Hip-Hop artist, I refer to myself as an entertainer.” T has her hands in a variety of bags including comedy, radio, fashion and blogging. With so many routes to choose from she remains true to her first love. “Music served as an outlet for me to express myself as I grew up a quiet child, so no matter what I do it will always come first.”

What stands out to me about T as an artist is that she’s able to be successful without having to adhere to the status quo. “What makes me stand out as an aritst is that I know myself and my lane. I’m diverse but my vibe is more Hip-Hop/Neo Soul and my sensual voice kinds seperates me from the rest which, in turn separates my music automatically.”

T is living the dream of any artist in Hip-Hop by being aligned with Fleet DJ’s. “When I first came aboard as a Fleet artist there were only a handful of us and now there’s only 2! To be an artist apart of a DJ coalition is like hitting the jackpot!” T understands the importance that the DJ serves not only to the music, but also to the movement. “When putting together a song the partnership is between the artist & producer but once it comes time to putting the song out the partnership is between the artist and the DJ. They are the ones who expose you the most to the people so it’s an honor to be apart if its a team who can help not only push my music.”

With the annual Fleet DJ Music Conference on the horizon, I asked T if she would be in the fray. Without hesitation she replied, “Of course I’ll be attending, it wouldn’t be a conference without T-Quest, your favorite entertainer! This will be my 3rd time being nominated for the DJ Carmel Love (Lady Of The Year) Award, I’m performing for the 3rd year & I’ll be hosting the DJ Cafe this year so I’m extremely happy!”

Check out “Indulge” which was produced by RedWing Wizz down below. You can follow T-Quest on social media platforms (@tquestglm), and also via her widely popular website at www.GottaLoveMeWorld.com. Be sure to also download her new T-Quest App via your favorite app store and check out her weekly blog #TheQuestChronicles which also graces the digital pages of Straightofficial.com.

As always we thank you for tuning in to TLM & Straightofficial.com and stay tuned as we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!!

It’s the #DueSeason, so #GetSOM!!!

Written by: Lee K.

 

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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WAITH RYAN B

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself how did you get your stage name, where are you
from, where do you reside etc?

My name Ryan B came from one of my bros Chris who I came up with. It was either that or B3 and well, that just didn’t cut it for the kid. We both knew that I had to come up with a name that was fit for me and nobody else. And Ryan B its been every sense. I’m a Artist/Songwriter/Producer from a small town in North East Mississippi named Pheba (pronounced phebe). Population not to big. A field of dreams is what I refer to it as. No place like it. I now reside in Atlanta Ga. Been here since I was 19. My true second home.

2. Why did you decide to become a DJ/ Artist/ Entertainer?
For me, once I made my first beat with my friends growing up, I knew I wanted to dive head first into it. I went from casio keyboards to DR-5 drum machines to the Yamaha RM1X beat machine, Yamaha Motif, mpc2000xl, to the modern day programs. You name it, I probably can make do what it do.
3. Who and/or what motivates you?
 Life motivates me. As a kid my eagerness motivated me, wanting to know and learn more. Keep my tools sharpened especially moving to Atlanta. It was a different ball game for me at first. Now I have a family that motivates me everyday, a business partner who’s never left my side and always working for the greater of my brand, my friends, this rollercoaster called life and most importantly Music inspires me. Being a creative being able to spark the next creative.
4. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?
 My biggest accomplishment today Is growing up, becoming a man, having a family, and remaining sharp at my craft.
5. What projects currently working on?
Right now  I’m just putting bodies of work together and producing more. I’m going to be dropping a couple songs a month until I get everything ready ready.
6. What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry?
 There’s so much change going on as we speak to the point I feel as if we change too much more there’s no telling what could happen … They could up the payouts on streams though. Some of these pay outs are ridiculous.
7. What makes you different from other artist?
I would say the fact that I’ve always been self efficient and independent.
8. What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs?
Sincerely Yourz The Dumbkidz  is my production company I started. Its like a world for creatives to be creators. I’ve been rocking with the fleet since I began my solo career.  I’ve learned alot by rocking with the fleet.  Not just music but the business of music. We’ve always had a great respect for each other craft. And here we are again.
9. What other skills/talent do you have?
 I’m an audio engineer and a producer as well.
10. What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies?
In my free time I enjoy kicking it with family and friends, bowling, pool, basketball, trying different restaurants
11. Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? your Social Media?
Follow me on my social platforms
Twitter/Instagram- @its_beezybaby
Stream my music on all platforms
Ryan B.eezy
And thanks for all the love and continuous support.
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Hairfeenz Chicago’s Very Own Tamika V.

Hairfeenz, an online hair extension boutique that provides quality hair extensions in a large variety of lengths and textures. They cater to Divas who love to keep up with the stylish trend in hair extensions, offer good quality hair and reasonable prices. Hairfeenz feel you shouldn’t have to break the bank to look good.
They offer 100% virgin hair in Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Mongolian, Indian and Filipino. Offered in straight, body wave, loose wave, deep wave and curly with lengths ranging from 12 inches to 30 inches),also carry lace closures, frontal and 360’s in lengths ranging from 10 inches to 26 inches to match every texture. They offer all of the textures in Remy and carry a large selection of 100% Virgin hair full lace and frontal lace wigs. Ceo’s Tamika V. and Feen has been killing the business since 2015. Shop with them at www.Hairfeenz.com

Had some questions for the Ceo Tamika V.

What made you want to be apart of the hair business?

Over the years I have spent a lot of money on hair extensions.  Being a female who suffers from Alopecia I have always been self-conscious of my hair.  After realizing how much money I had to spend to cover up my thinning hair, I decided I wanted to help others like me and those who really invest in their hair by being able to offer high grade quality human extensions at an affordable price.

How long did it take for you to get your brand off the ground?

I started my brand in 2015 and over the years I have worked hard at being able to provide the very best quality of 100% Human Extensions.  I tried many vendors before finding the vendors I work with for my product.  Being a person who is so familiar with extensions, I wanted to sample the different vendors myself to determine if the quality of the product was good.  It took a lot of time and money, but I am proud to say I have worked with the same vendors for the last 3 years.

Where did the name hairfeenz come from?

When I decided to launch a website, I wanted to get my best friend on board as a business partner.  He is a male so he really had no knowledge of hair extensions.  His neighborhood name is feen so when I came at him like “hey bestie we can call the business hairfeenz” He got super excited and jumped on board that same day.  Plus think about it… its really catchy LOL

Do you guys specialize in man pieces?

Unfortunately, we have not branched out to the men units yet, but I am, very excited about being able to offer male unites in the near future.

What do you feel about competition?

There is plenty of competition in the hair game and what I tell people is research pricing and read reviews to help determine the best products.  I feel we need competitors, so we can show the world what makes us different from others.

There are many hair vendors in the game, so I want to know why should they shop with Hairfeenz?

I’m passionate about hair because it has become such a big part of my life even before the business.  I’m the type of person who doesn’t feel at my best when my hair isn’t done.  I refuse to offer hair that I wouldn’t wear myself and I only wear the best of the best.  I feel the biggest competitor I face are stylist who also sell hair.  These stylists are able to install the hair and give you the overall look and that great, but I also tell people be mindful because a good stylist can make some terrible hair look great.  Its what they are trained to do.  I am not a stylist so what I share about my experiences with my brand and our quality is straight from the horse’s mouth.  I give it to you straight no chaser LOL.  Side note we are also one of the only sites to offer 6 different strands of hair (Brazilian, Filipino, Peruvian, Indian, Mongolian and Malaysian)

If you can have a celebrity to be the face of Hairfeenz who would it be?

OMG it would be my BFF Beyonce.  Ok fine she’s my BFF in my head, but I feel her beauty, class and grace mirrors what I see for my brand.  Hairfeenz is about quality and investing in yourself and I feel Beyonce has become an ICON not only for her talent but for her reputation of being an amazing human being.

What do you have coming up?

Well the relaunch of the site happened a few months ago and I just plan to work really hard on marketing.  We will possibly participate in some vendor events this summer and I will keep that info updated on social media.

Describe being the owner of Hairfeenz?

Its amazing to create a brand and it feels even better to nurture it.  I feel we have come a long way but I know we have a long way to go so I will say it is very exciting.

Where can they find you on social media?

@hairfeenz on IG and FaceBook.

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[Artist Alert] V.V.S NEW SONG MAC’N

VVS is an acronym referring to “Very Very Slightly” Included, a way of describing the clarity of a diamond, nearly flawless. When deciding on a rap moniker, that’s what Tennessee rapper V.V.S. had on his mind; building a ‘flawless’ career in the music industry. Born BJ Arnold and raised in Haywood County, Tennessee, V.V.S’ first decided to dabble in the rap game at the urging of a childhood friend. Following the blueprint of his influences 3-6 Mafia and Master P, V.V.S built his own recording studio and learned the ins and outs of audio editing. “I always had a business mind so I bought my own equipment so I wouldn’t have to be on a time limit in the studio. I like to cut the middle man out. I wanted to do a mixtape but hosts were charging too much so I learned how to chop up songs just like they did and put out my own mixtape series called Pimp Edition. I hosted every up and coming artist’s mixtape from my area.” V.V.S is currently building up his own promotional company and rebranding his Mac’N clothing line! The single Mac’N (Produced by Asten Rey) is spreading all over the South Eastern region & growing everyday. With his current project “Righteous” doing well on all streaming platforms, V.V.S is working on 2 new project set to release later in the year.

IG: @vvsrighteous
Twitter: @vvsrighteous
Snap chat: @vvs_macn
Facebook: V.V.S
Booking: ‭(404) 694-2458‬

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B2K Talk To Ebony Magazine About Being Back!

B2K are definitely making headlines with this millennium tour. It is a real experience for them, and they sat down with Ebony to talk about it. From the fans that grew up with them, their kids excited to watch them do their thing, the growth they see themselves as professional performers, to the vip b2k “Club B2K” experience after the show. Watch the interview here.

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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH T QUEST

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself how did you get your stage name, where are you from, where do you reside etc?
I’m what you call an overall entertainer. I rap, sing, dance, write, do radio, comedy, fashion & more. My stage name T-Quest randomly came out of nowhere years ago. I couldn’t understand why it popped in my head but I told myself this is my new nickname. Over the years I found the meaning of it which is Tara’s Journey. I am originally from Connecticut but now reside in South Carolina.
2. Why did you decide to become a DJ/ Artist/ Entertainer?
I grew up a quiet child but always gravitated to music. Music became my outlet and how I expressed myself to people. I started as a singer, dancer, then rapper and radio personality as well as event host came along years later.
3. Who and/or what motivates you?
My future self & my family especially my niece as well as my nephews motivate me because I do this for us. Its my passion, it makes them happy & I always wanted to set my family up financially.
My fans motivate me too because so many lives are touched by my artistry. They feed off my positive energy, my happiness and my words help them get through their everyday lives.
4. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Having music available for purchase officially is the biggest accomplishment to me because I am not a music artist without music for the people to buy, hear & enjoy. It feels good to know people can purchase my music on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc
5. What projects currently working on?
Right now I am in the process of recording my Love Album. I am excited to work with producers such as Redwing Wizz (The Solution), Cell Beatz Productions, Beats by Ced, FDX & C. Woods on this project. I am also finishing up my first relationship book called Situationships. Both to be released this year.
6. What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry?
I would love to see more female hip hop artists in the game go mainstream. I would love for a lot of us to rock out together, make money and to not always be compared like it has to be a competition. We all can win together just like the guys and females in every other genre.
7. What makes you different from other artist?
I make music in many genres so I always have songs many can enjoy. I’m a hip hip artist who doesn’t use profanity, my music is forever clean. I’m diverse & relatable. They never know what I’m going to bring to the mic when performing but they know for sure that they’re going to love it.
8. What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs?
I’m apart of a team call The PHAT Katz which is Professional Humble And Talented Katz (Ladies) The talents between the 4 of us is endless. I’m also apart of Jus Move Studios. Jus is my Choreographer, voice coach, piano teacher & more. I joined Fleet Djs because I respect the work they do & love the bond they have with one another. Also as a music artist, I’m nothing without the Djs. They have to play my music! LOL. I feel like I gained a new family once I joined Fleet.
9. What other skills/talent do you have?
I’m a music artist but I am a fashion designer as well. I have a clothing line #TheGLMCollection
I have a all natural cosmetic line.
As a radio personality & comedian it allow my fans to see my funny side too.
10. What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies?
Since I’m a very busy person, I go to the spa on my off time. Relaxing is my happiness. I also love to laugh so I stay in the comedy clubs.
11. Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? your Social Media?
Shout out to all my REAL supporters, my family, my entertainment family & most importantly my Fleet Djs.
As a public figure I just want people to check me out, visit my website GottaLoveMeWorld.com Download my T-Quest Mobile app which is available in your Google play store. Listen to my music, buy my music & my merchandise. Respect & book me for my talents. Also don’t forget to follow me on ALL social sites @TQuestGLM
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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH LAYD CARTER

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself how did you get your stage name, where are you 
from, where do you reside etc?
My stage name is my last name and I am most definitely a lady before anything so I felt like that name fit me most. Also aside from that…I kinda took it from my little sister.
2. Why did you decide to become a DJ/ Artist/ Entertainer?
When I became a Radio Personality/DJ is was kind of just helping out a friend. I learned the boards so fast and the audience loved me so, that he asked me to be his co-host.
3. Who and/or what motivates you?
Women in general motivate me. When we can do great things in a Male dominated industry I am inspired. Also my daughter’s, I want them to know that all things are obtainable if you try.
4. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date? 
I don’t have just one. As a mom, first I would definitely say my daughters. But other than that… finishing college with my degree in Applied Science. And working underneath DJ Farenheit as an intern.
5. What projects currently working on? 
Currently I am the Southeast Regional Manager of the Fleet DJs.
6. What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry?
Women being except for their talents and not their bodies. Yes I know you hear that time and time again. But it is what needs to be seen in this industry.
7. What makes you different from other Radio DJs?
I guess the fact that I never really set out to work in this industry but feel in love with everything about it.
8. What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs?
Fleet DJs is the only coalition that I am currently working with.  I was introduced to Fleet and they gave me a chance. And with that chance they gave me room to grow.
9. What other skills/talent do you have?
Outside of Fleet, I am also a Medical Assistant. I love working with kids and helping them in anyway that I can. From the peds office to helping with back to school drives and events.
10. What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies?
In my free time my nose is in a book. I love to read and elevate my understandings of things I am unfamiliar with.
11. Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? your Social Media?
In closing, I want you to know that anything is possible if you try.
S/o to my family for having my back and Fleet for giving me the opportunity to be great.
Layd_carter on Twitter
Laydcarter on IG
Layd Carter

Southeast Regional Manager
Fleet DJs
fleetdjslaydcarter@gmail.com

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