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[INTERVIEW] BART LITTY: NEXT IN THE GAME via @TenthLetterMed

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With over five years vested in music journalism, I’ve had the privilege to sit across from some of Hip-Hop’s elite and conduct interviews. In my travels I’ve come across some personal favorites that will always be remembered but for me, there is nothing greater than chopping it up with an artist who is independent. Not only is their talent well represented, but the mindstates of these individuals are evolving to match those of the most successful entrepreneurs.

On Sunday afternoon I got the opp to chew the fat with BART LITTY, the game’s newest MC by way of Jacksonville, FL. Bart has been on a tear since his arrival in the industry and under his own label S.O.S.E. Inc. (Sell Our Own Selves Ent.) he has generated a buzz unlike any other he’s experienced since entering the game in 2015. Litty’s upcoming project OutkastBabies is a culmination of his collective energy towards both Hip-Hop and business.

Two months removed from FYN Records, Litty soaks in his newfound resurgence. “I see a lot of potential in the cities that I travel to and all it’s gonna take is the right person with the mindset to change the environment around them.” Bart quickly absorbed what the Circle City has to offer and alongside his brother AFresha teamed up to produce the track Indy 500 which is receiving great reviews while paying homage to the greatest spectacle in racing.

Litty represents a new wave of artists with a mindset unlike their predecessors. Through S.O.S.E. he intends to scout for talent that needs to be recognized. It was refreshing to hear that at 27 years old he recognized the absence of pure creativity in Hip-Hop. “There aren’t a lot of storytellers in music nowdays like Slick Rick so I’m working to bring that back to the game.”

Bart’s sound and swag compliment one another on the track Lasta Luego. The singles presented from the project are picking up steam and will also be in rotation on Straight Official Radio. Litty intends to be a mainstay in Hip-Hop and is an artist that commands your attention.

You can check out the rest of our interview by clicking the link down below and make sure to follow Bart Litty on Instagram (@gohartbart4000), Facebook (Bart Litty), SnapChat (blitty99) and Twitter (@BartLitty). You can also download listen/stream both Indy 500 & Lasta Luego on Audiomack and coming soon to ITunes.

Bart Litty Interview

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#NAENAEONTHESCENE | A DAY WITH GUNNA

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It’s been a long time and I shouldn’t of left you. Its your girl NaeNae with #NaeNaeOnTheScene back bringing you some dope content. This past Friday I got to spend all day with YSL Records artist, Gunna as he brought his DripFest concert to Indianapolis. My brand, Chasing My Dreamz and Tahlia L’Oréal with Tahlia TV teamed up to capture Gunna’s time in the city from press run at the radio station (Hot 96.3) then headed out to eat at Exotic On The Run (which the food was on point) to sound check before hitting the stage at the Old National Centre. 

 

 In 2016, the world started to take notice of this College Park native, born Sergio Kitchens after he hopped on YSL Records owner, Young Thug’s track ‘Floyd Mayweather’ alongside heavy hitters, Gucci Mane and Travis Scott. Later that year, Gunna dropped ‘Drip Season’ mixtape and has been on go mode every since. Back in February, Gunna released ‘Drip Season 3’ mixtape featuring guest appearances from Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin and others.
Thanks to Who Woulda Thought for allowing me to be able to spend the day with cool, laid back Gunna.
Until next time, its your girl NaeNae as always bringing you #NaeNaeOnTheScene with Straight Official.

Photo Credit: Yvonne Hodge

 

 

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New Episode: DJ Samore Top 5 w/ @taylorgirlz

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It’s been a while but DJ Samore is still releasing a new episode of the DJ Samore Top 5 show, each week on the Innovative Black Station Network; www.innovativeblackstation.com. This week’s episode; DJ Samore catches up with Taylor Girlz, they talk about pranks , new goals, and hot new single #onepercent feat Kap G. DJ Samore also gives you the weekly update on the happenings in the Atlanta Streets during the Hot in the Streets segment. Spotlight new music from Verse Simmonds and girl group NLA feat B Smyth “Tomorrow”. You can Watch the episode here.

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[Web Series] DJ Samore Top 5 w/ @kingjamesworthy

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Check out the latest episode of the DJ Samore Top 5 from the Innovative Black Station. This week episode DJ Samore does her countdown of the top 5 songs on the radio, based on the radio media base charts, the streets, and she also spotlight new records. Her guest this week is grammy nominated , super producer turned artist James Worthy. Check out episode 63 of the Dj Samore Top 5 Show.

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[INTERVIEW] CHATTING IT UP WITH HEADKRACK!

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Let’s talk about a very talented, easy  voice, spitting straight bars today! If you are a radio listener you can catch him on my favorite radio show of course I am talking about the Rickey Smiley show! I had a great opportunity to have not only a interview but a great conversation with “HeadKrack” now i will tell you all his real name but you have to google it (lol). Getting straight to point I must say that my mind was definitely intrigued the entire conversation.

 

SO: How is the tour going with Eric B, Rakim and other artists? How did it come about?

HK: So far this has been a very smooth , amazing and exciting tour. We was just down in the Carolinas and we actually are going to hit Chicago soon. Crazy story is I asked to be on the tour and of course they had to discuss it amongst themselves but there I was. I was given the chance to go tour by just asking if I could.

SO: Wow that is something advance , not everything happens that way or better yet people make it harder sometimes than it is.Now once again explain to us how the name HeadKrack came along? I do understand it was a game called C-LO but for those of us who were way down south we wasn’t you know hip to this game.

HK: So basically C-Lo is a dice game you roll 3 dice and if you roll a 456 then thats game! It fit me because I always took the chance or in this case played the game of chance and I always got it done. But even before the game it was kind of already in the universe to be made for me, thats how my mother met my father. He rolled a HeadKrack and some other things happened out of his control but to sum it up my mother testified against a man for my father and when that was all said and done he asked her out and there I was birthed.

SO: Okay so you were on Sway in the morning , It was the 5 fingers of death and he hit you with a beat and there you was in your zone, my question is when it comes to music either you are a true artist or a entertainment artist do you feel having the ability to always be ready sets the two apart?

HK: Honestly some people have it and some people don’t. You have some artist who can freestyle well but don’t make good music and you have artists that make good music but can’t freestyle. So I was expecting that to happen with Sway I was thinking you know i’m going to do this interview he was going to ask me about my latest song and that was it. So when he said drop the beat it was one of those things that came automatic to me, I’m guessing the nervousness, not wanting to mess up and the the fact that I can’t fail took over. I can’t even remember what happened in that moment it is one of those things i that i can just do so i do it.

SO:Do you feel that more of the seasoned rappers or olders rappers are becoming more political than usual especially with everything going on?

HK: With age comes wisdom, For example when Jay-z started out he was rapping about one thing and know that he is older what he talks about is not the same. As a artist your music should grow as you grow. If you started off rapping about selling drugs , 10 years later you shouldn’t be rapping about the same thing there is no growth. T.I. is a perfect example of that and he also makes sure that he is teaching and coaching the now and younger generation. David Banner for example started with “Like a Pimp” or  “Play’ and when he came out with “The God Box’, I knew i had to hold him to a higher standard. The Godbox was arguably the best album in 2017.

SO: So you started at 97.9 The Beat, how did the opportunity come about and how did that lead you into The Rickey Smiley Show?

HK:You know I didnt aspire to be on radio it’s just another one of those things that  happen. Me and my boys made a tape and we had already been drinking so the alcohol was talking. We went down to the station and turnt the tape in and they offered us the job and we was thinking it was going to be the overnight shift but it was the prime time shift. When we first started off we were able to do what we wanted to do and play the music even from way back when but of course there management kept switching and i kind of starting to get bored then then the Steve Harvey left the radio which opened up the Rickey Smiley show the opportunity presented itself and i’ve been there since day one.

SO:What’s in your playlist?

HK:Documentaries ( Astral Projections, Out of Body experiences to name a few) , Beats, Mike Tyson podcast,  J.Cole, Flatbush, Cardi B

SO:Anything else that you are doing or that you are planning in the future?

HK: I’m trying to get on my Russell Simmons on new ideas. I want to get a cartoon out and discover new talent, find out the next big thing. My album is almost complete but since the passing of my mother I am going to go back in to do something more special something more heart to heart . It’s a universal feeling when it comes to a lose or coping with one so you can call it support music.

SO:What is the meaning behind “ Don’t chase your dreams, Meet them there?

HK: You have to prepare yourself for your dream or your goal so when it’s your time you are ready for it . Some people have no vision you have to paint the picture for them. I am not going to chase a dream but I will meet it where I want to be.

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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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[Web Series] DJ Samore Top 5 : Episode 61

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New episode, new week, DJ Samore step out and let her Godsister , Keisha (#datgurlkeisha) host the top 5 this week. She countdown the top 5 songs on the urban radio charts, according to mediabase and bds reports, the streets, and what’s that next record. On Episode 61, DJ Samore left #datgurlkeisha with the notes, on the songs, hot in the streets, and top headlines.  DJ Samore was in the studio chopping it up with the H.o.b.b. Club member , New Yonkaz, as he talks about his new record “Gang Gang”. Watch the episode here.

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Fleet DJs of Georgia Media Pass Ep. 5 Artist Bio: Kronic aka Yung Fresh

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The Fleet DJs of Georgia aired their monthly show The Media Pass Episode 5 on March 27th, 2018 that specially featured the upcoming rising star Kronic, aka Yung Fresh. He has a new single called “Suh (Sis)” that Fleet DJs Georgia will consistently promote.

Kronic, aka Yung Fresh, is an up-and-coming artist from hip hop’s notorious Dirty South. His name is derived from the Greek word chronikos, which means “lasting a long time.” Kronic plans to do exactly that in the world of hip hop. Hailing from Tunica, MS, a small town located on the Mississippi Delta, Kronic didn’t let his circumstances or post code deter from his grind. He’s been writing and rapping since the age of 15.
Kronic is inspired by rappers who came before him and from his impactful life experiences. He uses his music to connect to his listeners, assuring them that they are not alone in their daily struggles. Kronic has dealt with adversity himself. In 2002, he lost his mother to a car crash. The loss was devastating, but Kronic music has provided a creative outlet and platform to share the message that anything is possible with God, hard work and dedication.

Kronic has opened for numerous major artists such as Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Pretty Willie, Lil Boosie, and Plies. Kronic’s goal is to become a multiplatinum artist and to making “chronic” music. His latest project “Audio Diary,” hosted by Bigga Rankin, is available on MyMixtapez and Spinnilla. He is currently releasing videos from the mixtape and recording Audio Diary 2. Not only does chronic does “persisting for a long time” – it means constantly recurring and difficult to eradicate. Kronic is living up to his name and is here to stay.
Follow Kronic on Instagram @kronicyungfresh and stream his music at https://open.spotify.com/track/4aGEmjoIX5unQ6Oqrm4P2O?si=bVU8yGPIQq-dP-PVkGMhQw

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