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FLEET FEATURE: NIKKI E – RAPPER

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Tell me a little bit about yourself how did you get your stage name, where are you from etc? I am Nikki E from Hampton, VA. My name is easy… Nikki is my nickname from my middle name Nicole.  I am a MC, poet, song writer, story writer and military veteran. I am a woman who believes to be better than the average female/male MC. My thoughts on life are expressed through my lyrics because I came from a rough past and was fortunate enough to learn from those experiences. I take my music seriously and this shows my hunger to succeed! I love performing for people. Unlike most performers, I get my high from the energy of the crowd. I currently reside in Seattle, WA, but will be moving to Atlanta in a few months.

 Why did you decide to become a DJ/ Artist/ Entertainer? My main goal is to create music others could relate to,  by becoming a voice for those who cant or are afraid to speak.  I also create the turn up style of music for the party-goers.   The majority of my music explains who I am, what I’m about, my journey and how I am bringing back Real HipHop..

 Who and/or what motivates you? My immediate family, friends and Fleet family. Knowing that there are people looking up to me, I dont want to let them down.

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date? It would have to be a personal accomplishment first. That is, recovering from brain surgery due to a car accident and being able to bounce back and come out stronger in my music. I push myself harder now to prove to myself that I can over come any obstacle set before me.  So far, I’m soaring! Music wise, it would be understanding my true purpose in this industry. Networking with people would have to be an accomplishment for my bashful self!

 What projects currently working on? I am currently working on my debut album. No title yet, but  my goal is to be transparent.  At the same time, I will have some turn up, fun music included in my project. You will get the real life of Nikki E…. My autobiograhpy!

What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry? There is a lack of substance in music today.  The purpose of Hip Hop was to be an outlet for those in the struggle.  It has done a 180°! Music use to tell stories and make you feel nostalgic. Now there’s no true bars or life lessons.  Those who are sticking to their roots  aren’t getting the shine they deserve.. But eack artists with wack lyrics are being promoted like a new fad..   How can you teach us something when you really aren’t talking about anything.. Don’t get me wrong…  Not all music has to be about the struggle.. Trust all of mine isn’t.. But when you have a dope beat but no one can understand what you are saying.. There’s a problem!!

What makes you different sets you apart? Although I’m HipHop based, I create music for all demographics.  I want to touch the masses. I want to be more like open source information vs. Proprietary.  I address issues other artists are uncomfortable addressing. No Photoshopping anything with me.  I am humble but hungry.

 What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs? I’ve always been the type to stay to myself. I’ve learned my lesson with being apart crews becoming foot soldiers for up and coming labels run by inexperienced artists etc. I refuse to help build someone’s business if they aren’t trying to help build me up at the same time.  But with Fleet DJ’s, its different.  They are more family to me than co-worker’s or a business venture.  I was introduced to the Fleet DJ’s in Jan 2016, later joining in July. I am family oriented.  Fleet Djs encompasses what I believe in which allowed us all to mesh very well. From supporting everyone’s dreams, cohesion, professionalism and morals, we embody those. The respect and love is always genuine & mutual.  I love my Fleet Family!

What type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have? Well….. For a female in music, it may seem unorthodox to have your own studio setup.. But I do! From the whisper room, to the C24and other equipment, and all the pro tools software..  Im working it all by myself! Lol Besides music and being a poet & a erotic story writer, I’m a baker and infused berry connoisseur. I love experimenting with sweets….. And alcohol….  lol Shari’s Berries and Edible Arrangements has new competition…. ME! Lol

What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies? Dancing!!!! Photography, and videography (to include editing). I’m trying to get back into working out also.

Anything else you want to add/ Any  Shoutouts? your Social Media?
Shout out to all who rock with me! All of you are beautiful!! Of course I have to shout out my Fleet family!! Thank you for the opportunity to let me build with you!! Only up from here!

IG/Twitter/FB @DaRealNikkiE

Snap @Nasty.Nik

SoundCloud @DaRealNikkiE

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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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