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[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH TIFFANY PAIGE

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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 Tiffany Paige, my super hero name came from a combination of my name Tiffany and my 3 yr old cousin (at the time) Paige who love to emulate me! I grew up oversees, an army brat and now live right outside of Washington D.C.!

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

I decided to become an artist because I’ve always had a knack for melody and passion for music and I discovered my voice at the age of 5..in the bathroom with my Mother singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow!” So I figured, I should do something with this gift…and here I am!

3. Who and/or what motivates you?

From a music standpoint what motivates me is a happy record, that delicious melody that for whatever reason makes you feel good and can ignite those creative juices! From a personal standpoint, what motivates me is watching my two little girls excitement whenever they hear me sing!

4. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?

My biggest accomplishment today is releasing my FIRST OFFICIAL record of Tiffany Paige. I’ve been featured on a lot of Indy records over the past decade and finally this one is ALL ME!

5. What projects currently working on?

I’m currently working on my own material and plan to release a few more singles in the near future. I’m also working with a licensing company for possible Network placements for the arsenal of material in my catalog of work.

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

The changes I would like to see in the music/entertainment industry is more connectivity to the listener of the music released. Meaning more songs that are relatable and tell a story. We somehow turned a page on storytelling when it comes to writing music.

7. What makes you different from other artist?

What makes me different from other artist is that I do my best not to blend and sound like any other artist. I consider myself a chameleon when it comes to different genres of music. My goal is to do the EXACT opposite of what is “current.” Without forgetting the most important component, which is ME.

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

I’m currently a crew of ONE aside from my amazing producer, Big Rush that I work with. I’ve decided to join Fleet DJs after DJ Jay Erica stumbled on my page and it was INSTANT chemistry!

9. What other skills/talent do you have?

When i’m not behind a microphone I’m an IT girl, techy by trade. I also love to decorate and plan events..I have a knack for making pretty things on a small budget!!

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

I don’t have much free time, I have two little divas who consume most of my time outside of work and music! Currently my hobbies are school projects ūüôā

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

I have a few Day Ones who’ve been my ride or die on this journey that I’d like to shoutout..John Robinson aka Lil Sci, Big Rush and my brother Michael!! They’ve been my support system and I’m very appreciative to have them in my corner. Thanks fellas!!! U can follow me on IG @mstiffpaigemusic

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[ARTIST] K DASH: ANOTHER RACK

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Ft. Lauderdale rapper K Dash is not playing games. She is breaking open the game and giving you the life of a South Florida real bitch with her vibe. Her flow so disrespectful it makes you replay. The South Florida emcee’s body is that of a goddess. K Dash just wants the right person to give her a chance.

K Dash has S. Florida checking for her hella hard with her single Another Rack.

Her favorites 3 female rappers are Lil’ Kim, Foxxy Brown and Florida’s own Jackie-O

Follow her on IGhttp://instagram.com/officialkdash

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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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Beekay Entertainment’s own Cifeman repackages “Cifenberg” plans May release

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Born¬†Kerven Chery in Port Au Prince, Haiti Brooklyn based MC¬†Cife…Man¬†began his journey in the Hip Hop the old fashioned way, at the lunch-table in High School. The exact scenario that has birthed countless legends, the cafeteria cypher was the world’s first glimpse of¬†Cife…Man’s talent.¬† Further intrigued by the art and the culture that is Hip Hop he began to do his homework on exactly what it takes to be an MC and furthermore an impactful contributor to the greatest genre of music.

 

Inspired by the likes of Buju Banton, Beanie¬†Man, Elephant¬†Man, Wu-Tang, Redman, Busta Rhymes, Cam’ron, Jay Z, Nas, and The Notorious B.I.G his content is very real. In every sense of the word,¬†Cife¬†Man’s lyrical depictions are centered around his life’s experiences as a father, husband, son, and hustler.

Utilizing one of his greatest strengths, his voice, Cife Man has become a regular on the Rotten Apple indie scene. As a performer he is well regarded for going above and beyond when delivering his music in a LIVE setting.  His recent credits include sharing the stage with Machine Gun Kelly as  well as Troy Ave at BB Kings to add to the opportunity of opening up for one of his favorite MCs of all time РRedman at Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.

A solo artist since 2007, Cife along with his Beekay Entertainment team has crafted a brand of respect and homage to the culture. Adding accomplishments it would seem daily, Cife Man is ready to catapult his competitors and write his name amongst the stars. With countless mixtape releases under his belt (More Fire, Delorean Music) Cifeman has kicked off the campaign for the release of his Cifenberg project which is due out this coming May.   Check out the artwork.

 

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King Bo Bandz: It’s Good To Be The King by DJ Layne Luv

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As The Notorious B.I.G. said, “If you don’t know, now you know nigga!”¬†Big boys been running things in the rap game for a long time. But I’m not just talking about big in stature but also how they think. But you must admit there is something fascinating about rapper that just doesn’t give a f*ck about what limitations people have, their mission is to do one thing, Smash The Game. They know they are tight with the rhymes, and the game they spit is relatable. From the first time you saw Ricky Rozay walk on stage tatted up with no shirt on….you knew he was a star. Enter… King Bo Bandz.¬†The Worldwide Fleet DJ’s had a conference call this week, and our job was to listen to his music and offer an effective critique. I always take these calls very seriously because from the calls, journalist and DJ’s can develop a professional relationship. So I did my research and found his video on Youtube Life of a King.¬†From my first impression, I saw the usual rap starter pack. The thuggery, video shoot in Miami, strippers with big asses, Bentley Coup, and trap references, but even with the cliche’s the song was hard. As a journalist, I know there are certain things a rapper does for appeal, but it’s my job to look for the depth of the artist. Subsequently, I went to my email and low and behold there were two other tracks for review. The songs were called Underdog and Lifestyle.¬†Underdog put me in a mind state of the 2018 turn-up kid in the club. I then put on Lifestyle and it reminded of that Beanie Sigel The Truth flow.¬†Bandz¬†versality was impressive. It compelled me to take a closer look at the rapper.

By the time we got on the call, I had a lot of feedback for the rapper from Jamaica¬†Queens NY. As we chopped it up, I noticed he listened very carefully to the questions being asked. The answers he gave let me know that Bandz was not a fly-by-night-rapper. I could tell he’d been in the game for a while. This caused me to do further research, so I went to his website and sure enough when I saw his bio, all the answers were right there in front of me of why the rapper seemed so poised and in control. But what I also read was why Bandz seemed so focused at this time in his life. Bo came into the music industry with a gentleman by the name of Russ Blade. In 2015 Blade was killed. At a time, where most artists would lose focus because of the tragedy, this increased Bandz determination to carry on the legacy of his long time friend.

As The Fleet DJ’s talked with him that night, I could tell Bandz was a people person. He stayed on the line until all critiques were given and all questions were asked. But when it got to me, he took my journalism serious including the hard critique about what records would work, and what wouldn’t work in Ohio. That scored big points with me. Hence this 1 on 1 interview for Straight Official. So at this time, I would like to present to some and introduce to others King Bo Bandz…

SO: So I’ve kinda explained who you are, but walk me through your relationship with Russ Blade and how that effects your music today.

KBB:¬†Well, we were together since we were kids. So him and the homie Freaky Neeky in North Carolina now, started me rapping when I was about 15, 16. They had already been rapping since elementary so I was kind of like the late bloomer. When Freak moved down south, we kept it moving with me and Blade up until he got killed. So now it’s just me and I’ve just got to keep it moving the best way I know how. I’ve got my team and we good.

SO: So you’re from Queens?

KBB: You know it.

SO: So Queens artists vary from a wide range of artistry. Billy Holiday lived in Queens, A Tribe Called Quest is from Queens Saint Albans….but Mobb Deep, Cormega, and Nas are from Queensbridge but so is Shan, Marley and Shante’. How is it so much artistry that comes out of Queens from such a high crime element?

KBB:¬†You just described the whole world man. I mean come on man, people try to mystify the hood and it’s regular people in the hood. Everybody don’t sell drugs, but there are people who do. Everybody is not in a gang but there are people that are. It’s whole families here man. But there is one common thing about people in the ghetto…those that live there are always looking for a way out. Being black like like Hov said..it seems like all we have is sports and entertainment. The trap is that this shit looks easy…but this shit aint easy at all. In facts it’s harder than a 9 to 5 because everybody wants to do it. Everybody wants to be famous. But if I had a problem with any of it, it’s when those that get on don’t create opportunities so that there are other examples to follow. But if all the kids see is so-and-so going to the league, or MC so-and-so poppin bottles and rappin, that’s all these kids are going to want to do.

SO: My biggest peeve about hood rap has always been about the influence of the babies that don’t realize Trap Music is just entertainment. I was talking to Quavo¬†a couple years ago and he said that “you are who you are period, and any rapper that’s worth something is only gonna talk about things he knows about” So my question is …is that true? and do we as an audience have a right to hold you rappers accountable to the things you put out that our babies will listen to?

KBB: First of all, let me say Quavo is right. You can’t can’t talk about nothin you don’t know about. Just like when these rappers get on these records talkin about how much money they got. When real people know by the things you’re talkin about if you’re really gettin to the money. People that are really gettin to the money rap in detail about things somebody broke just can’t. What I’m sayin is only your true self will come across to the masses of what’s in your heart. People aren’t stupid. They know when someone is frontin. But to hold someone accountable for what they say and do…Nah, everybody grown, and everybody has choices. The bad ones you either learn from it, or keep runnin into bullshit until you do. I can only do what’s best for Bo.

SO: When it comes to Kartel Gang how hard is it to keep everybody on the same page? I say this especially knowing that most rappers put they people on from the neighborhood as staff. How do you make sure people act accordingly so that the money doesn’t get fucked up?

KBB:¬†Ok first let me say this because I don’t wanna disrespect nobody, this is just an example. You remember when you was little and ya parents gave you that talk. “Now when you get over to ya grandmothers house don’t be on no bullshit” Communication. If we’re going in an environment where everyone can be themselves..do you, but if it’s some shit where somebody’s actions might fuck up the money…the people that can’t bring it in…might have to sit this one out. Everything ain’t for everybody. But my people know..we all trynna get to the money so we have to act accordingly in certain situations.

SO: I’ve never seen a rapper market 3 singles at the same damn time. Who’s idea was that?

KBB: Man I got songs, and it’s like you said on the call, every song ain’t gonna work in every state so Lifestyle is for my Boom Bap niggas. Underdog is for them kids in the club that wanna turn up and Life of Da King is for the followers and the fans.

SO: Lastly, what do you want people to get from your music. You really seem to know how to brand yourself as an artist.

KBB:¬†One thing about this business is that you can’t control when it’s your time to shine. You just have to keep working. I don’t focus on individual opinions of my music. I focus on the masses. Right now I’m in a really good space and I’ve got the right team Kartel Gang. I’ve been consistent and I’ve been working hard so God willing, these songs will open doors for even greater opportunity. But some key people fucking wit me. Flex, Kay Slay, DJ Chubbie Chubb so I’ve been getting some good looks. Can’t wait to come to Ohio and fuck witchall. I’m just a dude trynna come up and tell my story.

@DJLAYNELUV

@FLEETDJS

@KINGBOBANDZ

@StraightOfficialMag

 

 

 

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*Press Play: I Look Up/ Capital P album review by DJ Layne Luv

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“….so where’s he from?” …”Delaware”…”The State?” ….”haha nah bro the city, right there from your state Ohio” This is how Capital P was presented to me via a constant DM on IG through his business partners. I must admit that for a few months, I didn’t follow up as well as I could have. Being a music critic and state manager for all of Ohio with The Fleet DJ’s, I tend to get a lot of submissions regularly. However, after I had a phone conversation with Byrd and Jamezz Bonn¬†(Divine Engineering), I instantly felt a connection. They insisted that Capital P was the one that was going to make noise from Ohio. So I invited him up to the studio to kick it wit us just to see how he vibed with my crew. So one Wednesday, he came up to the WTMH Studio and right there on the spot, we said we were going to premier his single on our live Workout Wednesday broadcast just to see how our audience felt about his work. The single they submitted was El Hombre.¬†I will testify, from the very first note we heard from that song, we were believers in this man’s music.

Being in this business for a while, a DJ hears a lot of music, so it really takes something special to keep an artist’s body of work from going in the pile and moving on. If you listen to Capital P’s / El Hombre first, you will be fooled into thinking he’s just another trap rapper no matter how great the song is. But when you play his entire album of Capital P/I Look Up¬† you’ll bear witness to artistry coming from the Delaware city. It will actually blindside you of how good Capital P really is. One of my favorite songs of the project Tuck It In takes you into the mind of a person that has seen a lot of ups and downs and of someone just trying to make sense of the world. The live guitar on this songs helps the listener drift from a stressful day into a bliss of funkdefied melody. It may actually be one of my most favorable tracks on the project.

Throughout the album you can hear the pain in the rapper’s voice. It’s a beautiful pain like that of a Bob Marley meets the rap-from-the gut-flow like Tupac Shakur. Not to even try to compare the Delaware rapper to these Legendary figures, it’s just that you can hear the same determination to change the minds in his songs. The song Good is a perfect example of that determination. As he says in the song…“I’m a get it till I’m good” the listener can truly understand Capital P will not stop until he sees some success for his labor. Once again I have to go back to the erie guitar riffs that wail, to paint the picture of a rapper with a big gift trying to push this sound out of his small city.

State of Mind¬†you can hear Cap P making a statement. He is getting the listener to understand that the happening that go on in big cities happen right there in the city of Delaware. He wants the audience to not underestimate the crime and violence that happen where he is proud to be from. As the heroin epidemic continues to stay on the rise in Ohio, he is sounding the horn the same way Grandmaster Flash did with “The Message” when he said, “It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under” State Of Mind takes you on a day in Delaware where anything can and will happen.

Tell You What…¬†I’m predicting will be a “ladies” summer song for 2018 in the Midwest. It’s a melodic song where the rapper tries on his vocal skills for size and delivers nicely. It’s always been a formula for rappers to come out with the radio song right before the summer. This is that song. When Cap P actually played that song for me on my radio show, I asked him “So when do you come in on the song?” they all laugh and he says “That is me through the whole song” I’m like “That you singing?”….and he grins . That was another time when I became a believer in his music.

Overall, I give this album a high rating because of the production and arrangement of all the songs. It’s a solid project! You can tell time was taken on the mixing and mastering of all the songs. When I listened to this entire album, it’s like reading a book. The content has to be just as exciting as the title. I Look Up is just that exciting to listen to.

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Out of 5 stars I would give it 4 based on production and lyrical content….5’s are given for classic albums and only the rest of the world can give him that. Let’s see if I Look Up is a game changer for OHIO.

-@DJLAYNELUV

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SNS of Icy Gang…The Son Of A Superhero by DJ Layne Luv

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The 41st Law of Power by Robert Greene warns the reader to avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes and that includes your father. King Solomon with all of his riches and concubines, could not outdo the legacy of his father King David. Sure the son may gain notable popularity and success, but that usually only works if the son takes a slight turn to form their own identity. When you are the son of a world renown DJ, it’s fortunate when you learn that lesson early. SNS of¬†Icy Gang is the son of DJ SNS, a Harlem DJ that made his mark in the mixtape game in the mid to late 90’s. DJ SNS made his name by leaking exclusive singles from major artists on his mixtapes well before their release date. This was long before DJ Clue added this to his formula of success. The reason this method was so successful was because of timing. This method was before the internet or streaming, so the only way someone of the culture would be up on the latest groove was through a mixtape. This method caught the son of a hustler’s attention by the name of Sean “Puffy” Combs and Combs found a way to make SNS’s music leaks profitable. SNS would soon be the go-to-man to leak exclusive Bad Boy records on his mixtapes to get the feedback from a street level if the single was a hit or not. This partnership made SNS very famous and rich.

As DJ SNS’s name got out there, he began to tour and travel the globe making a name for himself as the DJ that would shut down any party, block or any club, giving superstar DJ’s such as Ron G & Kid Capri a run for their money. Meanwhile SNS had a son being raised in Harlem. As his son grew up in the Harlem neighborhoods, he began to hear stories about how famous his father was. Sad and proud at the same time, the only time he got to see his father was on mixtapes, magazines, music television shows, or briefs visits when he was home from the road. As SNS’s son grew, he would play basketball on the famous Harlem basketball courts such as Rucker Park. As soon as he would make his way to the asphalt, the OG’s would say “Yo! here come Lil SNS.” And from there the name Lil SNS stuck. “I couldn’t change my name if I wanted to.” laughs Lil S. As I talked to Lil S, I truly had to respect his perceptive of his father growing up being a superstar absentee dad to wanting to carve his own lane in the music business. Even so much to that fact he recently dropped “Lil” from his name to just SNS. Check it out as we chop it up about growing up in Harlem to his group Icy Gang and their music.

SO: Whaddup S! Glad you could spare some of your time to chop it up with Straight Official. If you could, kinda walk us through how you took it all in to be around the likes of Puff, Capri, and a lot of the superstars of rap all because your father was “That Dude”!

SNS: So when I was young, I barely seen my Pops, because you gotta think, this was the late 90’s so he was in rare form. At this time I’m talkin about, he had the big-body Range Rover…iced out chains. When he would roll through the hood everybody knew it was him. So I would either see him coming, like just getting in, or I would see him going like leaving and it would be like the ice cream truck, I would run behind the car chasing it. But I didn’t truly realize his popularity or power until I became much older and started to do this music thing for myself.

SO: Tell us about not only the pressure of being DJ SNS’s son, but talk about the pressure of being a rapper coming out of Harlem.

SNS: Yeah like you said, It’s pressure just being from Harlem and coming out doing music let alone being the son of DJ SNS. You gotta look at it like this, of course I got what I got because of the genes, but growing up in Harlem we love music, we extremely love fashion and the people of Harlem World just love to have fun. Harlem was and still is a Mecca for talent, from the Harlem Renaissance to Jazz to Hip Hop. We not even gonna talk about The Apollo. The Apollo is still proving ground of if you have what it takes to make it big time. If you even want to talk poetry and Langston Hughes we’ve got that legacy too. Harlem will forever be essential to art. So the pressure to be from here is… if you gonna come outside you always gotta be on ya A game. You have to always be ready because you represent a pride..a legacy.

SO: Sounds like you struggled in the beginning with having a famous absentee father.

SNS: ….yeah only because I didn’t understand the grind it takes to stay on top in this business. Not until I got older did I start to understand the business of the industry and you have to be built for it. But when I was young I didn’t understand why I could only see my dad in a magazine or on tv or on a cd cover. I mean I would hear the folklore of the things my father was involved in, like people still come up to me and tell me they will forever love my father because they used to carry his crates just to get in the club and he would get them in and put some money in their pocket. My pops showed love to a lot of people here in Harlem. But then when I got older and got busy, I was able to bless people with my success more than I could my time, so it started to make sense about him not being available all the time.

SO: So I’m sure the natural expectation is that people thought you were going to be a DJ…why did you choose to rap instead?

SNS: My father’s already iconic in the DJ world so he already did that on the DJ side of things. I knew early on DJing is not what I wanted to do, but I was a fan of music and I knew I wanted to be involved in music so it only made sense to carry the torch from an MC perspective. Imma be honest, the first time I saw my father DJ and I saw how lit he had it, it made me never want to DJ haha because I knew that wasn’t my lane.

SO: Is your father hard on your music because you’re his son?

SNS: Man listen, my father is hard on music period. He is a super honest person about what he likes. If he don’t like something he’s gonna stand on it, so he’s only gonna play what he likes. So yeah, it took him a while to play my music because he wanted to make sure it was right. As my father you would think he would be the first one to play my music. But nah…he had to know it was good first. But this music journey has brought us closer so I’m grateful for that.

SO: So being that Harlem is known for entertainers and notorious hustlers what kept you on the straight and narrow?

SNS: Who said I stayed on the straight and narrow? Haha I was involved in a few things to come outside and get what I needed to get. And seriously nobody could really judge me. Because I’m telling you, on a nice day, I don’t care what the season, on a nice day, winter, spring, summer , fall, everybody is outside and everybody’s looking, so when the lights catch you, you gotta be right. These days the music keeps me right but before that, anybody will tell you, you gotta get it how you live. As a man I wanted to do for myself, so you see the people around the way having nice things, you wanna have nice things too, so you take the steps to get them. My Pops asked me why I was doing it but as a man I told him I have to make my own mistakes. I’m just glad I didn’t get caught up. I’m blessed…cuz I got stories haha.

SO: So are you nervous about having mass appeal in this industry?

SNS: Out the gate I know my music is not going to be for everybody. All I’m asking is for people to give it a chance. Because you may not like one record, doesn’t mean you won’t like the next 3, 4 or 5 songs I put out. All it takes is one hit to catch fire. I already got the green light ¬†from Flex, I already got the green light from my borough. Seriously, I’m from Harlem man, we are born with a confidence to win. So that’s my outlook on things….I’m going to win.

SO: You seem to have a mature approach to your music goals, what do you accredit that to?

SNS: I watched for years, Jay, 50 Cam, Kiss, and Fab and watched the moves they made, right or wrong and I studied them along with the wisdom I received from Big S and the rest I just use my instinct and what feels right. So from there, that’s how I try to move.

SO: So what’s the end game and who is Icy Gang?

SNS: When you mention those legends Big L, Dipset, Ma$e, Diddy, Dame, DJ SNS, I want to be right up there wit em. As for Icy Gang….we just the next level. Rock wit us!

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[INDIE ARTIST SPOTLIGHT] “DAZZY”

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Bridgeton, NJ is one of the smallest cities in America and one of the most dangerous. With one of NJ’s highest crime rates, nothing good is expected to come from Bridgeton, but Dazzy is determined to change minds.
Dazzy, born Dazmiere Johnson followed the footsteps of his older brother and started running the streets trying his hand in a life of crime. The only time that Dazzy was able to get some relief from his fast life was through music.
Teaming up with Homay Productions, Dazzy headed out to the Agenda Trade Show in Las Vegas to shoot the
visuals for his first single ‚ÄúReal Fast‚ÄĚ.

Now ready to display his full potential Dazzy decided to release full project titled ‚ÄúBlack Roses‚ÄĚ.

Listening to @Dazzy ‘Black Roses’ using My Mixtapez app https://mymixtapez.com/a/130852

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Artist Feature: Uzi Masalino

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Known professionally as Uzi Masalino, this Bronx native is an influential figure on the Boogie Down’s independent Hip Hop scene. Sharing his life and thoughts within his music, he has become known as an inspiration to those who relate most closely to his diction and the stories he depicts. With a decade under his belt, his current focus has been channeled towards the completion of a forthcoming body of work which he is extremely confident in.

 

“I am from where many describe as the ‘concrete jungle.’ My main focus is dropping my EP very soon. I got a solid team and production arm behind me. We have been perfecting the craft and making sure our release is meaningful. We have stockpiled content and the button will be pushed very soon.”

 

Collaborations with Vinny Idol, Joe White, Pete Powerz, Hazardous Heat Productionz, Steady Stylez Productions, Maserati sparks have solidified his place in the community and Uzi wants more.

 

 

 

“My goal is put on for the BRONX, I want to bring that real raw rap back. I feel like I got what the game is missing. Once my time approaches the world will see.”

 

Anti-trend, Uzi Masalino’s persona and music are authentic. Grinding got him to where he is at today, and his message to those who listen is that you can reach your goals as well via great work ethic. Motivated by his older brothers who kept him around the music and various studios at a young age, Uzi Masalino has taken the game they dropped off and ran with it. Networking religiously, Uzi Mazalino is pushing the envelope on New York City Hip Hop alongside his Xzecutiv Brand cohorts.

Connect with Uzi Masalino via Social Media

 

Instagram: @uzi_masalino

Facebook: Uzi Masalino

Email : stonerbossuzi@gmail

 

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Let’s Talk About Haven: Soul Singer Renee Dion speaks to DJ Layne Luv

Haven Renee

How do you really interpret being a fan of an artist you know personally? And how does one explain that fanship when you are involved in the inner circle of the artist movement within that city? Can one speak objectively without bias? I’ll try my best. I came to know of this female sultry soul singer by way of a poet I used to date. From her introduction, I grew to know of all of the players within that artsy scene from Wali Crowder (poet), to B Jazz and The Liquid Crystal Project to DJ Krate Digga (eclectic DJ) to Lawrence Lemon (dancer extraordinaire). But around 2011, Columbus Ohio was buzzing by the release of Eric Roberson’s Mr. Nice Guy. Of course the city of Columbus has an adoration for the grammy-nominated singer, but the talk was more that of his generosity, almost an ode if you will, to the place that continues to give him so much love. Roberson included most of the artist aforementioned on his project, and from there I started to hear more and more about the songstress they call Renee Dion¬†who was also a feature on Mr. Nice Guy.

With each project released, with each live performance, I became more of a supporter of Dion’s movement. Even witnessing her sing the national anthem for our 44th president Barack Obama was nothing short of amazing. In 2014, she dropped her project Moonlight off at my radio show, and my crew at the time and I were blown away at the maturity of her sound. We played every track for the entire show. By that time Dion was gaining momentum on the music scene….then all of the sudden “POOF” she disappeared. For a year and a half I would see her appear at a few music events around town or see her with her students from my window at that bank I was working at. (she was a school teacher at a school next door). But still no spark of music until around the end of October 2017. I started hearing from her chief supporter (her husband) she had a project coming out. He showed up at the club passing out her project to all the DJ’s but I was on the set and by the time I got done, the project was sold out. I ended up having to wait for the release date to hear it, and believe you me it was worth the wait. Haven put me in a trance from the first track I played.

I’m the type of person that believes everyone has a path and I follow good energy, so when I heard that my long time friend Jonathan Baker helped out on a lot of the arrangements for Haven, it made perfect sense why I was drawn to this project. Baker is an extremely talented genuine guy. I also felt that Dion was coming from a personal place. She’s a private person, but if you follow her life on social media and in real life…you know she’s in love and she’s been in love for quite some time. A story that is very rare in this day and age. Dion and her husband Artist Eric Jefferson don’t do it for the vine either, their love story is real. Those that listen to Haven can feel that story in the songs. So if you are in love, looking to be in love , or you just simply have questions about it…you can use Haven as to what that looks like.

I caught up with the songstress and I wanted her to break down some key elements of this masterpiece. Without further adieu …..Renee Dion…..

SO: Hey Renee, considering I just interviewed a musician you know well Ill Poetic and him taking 10 years to finish his project, and knowing it took you a few years to complete Haven, explain how difficult the process is to bring about a project with the musicality both of your projects possess.

RD: Oooh wee! (laughs to self) well after Moonlight I sort of hit a brick wall and I had to ask myself the question all artist get to a point of asking. Do I want to keep doing this, or do I want to let this go and just stop? I then made a decision, and with my mouth I told my husband…”I’m done with music” and from there was an almost immediate shift in my life from health problems to personal relationships.. things were just off. Speaking to that, I learned that when we abandon our purpose and what God has given us to do, things will shift and things can change until we find that path again. So as I stated, I was going to walk away but something kept bringing me back to it, and more and more I began to ¬†find inspiration. I was finding inspiration everywhere, from listening to my best friend T. Wong evolve to lyrics just coming to me out of no where…and I started thinking to myself like “Are we done?” So my husband and I turned one of our bedrooms into a recording studio and I began to tinker around, and from that, the creativity started flowing …like if you ever saw the movie with Bruce Leroy …I had the glow (we both crack up) but when I started to show these songs to Jonathan (Baker) …first of all this man is truly talented, but I truly love his musicianship, so when he began to add his musical flavor, that’s when Haven started coming to life.

SO: If I could give this album a positive critique, you sound the most confident on this album than your previous projects. Songs like Uno (I really like that song btw) have your signature sound, but you can also hear growth and confidence in these songs. What made the difference on you taking risk vocally on this project?

RD:¬† I would say, when you take ownership and responsibility from other people’s hands, no slight to any other producer I’ve worked with…but once I had to sit in this studio and hammer out these songs myself, and I had to figure out production nuances and truly trust myself to express what was coming from my heart, I would say the confidence to elevate happened organically from those experiences. If you really want to know who Renee Dion is…Listen to Haven.¬†

SO: Considering we’re saying goodbye to 2017…We had a number of bare-your-soul albums from music’s royal family The Carters. 4:44 setting the tone for truth in music. Listening to Haven you can hear these songs coming from a real place. Did your husband inspire those songs?

RD: Well, honestly speaking the entire album is about him. But it’s also about me, my relationship with God and my relationship with people. When it comes to my music, I’m attracted to really beautiful sounds, so sometimes the music can stand on it’s own and overshadow the lyrics based on the sounds I prefer. However on this project, if you stripped the production and listened to just the words, you’ll hear my vulnerability, my fears, my questions and me dealing with myself. I’m still continuing to learn how to be a wife, and my husband is still learning to be patient with me as I find my way, as I am with him and these thoughts are what come out in the music. Life is about continual self discovery.

SO: It seems like your songs speak to women in love or looking for love. In a time where trust in relationships is a rarity and often times scary, what would you say to those women looking for love in 2018?

RD: Wow that’s a deep question and loaded hahaha but I’ll try to answer. I’ll say this to my single women waiting for love. Don’t lose your affection, don’t lose your vulnerability by being guarded. What do they say, “you can’t receive a blessing with a closed fist”, so you have to remain open to love no matter how great the potential of you being hurt again. With each experience there is a lesson until you reach the destiny God has called you to reach. The problem lies for most people is that they look to all sorts of media like Facebook and Instagram and the wrong outlets for guides to relationships. However that is so far from the truth of what love really is.

Listen, people look at my husband and I funny because wherever they see me they see him and vice versa. If he has a showing I’m right there, if ¬†I have a singing engagement he’s right there as my No. 1 supporter. And it’s not based on a level of insecurity. Our presence is a sense of protection in this crazy world. Furthermore, we enjoy each others company. I sometimes go to events and there are married women and men showing up to events by themselves and wonder why they get involved in single activities. Don’t get me wrong our marriage is still work but it’s less work when you work at it and stay in tune with your significant other. Recognizing and dealing with things when things are off are another way to build strong relationships. But people have to be willing to let go of pride and ego to accomplish that. Communication is Everything. Eric is my husband and I protect him and his art just like he does for me…that’s the best advice I can give Layne.

SO: Where can people purchase your music and what events do you have going on right now?

RD: So they can purchase the music on iTunes and we just did Healing Haven and The Black Infinity a few days ago but those events and more are the many things to come in 2018. Just follow me on Instagram and Twitter under @ReneeDionMusic and please visit my web page reneedion.com

SO: Thank you so much for spending the day with us. Haven is definitely a instant soul classic.

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