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Prosecutors Rest Their Case Against R. Kelly After Weeks Of Testimony

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Federal prosecutors have rested their case against R. KELLY following 19 days of allegations of sexual abuse and testimony from more than 40 witnesses about how the singer allegedly controlled the minute details of his accusers’ everyday lives. According to YAHOO! NEWS, since opening statements on AUGUST 18th, prosecutors have presented accusers, former employees and other witnesses who testified in BROOKLYN’s federal courthouse about how KELLY controlled the lives of his young “girlfriends,” who often lived with him.

The accusers, whose experiences with KELLY spanned the course of about 25 years until his JULY 2019 arrest, described how the singer pressured them into sex. One woman said KELLY sexually assaulted her just moments after meeting her backstage after a concert. Others described being “trained” in sex and living with the singer over the course of several years. KELLY also gave several of them herpes, they testified, without disclosing that he had the incurable disease.

R. Kelly (Photo Cred: NY Times)

KELLY has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. His defense attorneys are expected to begin presenting their own witnesses for about two days, before each team of lawyers presents their closing arguments. 

As the trial heads toward its conclusion, the singer faces legal risk elsewhere. Federal and state-level prosecutors in CHICAGO each have pending cases against KELLY involving similar allegations, as does a district attorney’s office in MINNESOTA.

To read the full story from INSIDER, click here.

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Straight Official Magazine Sit Down: Lil Bae | @lilbae33

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Lil Bae (Photo Cred: Lil Bae IG page)

Recently we got the chance to catch up with North Carolina recording artist Lil Bae who is heating & shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

DJ -What is your Stage Name? Please tell us where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

LB – Lil Bae, from Fort Mill, SC. The entertainment industry interested me when I saw the different people you get to connect with. From producers, dancers, videographers, DJ’s, entrepreneurs and most importantly fans. Music is my passion, my life, but to meet people who can relate and love it is amazing to me.

DJ- Who and/or what inspires you to create?

LB- My inspiration is my life and experiences. I want my music to be a reflection of myself so my fans can actually relate. I make music with substance behind it. I just keep up with what is trending.

DJ- How would you describe your sound?

LB- My sound is simply authentic. Old school rap with a new Flava. My sound is who I am. My cadence separates me from most female artists out there. My sound resonates with the soul. It is refreshing.

DJ- What is your creative process like?

LB- My creative process is as follows every time; I start off working out early in the day to clear my head. I listen to different types of beats until one really grabs my attention. I write the hook and build from there. Once I’ve gotten the first verse and the hook down pack delivery-wise, I record a demo. Depending on the mood and the way “Life” goes I will finish it that day or come back to it in a week. Then it’s studio time.

DJ- What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

LB- I would love to collaborate with Missy Elliott and Soulja Boy. I would be able to attack both generations at one time and the synergy would be amazing.

DJ- If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?

LB- If I could open up for any artist it would be Missy Elliot, of course. Also, I would say Lil Baby. The messages behind his music are deeper than most rappers and I respect that.

DJ- What is one message you would give to your supporters?

LB- “Find yourself and stay true to you. Every day is a test. Focus on passing that and just go with the flow of life. Remember, always smile.”

DJ- What is the most useless talent you have?

LB- My most useless talent would be playing the recorder. I learned how in elementary school and can really play but never do.

DJ- What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?

LB- If I was not doing music, I would be creating a skincare line for sensitive skin baddies like myself. Being the best esthetician and a BOMB MOM! Eventually, I would find the music.

DJ-Who are some artists you admire and why?

LB- Missy Elliott. She remained authentic. She was different coming out at that time and she accepted that. Her sound, style, creativity and poise. Ciara. She is a killer dancer. The way she markets her music by incorporating a dance with it has made her level up.

DJ- What is the best advice you’ve been given?

LB- “The only thing that matters is now. You cannot change your past, you are not in your future, but in this moment you have the ability to create everything you want. So focus.” I have been following this advice since the beginning of the year and I can say this last quarter has been great to me.

(Photo Cred: Lil Bae IG page)

Find yourself and stay true to you. Everyday is a test. Focus on passing that and just go with the flow of life. Remember, always smile.

Lil Bae

DJ- If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

LB- I would change everything about the industry. Artist development mainly. That would clear up the roster for ready independents.

DJ- What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

LB- I will continue to make relatable, longevity music. Connecting with my fans and building myself as an artist. In the next year, I will be the artist everyone wants to meet. I will not only be busy and booked with shows and interviews, but I will also be speaking to the masses about mental health. Being the voice of the people in the music industry.

DJ- What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?

LB- @lil.ba33 on all platforms. Also linktr.ee/Lil.Bae will take you to any Social Media Link you need.

Check out Lil Bae’s latest single “Bad Bitch” below

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The Lit Lounge Tour Is Coming To A City Near You!

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September 24-26, 2021 – The Lit Lounge Tour is set to kick off this weekend in Jacksonville, FL. In previous years, the tour was primarily focused on showcasing music, however this year it will include a one night only comedy show, club after parties, the introduction of Victor George Vodka, and an overall impactful message to share.

Theodore “Wildman Teddy T” Taylor, on-air personality and founder of “A Nu Foundation Trust”, has partnered with several Florida Fleet DJ’s at radio stations, nightclubs, and businesses to put on a successful tour. It will travel through various cities with the intention of educating people on the use of medical marijuana for health benefits and positive economic influence in communities. All of this will also be integrated in the upcoming docu-series, “Walk on the Wildside”.

We’ve been getting high from marijuana for years. Now we are creating a positive purpose for this healing instrument, so that people can help in its preservation. Let’s stay healthy to get wealthy.”

Wildman Teddy T

The Lit Lounge Tour launched back in March of 2020 in Plantation, FL and traveled to Miami Gardens with a pop up event. You can relive the latest tour dates here. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about medical marijuana from a variety of marijuana vendors and enthusiasts. The tour is set to stop in Jacksonville this Friday at Eva’s Sports Bar and Grill (736 A Philip Randolph Blvd). Additional tour dates will be released soon for cities like Gainesville, Tallahassee, Miami, and many more.

If interested, you can bring the Lit Lounge Tour to your city by contacting A Nu Foundation Trust at 775-773-8133. Click here to buy and/or register to perform.

SPONSORED BY EVA’S BAR & GRILL | KABOOM HOLY | VICTOR GEORGE VODKA | FLEET DJS | SFMR | MP3WAXX | IHEARTRADIO | STRONG CONTENT PRODUCTIONS | THE WAKEUP COMPANY

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‘Friday’ Star And Comedian AJ Johnson Dies at 55

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AJ Johnson (Photo Cred: Memesrandom.com)

Confirming multiple news reports, comedian Anthony “AJ” JOHNSON has passed away. He was 55 years old.

AJ Johnson in his role of Blue in “I Got the Hook Up” (Photo Cred: Yahoo.com)

Johnson, who was widely renowned for his memorable role as Eazel in the cult classic Friday, had 50 film and television show credits under his belt. The actor and comedian found success in the 1990’s doing stand up and was featured in the 90’s Hip-Hop classic film House Party.

Johnson playing Eazel in the movie ‘Friday’ (Photo Cred: Florida News Times)

TMZ reports that they were told by one of Johnson’s relatives that Johnson was found lifeless in a store and was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was pronounced dead. No cause of death has been announced.

Anthony “AJ” Johnson (Photo Cred: Lipstick Alley)

We here at Straight Official Magazine are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of such a great talent and we offer our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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London Rapper Cherryibee Debuts New Hit Single “Did Me So Rotten” | @cherryibee_1

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UK recording artist CHERRYIBEE (pronounced “Cherry-bee”) released her debut single “Did Me So Rotten”. The single shares her experiences of navigating success through jealousy and being held back by the ones who should be supportive.

Cherryibee first began her career as a child by writing songs and eventually gained attention by performing at school assemblies and wherever she could. She found her voice combining styles of influential artists like Lil Kim, Movado, and Gucci Mane with the wide variety of music she grew up on from country to soul, and reggae.

Her debut single “Did Me So Rotten” (produced by Slayer Tracks and engineered by Startrex) was released through her Cherrybee Entertainment imprint and is available now digitally worldwide. 


Listen to the Cherryibee’s single “Did Me So Rotten” at https://fanlink.to/DidMeSoRotten and follow @cherryibee_1 on Instagram.

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Let’s Talk King of Kentucky | @est.gee

If I ain’t a young shiner then what do you call that?”

@est.gee

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Earlier this year the “Bigger Than Life or Death” rapper was cited countless times as one of 2021’s breakout rap stars, and rightfully so. Signed to Yo Gotti’s CMG, EST Gee is credited doing features with the best of them – Lil Baby, Moneybagg Yo, Future, Lil Durk, and 42 Dugg just to name a few. People love EST Gee because he raps about some pretty dark topics, but in a way that truly embodies modern musicality.

We ain’t got no pro team in Louisville, this a brick town”

EST Gee

Now, most people who think of Louisville, Kentucky think of bourbon, racehorses, and Muhammad Ali. Lately in the 20’s, Jack Harlow and now EST Gee, have been running the Bluegrass State. Admittedly, I was not a fan at first, but I rooted for him anyway because we’re originally from the same city. It caught my attention listening to his collab with Moneybagg, which is one of my favorites in the game right now, but still I wasn’t convinced he was the star that Yo Gotti was making him out to be. I recently got a chance to really review the album and honestly, I was upset with myself for sleeping on him for so long. I did some further research and had a fan girl moment when I found out that his birthday is the day before mine – he’s automatically my favorite.

On a more serious note, the “young shiner” was described as being “apathetic” towards his fast rising career. I won’t quote it as a zodiac attribute, because like he said in a Pitchfork interview, “He’s seen it all and thought of it all.” When you get the chance to travel as much as he has, you realize that everywhere is really the same – some places are just flashier or more hood or country than the next. EST Gee has the potential to make it all the way. He used to play football before his rap career took off and let’s just say “he’s good at everything he does.”

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SOMag & TenthLetterMedia presents the #SaturdaySpotlight

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

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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 International 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. In 2015, TenthLetterMedia joined the team and we began to work to discover the emerging independent talent nationwide, more so from the nineteenth state. For three years, 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 super talent from Indy, 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 the 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 (Photo Cred: TenthLetterMedia)

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 want to be able to chop it up with 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 Dead Silence, Illy Octane & Ro Wilson.

From Left: Dead Silence, Right Illy Octane (Photo Cred: TenthLetterMedia)

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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Get Familiar With Tiffany Jaye | @tjayetaylor

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Recently we got the chance to catch up with North Carolina recording artist Tiffany Jaye who is on the grind and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Tiffany Jaye

The music, notes, words, pictures…everything that music and art is about is the mere essence of what I love to do and who I am.

Tiffany Jaye

DJ Spins: What is your Stage Name? Please tell us where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?
Tiffany Jaye: My name is Tiffany Jaye born in Brooklyn, NY raised in Charlotte, NC. The idea that one could possibly make a living off their passion was what sparked my interest. Crossing paths with O.G. Neil, at 16, was an open door that made that possible and we’ve been rocking together ever since. I had the voice that could move mountains while he taught me the fundamentals of the business.

DJ: Who and/or what inspires you to create?
TJ: Inspiration comes from the overwhelming sensation to channel my emotions and have somewhere to put them. The soundboard is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted.

DJ: How would you describe your sound?
TJ: My sound is Mariah Carey for her range. Ne-Yo for his writing. Kehlani, Yebba and Victoria Monét for the feel that they bring to the track. They have amazing flavor and what I’m feeling right now in my spirit.

DJ: What is your creative process like?
TJ: My ideal creative process is sitting with a musician and if I have something in mind, like a melody I hum it and we start from there. Or I see where their head is at and we just create. Create from different ideas/inspirations that we’re thinking of at the time. Usually, when the process is like that I find those projects to be the most successful and smooth. There’s more of an organic flow that you get when you create from scratch together with someone else versus receiving a bunch of tracks to choose from and piece the song together.

DJ: What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
TJ: BabyFace for his tenure with songwriting and arranging. Ryan Leslie because he’s like a modern-day Stevie Wonder with his ability to play many instruments. He dubbed himself the Black Mozart, bold and fitting. Lady Gaga for the caricatures she’s displayed to the public throughout the years. I want to learn how she channels and makes them believable on screen. Lucky Daye because since his first album “Painted” I’m loving everything he’s doing in its entirety. His choice of features, his subject matter, his vocals, the production, everything.

DJ: If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
TJ: Lucky Daye – I believe he’s well on his way and it would be a good mix of a show with me opening for him.

DJ: What is one message you would give to your supporters?
TJ: The music, the notes, the words, the pictures, everything that music and art is about is the mere essence of what I love to do and who I am. I hope that you not only listen for entertainment but also gain some personal growth. Preserve and continue to build your confidence by being inspired so that you can be an inspiration to someone else. We all have gifts and talents so find what works for you and use that to help serve others in whatever way you see fit. Whether it’s through singing a song, saying hey, or just giving a hug or a smile. I want you to enjoy, live life, and be free. God bless you, Love Tiffany Jaye.

DJ: What is the most useless talent you have?
TJ: I know that whatever I put my mind to I can accomplish it. With enough focus and discipline one year I learned how to crochet. I started a blanket to find a new hobby to quench my loneliness. While this was successful for the time being in the since of the question I would only call it useless because I don’t have the passion to take it further as I have with my music. It was a one-time thing and it accomplished the fix I needed at that point in my life. Music is something that will never go away. It’s my drug of choice. My vice when I want to escape. Being a part of the creative process is my reason to live.

DJ: What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
TJ: If I wasn’t doing music I would probably be more invested in my job and would’ve taken opportunities to move up in that field sooner. Use that as a stepping stone for cash flow to work on my visual art, applying and entering into contests and gallery shows to eventually make a living off of that.

DJ: Who are some artists you admire and why?
TJ: Dorothy Dandridge, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Ne-Yo, Janet & Michael Jackson. I’m going to take time to expand upon one person here. Tina Turner. She’s like lightning in a bottle that couldn’t even contain her. She showed up and was fully present defying all odds and can now bow out gracefully with her mind, health, and a new vision of life going forward.

DJ: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
TJ: I’ve recently been listening to Brenden Burchard’s podcast called “The Brenden Show” and one of the things he suggested was to have a delayed emotional response when communicating. I’m working through being highly reactive so taking time, just a second to breathe in and out before I give someone a response has helped me provide a better, more well thought out answer. It doesn’t come off defensive or irrational which is what I want to perfect. Being proactive in my thinking is a skill I want to master.

DJ: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
TJ: The pay-to-play culture. I wish there was another way to weed out the riffraff to determine who’s really serious versus who’s not.

DJ: What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
TJ: I would like to continue creating a few singles, not an album yet, and solidify my audience. Refining my social media and what fans tune into when they come to any of my platforms.

Check out Tiffany Jaye’s latest single “Callin Me” below and follow Tiffany on social media @tjayetaylor on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

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