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[INTERVIEW] P-Butta Got Flows?- Get Hip w/ DJ Mos Precious

Its Time to Get Hip with DJ Mos Precious #RealMVP

I want to express the first time I watched this talented brother rip the stage was in Bloomington IL a few months back and he surely was wild’n out! I am hard critic when it comes to music and I must say P-Butta didn’t hide any bread and butter when it gets on the stage! I am pleased and overwhelmed with excitement to bring P-Butta to you guys first! Originally born in Chicago Heights, but spread his wings, in Bloomington IL. He definitely needs your attention.

MP: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself? What’s your name and where are you from?

P-Butta: I was born Lionell Mahan. My stage name is P-Butta. It was given to me by one of my cousins. I was born in Chicago Heights and raised in Bloomington, IL.

MP: Let us know what your social media is. How can we find you.

GET HIP WITH P BUTTA BELOW

https://soundcloud.com/p-butta

http://www.reverbnation.com/PButta

http://www.youtube.com/butta1attic

http://www.facebook.com/Butta2daP

http://www.twitter.com/Butta2daP

https://instagram.com/butta2dap

MP: How did music come about in your world?

P-Butta: I started music from simply being a fan first. My momma used to get all the latest mixtapes from corner stores in Chicago, me listening to the radio and watching music videos. I would rap or sing the songs like they were my own. Until I decided I wanted to make music of my own.

MP: What do you find most challenging about the music industry? most complicated?

P-Butta: Breaking through is the most challenging. Trying to be heard out of the 1,000 plus odd artists that are already out. But once you get through its best on focusing on what works for you. The most complicated is that this game is fickle. There’s no honesty or loyalty in it. People try to get over on you, hassles over money and can turn your friends into enemies. I try my best to refrain from that.

MP: Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while performing? some of the people you wish to meet during your journey?

P-Butta: I’ve met a couple names doing shows. When I was 16 me and my homey Metane opened up for Bonecrusher. That was fun. Also young dro in st. louis at club rio. This is like 10 years ago by the way. I’ve opened up for and done a song with Mickey Factz, a New York native artist. That was about 2 years ago. Other than that, I’ve met artists at the right place right time type stuff.

MP: What do you do when you aren’t  recording or rehearsing your music?

P-Butta: I usually do other things. I direct and shoot videos. Some people know that some don’t. I brainstorm my next project or what Im working on at the time to try and organize my next step. Or I tend to go other events so I can see whats out there.

MP: How do you keep coming up with dope music? Any inspirations?

P-Butta: When I get a dope idea in my head i like it to be natural or unforced. I feel thats the best way. Its more organic that way. I usually get inspired by something when I don’t know anything about . If I heard a song by a band I wouldn’t normally listen to and i like it, its going to inspire me to get some music popping.

MP: What has been the most challenging moment in your career and why?

P-Butta: The most challenging point of my career is a constant battle from sacrificing all the love for my dream to rap. Whether it be the girl of my dreams, spending more time with my family, or losing constant money I could be saving in the process. Balancing my real life from rap life is the most difficult.

MP: Do you have anyone that has influenced you in your career? Who and Why?

P-Butta: My family and friends. I have famous rappers i look up to where I am influenced by their music but I’ve never met them. To those I have met, they’ve influenced me like crazy. I got a little brother and sister who influence me because they see I am progressing and take pride in it. They tell they’re friends about me and what I’m doing. Same thing with my nieces and nephews. That drives me more than anything because they are truly who I do it for at the end of the day.

MP: Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?

P-Butta: All I want to do is get paid for what I love to do. I love making music, performing, shooting videos, etc. If i can do that and get paid for it, Im good. Keep all the fame, hoopla and all that other bull crap. I just want money, music and my family. “All I want is money fuck the fame Im a simple man.” Shout out to 2Pac

MP: Is the anyone you would like to give a shoutout to? (more…)

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FLEET FEATURE: JC LIVE

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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 is Jelia but I go by JC Live. The name JC Live was given to me because JC is the initials of my first and last name. Live was added on my name when I started working in radio because I do mix shows and everybody always said I always sound live, so that’s where JC Live came from. I am from Fayetteville NC. I have lived here since 1996, I am currently going to Fayetteville State University for a degree in Mass Communications. I work for radio station WZFX Foxy 99 and the host the mix shows. I am also a publicist for the record label Finally Official LLC based in Atlanta, GA.

Why did you decide to become a DJ/ Artist/ Entertainer?

Radio just fell into my lap; at the university I attend doing internships was a requirement. I was already doing radio for my college but didn’t see a future in it at the time. A year later after I did my internship at Foxy 99, I came back and asked the PD for a chance to get trained and to get a spot on the station. With a year on training a spot had opened up on the mix show.

Who and/or what motivates you?

My children motivate me. They are the reason I get up every day and hit the ground running.

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?

My podcast on radio station WZFX Foxy 99 in Fayetteville, NC. I never knew the impact that this podcast would make when I first started it. I first wanted to give spotlight to independent artist but then I felt that there were people in the community who were do great things or had great stories to tell. So I expanded the podcast and started to interview everybody from students, teachers, entrepreneurs, to Breast Cancer survivors, anybody making a great impact on the community.

What projects currently working on?

Currently working on expanding my podcast into internet based podcast, graduating, and also building my clientele.

What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry?

At the moment I don’t have any changes that I would like to see. I feel like everyone is running their own race and doing things that work for them.

What makes you different sets you apart?

My determination makes me different because I do not give up easily. Any project or job that I do I can’t be average in, I have to be above the rest and that’s makes me a little different.

What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs?

I joined Fleet Djs because I went to the conference in Charlotte, while I was there I learned so much from other radio personalities/Pd’s and made a lot of connections. Many individuals there welcomed me with open arms, so I knew that I had to join the Fleet DJs.

What type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have?

The mic and interviewing people

What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies?

On my free time I am a blogger for the Straight Official website, I write for my school newspaper, and I blog for the Fayetteville Observer. I also write up contracts and Bio’s for artist

Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? your Social Media?

Thank you for ya time! make sure y’all follow @JClive99 – Nia Boom

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[Interview] RnB Diva and Original Destiny Child Latavia Roberson Stops By It’s T’Marie Radio Show

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Bills, Bills, Bills…. Don’t nobody pay her bills!!! And nothing has stopped Latavia  from developing into her own and beyond R&B Divas!!

Where most of you may remember her as founding member of Destiny’s Child, Latavia Roberson is creating her own destiny by getting in her creative mode co-producing a luxury hair extension line,  Latavia Hair and authoring a book which she refers to as her “Love Letter” to her fans  about the real story behind the group’s break up and other things in her life. No title yet but the book is set to come out early next year!!

Her raw conversation about Life after the group, love and the recent loss of her child is one that you definitely need to hear!! So if you missed it… Don’t worry. You can catch it again on Fleet DJs Radio, Monday Oct 31 9-11a on It’s T’Marie Radio Show. Down download the Fleet DJs app on TUNE IN or listen on line at http://www.fleetdjs.com. Consider this my treat to you on Holloween!! #ding!!

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Check out one of my favorite early Destiny’s Child sons: No, No, No Pt 2 ft Wyclef Jean

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[Interview] with Upcoming Chicago Star – Young Chi Town

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Every since the last time we talked I have done a lot of more great things such as doing a back to school supply giveaway with Dj Malone, going to feed the homeless, Taking time out to learn more about the business & been performing a lot more.

DJ MALONE-What do you feel about the music game as of right now?

Young Chitown—I honestly think that the Music game is really being taken as a joke because of what type of artist that us been pushed on the radio this days it’s sad because artist like myself that makes great music will get pushed away instead of getting the open door treatment.

DJ MALONE- How did you get into photography and videos?

 

Young Chitown— I started shooting music videos and doing photography because when I first started off it was very hard for me to get others to network or they was too high so what I did was went to Best Buy and bought me a cheap camera and software and taught myself how to do it without no help from anyone.

DJ MALONE —If you can only choose one whether it would be being an artist being videographer. For a graphic designer which one would you do and why?

 

Young Chitown—–I would say being a videographer because right now is so many artists these days instead of fans so to me being a videographer would be a great lane for me if I was to stop doing music.

DJ MALONE– Has there ever been a point where you wanted to give up from doing music and if so what did you do to get out of that mind state?

Young Chitown—To be honest I have thought about quitting a couple times but my fans, supporters, Dj Malone and Trap Jesus always kept me going on the right path even when I feel like I wasn’t even good enough to do it they always made me get back on track and continue to work hard and showcase my talent that I have instead of quitting so to them I really do appreciate all the love and the support that they give me when it all comes down to it I have a lot of people that is rooting for me and I motivate a lot of people so I can’t give up because if I do that means I’m giving up on them.

DJ MALONE—what was your favorite movie growing up?

Young Chitown—-My favorite movie growing up was the little rascals and still is to this day I love that movie.

DJ MALONE– Who are jamming to now a days?

Young Chitown—-Myself, young buck, e40, Gucci mane, lil josh, young m.a, 2 chains, Chris brown, 50 cent, 21 savage, bankroll fresh(RIP), trap Jesus & the list goes on

DJ MALONE– -Are you single and if so what type of female are you looking for?

Young Chitown—- To be honest with you right now I am single and if I was looking for a female she will have to be someone that is cool, down-to-earth, got her own, supportive, loving and just all-around real.

Dj Malone — Lets talk about chicago. Who do you think the next biggest star coming out?

Young Chitown—— To be honest with you the next biggest star coming out of Chicago is really me to be honest i’ve been out here grinding for so long and I haven’t stopped yet my time is on the way and I can feel it is getting real close and I’m ready for it it’s really time for a artist such as myself to show a different side of Chicago instead of all the negative things.

Dj Malone –How do you stay out of trouble while living in Chicago?

Young Chitown—I just stay in my own lane and I don’t have a lot of people around me or in my circle only a selected few and they know how I am about drama and they understand that drama is not the way to go so me and those who is around me already have a clear understanding about it but at the same time we definitely be prepared for anything if needed but we don’t promote that type of wave our main thing is to be able to feed our family’s  and help those who is willing to help themselves and not focus on dumb stuff.

DJ MALONE–  Out of all of your songs what’s your favorite one if you had to pick them?

Young Chitown—- My favorite song is a song I did called “look into my eyes” that song right there is very deep and I spoke from the heart for real for real so that song right there is most definitely my favorite well one of them.

DJ MALONE–What’s your plans for the winter time?

Young Chitown—– To continue doing what I’m doing take a few more trips out of town do a lot of more networking with others and just continue to build my brand more.

DJ MALONE  -Talks to us about upcoming projects?

Young Chitown—My first EP the title of these call gods gift and I will be dropping lost respect 3 in early 2017

DJ MALONE– what’s your contact info?

Young Chitown—You can go to my website to find all my social media sites that I am connected to my website isWWW.YOUNGCHITOWN.COM Also if you interested in booking me for

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[News] TI Creates A “WARZONE” In A Time When It’s Most Needed

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Any one who knows me KNOOOOOWWSSS I love me some daggum TI!!! His music and anthems have been soundtracks to significant parts of my life. In 2004 He gave me the “Motivation” to step out and create our Hair Show which was a major success which lead me to participate and win other Hair competitions leaving my “Shear Signiture” in the ATL, and 2006 when “Top Back” would be blasting my new SUV as I celebrating the ownership of my first salon, to 2008 when I married the man who told me that You could have “Whatever You Like”  following in 2011 when I had to “Get Back Up” (ft Chris Brown) and starting life over again after divorce and losing everything.. *KanyeShrug*

His ability to write to lyrics to life’s soundtracks has never been more evident that now when he has released the new single “WarZone”.  This is from his newest project “Us Or Else”  that is a reflection of what is happening to our country today.

In a July interview with Hot 97, he spoke on the title of the project, what it means and it’s importance.“That’s equality for us, or else. Unity for us, or else. Stop killing us, or else.”…. He later continued with “It’s basically my take on things that are going on, how we got here, why we’re here, speaking to the oppressor and just trying to put something out there, a platform for people to speak so we can address this and move past it. I can’t really go into the studio and write records about throwing money in the club. It just don’t feel responsible.”

This is not the first awareness song that TIP has created.  If we remember, “New National Anthem” was written in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson after the police shooting of Michael  Brown in 2014.

Now we’re always asking… where are all the artist that make music that speak on and support what’s going on in our society but never question why the stations never play that music music once it IS created. WOOOSAAAAH… I digress… that’s a different subject for a different day.

Just know that the King of the South is conscious enough to have a voice for not only the hood but for the community as well.

Check out the WarZone as well as Black Man ft. Quavo, Meek Mill, Rara

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FLEET FEATURE: DJ S.L JAMZ – DJ

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  • Tell me a little bit about yourself, how did you get your stage name etc.  Im DJ S.L. Jamz born in Brooklyn Ny and currently reside in Jacksonville Fl.  I got my name DJ name from a party I spinned at in Orlando,FL.My close friend who was teaching me how to DJ left me spinning at a house party and I had to hold the party down. He left me purposely and when I got back on campus the students was like man I heard you was jammin and thats where DJ S.L. Jamz originated from.
  • Why did you decide to become a DJ? I started when I first heard the Beastie Boys “License to Ill” album and the down South DJ crew named JamPony Express.. It just hit me. The music patterns and how they made and spinned records just was just so amazing to myself. So I had to find a way to get into the music industry.
  • Who and/or what motivates you? My family keeps me going and striving to be better and doing what’s best to be financially stable.
  • What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date? Being apart of a DJ crew as A Fleet DJ and winning 2016 Mixshow DJ of the Year.
  • What projects are you currently working on? Currently, Im working with a new artist name Kev (Mr Range Rover Flow) right here out of Florida in the lab working on his singles. Also have a few new mixtapes I’ll be dropping within the next quarter
  • What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry? One of my top changes I would like to see is just dealing with FM  play and new unsigned artists music. I remember at one time If you had a smash record and you could get to the radio stations they would play it and get behind it along with whatever promotions you had going. Now there are so many new artists trying to be discovered and heard it has s very long uphill battle for those artists.
  • What makes you different, what sets you apart? One of my attributes have been I really listen to music especially new unsigned artists. I’m always looking for the next big record that no one will hear coming. I help artists that need the guidance to help make their career move forward.
  • What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs? Im part of the Atlantic Elite DJs & The Fleet DJs also own DJ entertainment company name Just Jamz Ent. The Fleet DJs treat everyone as family and they want each DJ to be better and become the best you can be. They have all types of avenues for you to make additional revenue if you can handle business
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    hat type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have?

    I have the legendary Technic 1200’s and also the Pioneer DDJ SX2. I’m also a label consultant for artists and Independent Labels

 

  • What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies? I still try to revisit  my NBA hoop dreams and shoot basketball and play some pickup games around our area gyms and I’m back on my sneaker collection. It’s becoming real serious.
  •  Anything else you want to add/ Any  Shoutouts? your Social Media? I just want to say to any new unsigned artists and managers that have been putting in work and haven’t seen no results and you want to present your project to one of these label executives give me a call. Shouts to my family Nicole,Dominic,Destinee,Quinn,Eileen,The Romano’s,M-Geezy,Kev,DJ,Christian Blaq,Mr B,  and all my Fleet DJs and Fleet DJs Florida Division.  Follow me Socially ON twitter,IG & SnapChat  @DJSLJAMZ

 

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FEATURED ARTIST: @REMEMBER12G

Meet Brooklyn Rapper 12G

Nia Boom: So how did you get your name?

12G:  The name comes from the first residence I can remember, apartment 12G in East New York’s boulevard houses. I’m a Brooklyn raised hustler who loves to rap. A good kid turned troublesome teen, turned grown man. My story is like most young black males. I was targeted and placed in positions where it was always easier to go down the wrong path.  Expected to fail but through Allah’s mercy I succeed. I’m fortunate to say without rap I wouldn’t be dead or in jail. I just love making music and I’m good enough at it to be compensated for it.

Nia Boom: When did you first decide you wanted to be a Rapper.

12G: I’ve been rapping since I was a teenager. Probably before that. By 18 I was convinced by everyone that heard me that I should be a rapper. I enjoy writing music more than anything I can think of…

Nia Boom: Who or what inspires or motivates you?

12G: Women are my biggest motivators. They evoke the most emotions from me which I use as fuel. The GBNI (Good Bad and Ignorant Shit You Love) album was completed right after a bad break up.

Nia Boom: hmm, thats interesting I  respect that…

Nia Boom: How would you describe your sound?

12G: My music is a soundtrack to my thoughts, which are all over the place. I’m a deep, critical thinking highly opinionated guy so I can be very controversial. That side of me is attracted to the most powerful, cinematic and dramatic beats. I’m also a quick witted,  sarcastic, playful person so I like to make party music and feel good music. Like Dmx said “dont put it in a cage” . My sound is whatever I want it to be at the time.

Nia Boom: What are 3 things you must have before you can record .GB&I album cover

12G: An engineer that’s on point, a warm bottle of water , and air freshener for the mic buffer just in case someone recorded before me with doo doo breath

Nia Boom: Lol ok…

Nia Boom: When your not working how do you relax, What do you do for fun?

12G: When I’m not working I’m a consistent flirt. I love to interact with women. Every emotion I need to create good music comes from my relationships/friendships with the women who have been in my life. If I’m not doing that I’m playing or watching basketball.

Nia Boom: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment thus far?

12G: Depends if you’re talking music related or in General. Music wise The Good Bad and Ignorant Shit You Love Album was a huge accomplishment because I took all the frustration from my last break up and channelled it so I could complete that album. I took a negative and turned it into a positive. My first album was sold straight hand to hand. It feels good to say oh I’m on itunes, Tidal, Amazon , Google play etc. It feels good to say I have videos you can find on YouTube and WSHH. It feels good to be doing an interview with Straight official.

Nia Boom: How do you feel about social media?

12G: Social media is the gift and the curse. It allows you to instantly interact with your listeners. That feedback can make you a better artist.  It also allows the most despicable personalities on the internet a direct way to reach you. People can say anything without repercussions. Things they can only say in front of a computer screen.

Nia Boom: Where can people hear your music?

12G: I’m on iTunes, Google play, Amazon, Cdbaby, Spotify, Tidal, Soundcloud, etc  anyway you want it, you can get it.
Just type in 12G ….

Nia Boom: What else would you like to say?

12G: To all the people out there with a goal, don’t let the setbacks deter you. Be Relentless and Meet your destiny.

Nia Boom: Where can people find you, what is your twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

12G: Remember12g.com will be up in May 2015 but until then
@Remember12G on instagram fb, YouTube Twitter.  Remember12g@gmail.com  is the email.

Well thank you for kickin it with me, and letting straight official get all in yo busyness lol. Many Blessings keep doin ya thing #OneLove

– Nia Boom

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If you would like to be featured on Straightofficial.com contact me at niablive@gmail.com and catch me on the #BoomShow on @FleetDJRadio Thursdays 7 -8pm Est

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FEATURED ARTIST: BRONX RAPPER HIZZY DINERO

Meet Hizzy Dinero, 26, from the BX aka Bronx, NY.  He has been writing and recording for over 10 years and made his first public debut in 2014 when he released his mixtape “Let’s Get It” available exclusively on Hizzy’s “Mymixtapez App”. He started his rap career writing poetry and by the age of 16 was already recording and heavily working on his craft. By 18 he was performing at community events and in small showcases around New York City. This is when he realized that he was ready, willing and wanting to do everything it took to become a rapper and he wanted to do it on a major scale.
Hizzy describes his sound as “Classic New York” He says, “It took me a long time to understand this craft which I’m yet to master but such pursuit has led me to a continued development of my voice and sound. My Music is universally inspired, I can have a conversation with someone or experience something that could spark creativity.”
A diverse sound and rich lyrical content it’s evident Hizzy is a student of the art. He states, “I listen to a lot of classic albums to preserve my youth roots. I also still listen to those records I recorded years ago not to lose my voice. A lot of new acts follow trends to temporarily remain relevant; I vowed never to do so.”
When I asked Hizzy about his motivation, what inspires him  and what he hoped to accomplish with his career he said My main motivator and the engine that has been driving me all these years is the love to create. Also the feedback from listeners, I’m very interactive with my fans.” My greatest musical accomplishment has been receiving  feedback from countless people and getting high praise. In the next 3 years I want to have collaborated with artists I’ve looked to for inspiration such as Fabolous, Jadakiss and others. My ultimate goal which no time can be given is getting a recording / distribution contract.”
The answers to these next questions let me know we are dealing with a man who knows how to relax but still keep grinding at the same damn time! When I asked Hizzy about his studio must haves and what he likes to do to relax he said,“When studio sessions go for a long time exceeding 4 hours, what keeps me going is some Hennessy, Dour/piff blunts and a lot of jolly ranchers”. When I’m not in the studio I’m usually writing, doing Club Promo, Performing, (which takes up a lot of time). I also like  reading, watching documentaries, having sex and making money.” sounds good to me…
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Promotion is a huge part of being successful in this industry especially for a new artist and social media can be a vital tool or the beginning of the end. Whether you use it or not everyone has an opinion so I asked Hizzy what he thought about social media and he had this to say. “Social media has created a platform for unheard acts to be heard it has changed A&R methods of finding new talents, now labels look for heavily followed artist. This makes it a great tool to use.” He also says  artist should always believe in their ability to be great, never become complacent and wait for opportunities to come to you because Dreams Don’t  always Come but True Hard Work Pays Off…
Want more? Follow @HIZZYDINERO on Twitter and Instagram for updates and click links below to listen and download his music.
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