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Biz Markie at Kensington High Street, London, UK on 6 April 1988 (Photo Cred:

Confirming multiple reports from various news outlets, rapper BIZ MARKIE passed away today at the age of 57. An iconic and legendary talent, his career spand over three decades and he provided the type of personality that displayed a person who was born to be in Hip-Hop.

Biz Markie Raptors at Wizards 3/2/18

NPR reports that manager Jenni D. Izumi, manager of Biz Markie that the support of both calls and emails during this time of difficulty are greatly appreciated. While no exact cause of death has been announced, it was known for months that Biz (Marcel Theo Hall) was in declining in health.

Coming of age in the golden years of Hip-Hop, Biz would create an catalog that included memorable hits from “Vapors” and Nobody Beats The Bizto mention a few, to his most renowned track in music history “Just a Friend” that would catapult the young MC into superstardom and cement his legacy in Hip-Hop. He made music with his mouth (literally) as a beatboxer while making the world take notice of a movement that would last the test of time.

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 01: Rapper Biz Markie performs onstage during BACARDI’s Big Game Party at Surfcomber Hotel on February 01, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for BACARDI)

We here at TenthLetterMediaStraight Official Magazine are deeply saddened by the loss of such an influence in both music as well as life. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.


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Welcome back to the celebration of Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture as Straight Official Magazine along with TenthLetterMedia set your week off with new music. This week, Atlanta’s own A-FRESH released the new music video for his second single “Dope 4 Sale” off of his Factz & Rackz project release of 2020.

Dope 4 Sale-A-Fresh feat. Kvng Zeakky

Serving as the follow up single to “Flyest Ni**a Ever” another banger from the solid project, “Dope 4 Sale” was produced by K-Rab and executively produced by DMoney Promotions and BGE (Boss Gang Entertainment).

A-Fresh & Kvng Zeakyy

A-Fresh teams up with Kvng Zeakyy to ride the dope track and the visual was shot by Ron 21 Hoops. Factz & Rackz was released to rave reviews and continues to cement his Finesse Da Rich Music label in the foundation of the Hip-Hop landscape.

You can check out the OFFICIAL music video for “Dope 4 Sale” down below. As always, we thank you for rocking with Straight Official Magazine & TenthLetterMedia as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture!

Factz & Rackz is available for download NOW! Get your copy by clicking here.

A-Fresh – Facts & Rackz

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Confirming multiple news reports, we here at TenthLetterMediaStraight Official Magazine are saddened to confirm that DMX, Hip-Hop icon has passed away. He was 50.

DMX (Earl Simmons) was an amazing artist who rose to popularity in the 90’s with his debut album Its Dark and Hell is Hot which brought him immense critical acclaim and commercial success. The Yonkers MC would embark on a legendary career, which included 7 more studio albums.

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DMX also made his presence felt in Hollywood as he appeared in several memorable films such as Belly, Exit Wounds & Cradle 2 the Grave. 

Belly (Photo Cred: Barnes &

DMX’s family released a statement this morning stating “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.”

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The Hip-Hop community as well as the world has shown an immense level of support for the Dark Man. TLM & SO Mag send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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DMX (Photo Cred: El Comercio)

DMX is in critical condition following an overdose that has the Hip-Hop icon fighting for his life.

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Confirming multiple news media reports, the 50 year old artist is currently in a hospital in New York and is in a vegetative state after having to be revived after flatlining.

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We will follow this story in its development and give our thoughts and prayers for DMX and his family and friends.

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We welcome you back to the #SaturdaySpotlight where Hip-Hop is both celebrated and captured and this week, SKYPP is in our crosshairs as the Indiana MC released his first project of 2021 King of Indiana.


Skypp-King of Indiana

The artist, producer and songwriter is riding an immense wave of notoriety. From appearances on WHHH Hot 96.3 and news features on WTHR 13 NBC, Skypp is becoming more than just a household name in the Circle City Hip-Hop scene, but more of the standard of what an established independent artist looks like.

Under his Sophisticated Street Music label, Skypp has a total of 16 projects in his catalog with KOI releasing on Thursday. His unique delivery and razor-sharp lyricism has warranted him critical acclaim with every release he has done as of late. His previous projects “The Ghetto Mr. Rogerz” & “U4U” snatched Top Ten numbers on both iTunes & Amazon upon their debuts. KOI is following suit as in just two days of its release, it has secured Top 15 spots on both music platforms!

KOI boasts 20 tracks in total and features tracks with fellow Naptown MC RhymeFest & Swoe Whoa. Track number 10 titled Sundown Town, USA he flexes over the track effortlessly while ascending the ranks as the royal standard in Midwest Hip-Hop. Skypp paints a vivid picture with his lyrics and unlike his competition, he doesn’t have to be profane to do so. He only just needs to be profound.

You can check out the official music video for the single Sundown Town, USA down below. We thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine as we link to capture the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! Stay tuned for more dope content and remember, its the #DueSeason so #GetSOM!!!

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GI Jane

GI JANE hails from the nineteenth state and is an artist that has established herself as an equal if not surpassing her male competition.

GI Jane & Lil Boosie at his house in Atlanta

The Gary/Naptown femcee has found herself in the #NewMusicSundays feature this week as her and BOOSIE BADAZZ teamed up to drop a new hit single titled “Ride” that’s gaining momentum on streaming platforms.

Ride Single Cover Art

“Ride” is one of a three-piece combo that Jane is laying out for her upcoming album GI Jane: The Female Boosie set for release on 2021. With production from Pablo & Beats Mode, Jane rides the track with a lyrical bravado that matches up with Lil Boosie’s that makes it a solid track to ride to.

Check out the hit single “Ride” down below and stay tuned in to GI Jane as she plans to close out 2020 with a bang! As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMediaStraight Official Magazine as we capture the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! Stay tuned for more dope content and remember, it’s the #DueSeason so #GetSOM!!



Follow GI Jane on social media:

Facebook at @therealgijane

Instagram at @gijane219

Twitter at @GIJANE219

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Welcome back to the SO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT where alongside TenthLetterMedia, we shine our collective light to showcase emerging Hip-Hop artists from all points and locations. This week, A-FRESH is in our sights as the Atlanta MC is geared to release his newest project of 2020 titled Factz & Rackz.

Factz & Rackz Album Art

A-Fresh is an artist that not only possesses the lyrical capability but also the business mindset needed to stay consistent.

His Fly Life High Life Music label is thriving despite the ongoing pandemic and as it’s front man he is primed to stake claim in the industry.

“I only trust Factz & Rackz”- A-Fresh

F&R is a solid second project that features production from Fresh, Boss Gang Slim, K-Rab and Kap Diddy. A-Fresh gave his fans an unexpected surprise by releasing the official music video for his hit single “Fly As Ever” a week before it’s initial release date.

If A-Fresh looks familiar to some of you, he has been on our radar before as he and Bart Litty graced our digital pages with their OUTKASTBABIES project from 2018, in which you can check out the dope visual for the hit single “Frequency” right here.

Check out the OFFICIAL music video for “Fly As Ever” down below and make sure you cop Factz & Ractz on October 15th. As always, we thank you for rocking with & TenthLetterMedia as we capture the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!

Follow A-FRESH on Social Media:

Instagram: @iam_afresh2

Facebook: afreshharris

YouTube: iamafresh

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In capturing the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop & entertainment, TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine have come across a number of talented and gifted artists from the independent sector.

Jetty Santiago

Jetty Santiago is in that number as the Indiana MC is riding the wave of his recent project release Santiago Summers to rave reviews and streams.

Santiago Summers Cover

As a music journalist, it’s dope to see an artist’s progression. Jetty has graced our pages once before from his JetWave release awhile back and it was evident in our sit-down that the time in-between has been productive and rewarding for him.

“I have an affinity, an infatuation for words and for what people are rapping about and not knowing what they were talking about which made me have to look up what they were talking about and it’s making me learn more.” –Jetty Santiago


Santiago Summers released on August 15th, has 12 tracks and was originally a project that Jetty was balancing between two other projects before the pandemic hit. Jetty talked about the struggle to gain inspiration to create during this time in our interview. You can check out the full interview of our sit-down by clicking the link below.



You can check out the official music video for the lead single from Santiago Summers titled “Andy Bought A Basquiat” down below. As always, we thank you for rocking with as we capture the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop & entertainment!

Follow Jetty Santiago on Twitter at @jetstayhigh as well as on YouTube at Jetty Santiago.

Santiago Summers is available NOW on Apple MusicTIDALSpotify.

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(Photo Cred: Rich Harvest Ent FB page)

RICH HARVEST ENTERTAINMENT has become a movement for Hip-Hop in Indianapolis ever since their humble beginnings back in 2008. A breeding ground for talented artists led by it’s CEO Illy Octane the organization closed out the summer with a collaboration unlike any you’ve heard in a long time with their latest release Cypher Vol 2.

Rich Harvest Ent. – Cypher (Photo Cred: Numbers Magazine)

The nine minute melee features the entire roster of RHE. The variety of different styles compliments the track well and is a head banger! Rich Harvest as a staff, record label and crew have found themselves in this week’s #SaturdaySpotlight and are primed to close 2020 with a bang!

Check out the dope visual for Cypher Vol. 2 directed by Andrew Hunt down below. As always, we here at TenthLetterMediaStraight Official Magazine thank you for rocking with us as we capture the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop and Entertainment! Stay tuned for more content and remember, it’s the #DueSeason so #GetSOM!

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