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Meet the Artist: 85Royaltee

85Royaltee

Etienne Conner, known as 85Royaltee, is a musician from Florida who has been in the industry since he was 15 years old. He began his career as an engineer and was originally not a huge fan of the spotlight. This changed when he realized that “people won’t let you touch their music without hearing what you can do,” and he started to freestyle, mix, and master some of his own music. He started to gain a fanbase and did not expect to connect with people as much as he has throughout his career. 

85Royaltee fully realized his potential when he had his first performance and forgot the lyrics to his verse. The crowd was upset that the song was ending, a song that 85Royaltee composed, and he couldn’t ignore his call to music. “At that moment, I realized that I needed to take this seriously and go hard. [Succeeding in the music industry] isn’t easy – it takes practice and you have to grind and perfect this craft,” he explained. 85royaltee

85Royaltee has kept his word and consistently drops new music, promotes his work, and performs in and outside of the U.S. He even lived in Japan for about a year where he performed and reached a new audience. “I love performing and seeing people who don’t speak my language, vibing to my music; that was the best feeling I’ve had so far.” With all of this experience under his belt, 85Royaltee has improved both musically and financially. 

“I’m proud of how far I’ve come. A lot of people say they want to do it, but don’t follow through, I’ve managed to follow through for so long and it’s paying off. I’ve even tapped into the business side of the music industry, which will help me grow even more.” 

Of course, the music industry does come with its challenges and 85Royaltee wants to focus on reaching the masses and expanding his audience while staying true to himself. “A lot of people will tell you to change your sound, your cadence, or your fashion. But I’ve continued to be me and it’s gotten me where I am now.” He encourages young artists to do the same and to stick to their unique styles.  

While 85Royaltee creates different styles of music, he enjoys writing and performing emotional, more personal, songs the most. “Writing is therapeutic to me. I write about things that I have been through personally and I feel like people can really connect with me as an artist. I make party music, I make love songs but there’s that pain I like to express too. I would rather have a fan connect and relate with me more than anything else.” 

85Royaltee is not letting Covid slow him down, and has released two dope singles, “3am” and “Tryna Touch A Mili.” Living by his motto, “don’t stress over what you can’t change,” he has successfully adapted to the music industry and is headed to the top of the charts at an international level. Tryna Touch A Milli

Check out 85Royaltee’s music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and follow him on Instagram @85royaltee!

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Get to Know DJ Mos Precious: A Success Story

DJ Mos Precious

DJ Mos Precious, born in St. Louis, Missouri, spent her childhood loving music. Her older brother was a fan of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and he encouraged her to rap with him on their karaoke machine. From there, Mos Precious started listening to artists, such as Tupac and Lauren Hill, and, eventually, used her skills to write poetry, the beginning of her artistic endeavors. 

DJ Mos Precious did not always go by “DJ.” Her career in the music industry began in 2009 when she went by Mos Precious and dropped 3 mixtapes, a few albums, including Late Night Thoughts, was featured in songs, and, overall, produced 4 projects. Her first project, Diamond District Come Meet Me @ Da Arch, was a tribute to her city, St. Louis, and represented the beginning of her career. Entrance Door, her second project, symbolized entering a new chapter in her life where she came out with a new recording style, commercial music, and mixtapes. 

Mos Precious did not waste her time and even started a radio show called MVP Radio where she interviewed artists, such as Raz-B from B2K and Flesh-n-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. During these interviews, she would play her mixtapes and the audience loved the music she played. This ended up sparking her interest in becoming a DJ and in 2012, she officially became DJ Mos Precious. 

DJ Mos Precious in her element

We discussed her career as a DJ and how her variety of experiences help her thrive in this field. Before working in the music industry, Mos Precious earned a degree in Social Work and Psychology with an emphasis in Gender and Trauma studies. This helped her learn to deeply understand how music impacts people, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Using her vast knowledge of how the brain and society works, she can create a unique style of mixtapes and playlists, based on the audience. 

“Because I’m a DJ and I love music so much, I use music therapy in all aspects of my work. I have that advantage of reading the room and I am passionate about the energy that comes from playing the right songs in the right places,” she explains. 

In 2018, Mos Precious took an even further step in her career and started DJing on cruise ships – one of her favorite accomplishments. To this day she loves a good challenge and took this opportunity to play music for people from all around the world, improving her skills even more. She could merge her love of music and traveling to create an incredible experience that she and the passengers would never forget.

DJ'ing on a cruise

However, Mos Precious mentions that this success does not come without its obstacles.

“The most challenging part [about being a DJ] is finding your lane. There are so many people trying to climb to where we are, even more with the pandemic. So you have to focus on remaining relevant to yourself, and not succumbing to being like someone else. As a female DJ, this is even more difficult since there are a lot of perceptions that come with that title and gender in this industry. Every day is a challenge for me to remain authentic to myself and not fit into the expectation that has been put out there for female DJs.”

Her past was not immune to these roadblocks and she even developed a love-hate relationship with her own city. During her time in St. Louis, she was bullied, scrutinized, threatened, rallied against, and even had a diss record made about her – all in the industry that she loves. This was one of her biggest challenges and instead of letting it get to her, Mos Precious used this opposition to her advantage and pushed herself to become the successful woman she is today. 

“Home front is where you get your wings. If you can’t fly in your own city, you won’t be able to land anywhere else. I believe that those roadblocks have helped me become who I am. It has made me stronger, prepared me for all of my roles; from the cruise ships to Midwest Fleet Radio, getting my degree, and starting multiple businesses,” she said. 

The list does not end there. Mos Precious also performed shows; is a published poet; ran fundraisers; toured with artists; developed brands; and even worked a festival, MVP Underground Music Festival, which was the first festival to merge artists and radio together. She is a motivational speaker and was invited to speak on a panel at a Women Empowerment event where she found herself sitting with a group of successful women, herself included. 

She also spent some time working media at red carpet events with Mickey Factz, Talib Kweli, and Devin The Dude. She mentions her appreciation for all the concert promoters of St. Louis, who granted her backstage access where she interviewed celebrities like Mike Stud, Don Trip, Afroman, Case, Mya, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. 

DJ Mos Precious

We ended our conversation with the question I’m sure everyone wants to ask at this point: what advice does she have for people trying to make it to where she is today? Her response:

“I’ve tapped into every industry. Entertainment, social work, motivational speaker, I could go on. Don’t limit yourself. If a person says you’re doing too much, the best response is that you aren’t doing enough. I will always live by that motto.” 

You will find that Mos Precious does, in fact, live by this motto and she has big goals for the future. She opened her own multi-purpose radio station, MPP Studios, with photography, videography, interviews, consulting, and podcasting. She wants to build up Midwest Fleet Radio with her brand, Mos Precious Promotes. She also has academic and professional goals and plans to obtain an IT certificate and a real estate license. 

Keep up with Mos Precious on Instagram at @djmosprecious and her podcast, In the HotZone! Call Mos Precious at 833-Mos-Gotu.

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By: @Miya

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Exclusive HILL HARPER Interview | Sheen Talk | Sheen Magazine | The Black Wallstreet | Naja Roberts

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Straight Official Sits Down With Big Yk

1. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?Big YK, Shreveport, Louisiana, always liked music

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? Life

3. How would you describe your sound? Like venting or explaining what goes on in my head

4. What is your creative process like?  I just go off life and the vibes of the moment

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? Nba Youngboy, Toosi, No Cap, Rylo Rodriguez, Rod Wave

6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? It won’t be long until everybody see what you see in me, thank you for the support

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? Basketball

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? Basketball

9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? Kevin Gates because he his own man and don’t care what nobody got to say

10. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? Rappers dying and being targeted so much

11. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? 

Way bigger then I am right now, around a whole lot more money and opportunities to make more money doing what I love.

12. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? My instagram is @Bigyk__ and people can get in contact with me by email @hustlefiendmusicgroup@gmail.com or # +1 (817) 378-7852

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Straight Official Sits Down With Bandz Danero

1.What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
entertainment industry? My name is Bandz danero, and  I’m from Hartford, CT. Music was a way to escape from the hood as a child growing up in the ghetto.

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? My inspiration to rap started off with my oldest cousin (we had became a duo) as well as Nas and Jay-Z

3. How would you describe your sound? I’d say I have an East coast, up north flow, slick talk, bars and lyrical. I got it all!

4. What is your creative process like? My creative process is crazy I can write

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? I’d like the opportunity to collab with Nas for sure.

6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? Believe in self, remain focused on the goal and always follow your dreams.

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? That I’m not just a rapper, I’m a businessman as well. I own a few small businesses in the community.

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? I would be managing my recording studio, the Human IPod and real estate property.

9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? Jay Z, Nas, 38 spec/Jay Z for his hustle and business mindset, while Nas for his intelligence and rhyme skills, and 38 spec for his independence throughout his music grind with no help from the major.

10. What is the best advice you’ve been given? Stay independent and invest in cryptocurrency and stocks

11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? The false perpetration of the industry and terrible music.

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? My bag talk/ Gangsta Grillz album dropped last fall hosted by Dj Drama with guest appearance Jim Jones, Benny The Butcher, Fred the Godson, Vado, Smoke Dza, Stove God Cook just to name a few. I’d definitely like to see myself on a 20 city tour!

13. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? @fly_bandz_danero IG

@bandzdanero FB

@gundanero Twitter

For bookings and more contact: Sal Pachino

Email: salpachino@huntzoneentertainment.com

 

 

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Meet the Artist: JDesiree

No Clothes

R&B artist, JDesiree, is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been singing her entire life. She spent her youth performing, and at the age of 19, she joined a cover band, The Ingrid Rachel Project, that launched her career in music. 

JDesiree’s history in music doesn’t end there. Not only was she a background singer of The Ingrid Rachel Project, but she also started her own band, and later joined the band, Plair and Friends. JDesiree was a part of Plair and Friends for about two years before she began her solo career. 

JDesiree

With these unique experiences and years on the stage, it was only a matter of time before JDesiree began creating her own songs – she already had a collection of fans who constantly asked for her music. This realm of the music industry was new to her and gave her audience an opportunity to get to know her. 

“When you perform on stage for so long, you get accustomed to hearing yourself a certain way. On top of that, I was singing other people’s music and adapting to who they are, instead of who I am. Now, doing work in the studio and recording my own songs, I am able to be vulnerable and transparent about who I really am as an artist.” 

JDesiree has been influenced by artists such as Jill Scott, Anita Baker, and Toni Braxton. She has always loved the late ’80s, 90’s R&B, and soul and grew up around incredible talent. Her family includes The Isley Brothers and her father, who wrote the song “Joy” for Teddy Pendergrass. 

“I am inspired by everything around me because I have always been surrounded by music,” she says. 

JDesiree

Prior to releasing her first single, “2 Wrongs”, JDesiree had been in the studio for a year and spent that time exploring her music with songwriter Ariel Betts. Betts wrote “2 Wrongs” and also co-wrote JDesiree’s newest single, “No Clothes,” and they spent this time collaborating and creating together. 

During this process, JDesiree gained confidence in having her own voice and grew into the artist that she is today.

“I wanted people to have something to go home with and I really wanted to find myself in music. When I dropped my first single, I was terrified. It was so new to me and I was worried about people liking my voice and, honestly, the real me. Once I started getting the reception from my first single, that fear went away. I am proud of the accomplishments I’ve made so far and the people I have reached.”

As a solo artist, JDesiree is only at the beginning of her career. For now, she wants to gradually introduce fans to who she is and allow them to get to know her. With a unique rollout in mind, fans can expect teasers, singles, and music videos. She is not only exploring the lyrical world but the visual side of music as well. With a degree in cosmetology, she is able to use her experiences as a makeup artist to step out of her comfort zone and step in front of the camera. 

Check out her new single “No Clothes” and all of JDesiree’s music on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube! Stay updated and follow her on Instagram at @jdesiree_music.

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[Interview] Brian “Big Bway” talks with The Electra Network

From being the creative mind behind”Get The Strap” to The NY Black Arts Festival to Sage Smudging. Ms. Electra asks all the questions and getting all up in Brian “B.Way” Cunningham’s business about his life, being a motivator for and with his business endevors.

The manager to Jack Thriller and Robert Curry gives “The Electra Network” details on life during COVID, upcoming concerts of course ThisIs50. Take a Peek

https://youtu.be/ITZ0IYHSWgo

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Meet the Artist: Lil Haiti

Born in Haiti and based in New York, Lil Haiti has been a part of the music industry since the age of five. His work includes singles dating back to 2015 such as “Good Vibe“, his albums The New Haiti (2017) and Trust the Process (2018), and his newest song “Where The Cap At” featuring Flipp Dinero

Lil Haiti’s music travels in time and tells stories of his life. In his new single, “Where The Cap At,” his lyrics, “If you talkin’ money, drop your Cash App,” refers to a time during the pandemic when he was providing financial support to his followers and fans via Instagram. He believes that music isn’t the only way he can help people, which is why he continues to work a 9-5 job on top of his music.

“I’m for the people. I’ll use my 9-5 money to feed whoever I need to feed and give back to the community. I want them to know that this is not from my label, this is from me.”

Lil Haiti

We even discussed his upcoming giveaway for single mothers that includes a day at the spa, a nice dinner, a meet-and-greet, and $300. “Whether you’re a nurse a teacher, any job, single moms need some time to themselves. Being a single parent is not easy and I wanted to give them a great time to have fun and relax.”

Lil Haiti has been helping others since he was a kid and will continue to do this for the rest of his life. His support doesn’t stop at the community but also includes other artists in the industry. One of his next career goals is to create his own label that will act as space for up-and-coming artists to gain the experience that they need to succeed. He believes in giving opportunities to young artists, especially those with similar backgrounds. 

“I feel like some people think that needing to work hard for so many years means you can’t help others in the process. But I think that knowing how hard it can be should give you even more reason to help others in similar situations. Give advice, make it easier for them. You don’t have to give the entire plan but at least help create the blueprint to start their own journey.”

Lil Haiti

With his years of experience, Lil Haiti has a few key strategies to succeed in music. He uses the analogy of building a house and says that much like a house, the music industry requires time, patience, and a strong foundation to make it to the top. 

“The music industry is not a fast cash, get-rich-quick scheme. Build a foundation so that when you have that one hit, you have nowhere to go but up because you already built something,” Lil Haiti explains. 

Lil Haiti is living proof that you can succeed in music and still stay true to yourself. He has a strong purpose to help his community while simultaneously living the life he wants. 

“I want to bring hope to others and show people that it’s possible to make it to the top by staying consistent, humble, and patient.”

Check out his new single “Where The Cap At” featuring Flipp Dinero and all of Lil Haiti’s music on Spotify and Apple Music! You can follow him on Instagram at @thereallilhaiti

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Straight Official Sits Down With DTB.Chris

  1. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry? My name is DTB Chris and I’m from New York, I’ve really been interested in music since I was 5 years old, I started by doing musically until I decided to start rapping about a year ago

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? Many artists inspired me, the like of Nas, Tupac, Ski Mask, Polo G, and many other but specially XXXtentacion

3. How would you describe your sound?  I don’t really have a specific sound but trying to be different, I do some drill, but like guitar in most of my beats

4. What is your creative process like? I normally start with a beat and find a groove and create a story from there

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? There’s many of them I’d love to collab with, Polo G, Lil Baby, Da baby, Roddy Rich, etc…

6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? Believe in yourself in everything you do then others will follow

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? I play the Violin lol, no really I write great hooks

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? Basketball, been playing ball since 7 years old, and I was in a team until Covid  hits.

9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? XXXtentacion, Juice World  Because they were very creative with their music

10. What is the best advice you’ve been given?  To be myself when writing and tell stories

11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?  Wow that’s though, create opportunity for talented people who doesn’t get the support, because I am blessed to people supporting me because without I wouldn’t where I’m at now

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? I just want to continue to grow and make great music that people will enjoy

13. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? People can connect with me and follow me through Instagram @Dtb.Chris, my management @Dtbentertainmemt, my music is available on all platform

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Straight Official Sits Down With Young Yé

  1. What is your Name? Young Yé. I’m from the west side of queens Long Island city. Astoria to be exact.
  2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? Honestly my love for music inspires me to create it more than anyone or anything. The way it has the ability to change my mood. Make me reflect on a certain period in my life. Hints like that truly inspire me.
  3. How would you describe your sound? My sound has a vast range. There’s literally no type of music I won’t try and make so it varies. I have music that’s more on the side of r and b. Then I have music that’s more so drill. Then I have records that reflect the real hip hop soul. So I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a sound that I could give what I create.
  4. What is your creative process like? My creative process is rather simple honestly. It’s like mood oriented. Some days I’ll
    Be feeling drill other days I’m more inclined to lyricism. I may have an emotional day where I feel like singing. After I determine my mood it’s pretty much go time from that point on. The best is playing and I’m basically free styling til I get the right feel for a track. Once I get that I’ll more likely than not be done with it in the next 20 minutes. 
  5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? I’d love to collaborate with the greats. Such as nas jay z lil Wayne just so I can see what it’s like to have a lyrical bout with them. So I can kind of stamp my place in the game as far as lyricism goes. Then I’ve got artists that I’d love to turn up and make music with. Such as li baby, gunna, drake, that’s just to name a few. There’s plenty more though.
  6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? To my supporters I’d like to say thank you. You’ve been with me since the beginning and the road has been a long and bumpy one. I promise that the destination will be worth the journey.
  7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? A talent that people don’t know about is probably how good I am at football. When I used to play I was a wide receiver/ running back. Football was my first love before music.
  8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? It’s honestly hard to say because I can’t imagine myself not doing music. However if I wasn’t I’d probably be heavy into fashion. I’ve always been into designing things like sneakers and clothing. 
  9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? I can’t narrow it down because there are so many artists that I do admire in the game. I can say though that I look up to the ones who have truly made it about more than music. Those who have given us great music and used that platform Ronaldo provide us with great fashion. Provide us with a voice for social justice issues. Ventured into other business areas and gotten artists a seat at a table where they weren’t always invited to.
  10. What is the best advice you’ve been given? The best advice I’ve been given is to not try and put a time stamp on your success but isn’t for you to say when things will happen. They will take place when the universe sees the time fit.
  11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? if I could change anything about the industry I would want for labels to be more behind artists being creative than commercial. What they have to realize is that the consumers actually make the market so commercial is only what we feed into. That means commercial could honestly sound like anything with the right driving force behind it. I just wish artists could be left with creative control and freedom.
  12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? in the next year I see myself growing my fan base. Becoming a household name. Touring and doing plenty of shows.
  13. What is your social media? You can find me on Instagram @2dt_ye

 

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