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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Mannie Faces | @djmanniefaces

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ Mannie Faces

FLeet DJ Since: 2021

Location: Indianapolis, INdiana

Region: Midwest Fleet DJ’s/Indiana Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ MANNIE FACES?

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana DJ MANNIE FACES is a relatively new face to The Fleet DJ’s. Joining the coalition in August, he admits that while he hasn’t had enough time to grasp everything. But, he’s never been more ready to shine for his city. During his teenage years, Mannie almost gave up on becoming a DJ for other visions. “I quit DJ’ing when I was 14 and started rapping because me and my friends saw Krush Groove and thought that we were going to make it big.”

The decision to get back on the ones and twos came after surprising one of his friends with his talent. “One day I went over to my friends’ house. He had some tables so I decided to mess with them for a little bit. This friend in particular never knew I was a DJ, so in shock he’s like “Bro, I had no idea you could spin!” He’s one of the inspirations that got me back spinning.”

Born Herschel Kirk, DJ Mannie Faces may also have a familiar face to some of you movie buffs. Back in 2000 when he relocated from Indiana to California, he threw his hat into the acting circle and found success initially. “When I moved to Oakland for a little bit, I got the chance to act in a movie called Consequences in which I played a decent role but, I was killed in the movie,” he laughs about now today. Mannie then moved back to Indianapolis, where he settled down to marry the love of his life and raise his three children.

I got the name Mannie Faces from a friend of mine. We were over to my cousin’s house and he had some tables so I gave him a little taste. He only knew me as a rapper, so it amazed him to where he began calling me Man E. Faces, meaning a man of many talents. I just changed the spelling to Mannie Faces.

Mannie Faces on how he got his name

MANNIE ADAPTS TO THE NEW TERRAIN

Even though Mannie is fairly new to Fleet, it hasn’t hindered him in wanting to grow in his craft. I asked him who’s currently in his playlist. “Right now honestly the current songs in my playlist are all Fleet DJ exclusives and anything on the Fleet DJ radio network. I’m soaking up all this game because you can never stop learning when you’re spinning. There’s always something that you can add to your technique.” In balancing work and a personal life, Mannie is also the owner of Strong Side Radio as well as getting ready to drop a new project for 2021. “I have a project called Crowd Control that is scheduled to drop on September 24th that features various artists from the Midwest that are bringing that HEAT!”

DJ Mannie Faces-Crowd Control (Photo Cred: Dj Mannie Face IG)
(Photo Cred: DJ Mannie Face IG)

MANNIE DEALS WITH ADVERSITY

With anything in life, there will be some setbacks in the journey to your path. I asked Mannie about any experiences that stuck out to him. He recollected on a moment that gave him hindsight. “One of my worst experiences was when I was booked to do a show and when I arrived, there was already a DJ there! I was told that it was miscommunication on my end, which wasn’t the case at all. The biggest takeaway from that situation for me was to ALWAYS secure a deposit to avoid messes like that.”

On the flip side, Mannie said his greatest experience was being accepted by Fleet and gaining his peer’s respect. “Anyone can give themselves the title of DJ, but the honor is really bestowed upon you once you earn it from your peers. Putting in the work will always get the desired results and I am ready to show and prove for my team and my city!”

Having a team like Fleet has enabled me to build on my dreams, live a healthier life and strengthen my relationships with others.

DJ Mannie Faces on his position with Fleet DJ’s

IN CLOSING

DJ Mannie Faces is a great addition to a growing coalition. The love is in fact there as he expressed to me in closing. “Much love to my Fleet Nation! Strongside Radio, Dj Headrush, DJ Bigtymer, DJ Tone, DJ Chill, DJ P- Money, Dj WillyBangz, Klassik Ceo, DJ Baby G, DJ Hot1ne, DJ Mos Precious… I can keep going!! Love to the whole Fleet Nation and thanks to Jay Mill (TenthLetterMedia) for the interview. My Famous words…. Lets Get it!!!

You can follow DJ Mannie Faces on Facebook and be sure to follow Strong Side Radio on Facebook as well. Check him out on Instagram & Twitter at @djmanniefaces.

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Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One Are Next Up For a Verzuz

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Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One Verzuz Flyer (Photo Cred: Okayplayer.com)

THE NEXT VERZUZ IS OFFICIAL!!

Hip-Hop pioneers BIG DADDY KANE & KRS-ONE have been announced as the next two artists to face off in the next Verzuz! Pitchfork reports that the battle will go down Sunday, October 17th at 9pm EST from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

These unique battles have helped to engage fans of Hip-Hop and R&B alike. They’ve provided memorable entertainment amidst the ongoing pandemic. Spawned by legendary producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland, these impromptu battles of artist catalogs have reinvigorated our love for the culture and music as a whole.

Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One (Photo Cred: Getty Images)

LET’S PLAY A GAME

Revolt reports the two producers wanted the fans to guess on who the next two combatants would be. The prize for a correct guess would be a pair of tickets to the event! The initial post on Instagram received over 15,000 guesses! The fans would only have silhouettes to use as a hint, with most of us being able to guess right away!

(Photo Cred: Verzuz IG Page)

This battle is sure to be as legendary as the artists who are performing! You can purchase tickets NOW through triller.fightclub.com and you can watch exclusively through both Triller & FITE TV. Billed as “TrillerVerz III Weekend”, the festivities will kick off on October 16th. Fans will be treated with a performance from Jamaican DJ Super Cat at 8pm EST. The official battle between BDK and KRS will take place the next day.

Be sure to get your tickets NOW and tune in on Sunday, October 16th to catch all the festivities! Who do you think will win this Verzuz battle? Who would you like to see in the next Verzuz? Let us know down in the comments below! As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture!

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Dead Silence Releases “Need To Go” Single | @deadsilence9

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Dead Silence
Dead Silence

DEAD SILENCE released his new single “Need To Go” last week to rave reviews and replays. The Indianapolis artist and songwriter has been on his grind and the payoff has been spectacular to say the least! With his music being heard on popular TV shows such as Growing Up Hip-Hop on We TV as well as on ABC News and HBO, he is showing and proving that being an independent artist does have its rewards.

Dead Silence- Need To Go Artwork

An entire vibe in itself, “Need To Go” is a track that reflects his thoughts on the fake love and attention that runs rampant nowadays. Along with releasing a clean and explicit version of the single, he released the official music video on Friday and from the looks of the visual, you can tell this was a fun shoot! But don’t take my word for it, you can see the excitement on the faces of everyone in attendance!

Dead Silence
On the set of the “Need To Go” music video shoot (Photo Cred: Artist IG page)

You can check out the official music video for “Need To Go” down below. As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture! If you’re an artist that would like to be featured in SOMag, then check out the flyer below for more information.

Stay tuned in for more dope content and remember, it’s the #DueSeason so #GetSOM!!!

Dead Silence
(Photo Cred: Dead Silence IG page)

“Need To Go” is available to stream and download NOW and you can get your issue by clicking here. You can follow Dead Silence on Instagram at @deadsilence9 and on YouTube at Dead Silence.

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YouTube Removes Misinforming Vaccine Videos

WHAT IS YOUTUBE DOING?

YouTube has announced that they will begin to remove any misinforming videos surrounding any approved medical vaccinations from their site. Bloomberg reports that the site is forgoing their usual hands-off approach to this topic. The video platform will extend their policies against any form of misinformation conveyed on their site.

A division of Google announced that the ban will include any media claiming that vaccines are dangerous or lead to chronic health outcomes. Over 130,000 videos broke the new rule and were removed from the site. These numbers will rise as the pandemic goes on.

One year ago, YouTube began banning videos that were critical of Covid-19 vaccines. Seeing early on the policy had limitations, YouTube enforced policies after creators found ways around it. Making claims about the vaccines without mentioning Covid-19 directly was one way creators went about it.

Matt Halprin, VP of YouTube of Trust and Safety (Photo Cred: Wikipedia Commons)

We can imagine viewers potentially extrapolating Covid-19. We wanted to make sure that we’re covering the whole gamut.

Mark Halprin on YouTube’s New Policy

DEALING WITH BACKLASH

YouTube faces some of the same political pressures as Facebook and Twitter. The streaming site is being accused of censoring speech. The platform faces scrutiny for what some believe is labeling and inadequately policing vaccine skepticism and falsehoods.

Halprin said, “The company will allow ‘scientific discussion’. Videos about vaccine trials, results and failures.” YouTube will continue to permit personal testimonies. Parents can talk about their child’s experiences receiving the vaccine.

“If videos aggregate these testimonials or make broader claims questioning vaccine efficacy, they will be removed” Halprin said.

(Photo Cred: The Guardian Nigeria)

IS YOUTUBE RESTRICTING SEARCHES?

Within the conditions of YouTube’s new policy, the platform categorized certain health videos and in some cases, reduced their ability to show up in searches. Reports state that the company will treat certain health videos as “borderline.” This would decrease the appearance in search results.

“It’s only when somebody then generalizes, Halprin continued. ‘It’s not just about my child’. There’s obviously a line there.”

What do you think about YouTube’s new course of action? Let us know in the comments down below!

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[BREAKING NEWS] R. Kelly Found Guilty!!

R. Kelly (Photo Cred: ABC News)

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Confirming multiple news sources, R&B singer R. KELLY was found guilty by a federal jury on Monday afternoon on racketeering charges stemming from his publicized sex trafficking trial. Prosecutors had accused R. Kelly of using his celebrity to bait women and underaged girls for sex throughout the course of the R&B singers’ thirty-year career.

Straight Official reported on R. Kelly just last month. The singer’s trial had appeared to had hit a brick wall. The prosecution rested their case against the crooner after hearing weeks of testimonies from accusers and survivors of Kelly. It’s funny what a few weeks can change.

Reuters reports that R. Kelly pled not guilty to a racketeering charge and eight counts of violating federal law. This involves making it illegal to transport people across state lines for prostitution. While the prosecution is making R. Kelly as a predator who used his fame and charisma to lure victims into his sphere, the defense team for R. Kelly portrays him as a generous person and that his accusers are looking for a payday through failed book deals and hoped-for music careers that never took flight.

Prosecutors push a cart with documents related to R. Kelly’s trial as they arrive to Brooklyn federal court in New York, U.S., August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

We will continue to follow this story as news develops. What are your thoughts on this case? Let us know down below!

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#SaturdaySpotlight featuring Tevin Studdard

Tevin Studdard with 24 of his favorite friends from Long’s Bakery (Photo Cred: Twitter.com)

CELEBRATING HIP-HOP, LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE, TENTHLETTERMEDIA & STRAIGHT OFFICIAL MAGAZINE PRESENTS THE #SATURDAYSPOTLIGHT

MEET TEVIN STUDDARD

TEVIN STUDDARD has been going HARD over the past few weeks for his community! Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Tevin has become both an overnight success and a narrative changer for his city. Ever since he went viral with a rap song about Long’s Donuts last year, the WISH TV 8 personality and entrepreneur has set the bar for putting all his people on. Tevin is built for providing prosperity to his brothers and sisters by any means necessary!

Tevin Studdard-Longs Bakery Music Video
Tevin and Ruben Studdard (Photo Cred: Indianapolis Monthly)

TEVIN’S FAMILY TIES

Studdard became widely popular through the production of songs and music videos for collegiate and high school sports teams. Talent runs deep in the Studdard bloodline as Tevin is the cousin of Ruben Studdard, the first African-American male to win American Idol. Tevin used music as a escape from the real life tragedy that altered the course of his life.

“I had a cousin that was killed outside my grandma’s house when I was in school,” Studdard recants. “It was kinda just a defining moment for me. I was depressed and ended up at that time dropping out of school. Music was where I could find hope. It was an outlet of expression for me.”

TEVIN SEIZES AN OPPORTUNITY

Going after his dreams with veracity, Tevin would catch the attention of some of the city’s most influential people. He recalled the time that his music made it to WNBA legend Tamika Catchings. “My senior year of high school I sent some songs to Tamika and she really liked them,” he said. Seeing the opportunity to get one step closer to his goal, Tevin came to Tamika with an ultimatum.

“I told her if she liked my music then could I write a song for the Indiana Fever,” he said. “But, the catch was that if the song was good enough for the Fever, then she would let me perform it at Conseco (now Bankers Life) Fieldhouse. She gave me her word and I jumped in the studio like Superman!”

It’s like the worst that they could tell me was ‘no’. If you got the dream inside of you, work your behind off it.”

Tevin Studdard on his go-getter mentality
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TEVIN GOES BEYOND THE MUSIC

Flyer for Tevin Studdard’s grand opening of Tevin’s Vision (Photo Cred: KPRN.TV)

I caught up with Tevin a few weeks ago as he celebrated the grand opening of Tevin’s Vision. On a Wednesday afternoon, Tevin reached out to 100 small business owners and from his newly acquired building inside Washington Square Mall. Tevin would flood the dying establishment with 133 total business owners! Stores like Sears, Montgomery Ward and LS Ayres which occupied the building years ago could never warrant this much traffic! Tevin was filming a new online series called To-Go Plate. He invited chefs and restaurant owners to sample their dishes and highlight their respective businesses.

Tevin Studdard photoshoot for Tevin’s Vision (Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Twitter Page)
Tevin Studdard on the set of his new online series “To-Go Plate” which features Black chefs and business owners (Photo Cred: C3 Photography & Media)

From there Tevin would proceed to meet and greet with every single vendor that was in the building. I watched as Tevin took plate after plate from every chef! He proceeded to canvas the mall and shake hands and embrace all the vendors in attendance. It was a testament to how much Tevin wants his people to win. On October 2nd, Tevin will be doing it all over again with the second helping of Tevin’s Vision with the goal to have over 200 business owners and vendors on site!

IN CLOSING

(Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Facebook Page)
Tevin Studdard with the masses as he celebrated the grand opening of Tevin’s Vision in Washington Square Mall (Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Facebook Page)
(Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Facebook Page)

One day you’re gonna wake up with your dreams staring you right in the face. You better be ready.

Tevin Studdard

It was a pleasure to meet with such a motivated and driven individual! Stay tuned in for our live interview with Tevin. As always, we thank you for tuning in to the #SaturdaySpotlight and tune in weekly for more dope content!

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TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official presents the #SaturdaySpotlight

Celebrating Hip-Hop, Lifestyle & Culture Straight Official Magazine & TenthLetterMedia presents the #SaturdaySpotlight

#GetSOM via @TenthLetterMedia

For nearly a decade, Straight Official Magazine has been the source for your daily dose of hip-hop, lifestyle and culture. Serving as the home publication for the Worldwide Fleet DJ’s, SOMag has worked to both keep you up-to-date on the latest news in music and entertainment and breaking new artists. When TenthLetterMedia joined the team we began to work to discover the independent talent nationwide. Saturdays were ours as we connected like Voltron to bring readers a dope feature known as the #SaturdaySpotlight.

Perfect TIming

It was during that time the city of Indianapolis was on fire, with a plethora of artists that were making hip-hop more than just a weekend thing. The landscape became more diverse and at the same time, more business minded to change narratives and for some artists like Indianapolis rapper TRAJIK to reach unbelievable heights. The first artist that I covered early in my career that ended up gracing the cover of the city’s largest newspaper as the face of this movement is a testament to the change that he spoke to me about way back in the day. Before he snagged roles as an actor in Empire & Proven Innocent, we featured him in the magazine on the heels of his Welcome To Traptown album release in 2019.

From there, it was all gas and no brakes…

Within the same year, another major talent from Indianapolis began to make noise as producer Playbwoi Tha Great was signed to Bad Azz Music and we were right there with a feature about his dope visual for his single “It’s Clear To Me” from his RockSolidForever 2 album release. In ten years of music journalism, I have sat down with some of my favorite artists, but there’s something about doing so with not only hometown artists, but with friends that makes these features hit different.

Like when we got to chop it up with the homie Matthew “M-80” Markoff on the heels of his comeback to the mic with his “Done Done It” release and the amazing interview we had with the one and only T-Quest, we have had a niche for bringing you the brightest and most talented acts from across the land.

And we intend to keep a good thing going…

Left: Matthew “M-80” Markoff, Right: T-Quest

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK…

In coming back from a situation that was out of our control, we are formally introducing the weekend feature back to the masses! This time around, we are looking for more than just artists. We’re looking for business owners, models, producers, comedians… whoever you are we want to shine the light on you!! We’re looking to discover more dope artists like T. Harris, Dead Silence, Illy Octane & Ro Wilson.

From Left: Dead Silence, Right Illy Octane

Ro Wilson (Photo Cred: TenthLetterMedia)

As always, we thank you for rocking with Straight Official Magazine & TenthLetterMedia as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture! If you are interested in being featured in the #SaturdaySpotlight then check out the flyer down below for more information. Stay tuned in for more dope content and remember, it’s the #DueSeason so #GetSOM!!!

T. Harris (Photo Cred: TenthLetterMedia)
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Rick Ross Claims Next Project To Be “His Best Yet” | @RICKROSS

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 26: Rapper Rick Ross attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

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RICK ROSS is back in the news again. The Miami rapper is confident his new album Richer Than I’ve Ever Been, will be his magnum opus. Even without an official release date or track listing, Rozay feels as if this will be the one that will get the fans back excited.

Rick Ross (Photo Cred: Rap-Up.com)

RTIEB was set to be released earlier this year. Ross took his time and delayed the project to take more time in perfecting it. Ross was on The Bakari Sellers Podcast not too long ago and he spoke highly on the album and what fans should expect.

(Photo Cred: HipHopDX)

“Really I feel this is the best album. I make progress every day. The words I use, the positions I’m in. The things I’m able to say. Some of the stuff I’m saying on the album gon’ separate this album from others. A lot of people are going to say Rozay shouldn’t have did thaaaat. I think I should. Why not? That’s what the game needs. I’m only going to bring what the game needs.”

Rick Ross-The Bakari Sellers Podcast

Finally, Ross is also attempting to get his driver’s license. With many luxurious cars at his disposal, the Maybach Music general has taken to social media to air out his grievances with the DMV. The pursuit has been trivial and comical, as you can see in the video below.

Rick Ross explains his issues in trying to acquire his driver’s license (Photo Cred: SOHH Twitter Page)

It’s good to know Rozay has a huge heart. Let’s just hope the DMV has the same sized one!

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50 Cent & More Set to Headline 2022 Riviera Maya Golden Sand Festival | @50cent

50 Cent
50 Cent (Photo Cred: Hollywood Reporter)

50 Cent intends to set 2022 off with a BANG! He along with several other artists will be headlining the 2022 Riviera Maya Golden Sand Festival. The event takes place on January 12-16th. The line up that will bring back the flavor of both the 90’s and 2000’s. With performances from Lil Kim, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland & Ludacris just to name a few! Fif made it official via his Twitter page this week and the anticipation is already beginning to build!

Billboard reports that the winter will heat up with this blend of both Hip-Hop and R&B stars. The idea is to take us back to simpler times. With good music, food and drinks (which are all included in your stay). The four-day, five night event includes pool parties, daily yoga, wellness and meditation sessions and a COVID-19 money-back guarantee. Check out the Pollen website for more information.

#GetSOM via @TenthLetterMedia and check out more Hip-Hop news right here.

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JA RULE & FAT JOE ARE NEXT UP FOR A VERZUZ BATTLE | @jarule @fatjoe

Fat Joe & Ja Rule (Photo Cred: Complex.com)

JA RULE & FAT JOE ARE NEXT UP FOR VERZUZ

The next round of Verzuz has been set! In two weeks, two of New York’s most renowned MC’s will go head-to-head for the culture. Ja Rule and Fat Joe will be LIVE from New York on Tuesday, September 14th. We’ve been treated to some memorable battles so far. Like the unforgettable Lox vs. Dipset battle that left Madison Square Garden looking more like a crime scene when it was all said and done.

(Photo Cred: Twitter.com)

TALE OF THE TAPE

AllHipHop.com reports that after the announcement the Terror Squad and Murder Inc. vets expressed interest in doing a Verzuz. Just not against each other! Ironically, both MC’s wanted 50 Cent as their competition as Fat Joe expressed on The Morning Hustle last year. “I think the guys in the trap, I think the girls, I think everybody [would] be like, ‘Oh wow, we got a Verzuz 50 Cent [with] Fat Joe? Oh, I’m tuning into that joint.’… That’ll be the ideal one.”

Ja also voiced his reasons for wanting to participate in a Verzuz to HipHopDX stating that while “it would make the most sense” to battle 50 Cent that it would be highly unlikely. “Listen, man. Everybody don’t want the smoke. Everybody don’t want this smoke. I got heat. Let me tell you something, when I do my shows, I can rock. I’m telling you it’s like an hour of straight hit records. No filler. All crab meat, n***a. … All meat in that m############ crab cake, n***a.” 

Fat Joe (Photo Cred: Complex.com)

“Ja Rule is sayin’ he loves Hip Hop first and foremost and he wants to do this for the culture. C’mon, you guys want the smoke for real.” 

Fat Joe on The Fat Joe Show
Ja Rule (Photo Cred: Fox News)

But if I did one, if I did do a Verzuz, I would want my Verzuz to be fun. That’s what Verzuz is supposed to be about—the celebration of music and the art, and the artistry.”

Ja Rule on his take on doing a Verzuz

Tickets for the event will go on sale on September 7th. The live stream of the event will take place on the Verzuz Instagram Page as well on Triller and Fite TV apps. It will be an event you WON’T want to miss!!!

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