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SO FEATURED SPOTLIGHT: KAYLA JOY

Hey SO Fam!

We recently got a chance to catch up with Kayla Joy Singer/ Songwriter from Richmond VA

SO: What is your stage name ? Where you from and what got you into the entertainment business

KJ: Kayla Joy, Richmond,VA I have always loved music, I grew up listening to all genes of music. I spent most of my childhood living overseas and didn’t have access to music like most. I didn’t really gain interest as an artist until I saw my first music video: Alicia Keys “Fallin”. That video inspired me, I said to myself, “I’m gonna do that one day”

 

SO: Who and/or what inspired you to create ?

KJ: Music use to be a place where you can go to feel like you are not alone, weather that be in the sweet  3´´SZ of being in love, the pain of heartbreak or to feel empowered and united. I want to bring that back, a safe haven of timeless music

 

SO: How would you describe your sound ?

KJ: Hybrid R&B/Pop

 

SO: What is your creative process like ?
KJ: It really depends on my mood and if I feel inspired. I usually write out my lyrics, and then put it to music. Sometimes I will have a beat that will inspire me, and I’ll write as I’m listening to the beat. Also, through out the day, if something pops in my head I always write it down. It’s a must.

 

SO: What artists would you like to collaborate with ?
KJ:Alicia keys, H.E.R., and I would have loved to collaborate with Aaliyah

 

SO: What is one message you would give to your supporters ?
KJ:I promise to provide a gateway to a place of understanding through my music, to empower women give them strength.

 

SO: What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
KJ:I am very artsy all around, from jewelry making, to drawings/painting. I have an eye for art of all kinds and love it!

 

SO: What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music ?
KJ: I would honestly probably be in the medical field. But with something artsy on the side.

 

SO: Who are some artists you admire and why ?
KJ: Alicia Keys of course, she is just a genuine artist when it comes to her craft, Jhené Aiko, she is also a genuine, talented artist

 

SO: What is the best advice you’ve been given ?

KJ: Stop worrying about what other people think and make music that you would listen to.

 

SO: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be ?
KJ: How difficult it is for women to be in the industry. It’s a hard industry to be in and it’s not meant for everyone.

 

SO: Whats next for you, where do you see yourself in the next year ?
KJ:In the next year I want to be touring. My goal is to be known internationally

 

SO: What is your social media ? How can people get in contact with you
KJ: IG: @KaylaJoy_music FB: Kayla Joy Music Website: KaylaJoyMusic.net Twitter: @Kaylajoymusic1

Thank you Kayla we appreciate you taking the time out to chop it up with us!

1Luv,

Boom

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SO FEATURED SPOTLIGHT: I AM THE WOLF

SO: What is your stage name ? Where you from and what got you into the entertainment business IATW: I go by “IAMTHEWOLF” I was born in Palo Alto CA but I was raised my whole life in Oakland CA. I first got hooked on the music when I was 12. It all started when I was rapping for church. Been at it ever since

 

SO: Who and/or what inspired you to create ?                                                                                                    IATW: my life experiences I feel inspire a lot of what I talk about, also my kids. My outlook on life as well, feeling the Need to talk about things or just get shit off my chest

 

SO: How would you describe your sound ?                                                                                                    IATW:I would describe my sound as fun, versatile, & passionate.

SO: What is your creative process like ?
IATW: for me it all depends what kinda song/ mood I’m in at the moment. But for the most part I’d say I have a lot of fun creating but it’s also a very intimate process. It’s definitely unique I’d say.

 

SO: What artists would you like to collaborate with ?
IATW:Jesus, where do I begin. I know for a FACT russ and I would make a banger. But also ( in no particular order) j Cole, Kendrick, post malone, 6lack, Khalid, Ali Gatie, Joey bada$$, Joyner Lucas, token, lil baby and many many many more.

 

SO: If you could open a show for any artist who would it be ?
IATW: Id definitely have to say russ. Just because I witnessed the mans come up literally and a lot of what he talks about and how he moves I relate to. Plus his fan base I think would appreciate my music as well. But he’s just a GOAT. Shit will be legendary.

 

SO: What is one message you would give to your supporters ?
IATW: man, those are my people. They’ve stuck with me through a lot. Moments of inactivity and moments where I felt like I was touching the sky. They don’t owe me anything yet they always stay 10 toes down. I love my supporters, or how I call em my FANmily ! if I’m a form of inspiration to them, then my job is already in motion. Real ones !

SO: What is the most useless talent you have ?
IATW: breathing…… lol jk mmm well I can do that water drop noise with my cheek. Pretty useless. Unless, of course, if I’m in a movie theater and the scene is super quiet haha

SO: What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music ?
IATW: I’ve always been and outdoorsy person and always had a passion for animals. So I’d definitely think I’d be going down the wildlife biologist route haha take care and live with a wolf pack, ya know, study them. #stillgonnadothat

 

SO: Who are some artists you admire and why ?
IATW: Don’t want to come of as a fan girl but when I tell you russ is a big inspiration of mine, I truly mean it. I still don’t know why the man receives so much hate but besides the point, I really look up to him because he put in the grind. Years and years on end to Be where he’s at now, on his own. Independent, literally independent. He always kept it real and humble. His mentality and points of views also resonate with me. He’s just an over all genuine guy.

 

SO: What is the best advice you’ve been given ?
IATW: short and sweet “focus is understanding what you need to ignore” shit hit me like a train haha

 

SO: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be ?
IATW: I would love to see actual talent given a lot more chances. I’m not downplaying or discrediting any artists out rn. But I feel real talent shouldn’t be so hard to come across in the music industry, many times I feel like they go with what’s more marketable and it is a business so I understand that side of it. Nonetheless, i said what I said.

 

SO: Whats next for you, where do you see yourself in the next year ?
IATW: I definitely see myself making some kind of profit off my music and opening shows for some pretty important names in the industry within the next year. Just gotta keep grinding.

 

SO: What is your social media ? How can people get in contact with you
IATW: my Instagram is “iamthewolf7” people can reach me on there. Super active and post a lot of content. I also check my email regularly iamthewolfmusic@gmail.com

#GETSOM @djjayerica #Iamthewolf

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SO SPOTLIGHT! SHAROD STARKS

SHAROD STARKS
What Up SOM Fam! we recently got a chance to talk to Philly’s own Sharod Starks Check it out below!
SOM: Please tell us where you’re from and what first got you
interested in the entertainment industry?
SHAROD STARKS: I’m Sharod Starks, I was born in Perth Amboy, N.J. but I was raised in West Philadelphia. I was inspired by Jay-Z ‘s “Can I Live” to start rapping at a young age.
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SOM: Who and/or what inspires you to create?
SHAROD STARKS: Life’s experiences motivates me to create. A lot of times I can get inspiration from a certain conversation & before I know it I turn something I said into a song.
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SOM: How would you describe your sound?
SHAROD STARKS: Energetic, relatable, Music.
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SOM: What is your creative process like?
SHAROD STARKS: Sometimes I write my lyrics in my phone to make sure I don’t forget my thoughts. Other times I write in my head to create songs.
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SOM:What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
SHAROD STARKS: Kevin Gates, Tory Lanez,  or Mo3
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SOM:What is one message you would give to your supporters?
SHAROD STARKS: I would want to tell all of my supporters that I really appreciate each & everyone of them.
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SOM:What is the most useless talent you have?
SHAROD STARKS: I dont think I have a useless talent. Talent is generally something you’re really good at compared to other people’s ability to do the same thing. If I’m that good at something, I’m going to find a purpose for it
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SOM: What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
SHAROD STARKS:  Doing something working with my hands like engineering or maintenance.
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SOM:Who are some artists you admire and why?
SHAROD STARKS: I admire Jay-Z because on top of being the best rapper, He knows how to reinvent himself time after time. Along with being a great businessman. I admire Kevin Gates for the fact that he bleeds on a record, meaning whatever he feels he says he doesn’t hold back.
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SOM:What is the best advice you’ve been given?
SHAROD STARKS: Keep God first & never give up.
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SOM: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
SHAROD STARKS: I would change the way artist get paid & try to create more ways of revenue especially for the starving artist.
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SOM: What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
SHAROD STARKS: What’s next for me is to stay consistent. I would wanna see myself on the billboard charts next year.
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SOM: What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?
SHAROD STARKS: @iamsharodstarks on Instagram & Twitter. I also have an website www.sharodstarks.com
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LISTEN NOW!!  Can’t Break Me
Thank you Sharod! for chopping it up with us and Special thanks to DJ No Phrillz for the link! Make sure you follow Sharod and keep up with everything Official.
-NIA BOOM

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Featured Artist: Sticky Fingaz

Hey what’s good yall it’s ya girl Dj Nia Boom with Straight Official Magazine! We recently caught up with the one and only Sticky Fingaz from the legendary group Onyx to talk about his sound, his creative process, upcoming projects and more! #StickyFingaz #Artist #Actor #Director #Onyx #Queens #Brooklyn #Film #Music #Hiphop #JMJ #DJNiaBoom #GetSOM

1.SO Magazine: What is your Stage Name? 

   Sticky Fingaz: My stage name is Sticky Fingaz but everyone including my mother calls me Sticky, so it’s just my name.

2.SO Magazine: Who and/or what inspires you to create? 

    Sticky Fingaz: What is inspires me to create is myself. I’m always trying out do myself.

3. SO Magazine: How would you describe your sound?
    Sticky Fingaz: I would describe my sound as energetic, hard, grimey, Hiphop.
4. SO Magazine: What is your creative process like?
     Sticky Fingaz: My creative process is a never ending process, I’m always creating even in mid conversation. Somebody might say something interesting and I’ll tell them no        publishing and use it in a song. Or I’m always using my Shazam APP to find new music samples when I’m out and about.
5. SO Magazine: What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
Sticky Fingaz: I would like to collaborate with artist that I’ve never worked with before, and I’ve worked with almost everybody.
6. SO Magazine: If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
Sticky Fingaz: I don’t know who I would want to open a show for, because I usually close the show. I’m a hard act to follow.
7. SO Magazine: What is one message you would give to your supporters? 
Sticky Fingaz: I would like to tell my supporters the more you give the more you get because I put everything right back into the pot.
8. SO Magazine: What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
Sticky Fingaz: If I wasn’t doing music I’d probably be filming my 94th movie or TV show.
9. SO Magazine: Who are some artists you admire and why?
Sticky Fingaz: I admire all artist.
10. SO Magazine: What is the best advice you’ve been given? 
Sticky Fingaz: The best advice I’ve been given is it takes a team even to be independent.
11.SO Magazine: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Sticky Fingaz: I wouldn’t change anything about the industry I just learn to adapt.
12. SO Magazine: What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
Sticky Fingaz: What’s next for me is to do it all again at a higher level fully independently.
. The best way to contact me is through my website stickyfingaz.com my IG @imstickyfingaz and my new mobile APP STICKY FINGAZ.
Thank You
Sticky Fingaz
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Rihanna Speaks to the World ” Pull Up!”

Rihanna received the NAACP President’s Award for her philanthropic  work at the NAACP Image Awards this past weekend. The star, who wore a purple Givenchy Haute Couture, was specifically honored for her fundraising efforts with various charities, including Raising Malawi, UNICEF, and Clara Lionel Foundation, the nonprofit organization she founded, which is devoted to emergency preparedness, in honor of her grandparents.

Rihanna’s acceptance speech included a powerful message for the audience. “I’m lucky I was able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. And if there’s anything that I’ve learned, it’s that we can only fix this world together,”  “We can’t do it divided. I cannot emphasize that enough. We can’t let the de-sensitivity seep in. The, ‘If it’s your problem, then it’s not mine; it’s a woman’s problem; it’s a black people problem; it’s a poor people problem.”

“I mean, how many of us in this room have colleagues and partners and friends from other races, sexes, religions? Show of hands. Well, they want to break bread with you, right? They like you? Well, then this is their problem too. So when we’re marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Jr.s and Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up.”

The singer held nothing back as she continues to encourage the masses to do their part to make this world a better place. And this I why we Love Rihanna ok ok I do…

Boom 

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Instagram IGTV Creators can Monetize?

#GetSOM via @MsBoomNYC

After launching the longer-form content options, Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that would let creators earn money by showing advertisements along with their videos. By giving creators a sustainable and hands-off way to generate earnings from IG, they might be inspired to bring more and higher quality content to the platform.

The program could potentially work similarly to Facebook Watch, where video producers earn a 55% cut of revenue from “Ad Breaks” inserted into the middle of their content. There’s no word on what the revenue split would be for IGTV, but since Facebook tends to run all its ads across all its apps via the same buying interfaces, it might stick with the 55% approach that lets its say creators get the majority of cash earned.

Make that Money!

-Boom

Instagram may finally let IGTV video makers earn money

#Instagramads #Monetize #Technews #BoomGotyou #StraightOfficialMag #Technology #Videos #Marketing #Advertise #Business

Source:TechCrunch

 

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Kendrick Lamar “The Butterfly Effect” [NEWS]

Kendrick Lamar

KENDRICK LAMAR’S ‘THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT’ BIOGRAPHY IS SET TO BE RELEASE OCTOBER 13TH

     Fans have been anticipating the release of ’ Kendrick Lamar’s biography, The Butterfly Effect, which will detail the Compton rapper’s rise to fame drops October 13. Although it is unclear, whether or not the book with include reflections from Kendrick himself, it is clear that it will feature interviews from people who knew Lamar during his childhood. Kendrick Lamar

Some may think it’s too soon for the rapper to have a biography. However, Kendrick has made a lot of accomplishments during his time young time as a musician. In the last two years, Kendrick has dropped his platinum-selling album titled, DAMN took home four Grammy’s for the album. Kendrick has also executive produced the number one selling soundtrack for Marvel’s “Black Panther”

Kendrick was also the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. “It details how his story directly connects to the charged spirits of art and revolution. Ultimately, the biography explores the broad global impact of Mr. Lamar and his work,” Moore said.

KENDRICK LAMAR’S ‘THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT’ BIOGRAPHY

-Nia Boom

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Kanye and Jay-Z Reunite at Diddy’s 50th!

 

Reunited and it feels sooo good! Kanye West and JAY-Z  seen at Sean “DiddyCombs’ 50th birthday party.

JAY-Z, 50, and West, 42, both attended the star-studded bash  Saturday night alongside their respective wives Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian West. In footage from the party, the two rappers could be seen talking and laughing with one another, and both also posed for a photo with Diddy and Pharrell Williams.

West and JAY-Z’s friendship began in the  ’90s when he was recruited to produce tracks for Roc-A-Fella Records, which was founded by JAY-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke.

The two  collaborated on Watch the Throne, but their relationship became rocky after JAY-Z and Beyoncé, 38, did not attend West’s wedding to Kardashian West, 39. Since the two have not been seen together and Kanye publicly exclaimed his doubt in his friendship with Jay. Last night looks to be the start of something good.

 

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