close

Producers

Champ Joint is Brooklyn’s premier Music Producer and Music Video director

Brandon Lorenzo Smith better known as ( Champ Joint ) is an music producer and Music Video director out of Brooklyn N.Y.. formed in 2009 Champ got his inspiration in music from his parents Deidre Robinson and Reginald smith. In 1990 Deidre was singed to ( Def Jam Records).which led Reginald to manage her. The two branched off after her contract ended and formed Bald Headz Enterprise and Bald Headz Records as Well as IND records which Izora Armstead from the Weather Girls was part owner as well as an artist. In May 23, 1992 Brandon Smith was born. His mom and dad had a home studio and would work on music while Brandon played with his toy piano in the session. In 1999 Brandon Smith would get his name Champ in Brooklyn N.Y. from playing Basketball.

Basketball was always a passion for Brandon he’s been on a few summer league teams and played for his high school Auagust Martin. In 2009 Brandon Smith would suffer from a injury in basketball that would change his life. Not being able to play basketball anymore do to his injury Brandon picked up on music production. He started looking up beat maker programs and found the best fit FL studio. Making beats came easy to CHAMP it was almost like 2nd nature to him. Champ feel in love with making beats he wanted to do it for a living music became his new passion. He would start spred‐music became his new passion. He would start spred‐ ing the word about his music producing in high school and got a buzz in his school and became the talk of the school. Champ produced for most of the artists in his school also while in school CHAMP would study video production. Video production was something that came to CHAMP very easy just like music did. He started shooting music videos in school for the same artists he was producing music for in school. Champ crated a YouTube Channel in 2011 naming it A CHAMP Joint inspired by his favorite movie director Spike Lee. In 2012 Champ’ s YouTube channel was discovered by StreetheatTV an affiliate of WorldStarHipHop. Shortly after the discovery by Streetheat Champ would work on music videos with artists such as Nelly , Rick Ross , The Lox , DJ Kay Slay , French Montana and many more. Dj Kay Slay liked the way Champ edit videos so he gave CHAMP a intern job at Shade 45 Sirius XM radio. There is where he meet Jazzie Belleie and be came a editor and cameraman for Jazzie Belleie TV. Champ would work at the radio station for a year then stopped to pursue his music and video career further. Present day Champ is now producing music and shooting music videos for artist all over New York.

read more

Introducing recording artist and producer Jay$

Jay$ (James Logan) is an American recording artist and producer from Huntsville, Alabama. He started in music at an early age and by 2013 he had his first recording deal on the table from Slip & Slide Records. Like many new artists he has taken a hiatus from music here and there. In 2018 he returned with a label of his own Rocket City Records, LLC focusing on artist development, marketing, and distribution. They have since gone on to have generated millions of streams and consistent show bookings. When it comes to his sound, Jay$, truly tries to stay unchanged by the new hip hop due to the fact that he grew up listening to T.I, No Limit, Nas, and others that have also stayed true to the music.

Stay Connected
https://www.instagram.com/Jay256official/

https://www.facebook.com/rocketcityrecords/

https://music.youtube.com/channel/UCE9fxO4wA29QEiV9aL0OdmQ

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1NvhotRufqeDIAjCYoidpi

read more

Upcoming Va producer Brileeezy gets placement on Netflix show and charts 28 in the UK

Meet Brileeezy, female producer native to Virginia. She’s been consistently producing for a few months now but started playing around with beat making over a year ago. Her first initial track got picked up by Black Aruebach and artist Verse Muney. To follow, the track, now known as “The Bottom” has been picked up by Netflix Original Series “On My Block” and is featured in season three of the show. The Bottom was released in March of this year (2020) and the season premier followed directly after on March 11th of this year. Since then, the track has been heard in many countries, playlisted and charted – hitting over 250k streams just a couple of months ago. Peaking as high as number 28 on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts in the United Kingdom was the most recent accomplishment for this particular track. However, Leeezy isn’t finished yet. She’s been working closely with a few artists both in her area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) and out of town. Though she’s relatively new, she’s gotten quite a good amount of support and recognition. Of course, that only drives one to want to do more. So follow her on all socials at @itsbrileeezy and check out “The Bottom” below!

https://songwhip.com/black-auerbach/the-bottom

read more

[PRODUCER] ” NEW MUSIC FROM SLIM HOOD AND PLATINUM PLUS”

Slim Hood Orchestrates the Sexy on His New Mix Tape

After his last single Comin’ Over (Da Baby ft. DJ Luke Nasty) hit the billboard charts, super producer Slim Hood makes another attempt at creating music for those “adult hours”, with his new mix tape She Platinum.(click link for download)

The 10 track collective features everything from R&B to trap but all for the grown and even sexier. Slim hooks up with some familiar names such as Dj Luke Nasty (On The Way, Might Be) and Mel Silas (About Last Night, Wan Do) and introduces some new artists such as Ty Cartel and Jae Gee.

She Platinum showcases Slim Hood’s diversity as a producer, with his ability to create everything from love songs to stripper anthems. With no doubt about it, no matter your taste, She Platinum is sure to get you right.

More About Slim Hood….

Owner of Platinum Plus Studio in Charlotte, NC; Michael Warlick aka Slim Hood has made a name for himself as a hip-hop producer. Starting out as a mobile producer out the back of his 93’ Toyota, Slim was able to work his way from $10.00 beats with local artists to industry placements with Bankroll Fresh, RichTheKid, Fetty Wap and more. For more information o

read more

What In The Figgity?! [W_Z_R_D]

Quarters2Commas and Straight Official are proud to present another up and coming local artist on the rise representing Indianapolis!

Despite his normal laidback demeanor, the stage explodes with energy with a performance from W_Z_R_D! (Wizard)

Victor Hutchison II adopted the name Wizard in middle school and later changed the spelling to W_Z_R_D. Given his ability to leave his fans mesmerized it’s safe to say the name fits. W_Z_R_D has been making music since the young age of 12 and has found influence from his late uncle Markus Steward (Stew), Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, XXXtencion, and ski Mask. He began to perform and record professionally two years ago and has hit the ground running.

W_Z_R_D released his first studio album, titled “Dreams to Reality” in December 2016. His follow up single “Jungle” was rewarded with blog appearances, local performances, and recognition within the Indianapolis music scene.

In early 2017, he released his first EP, “Play Me“. W_Z_R_D’s hard work and dedication to his craft has caused him to grow quickly as an artist. His May 2018 single “Right” has seen a lot of success via internet radio, bookings and blog postings.

Following the release, W_Z_R_D was a featured artist at The Green House Affect Open Mic in Indianapolis, the Sunspot Music Fest in Morristown, Indiana, Stonetree Studios in Indianapolis, the For The Fans Music Festival in Muncie, Indiana, the Mesa Music Festival in Arizona, and has opened for Rich the Kid & Jay Critch.

Currently, W_Z_R_D was named a finalist in the Hot 96.3 Santa Slam Opener Contest, where the winner opens for The Migos. He is also set to release his next projectLate” in Spring 2019 along with visuals for two singles from the project, “Day One” and “Old Days”.

W_Z_R_D is definitely an artist to look out for. His music may currently be found on SoundCloud, Spotify and Reverbnation and is soon to hit all major platforms.

Thank you and stay tuned in 2k19 as Straight Official and Quarters2Commas bring you the figgity right to your face about music, sports, gaming and more!

read more

[New Music] “Tantra” by Terrance Anderson @Terranceandersonfive

Tantra is the new single from R&B artist, Terrance Anderson. Produced by Zero Tha Composer, this hot new track is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.

Bio:
Terrance Anderson brings creativity to R&B through the uniqueness of his voice and creativity of pen. His ear for melody and uptempo beats is what easily captivates his audience. The start of his singing career began at local open mics in his hometown of Indianapolis; followed by many musical showcases in multiple cities of Chicago, Indianapolis and Atlanta, shining light on his pen and talent of songwriting through his work with other artists’ of Indianapolis. Terrance’s impressive songwriting remains consistent in passion along with his voice in emotion, which continues to captivate listeners. Using the rapper’s way of metaphors and symbols, Terrance brings with and coolness back to R&B. His newest single titled, “Tantra” is now available on all streaming platforms.

Terrance Anderson

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terranceandersonfive/
Instagram: @terranceandersonfive

Stay tuned for his interview on TAG Syndicated Radio on #TAGTuesdays, where we tag anything and everything that’s poppin.’

read more

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

“….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.

****

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

read more

[NEW MIXTAPE] “Dave East” Paranoia 2

After months of speculation and teasing the Harlem emcee has finally dropped his latest Mixtape “Paranoia 2”  aka P2  January 16th, 2018. P2 is the follow up to Paranoia: True Story which chronicled the rappers rise to fame and will serve as the precusor to his major label debut with Mass Appeal and Def Jam. The project received features from Tory Lanez,  T.I, Lloyd Banks Marsha Ambrosius and more giving us a multitude waves to ride.

The 15 track project produced by Buda and Grandz, !llmimd, Joe Joe Beats, Reazy Renegade, MP Williams, V Don, Humbeats, Rico Suave and  more is lyrically and instrumentally sound. East on his no holds bar as usual, penetrates with raw lyrics burrowed in hard hitting NY centric beats. Over all a solid project nonetheless no one track stands out, but some you might have on repeat (I did) are Corey, Annoying, Whatmademe, Violent, Maintain, Never Been. Each track has it own mind like when East breaks down the many different artists who have influenced and inspired him to make music on the introspective, “What Made Me,”  produced Citoonthebeat and his long-time producers Buda & Grandz. and “Talk to Big” a letter he wrote to the late Notorious B.I.G.

 

East kicked off the P2 tour on debut night right here in NYC! check him out in a city near you and purchase on iTunes and everywhere music is sold.

-BooM

Jan. 16 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Jan. 18 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Jan. 19 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jan. 21 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Jan. 23 – Houston, TX – The Studio at Warehouse Live
Jan. 24 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Jan. 26 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Jan. 28 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
Jan. 29 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Jan. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (Click here to get tickets)
Feb. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub
Feb. 2 – Portland, OR – Peter’s Room
Feb. 3 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Feb. 6 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater (Click here to get tickets)
Feb. 8 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room

read more

WAKE UP & COOK UP WITH ZAYTOVEN

Unless you’ve been under a rock these past 5 years; you have definitely heard the beats of none other than Zaytoven. The GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven released his new track “Wake Up & Cook Up” [feat. Quavo and 2 Chainz] at all digital retailers at the end of the year. It’s the second release under the partnership between his Familiar Territory Records and Motown

“Wake Up & Cook Up” draws heavily on the signature trap production that made Zaytoven a household name and with the help of Atlanta rap heavyweights Quavo and 2 Chainz delivers a powerful second single. “Wake Up & Cook Up.” sets the stage for the arrival of more new music very soon.

Between cooking up beats for hip-hop’s elite, Zaytoven remains immersed in the creative process behind his forthcoming full-length debut—out in 2018.         

            A true trendsetter, Zaytoven proved integral to the sonic architecture of the Atlanta scene with which he stands synonymous. His influence can easily be felt in nearly every corner of hip-hop and R&B. 2011 saw him win his first GRAMMY® for co-producing and writing “Papers” on Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond. Among countless multiplatinum productions for the likes of Gucci Mane and Migos, he teamed up with Future for seminal 2015 collaborative mixtape, Beast Mode. Everybody from Drake and Nicki Minaj to Rick Ross and Lil Yachty has sought him out.  

Unsurprisingly, his musical acumen encompasses more than just beat-making. Born in Germany, raised in San Francisco, and based in Atlanta, Zaytoven’s nickname pays homage to his piano virtuosity. VIBE has hailed him as “Atlanta’s true trap music pioneer” while Complex praised his “singular blend of layered, oscillating synth melodies, ominous organ chords, and booming low-end bass.” Founding Familiar Territory Records, he’s becoming a cultural tastemaker and entrepreneur in 2017 as well. 

You can listen to Zaytoven’s latest release here below

 

read more

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

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.

@DJLAYNELUV

@StraightOfficialMag

@FleetDJs

@StateOfHip_Hop

read more