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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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What In The Figgity?! [NBA MVP – Earned or Given?]

Now there is no doubt that the NBA is in hot water with all the boiling talent on the rise this year, not to mention the red hot vets who been snubbed for the last few seasons.

Now i know some viewers may disagree but Lebron James has to be the obvious choice right?

But with Anthony Davis, The Beard, Kyrie and The Greek Freak leading the way in the Player Efficiency catagory. How can Lebron win MVP so far down the list?

Can we speak facts though for a moment? As we all see, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the leagues worst team without The King and the Lakers (Top 10 worst teams last season) are sneaking in the backdoor of the Western Conference.

What else is MVP worthy from a player who has been snubbed the last 5 seasons after taking his teams to consecutive Finals?

This isn’t all about Lebron though. The question remains, Is the MVP Award earned or given? Are we going solely on stats? Or is it marketing? Of course they are great athletic superstars, but is there a list who gets it next unless something unanimous happens?

What are the factors that really makes a player the Most Valuable? Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about the MVP race. Who you think should win right now and why. I say Lebron, because of his ultimate and visible impact to the game and recent snubs; taking nothing from Westbrook or Harden.

Stay tuned as All-Star Weekend approaches. Be sure to go to http:/www.nba.com and vote for your favorite players to be entered into the weekend’s events.

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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What In The Figgity?! [ Niques’ Crown Jewels]

As the last hours of the year tick away and we begin to bring in 2019. Quarters2Commas and Straight Official are happy to shine our light on NiquesCrownJewels.

IG: niques_crown_jewels

Nique, an Independent Jewelry Consultant, has a growing base with an increasing inventory. Niques Crown Jewels offer exciting, glamorous jewelry for only $5 catering to just about every culture while maintaining a safe and appealing product.

FB: Niques $5 Bling

With multiple series in the collection, NCJ offers other elegant type pieces for the true bling queens at heart. Not only targeting the woman, Niques Crown Jewels also has a selection for men that compliments any style just as well.

Nique also offer the opportunity to join her team and learn how to be a Bling Boss! Don’t miss this opportunity in 2019! Look out for her and have a Happy New Year !

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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Rising Artist Alert! [ABG Deoun]

Quarters2Commas and Straight Official are pleased to introduce to you, ABG Deoun. One of the best new rappers on the rise to represent Chitown and the 317.

Reigning mainly on Soundcloud (@ABG Deoun), The Chicago native, Coming out of Naptown delivers on any instrumental with the best of both worlds type of feel, while having a sound and originality compared to none.

IG: abg_deoun_abg

Not shying away from the gang culture, expect raw lyrics coming from one of the rawest places to flourish out of.

https://soundcloud.com/deounabg/through-the-storm-gmix

Giving us one his latest releases Through The Storm , he continues to hit us with straight hardcore bars following with a XXXTentacion dedication.

https://soundcloud.com/deounabg/abg-deoun-look-at-me-gmix-rip-xxxtentaction

Keep an eye out for ABG Deoun and the Gang in 2k19.

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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What In The Figgity?! [Heaven’le Crystal]

Quarters2Commas is proud to present to you, Heaven’le Crystal (@heavenle_angels), who is among the top femcees representing Michigan. Rising out of Grand Rapids, she definitly reveals a unique sound from the North.

Figgin’ on instrumentals with a smooth, melodic flow, laced with passionate lyrics to captivate you into visualizing what she is saying.

Heaven’les 1st single “F*ck Relationships” released in the summer of this year.

she touches the hearts of the females who love hard.

F*ck Relationships: Heaven’le Crystal

Following behind is an album titled “After Pain” released in October, which men included can relate to.

After Pain: Heaven’le Crystal

She now gives us a sneak peak leak off the latest album “In My Bag” set to release January 2k19.

With a growing platform, her album “After Pain” and upcoming can be found on all major streaming services. Check out Heaven’le Crystal’s content below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYXVJIHJsamq2IKA4XLI8Gg

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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I Dream Of $ Jigi $ by DJ Layne Luv

…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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