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[OP-ED] NIPSEY HUSSLE: MORE REVOLUTIONARIES, LESS MARTYRS via @TenthLetterMed

Hip-Hop is without question the most influential genre of music known to man. The near 50 year odyssey of the movement that has altered the society we inhibit has shown and proven its validity as a staple in American culture. In our quest to capture the culture and lifestyle of Hip-Hop, we have to take both the good and the bad in terms of the influence that it has on us as a people.

As one of the writers for TenthLetterMedia I act as a correspondent to bring you the readers of Straight Official Magazine the heart of what this Hip-Hop thing is all about. A week ago we reported on the murder of Nipsey Hussle and the ripple effect of that has triggered the masses, producing an overwhelming show of love and admiration for the slain West Coast artist. Eerily similar to when 2Pac died, there is now an abundance of conspiracy theorists inhabiting social media platforms and it seems as if the world is fixated on the impact that Nip had on the game.

Now I won’t delve in the arena on who took his life and the build-up on whether or not the government is involved. That’s not what we do here. I can admit that when Nipsey first debuted I was impressed with him as an artist, but not intrigued by him personally. But as time always has a way of revealing a person’s intentions, I saw how he was quietly making moves that were reinventing the way that his community was perceived. Contrary to what his counterparts were doing, he was fueled by the goal of the overall betterment of his people and utilizing his influence as an artist to expedite his mission.

This made me look at Nip in a new light, and it just bothers me that it took his death for everyone to realize what we truly had. But I guess that’s what gives life meaning. The old saying is that you’re nobody til somebody kills you and in this instance, it’s an unfair trade-off. Why couldn’t this man get the admiration he warranted from his efforts before his demise? That’s why it’s so important to celebrate the achievements of those while they are here. It just doesn’t have the same effect that it would now that we have to rock R.I.P shirts and posts memes about the greatness this man exhibited.

Hip-Hop needs more revolutionaries and less martyrs. It’s high time that the cultivators of the culture receive their just due in the present time and not when they’re gunned down in front of the world. Perhaps we need to focus more on the relevant and not the ratchet but, these are just my thoughts.

 

Submitted by Lee Kimbrough

 

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[MUSIC VIDEO] PLAYBWOI THA GREAT: IT’S CLEAR TO ME via @TenthLetterMed

When it comes to bringing you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop, it’s clear to both TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine that NOBODY does it better! Welcome back to the #SaturdaySpotlight where we highlight the vibrant Hip-Hop scene in the Circle City with visuals from the nineteenth state’s hottest artists.

As we march closer to spring, this week we’re blessed by a household name in the music industry. PLAYBWOI THA GREAT is revered in Indy as a legend in the city’s claim for Hip-Hop relevance. The artist, producer and songwriter has made his impression felt with his unique sound and creativity. His dedication to his craft was also recognized by Lil Boosie, who signed him to his Bad Azz Music Syndicate in late 2018.

The single “It’s Clear to Me” is a hot track with a dope visual from Craig Allen Films and is off his Rock Solid Forever 2 project, which is available on Apple Music.

Check it out down below and as always, thank you for rocking with us and stay tuned in to TLM & Straightofficial.com! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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[SINGLE] ROJ MAHAL: HOW WE DOING via @TenthLetterMed

With one day left before the start of another week, TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine are back with #NewMusicSundays as part of our mission to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!

ROJ MAHAL for all intents and purposes, is T.R.A.S.H. and he wants the world to know that he is the worst rapper in the N.A.P. The Circle City artist, engineer, producer and songwriter has a catalog that spans a decade and promotes a wisdom that steers clear of the status quo in the industry.

Mahal’s latest project T.R.A.S.H. stands for The Real Angels Saving Humanity is Talented Raw and Soulful Humans and his dedication is on full display in his latest 2-part project available now at www.rojmahal.com. Check out the single “How We Doing” down below and we thank you for rocking with TLM & SO Mag!! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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[MUSIC VIDEO] JAY HAYES: PARANOID via @TenthLetterMed

The #SaturdaySpotlight is a device utilized by both TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine to capture and bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop. We shine our collective light upon the Circle City and showcase emerging artists throughout the back roads of Nap.

Naptown’s cultivators of Hip-Hop are NOT gender specific. The landscape also includes a variety of female artists looking to stake claim in a realm dominated by their male counterparts.

JAY HAYES is a young and energetic femcee from the westside of the Circle City. Her quick delivery and style of flow are skills that are getting her noticed amidst the crowd of her peers. Jay is slated to release a mixtape titled Jayway this year and the single “Paranoid” will be a feature single from that release, featuring production from Frezhduzit.

Check out the dope visual for “Paranoid” shot by Quanny foo down below and follow Jay Hayes on both IG & Twitter. Stay tuned to Apple and Spotify for the Jayway release and TLM & SO Mag for your issue of the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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[MUSIC VIDEO] HOOTIE: KEEP MY FRIENDS CLOSE via @TenthLetterMed

We welcome you back to our  #SaturdaySpotlight demo brought to you by TenthLetterMedia and the great folks over at Straight Official Magazine! As we get ready to spring forward them clocks into a new season, we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop with visuals that compliment the tracks of some of the hottest MC’S out of the nineteenth state.

This week we have the Circle City’s own HOOTIE blessing us with a single from his hit mixtape titled Free At Last which is available for download at SoundCloud (hootiehoo5) and DatPiff. The Family Over Everything artist, producer and songwriter was also featured in Leak Magazine as a first-round draft pick artist in the publication.

The track “Keep My Friends Close” was produced by Traxsta and shot by John Ko and serves as a dope sample from the loaded project. Check out the video down below and as always, we thank you for rocking with TLM & SO Mag!! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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[SINGLE] EPHECT-JUST LIKE THAT via @TenthLetterMed

Sundays are made for chillin’ and preparing for the week ahead and TenthLetterMedia along with Straight Official Magazine want to set you up right with our #NewMusicSundays demo! On this day we take time to premiere new music from Naptown’s Hip-Hop realm while bringing you our faithful readers the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop…just like that!

This week we’re blessed to have a veteran from the nineteenth state drop by with a new single. EPHECT is an artist that has been consistent in his independent grind. The artist, songwriter and producer released his latest project The Nphection in late 2018 and has a number of upcoming releases slated for 2019.

His latest single “Just Like That” is a solid party track that highlights both his versatility and creativity. Coupled with the dope animated visual, EPHECT continues to enhance the landscape of Hip-Hop in the Circle City! Check out the dope visual for “Just Like That” down below and as always, we thank you for rocking with us and stay tuned in to TLM & SO Mag!! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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[MUSIC VIDEO] TRAJIK-REALER THAN FAKER via @TenthLetterMed

The tag team of TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine are back at you on your weekends with one of our favorite features known as the #SaturdaySpotlight where we shine our collective light upon the Circle City and it’s vast Hip-Hop landscape!

This week’s edition is not only a personal favorite of mine but, an artist who has for as long as I’ve known him, has been a consistent cultivator for Naptown with regards to both Hip-Hop and entertainment.

TRAJIK is Indy’s hottest native in the game right now as he’s riding the waves of not only his music releases, but also his venture into acting as the Traptown MC made his debut on the Emmy nominated FOX Series Empire. His appearance warranted a second take as Trajik landed a second role in the new series Proven Innocent on the FOX Network.

As a writer, I’m proud to have been there from the beginning and cover his success. The pic below is where we linked up off the heels of his From the Grit project release years back. Not only was his music and delivery different but, his convo was as well as he often spoke on reaching other levels in the industry in our interview. In all my years of journalism I have sat in front of some of my favorite artists in Hip-Hop but, nothing compares to when I get to do this with an artist from my city!!

His latest track Realer than Faker is making noise with solid production by Cheezzburger. Check out the dope visual down below and as always, we thank you for letting us bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop and stay tuned to TLM and SOMAG!! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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[NEW MUSIC] ZACHERY LE’ON: LOST TRIBE via @TenthLetterMed

TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine have brought you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop for the longest and to show our appreciation to you our readers, we introduce a new feature to bless your first day of your week. Welcome to #NEWMUSICSUNDAYS!!!

On this day of rest you can kick back and hear new projects from the Circle City’s vibrant Hip-Hop landscape. We kick off our new presentation with one of our staff favorites in ZACHERY LE’ON. 

Le’on is off the heels of his 4th solo release Ion-6: The Beginning which is available on all music streaming and download platforms. His contributions to the movement have helped to cultivate a lifestyle and sound that is all his own.

Currently Le’on will be performing in Bloomington, Indiana as the opening act for Juvenile. Check out the flyer below for ticket and price information.

He is also blessing us with a dope visual! This single from Ion-6 titled”Lost Tribe” is another smooth track that is worth a replay. Check out the visual down below and as always, we appreciate you for rocking with us!! #DUESEASON #GETSOM

 

 

 

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[OP-ED] State of the Hip-Hop Union: Indy 2019 via @TenthLetterMed

“Do I have everyone’s attention now?”-CM Punk

I had to quote the former WWE Superstar because of the relevancy of his inquiry. At the time he had dropped his legendary “pipe bomb” that shook up the wrestling world. Over the past year, TenthLetterMedia has worked with Straight Official Magazine to not only provide our readers with the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop, but to spotlight the developing Hip-Hop landscape of the Circle City. As the lead editor of TLM, I vested personal stock in our efforts and in 2018 I presented the State of the Hip-Hop Union address.

In the piece I spoke on several topics, from the pros and cons of the landscape of Hip-Hop in Nap to the undeniable talent that runs rampant here. In the year that would follow, while there were numerous artists that broke ground here, there were two that broke the glass ceiling that has encompassed the Circle City for decades.

Playbwoi tha Great and Trajik are revered as native legends in music and entertainment here in Indy. In my journey as a journalist I’ve worked with them both on separate occasions. Playbwoi would go on to sign with Lil’ Boosie’s Bad Azz Music label while Trajik would make his acting debut on the widely popular Fox series Empire. I viewed their respective wins as accomplishments for the city, but I also saw it as confirmation of what I’ve been saying for years.

Naptown as a collective and cohesive unit will become the next mecca for Hip-Hop and entertainment. The talent has always been here and the variety is in spades. We’re the only Midwest entity that hasn’t been crowned and I feel that those days are numbered. The entertainment realm is beginning to wake up to us as a region of both promise and prosperity. Granted, there are several underlying issues that have kept us back but at this point, we’ve already talked about them to death. It’s time to focus on becoming a standard in both Hip-Hop and the entertainment industry.

From top left: Circle City Hustle, Roj Mahal, Bart Litty, Dottie Staxx

Which brings me back to the Punk quote. I believe that every artist, DJ and producer from the Circle City should adopt this question as their mantra. Several artists have made it out of NAP to reach mainstream success, so why stop now? In 2018, TLM and SO Mag launched the #LetsWork campaign in the attempt to break out independent artists. Coupled with TLM’s other features such as #SaturdaySpotlight I have seen the impact that we can and will have on the industry. Plus I enjoy being right about things like this.


In the first year that TenthLetterMedia linked with Straight Official, Naptown made up maybe 3% of the content that was published in the magazine. Three years later, that percentage is closer to 70%…

DO WE HAVE EVERYONE’S ATTENTION NOW?!?!

I’m willing to bet we do. Stay tuned with us as we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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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!

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