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Hip-Hop Legend Coolio Dies

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Coolio, Night of the Proms, Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 16th November 2000. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

Confirming multiple news reports, rapper Coolio has died. TMZ reports that Coolio’s manager stated that he went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come out after a while. The friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found him laying on the floor.

When EMT’s were called they pronounced Coolio dead on the scene. Coolio’s talent manager told TMZ, “We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away Wednesday afternoon. He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Coolio

COOLIO TAKES US ON A RIDE

Born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr., Coolio was the epitome of West Coast Hip-Hop. It was in 1987 when he would ask the world “Whatcha Gonna Do?” with his first single of the same name. The artist and songwriter broke into the industry when he signed to Tommy Boy Records in 1994.

His first album It Takes a Thief received praise as view of gangsta rap that was more lighthearted and fun. It would also produce the hit single “Fantastic Voyage” that would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would set Coolio on the path of being a household name in Hip-Hop.

A GANGSTA’S PARADISE

In 1995 Coolio would team up with R&B singer LV to release “Gangsta’s Paradise” which was featured on the Dangerous Minds movie soundtrack. This would his biggest hit to date, securing Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996. The song was also a nominee at the MTV Movie Awards for Best Musical Moment.

Straight Official Magazine extends our condolences to his family and friends. As a celebration of Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture, check out my personal favorite track from Coolio down below. Rest in peace, king.

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PNB Rock Shot At A Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles

Rapper PnB Rock was shot at a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant in Los Angeles while dining with his girlfriend on Monday (Sep. 12.)

Law enforcement got a call to the Inglewood location of the restaurant at 1:23 pm for a shooting victim, per TMZ. The outlet obtained video footage of the incident that showed the “Fendi” rapper “fighting for his life.” Restaurant staff was reportedly seen panicking as the rapper lay on the floor. In the video, PnB Rock is still seen moving. His current condition is unknown. Prior to the shooting, the Philly native’s girlfriend Steph posted a photo of their meal on her social media. The shooter is still unknown, but witnesses say that they were trying to rob someone in the restaurant. TMZ also noted that PnB posted a video of himself wearing multiple chains prior.

DJ Akademiks took to Twitter to share a statement on the incident after interviewing the rapper a week ago. “Wow.. this PNB Rock situation crazy.. i just did a interview with him a week ago where he detailed how someone tried to rob him in LA recently while he was out with his girlfriend and daughter. Now.. this.. smh. Pray for PNB Rock,” he wrote.

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[NEWS] Pat Stay, Famous Battle Rapper Dies

Pat Stay
Pat Stay

PAT STAY, Canadian battle rapper has died. CNBC News reports that Stay was the victim of a fatal stabbing in downtown Halifax early Sunday. Halifax Regional Police have not identified Stay as the victim, but Stay’s brother, Peter Stay, confirmed the news to CBC.

The Nova Scotian MC was revered for his boasts, witty insults and lyrics. The acclaimed artist had won several rap battles over the course of his career. His most memorable took place in 2015 which was hosted by Drake and where he would secure his fourth victory in a North American competition.

Pat Stay
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Pat gained an immense following on social media recently. Just two days ago, Stay dropped a new track that has already amassed more than 50,000 views on YouTube. The video also includes the OVO God giving praise to Stay saying “Pat Stay’s definitely one of, if not, the best.”

Straight Official Magazine offers our prayers and condolences to his family, peers and fans. Check out one of our favorite videos down below of Pat Stay challenging The Game to a rap battle.

Pat Stay
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The Southern Entertainment Awards

The Southern Entertainment Awards

The Southern Entertainment Awards has, is and will always be a staple in Southern culture, music and entertainment. From it’s humble beginnings the conference has grown into an annual celebration of the south’s artists and DJs. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the annual awards show has grown substantially from its remarkable beginnings at Gibson’s Showcase in 2004.

Since its conception, the event was held Nashville, Tunica and Memphis. Over the years, there’s a consistent increase in attendance numbers, expansions of categories and nominations and media coverage. The SEA’s built a strong recognition of reputable and successful independent and mainstream professionals.

With names like Yo Gotti, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., Conya Doss, Algebra Blessett, Rudy Currence and Big K.R.I.T. to emerge from the SEA’s, it’s clear their impact is something to behold.

SEA MISSION STATEMENT

The Southern Entertainment Awards strives to be a platform that showcases independent talent. Offering industry support and bridging the many gaps between music, arts and brands.  Through tailored efforts, initiatives and consistent outreach, the SEAs challenges themselves to provide a solid foundation for indie artist.

Entering its 20th year, the SEAs strive to be a well-known and respected venue and channel. It gives independent artists worldwide a platform. Far evolved from its desire to be an outlet used to acknowledge southern DJs, the SEAs were once viewed as a ‘regional event’. Now they are an esteemed as a recognizable brand throughout the world.

The Southern Entertainment Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Going into it’s 20th year, The Southern Entertainment Awards will take place on May 28th, 2023. The event will be at the City Winery in Nashville. Voting for the event officially opened today. Straight Official Magazine has received a nomination at the event! The publication is up for Magazine/Publication of the Year.

In celebrating Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture, we have been diligent in our quest to break the next new artist. Backed by The Worldwide Fleet DJs we are the home publication for the DJ coalition. Straight Official can’t WAIT to be apart of this spectacular event!

The 20th Annual Southern Entertainment Awards

Cast your vote for the 20th annual Southern Entertainment Awards here.

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Bottega Boyz | The Elite Liquor Ambassadors

BOTTEGA BOYZ ARE THE NEW LIQUOR ELITE

Liquor has become one of the most valuable marketing tools for artists. Some of the highest earning musicians in the industry makes majority of their money from liquor. A new brand has emerged and is determined to get their piece of the industry. That brand is Bottega Liquid Metals.

Bottega Boyz
BOTTEGA LIQUID METALS

WHO ARE THE Bottega Boyz?

The Bottega Boyz have been making their mark all around the country and building the brand awareness. If you are attending a high profile event more than likely it was sponsored by them. We’re talking concerts, private parties, rap battles, tours and clubs. The Bottega Boyz most likely have their hands involved.

Half The Hustler (CEO of Bottega Boyz) sat down with SWAG 100 for an exclusive interview. SWAG 100 is a celebrity podcaster/journalist that is personally sponsored by Half and also the newest member of the ambassador team.

Bottega Boyz CEO
CEO HALF THE HUSTLER aka BOTTEGA BOYZ HALF

Half The Hustler/Straight Official/Goat Vibez Questionnaire

SWAG 100: Tell us about yourself.

HALF THE HUSTLER: I’m Corey Michale, CEO of the BOTTEGA BOYZ. The streets know me as Half The Hustler. I’m a mover and shaker in the entertainment world. A brand ambassador for Bottega Liquid Metals. You could catch me in videos with French Montana, Benny The Butcher, Dave East and Fivio Foriegn to name a few.

Tell us more about the Bottega Boyz and the Bottega Babes.

Bottega Boyz and Bottega Babes is a company that I started to bring awareness to the brand. Sort of like what the Cîroc Boys do for Cîroc. We go out and turn the clubs up. Turn the VIP up, we get the bottles popping and create a buzz to where people start asking questions about the bottles. In return, people ask how can they acquire the bottles or become apart of the team. We are group of club promoters, DJs, photographers, models etc… A puzzle that I put together.

Why did you choose to work with Bottega Liquid Metals?

Because they reached out to me. They believed in me and what I had going on. It didn’t cost me any money. I always tell people if someone tells you they believe in you’ll know by what they’re willing to invest into you from the start. They believe in me invested in to me, told me what I’m worth and showed me what I’m worth. I’m rocking out with them!

GET TO KNOW THE NAME

How did you first hear about Bottega?

One of their reps reached out to me on Instagram and asked me how would I like to work with the brand.

Who were some of the first influencers to embrace you and your product?

Some of the first were Larry Tan, Gillie Da Kid, Eness, Black Ink Crew and Benny The Butcher. They showed love from day one and to this day. French Montana shows me love in all of his videos with the brand. Philadelphia was instrumental, Mikey – O a promoter started letting us come in and do some stuff. A big model from Philly name Desani Dawls show us love from the jump. It has been a long 6 years.

How were you able to put together a team of brand ambassadors from all over?

I’m very vocal and easy to talk to. I began to hold a interview in my head. Like, is this person fit for this brand. I look for artist and models. I look for DJs and photographers. I’m doing events. We have artist & celebs we’ve pushed. Like yourself SWAG. You have a podcast and the product is always present in the public eye when the viewers tune in. Every thing is conducted in-house. We’re able to circulate money within the our unit.

THE NEXT LEVEL FOR BOTTEGA

What’s the overall goal for the Bottega Boyz & Babes brands?

My endgame is to own my own liquor company. My owning branding company. To get get other brands to reach out to me for their needs. I’ve had several companies contact me. They weren’t willing to pay me my worth. I’m professional at staying grounded.

Who are some celebrities that have associated with the product?

From French Montana, Dave East, Black Ink Crew… The list can go on and on. Plenty of people have tasted & loved the product. We were able to get the product in video placements, most recently had the product placed in P Valley. It’s no ceiling to this we already blew the roof of this. Just to add some more Brett Michaels Jim Jones and a bunch of Love and Hip-Hop crew members, salute to you SWAG 100 for getting Mama Jones and the whole Jones clan involved. Shout to SWAG 100, the podcast we see y’all, you know he’s an official Bottega Boy.

Do you have a favorite bottle of Bottega? Which one and why?

That would be Bottega Rose’. I like the tartness of it. When it’s ice cold, served with cut-up strawberries. It releases nodes you need to taste. People drink to get drunk. I drink to taste and actually critique what it is I’m drinking. For me is the Bottega Rose’ Gold.

IN CLOSING

Did anything or anyone inspire you to get in this business?

Nothing really inspired me. A company reached out to me. A hustler in mind, a company offering me 100 cases of each flavor. I was able to sale the bottles and move on. It didn’t workout like that. It became something I loved doing. Being in the clubs popping bottles, to be able to flood a VIP section. I became inspired by the attention. Example my Instagram went from 700 -21k.

Shout to Swag 100 & Straight Official Magazine for having me and big ups to the whole team everyone world wide hustling and grinding providing for their families. This is a lifestyle.

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SIDHU MOOSEWALA’S DEATH SPARKS A POLITICAL STORM

SIDHU MOOSEWALA was pronounced dead on May 23rd. Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu was a beloved Punjabi artist and politician. He was just 28 years old. Initial autopsy reports revealed his death was from gunshots. This was following his security trimmed down by his state government.

SIDHU’S IMPACT

This has sparked questions and his murder has led to a political storm, igniting massive outrage from fans and opposition leaders. Punjab’s Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered an inquiry led by a high court judge to look into the incident. Touching photos of the beloved artist have been circulating the internet as family, friends, and fans grieve his passing. We would like to give our deepest condolences to all who are suffering from his passing and his legendary work will live on in the hearts of everyone he reached.

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Interviews and reflection on his passing in the media

MOOSEWALA’S MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS

Sidhu Moosewala Goat
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BIG L (Lamont Coleman) True Harlem Legend, Brings Hip-Hop Fans Far & Wide To Celebrate 140th Street Renaming

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A HISTORIC DAY IN HIP-HOP

Legendary New York rapper Big L has had a street renamed after him in his hometown of Harlem. Hundreds of his dedicated fans, family members and friends showed up on the street on Saturday to celebrate.

Once known as 140th and Lenox Ave is now officially Lamont “Big L” Coleman Way. This took place after a lengthy petition campaign put together by the producers of the Big L documentary. One spokesperson said, “It took a whole lot of effort and support to get to this great point. We made it happen.”

The team also announced in a statement on Instagram. “The biggest Thank You goes out to the dope 500 plus people who signed the petition so we could get the street renamed. There are entirely tooo many good people that gave their support. With all my heart, I personally want to say THANK YOU!!!!”

Big L is revered as one of the greatest lyricists in Hip-Hop of all time. He has been an influence the careers of countless rappers. 

Big L and Tupac joined forces for “Deadly Combination” from L’s second studio album “The Big Picture.”

FRIENDS & LEGENDS IN HIP-HOP

Funkmaster Flex stated that L was a better lyricist than both Biggie and Jay-Z. His career was cut short in 1999 when he was shot and killed outside of his residence in Harlem. I had a personal invite for the occasion by other Harlem Rap legends Herb Mcgruff and Stan Spit.

From Left To Right – Herb McGruff + Stan Spit

Herb Mcgruff and Stan Spit were both close friends of Lamont Coleman. They grew up on the same blocks as the late great and were a part of Big L’s legacy.

I spent the day with his partner in media Adot-Upt covering exclusive stories and interviews. These are the ones who knows the history and back stories of Big L’s life and rap career. We all know of the Big L – Jay Z story.

There is an unknown story about L that revolves around his insane recording deal. L was the first artist to ever secure a deal where he’d receive $10-$11 from a $12 record. Imagine how far Big L’s career would have went had his life not ended?

Big L would have been one of the biggest rappers in history if it weren’t for his premature death. Big L was murdered back in February 1999. He was just 24 years old. His 1995 project titled Lifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous would be his only released studio album.

In just one album, L established himself as the untouchable king of punchlines, delivered in his unmistakably aggressive compound flow.

Big L`s freestyles on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show (in 1995 with Jay-Z, and in 1998 solo) amassed major cult followings online and live on as the benchmark of the freestyle verse.

ADOT-UPT | SWAG 100 | STAN SPIT | HERB MCGRUFF

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[NEWS] Actor Ray Liotta Passes Away at 67

Actor Ray Liotta is photographed for The Wrap on June 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Elisabeth Caren/Contour by Getty Images)

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RAY LIOTTA has passed away. Confirming multiple news reports, the acclaimed actor passed while on location in the Dominican Republic. TMZ reports that while shooting a movie titled “Dangerous Waters” that he died in his sleep. Liotta was 67 years old.

Sources close to Liotta also claim that his fiancée was with him during the filming. There has been no reports of foul play nor any other suspicious accusations surrounding this story.

Ray Liotta (Photo Cred: TV Insider)

Ray’s Sketch of Life

Liotta was one of Hollywood’s hardest working stars. While known for several roles, his most memorable role was starring in “Goodfellas” alongside Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci as mobster Henry Hill. Another unforgettable performance was in the iconic film “Field of Dreams” and his portrayal of Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Liotta had countless films under his belt including “Cop Land”, “Corrina Corinna” and “Blow” where he played alongside Johnny Depp as Fred Jung, the father to Depp’s character George Jung. It was this role that was a personal favorite of mine. The heart-wrenching scene produced one of the film’s most memorable quotes.

Ray was a devoted father and husband. He most recently celebrated his engagement to Jacy Nittolo via social media. Liotta leaves her and his daughter Karsen Liotta, who is also following in her father’s footsteps to mourn his loss.

(Photo Cred: Actor IG Page)

Straight Official Magazine offers our prayers and condolences to the Liotta family as well as his peers and his fans.

R.I.P. Ray Liotta

Ray Liotta (Photo Cred: The AU Review Website)

‘May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.

Ray Liotta as Fred Jung in “Blow”

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Kevin Samuels: Controversial youtuber death puts Twitter into an uproar!

Kevin Samuels

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56 years of age, Kevin Samuels’ name became a trending topic on Twitter Thursday afternoon. This Friday morning the world of men and women are speaking out their personal thoughts of Samuels and his ways.

According to reports from reliable sources, Samuels, a self-proclaimed relationship guru and image consultant who is best known for his misogynistic comments about black women, in particular, has died.

Samuels’ most recent social media activity, as his Facebook had not been updated since at least Tuesday. His final tweet was posted in April, but that post was linked to his Instagram.

The last video he posted on his YouTube channel was about the aforementioned “Modern Women” and was published at the same time as the Instagram post on Wednesday.

Samuels has gained a following through the way he addresses black women. His image consulting agency works with “men who want to improve their appearance,” according to his website.

He was in the news recently for all the wrong reasons for describing women who are at least 35 and not married as “leftover” women.

“If you made it to 35 and you’re not married, you’re a leftover woman,” Samuels said on her podcast last month. “You’re what’s left over. Men know there’s probably something wrong with you. Whether you want to hear it or not, I’m going there with you. I’m telling you the truth you don’t want to hear.

Men know there’s probably something wrong with you. And here’s the thing: when you were 22 to 25 years old and you didn’t want to settle, you were trying to get the CEO, the pilot, the investment banker, what you were trying to get flew out the door…”

News of his death spread like wildfire on social media where he was trending on Twitter. Many users spoke their minds and shared mixed reviews of Samuels’ passing. See what they had to say below. 

This is a developing story and we will keep you posted with updates. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this time. 

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Country Star Naomi Judd Dies at 76

On Saturday April 30th 2022 Country star Naomi Judd passed away at the age of 76 years old.

Daughter Wynona broke the news on Twitter saying she had died from a mental illness further reports will be coming.

Naomi and her daughter Wynona were to be inducted into the country music hall of fame on Sunday.

She is survived by her 2 daughters Wynona Judd and actress Ashley Judd as this report is being broadcasted details are still sketchy if they will be continuing with the induction ceremony for the music duo The Judds or postpone it.

Naomi also did bit of acting who has appeared in several Hallmark movies.

Naomi’s hits include love can build a bridge: grandpa tell me about the good ol days.


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