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SO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – JETTY SANTIAGO

#GetSOM via @TenthLetterMedia

In capturing the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop & entertainment, TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine have come across a number of talented and gifted artists from the independent sector.

Jetty Santiago

Jetty Santiago is in that number as the Indiana MC is riding the wave of his recent project release Santiago Summers to rave reviews and streams.

Santiago Summers Cover

As a music journalist, it’s dope to see an artist’s progression. Jetty has graced our pages once before from his JetWave release awhile back and it was evident in our sit-down that the time in-between has been productive and rewarding for him.

“I have an affinity, an infatuation for words and for what people are rapping about and not knowing what they were talking about which made me have to look up what they were talking about and it’s making me learn more.” –Jetty Santiago

 

Santiago Summers released on August 15th, has 12 tracks and was originally a project that Jetty was balancing between two other projects before the pandemic hit. Jetty talked about the struggle to gain inspiration to create during this time in our interview. You can check out the full interview of our sit-down by clicking the link below.

 

 

You can check out the official music video for the lead single from Santiago Summers titled “Andy Bought A Basquiat” down below. As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMediaStraightofficial.com as we capture the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop & entertainment!

Follow Jetty Santiago on Twitter at @jetstayhigh as well as on YouTube at Jetty Santiago.

Santiago Summers is available NOW on Apple MusicTIDALSpotify.

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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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DJ SAMORE – “THE DJ WHO WRITES”

DJ Samore 

Atlanta born and bred with a bit of  South Florida via  West Palm beach DJ Samore started at her college radio station , Florida Atlantic University’s Owl Radio  in May 2006  a ten year run which ended in 2016. She is now in  Dade County Radio,  Nu Radio Station, Highly Unique Radio She is the host of  DJ Samore Top 5  web series and video podcastShe’s been a Guest Dj  on the Schedule 1 show with   DJ 7Thirty in  2017) and the Atlanta Hit Makers Radio Show (current) on Highly Unique Radio

She has also worked at CBS Radio West Palm Beach which turned into CBS Broadcasting (urban , rhythmic, urban ac format) (2011-2015)She also had a small stint at Cox Media Miami as a board operator watcher, before she transition back to Atlanta Ga to further her DJ career.

Events 

  • South Florida from west palm beach, ft lauradale, and miami
  • Baltimore
  • North Carolina 
  • Atlanta, Ga; Trina Braxton’s Bar Chix.  Old Lady Gang, Kandi (from Xscape) and Todd (her husband) restaurant, apache, suite food lounge, sl lounge, and events across the city including open mics and such. 
  • Show dj for multiple artists out of town shows and on tour. 

Mixtapes – Various Mixtape Series and Collab mixtapes with other Djs and Artists 

  • W.Y.K.B.I. New ish (2016- current)
  • hot indie (independent artist series)
  • 2008- R&B vs Hip Hop 
  • 2009- keepin it urban
  • 2010- we getting it in 
  • 2011- the playlist 
  • 2012- u.e. Hits
  • south meets west 
  • 2014- i’m back 
  • 2015-the urban experience turn up

Follow DJ Samore!  @thisisdjsamore on Instagram & Twitter #GetSOm

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