Categories
Gaming Music

SPIN KINGS featuring Tech Supreme

AUGUST DJ OF THE MONTH:

 TECH SUPREME

 1548209_10200491001437952_1103897079_o

 

I am so excited about this month’s Spin Kings feature on Tech Supreme.  He is a very talented music producer and DJ in St. Louis.  Tech Supreme won the Riverfront Times Hip Hop Producer of The Year award in 2007 and was nominated in the same category four years in a row (2008-2011).  He was also named 2013 Producer of The Year by the St. Louis Underground Music Festival.  In addition to his accomplishments as a producer, Tech has also been a successful deejay on the nightlife scene in St. Louis, rockin’ places such as Lola and The Gramophone.  Get familiar with the name because you will definitely see, and hear, more of him and his work in the future!!

 

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Hey Tech Supreme!

TECH SUPREME:  What’s up, how are you doing?

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  I’m doing great and yourself?

TECH SUPREME:  I’m doing fine.  We finally meet.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Yes finally! (laughing)  So are you ready to get to down to business?

TECH SUPREME:  Yup.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  How did you get into deejaying?

TECH SUPREME:  I’ve been doing music since I was 16.  I had a college roommate that had some Technic 1200s (turntables) and I used to play around with them.  One night at Blueberry Hill, Traxstar was showing me how to blend and mix on his turntables, and I really liked it.  I also had other friends show me how to deejay.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  How long have you been deejaying?

TECH SUPREME:  Since 2007, but mainly I’m a music producer.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  What was your first gig and how did it come about?

TECH SUPREME:  I was at Gramophone and there was a group performing there called Pac Div; they were signed to Atlantic records.  It was super packed and I was kind of nervous, but it turned out great.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  In your opinion, how do deejays from St. Louis differ from deejays outside of the area?

TECH SUPREME:  The deejays in St. Louis are really skilled and are amazing on the turntables.  DJ Sno, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano, Nappy DJ Needles, DJ Epic, DJ Sir Thurl are all very gifted at deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  What are some qualities that you feel you must have in order to be considered a “master” at your craft?

TECH SUPREME:  Talent and consistency.  You need to be dope at what you do and have years of experience doing it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  I totally agree with you on that.  What are some of the venues you’ve deejayed at?

TECH SUPREME:  Gramophone, Atomic Cowboy, Blueberry Hill, and Lola.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  I miss Lola so much!  I used to love going there on Friday nights.

TECH SUPREME:  Yeah it was nice spot.  I used to do graphic designs for them plus I had a real good friend that was a co-owner.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Have you ever participated in a deejay battle?  If so what was the outcome?

TECH SUPREME:  I haven’t yet.  I’m very good at blending but still need to work on my scratching ability.  I wouldn’t dare enter in a battle and I don’t have that together, but I have respect for deejays who’ve done battle.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Do you have any mixtapes?  If so how many?

TECH SUPREME:  I have mixes on my mixcloud page www.mixcloud.com/techsupreme and on www.techsupreme.netI am also working on an instrumental mixtape that’s going to have trap and EDM beats.  It’s going to be called Technicolor.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  What is your favorite piece of deejaying equipment?

TECH SUPREME:  The Pioneer DDJ SX; it’s great for deejaying versus turntables.  I don’t have to worry about whenever I have a gig, and a girl is dancing real close to my table and bumps it by accident, and the needle goes off the vinyl.  It’s like when people who do production started with Fruity Loops and then progressed to a newer program with more technology in it.  I always like getting new shit to see how it works.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Any upcoming projects that you’re working on?

TECH SUPREME:  Right now I’m finalizing a ‘Best Of’ series.  I did one a couple of years ago that showcased The Neptunes.  This one will be with DJ Grynd Tyme and DJ Spec.  It will be local music that nobody has heard before.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Where can the local people see you spin?

TECH SUPREME:  I do Rap City once a month at Blank Space located at 2847 Cherokee St. in South St. Louis.  The next gig will be Saturday August 9 with myself and Nappy DJ Needles, and hosted by Tef Poe.  The last two gigs were The Best of Timbaland and Pharrell.  This next one will be on Southern classics.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Is there anything else you would like people to know about Tech Supreme?

TECH SUPREME:  I’m not an asshole.  I like to be positive all the time and I love to deejay.

 

Tiffany LaShonda

tlashondarileyteamepic@yahoo.com

Categories
Gaming Music

SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ NSAYNE

JULY DJ OF THE MONTH:

DJ NSAYNE

DJ Sayne

I had the coolest conversation with DJ NSAYNE!  As President of Hitt Breaka DJs here in St. Louis, he is definitely doing big things on the deejay scene!  With close to 20 years of experience behind the tables, numerous mixtapes, and even managing a group, it’s evident that he takes his craft very seriously.  He is working hard to take deejaying to the next level and is dedicated to rebuilding his brand.  Sit down, get cozy, and get to know DJ NSAYNE:

 

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Hey DJ NSAYNE!

DJ NSAYNE:  What’s up!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  We finally get to chat!

DJ NSAYNE:  YEY!!!!!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know!  Are you ready to get started?

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay, so how did you get into deejaying?

DJ NSAYNE:  Well I sort of got thrown into it.  At the time I was working for Tossin’ Ted and managing a group that KING ODIE (DJ) had and it was a lot of DJ equipment around.  I started messing with the equipment and got good with it and been deejaying ever since.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How long have you been a DJ?

DJ NSAYNE:  For 17 years.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You almost at 20 years.

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes, it’s gettin’ there.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How important is it for someone to understand the culture of deejaying?

DJ NSAYNE:  It’s very important.  People need to understand that being a DJ today is different from back in the day.  DJs today have to be more personable.  You definitely have to use social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.  DJs today really don’t have to be as skilled like you did back in the day.  We have controllers now where a long time ago it was just turntables.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Can anyone become a DJ?  If so what are the necessary steps to follow in order to become one?

DJ NSAYNE:  Anyone can become a DJ with a great mentor working beside them.  It just takes a lot of practice and dedication to deejay.  You also want to like what you do.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What was your very first gig?  And how did it come about?

DJ NSAYNE:  I started off working for tossing Ted at Pro Jocks Entertainment doing wedding receptions.  He brought Lil Jon to STL to Incahoots and I was asked to DJ; it was my first big gig.  Incahoots asked me to come back and then I started deejaying clubs from that point forward.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?  If so how many do you have?

DJ NSAYNE:  I have three mixtapes that are in a podcast.  They are on my website at http://www.automatic.djnsayne.com.  I have also hosted mixtapes for Mista McFly, Ruka Puff, Country Brown, and many others.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How are deejays from St. Louis different from deejays in other cities?

DJ NSAYNE:  Well having traveled to different areas all over, I noticed that St. Louis deejays are technically better. St. Louis deejays can do better transitions in between records and have better mixes.  Other deejays outside of St. Louis can “hype” the crowd better, and that could be because they may lack certain skills when it comes to deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What’s your favorite piece of DJ equipment?

DJ NSAYNE:  The Hercules RMX (controller).  You can do so much with it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What are some of the local venues where you’ve deejayed?

DJ NSAYNE:  I’ve deejayed at The Loft, The Monastery, The Wax Factory, as well as other venues.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects?

DJ NSAYNE:  I’m working on some mixtapes, and there are a couple of artists that I’m in talks with, but we are still negotiating.  My main focus is on rebuilding my brand.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the local people see you spin?

DJ NSAYNE:  On Friday and Saturday nights I’m at The Lion’s Den.  On Sunday nights I’m at The Ambassador.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you want to give?

DJ NSAYNE:  HittBreaka DJs: King Odie, DJ Shock, DJ Sho, DJ Party Rock, DJ Wayne Moody, DJ Epic, DJ G-Spin.  Also Charlie Chan Soprano, Boogie Corleone, and DJ Sir Thurl.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  DJ NSAYNE, I loved talking with you.  We will have to do this again real soon and keep on doing your thang out here.

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes we do, thank you.  All I want to do is bring back the realness of deejaying.
Tiffany LaShonda Riley
tlashondarileyteamepic@yahoo.com

Categories
Gaming

Canal Street by spunkybrewstar

Where ya’ll been?  Somewhere listening to Sam Smith, I would hope.  The album officially dropped last week and man, what a banger (just like I told you *ahem*).  If you’re planning on catching the US tour, I hope you already copped your tickets ‘cause, uh, the whole tour is pretty much sold out.  Fret not, though, I’ve got someone else you can check out and it’s just the kind of music you need for these sultry summer nights.  It’s the kind of music that’s a backdrop for summertime memories…get your listening ears on.

Who Dat, Harpo? Joonie

Hailin’ FromJacksonville, North Carolina

Spunky Calls It (Genre): Neo-Soul/R&B

What’s to like?If you’re a fan of artists like Bilal, Dwele, Eric Roberson, D’Angelo, Donny Hathaway or Van Hunt …you’re really gonna thank me for introducing you to Joonie.  His music is…well, it’s love music.  New love.  Old love.  And everything in between.  His latest project, Contrast, admires love on first sight, dances with the idea of forever and laments losing love.  You’ll find yourself not only singing along, but FEELING along.

Need a lil’ taaaaste?  Okay.

[Embed Youtube video   ]

“Hey lover, you’re the essence of the song I sing and I’d do crazy things, crazy things, to show you what you mean to me/I could have the world but it could all fade away, I tell you this, I give it all up, baby, for you”

Listen …literally.  You need to jump into the links, immediately.

Website: JOONIE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jooniesmusic

-Spunky, out.

Categories
Entertainment Gaming

On This Side of the River… by CC Lovechild

*ERIC B voice*…It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…..

BLESSHA BONES cousins!!!  I’ve soooo missed you guys!  I’ve been through hell and high water, but managed to stay afloat.  I pray all is well your way.

WELCOME BACK CC!!!  Yup you heard right, ya gurl is back in the St. Louis area, loving the Muddy Mississippi side.  So if you see me out and about make sure we get selfies (if my hair is done…*gigglin*)

HAPPY BORNDAY TUPAC!!!!!!  We miss you and we love you STILL….hiphop hasn’t been the same (even tho you still recording from France).  I don’t have many regrets in life, but not sleeping with him when I had the chance is definately in my top 3!  Hope you guys went to check out the @OUTLAWS and @TEFPOE when they were here…..

tupac

 

…..”LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME BURNED BY THE FIRE….” .R.I.P DR. MAYA ANGELOU, an awesome woman never to be forgotten.  I’m also saddened by the passing of RUBY DEE, who quoted “Lord, make me so uncomfortable that I do the very thing I fear”, which is my quote for the year.  And last but not least, St. Louis’ very own TONY SIMMONS  passed as well.  Tony was our own ‘RAY CHARLES’.  He was the piano player for @DENISETHIMES and GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH.  He was a great guy, good friend, and my favorite blind guy, cause he always told me how good I looked *gigglin & sniff*….all 3 will be missed….

#BIGBANGTHEORY…is EPIC TV!!  Don’t sleep on it, and it’s the first show I’ve ever enjoyed that has absolutely no black people in the cast #racialprogress, and besides, I need something to watch till @SHONDARHIMES and #SCANDAL gets their life together.

*screams & faints* BASKETBALL SEASON IS OVER!  Of course I’m a lil’ disappointed my top 3 teams didn’t make it to the finals. (S/O to the Knicks, Nets, & the Thunder).  But all in all I enjoyed the season.  S/O to the SAN ANTONIO SPURS!  The 2014 Champs!!!  I still can’t believe @KINGJAMES ran off the court like a lil’ mitch….bad sportsmanship can’t be tolerated in this stage of his game….and HE’S STILL BETTER THAN copycat KOBE!

MOVIES…..anybody excited about “THINK LIKE A MAN 2″…..? Anytime I can see @michaelealy I’m blessed. *gigglin*

MUSIC: Make sure you support your favorite artists as JUNE is BLACK MUSIC MONTH!!!  If you need some new favs…..check out my boi @LSEVEN’s new project #INTHEBOOK.  And I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting on @ISSACCATES n @ORDAINED new release!  And down in my sanctified soul is loving the return of #THEGORDONS.  These brothers are ahead of their time, and I’ll be talking more to them and about them….these bros are the ISLEY BROTHERS of GOSPEL MUSIC!!!​

 IMG_0530

WHERE YOU NEED TO BE:

SUPER JAM is here!!!  S/O to @TEFPOE for making it on the big stage this year!  You deserve it son, rock it out!  And I’m surpressing the urge to go just to see @CHARLIECHANSOPRANO N @YOGOTTI in the same damn day!  Pray for me…..it goes down @ Scottrade Center on Saturday 6/21 in STL!

LOLA IS CLOSING! *gasp* make sure you go rock it out one last time with the bossman @DJEPIC this Friday for happy hour!

On Saturday nites, grab ya girls and join @DJNSAYNE; if you show him ya taataas he’ll let you ride the bull at the LION’S DEN off Bellefontaine & Parker Rd.

DONT LET THE HEARSE BEAT YOU TO THE CHURCH!!!

KANSAS CITY get ready!!!  It’s time to celebrate one of the most beautiful women of the Gospel @cherylnewton

cheryl

ALSO MEET ME @ the Southweast Community Center off 63rd St. on June 28 from 11am-2pm for Greater Faith Baptist Church’s “HEELS, HATS, BRIMS & BOWTIES LUNCHEON” Yours Truly & Pastor Ricky Rambo from KCK are the speakers! Email me for ticket info….

NEXT TIME: We headed to the @JONERICKQUE SHOW & ya guess whose coming to the LOU!….we check in with @COMEDIANCORTEZ as he laffs off his leggins *gigglin* & W.O.R.S.H.I.P.’s single release featuring the golden voice of my gurl @HOPEMCINTOSH…..

Respect All, Fear None!

CC Lovechild

@cclovechild (twitter)

CC Lovechild (google)

cclovechild@gmail.com (email)
CC Lovechild
“C U @ The Top!”

Categories
Gaming Music

Makin’ Moves Showcase feat. hip-hop artist Major

Major hit

 

By Tiffany L. Riley

Hip Hop artist Major has been making a lot of noise in St. Louis.  He has a popular single out right now called Money Dance. The song has gained a lot of popularity in local clubs.  One thing about this hard working artist is he will definitely be around for many years to come.   Watch him work and make moves!!  Mr. Money Dance himself, Major:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Wassup Major!

MAJOR:  Hey Ms. Tiffany, how you doin?

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I’m doin’ great!  How have you been?

MAJOR:  I’ve been good, just working on my music.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s good!  Okay lets get down to it.  How did you get started as a rapper?  And how long have you been doing it?

MAJOR:  Since I was young, about 9 years old.  My uncle had a studio and I used to go down there and listen to him create music.  Music runs real deep in our family and I just figured I would see what I could do with rapping.  Also seeing rappers on TV and on YouTube just made me say, “Yeah…that’s the life I wanna live.”

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You currently have the hit single Money Dance.  Tell me how the song came about and who were some of the people who worked on the song.

MAJOR:  Been seeing a lot of different dances in the clubs.  I wanted a song about people who are out here grindin’ and getting money.  T-Rex did the beat for the song and of course I wrote the song.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How many albums/mixtapes do you have?  Any upcoming projects?

MAJOR:  I’m still working on my first album, and it’s still untitled, but I’ve been doing promotions, shows, and staying in the studio.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some of the local artists you have worked with?  And who would you like to do a collaboration with?

MAJOR:  I have worked with Lil’ St. Louis, Pretty Tony, Jay-E.  I would like to do a song with August Alsina.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What venues have you performed at?  Any upcoming gigs?

MAJOR:  I have performed at The Ambassador, The Coliseum, Soundbar.  I will be at Pure Ultra Lounge on Friday May 30.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the people listen to your music?

MAJOR:  http://www.iammajormusic.com and on YouTube under the I Am Major Music channel.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you wanna give out?

MAJOR:  Liquid Assets, SMP, and all the people in St. Louis.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well there it is.  Major it was cool talking to you and I’ll have to come out and see you perform.

MAJOR:  Yeah that will be good!  Thanks for interviewing me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You’re welcome.  You take care.

MAJOR:  You too.

 

Tiffany LaShonda Riley
tlashondarileyteamepic@yahoo.com

 

Categories
Gaming Music

Grind 2 Shine: rap group Field Gang

Field Gang 5

By Tiffany L. Riley

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with with St. Louis rap group Field Gang.  The three members of the group, Tiny, Castro, and Uno are buzzing in the streets with their smash hit “4EVA”.  This Pagedale trio is currently doing their music independently with hopes of getting national recognition that lands them a major recording deal.  Field Gang is also hard at work on their debut album and planning an upcoming tour.   Be on the look out for this group because they are definitely making noise!  So let’s get it going;  the GRIND 2 SHINE showcase featuring Field Gang:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Wassup y’all!

TINY:  Wassup Girl!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How you doing?

TINY:  I’m good, just out here on the grind.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right.  Y’all making a lot of noise in the streets.

TINY:  Yup we’re out here doing some major things.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s what’s up.  Well let’s get into it…how long have y’all been rapping?  And how’d you get into it?

TINY:  Well me, my brother Castro, and my sister’s baby daddy’s brother Uno been rapping since we were growing up.  We seen other people get into the rap game and I said to myself, “If they can do it then we can too.”  So we started doing tracks and we been rapping as a group for like a year now.  Our name Field Gang basically just means working to get that money.  You know, we out here working in the field grinding.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What made y’all want to be rappers?

TINY:  For the same reasons everybody else do it, we trying to get rich!  We wanna get on that XXL cover.  We out here reppin’ Pagedale, U-City, Kinloch.  No matter what, we always gonna stay St. Louis.  We doing this for the squad.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some hip hop artists you would consider to be your inspiration?

TINY:  Lil’ Boosie, Young Jeezy, we also like Diddy, Jay Z, Birdman.  We wanna shout them three out because we trying to get put on and get a record deal.  Come put us on…..we trying to get like RICH GANG! (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right (laughing)!  You got a popular single out right now called “4EVA”, tell me how that song came about and who worked on it with you.

TINY:  Well Uno brought the track to me and Castro.  Uno is like the STL version of the rapper Future.  The track is hot in the streets.  We do music for everybody, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, everybody.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who would y’all like to do a hip hop collaboration with and why?

TINY:  For me It would be Meek Mill and Big Meech.  Hey y’all ( talking to Castro and Uno) who ya doin’ a colabo with?

UNO:  Anybody that’s hot!!!

CASTRO:  Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Lil’ Boosie.  I only fuck wit real n*****.

TINY:  Yup, we only fuck wit real n*****.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do y’all have any mixtapes/albums out?

TINY:  Yeah we’re currently working on our first one called It’s Real in the Field.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I can’t wait til it comes out!  What are some venues you’ve performed at?  And where would you like to perform at?

TINY:  We’ve performed at The Coliseum here in St. Louis and we also performed at Eiffel Society in New Orleans.  The after party at that club was filmed in a video, it’s on our YouTube channel, Get Reel Cinema.  We met Lil’ Boosie in the video and gave him our cd.  We would like to perform at The Fox Theater.  We’re puttin’ on for our city out here and showing these n***** out here how we do it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:   Where do you see yourselves five years from now?

TINY:  On top of the world sitting next to Hova (Jay Z).

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects/performances?

TINY:  We’re working on some mixtapes along with our first album. We just did a track with rapper Laudie.  We got a project coming up with Jussbeatz (makes beats for Lil’ Boosie and Gucci Mane).  We’re also trying to get Tiffany Foxx on a track.  On June 8, 2014 we will be performing at The Loft.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can people listen to your music?

TINY:  Everybody can check out our music at http://www.fieldgangent.com , http://www.instagram.com/field_gang , http://www.facebook.com/field_gang . They can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fieldgang1 .  Also check out our YouTube page Get Reel Cinema.  We posted our first video on there back in March of this year.  The first week we had 1,000 views, six weeks later it was at over 3,000 views.  Now we have our new video on YouTube and worldstarhiphop.com with Lil’ Boosie.  It’s been on there for five days and already has 1,000 views.  We just posted a new video a couple of days ago for our single First Time.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you wanna give out?

TINY:  Yeah, I wanna give a shoutout to my mama, God, The Squad, Stacks, Pretty Tony, Dope Boy, Taylor Made, Parkside, Pagedale, U-City, UNC!!!  We wanna let people know that we ain’t about that blood crip thing.  Just give us them Ben Franklins.  We ain’t trying to make any diss songs so please don’t make any about us or we will get wit you.  Also we’re open to working with anybody that got some hot shit.  You can send us your music.  If it’s hot then the first time it’s on us, but the second time you got to pay.  We doing this shit independently and at the same time want to help others get on and give back to the hood.  We also need a manager so come holla at us!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there it is.  Tiny it was cool talking with you.  Y’all are gonna do some major things for The Lou.

TINY:  Fo’ sho, that’s what we’re trying to do.  Thank you and everybody checkout our videos on our YouTube channel Get Reel Cinema.

 

Tiffany LaShonda Riley

tlashondarileyteamepic@yahoo.com

 

 

Categories
Entertainment Gaming

The Walk Of Shame 4 The Rise To Fame-Pt 2 by Tiffany L. Riley

Sex, lies, and videotape LOL!!!  Here it is, part 2 of The Walk of Shame 4 the Rise To Fame!!  Get ready for more jaw dropping and eye popping news on these raunchy celebs and new found pornstars!

2014-05-07-22-15-04-758597520

Jennifer Toof a.k.a. Toastee was a contestant on the second season of Flavor of Love in 2006 but was eliminated after Flavor Flav discovered she had a “pornographic past”.  Shortly after that Jennifer got back into the business and made a sex tape.   Unlike some of the other reality stars/celebrities, she admitted that she made the tape and was looking for a distribution company to sell it.   Of course, it was picked up by none other than Vivid Entertainment.

2014-05-07-22-14-59--1140693712

The film titled Toastee Exposed was released in 2007 while Jennifer was a contestant on VH1’s Charm School.  She expressed her excitement for doing the movie and said that she enjoys being nude and that more people should be in tune with their sexuality.  Her tape is still a top seller for Vivid Entertainment.

2014-05-07-22-13-23--1515097397

Kendra Wilkinson was one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends on the hit TV show The Girls Next Door on E!.  In 2009 Kendra moved out of Hefner’s famous mansion when she met her future husband, Hank Baskett.

2014-05-07-22-14-00--1408613312

After getting married and having a son a year later, a sex tape surfaced of Kendra and a high school boyfriend that was made in 2005 when she was just 18 years old.  It was titled Kendra Exposed and released in 2010 despite Kendra’s efforts to block the film from being sold.  Vivid Entertainment secretly distributed the film, paid Kendra a sum of $680,000, and told her she would be entitled to 50 percent of the sales.  Even though Kendra received a nice payout, she would’ve preferred that the tape was never released.  Since then she has had a successful run at reality TV.  Her show titled Kendra aired for three seasons on E!, and she now has a new show on the WE TV channel titled Kendra On Top.

 

2014-05-07-22-14-30-382685325

 

Montana Fishburne is the daughter of legendary actor Laurence Fishburne.  She saw how successful Kim Kardashian’s tape was and wanted to follow in her footsteps (girl, did you forget who your daddy is??).

2014-05-07-22-14-15--1779983772

Montana first shot an hour long scene in porn star Brian Pumper’s film Phatty Rhymes & Dimes 14.  Brian accused her of trying to leak the film so he “shelved” it, but that wasn’t the end of the road for Montana.  In 2010 she made her official debut in Montana Exposed.  With scenes shot in a car, hotel room, and shopping mall, she felt the film’s debut was very important as she wanted to jump start her career.  Montana’s film was a commercial success with Vivid Entertainment and she is planning to make more films in the future.

 

2014-05-07-22-13-32--57435744

Joan Laurer a.k.a. Chyna is a former professional wrestler who was in the WWF from 1997 to 2001.  Chyna has posed for Playboy twice, starred in several TV shows, and has a sex tape…..well 6 of them to be exact!!  WHAT IN THE HELL???

Chyna’s first tape debuted in 2004 and was titled 1 Night in Chyna.  It starred her and her ex-boyfriend Sean Waltman and was released by Red Light District Video.  The follow up to her debut, Another Night In Chyna came years later in 2009.   Chyna switched things up in 2011 and partnered with Vivid Entertainment for the release of her next tape Backdoor to Chyna.

2014-05-07-22-13-00--728089312

Backdoor To Chyna was supposedly a hit for Vivid, but it sparked major controversy due to Chyna engaging in a threesome in the film.  Although she claimed to not enjoy making the movies, she went on to make three more films because the money was great.  As the old saying goes ‘money talks’…

She is currently still under contract with Vivid and plans to make more films (surprise surprise).  Some have wondered if she ever misses her days of working as a professional wrestler; her response: “Not really.”

 

2014-05-07-22-13-41-1442800914

 

Farrah Abraham gained popularity after appearing on the hit MTV show Teen Mom.  She was on the show for four seasons until it ended in 2012.  The following year there was word that a sex tape surfaced of her and alleged “boyfriend” porn star James Deen.

Originally the pair said that the tape was stolen but later admitted to leaking the film for publicity.  The film titled Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom was released through Vivid Entertainment.

2014-05-07-22-13-45--2055821429

 

Farrah was paid $1.5 million for the movie but received a ton of backlash from the public.  Her parents even took her on The Dr. Phil Show to receive therapy and advice from Dr. Phil.  I think it’s safe to say that their attempt to help was unsuccessful because Ms. Farrah recently released the sequel to her sex tape, Farrah 2: Backdoor And More, starring herself and James Deen yet again.

Farrah said she has no regrets on making the sex tapes and that she looks forward to working with Vivid Entertainment in the future.

Well this ends part 2 of our little stroll down The Walk of Shame 4 the Rise To Fame.  I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: Vivid Entertainment has gotten PAID over the years!!!  I know there are many more celebrities/reality stars out there with similar stories, but these folks seemed to receive the most media attention.  Should they have done it??  It’s not for me, but hey, whatever floats your boat I suppose…good luck!  Who am I to judge?

 

Tiffany LaShonda Riley

tiffanyriley84@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories
Gaming

SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ STAN DA MAN

MAY DJ OF THE MONTH:

   DJ STAN DA MAN

STAN DA MAN

          

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of talking with DJ Stan Da Man. Stan has been deejaying for almost two decades.  He is a Derrty DJ and was voted St. Louis Best Hip Hop DJ in 2004 by the Riverfront Times.  It was a pleasure speaking with Stan, he was so cool and easy to talk to.  So here he is, this month’s featured Spin King, DJ Stan Da Man:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Hey Stan!

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Wassup Girl!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How you doin?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Oh I’m good, how you doin?

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Much better since I got over my cold. (laughing)

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I’m glad you feeling better.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Thank you!  Alright let’s get started…how did you get started as a DJ?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Well I was a dancer/choreographer.  I was in a group and they moved out to Los Angeles, CA and I stayed behind in St. Louis.  Later on I started hanging around DJ Charlie Chan Soprano and DJ SNO.  They taught me how to deejay.  I was a late bloomer. (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  There’s nothing wrong with that! So what inspired you to get into deejaying?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I am a die-hard music fan!  With me dancing and also trying to be an R&B singer, that seemed like it was going to be the next step.  I listen to multiple genres of music. Whenever people go to parties they see the DJ getting the crowd hype.  I always thought DJs were dope.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are so right about that!  So how long have you been deejaying?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Since 1997.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  17 years?  Wow, you’re almost at 20 years!

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Yes it’s around the corner.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are a Derrty DJ.  How did you end up becoming one?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  It all got started a few years ago.  We all had a meeting with Nelly.  The group was formed with me, DJ AJ, DJ CD, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano, DJ C-Note, DJ Cuddy, and DJ 618.  DJ Charlie Chan Soprano was only in the group for a year and he decided to leave.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Now I heard you used to work for 100.3 The Beat back in the day.  How was that experience?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Well let me set the record straight, I HAVE NEVER WORKED FOR 100.3 The Beat!  And the funny thing is a lot of people have come up to me and asked me the same question.  I was in negotiations a few years back with them, but nothing ever came of it.  Now I have worked for Q95.5, Hot 104.1, and Z107.7.  I did mixes for all of those radio stations.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Thank you Stan for clearing that up!

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I had to let people know.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You were the Tour DJ for the St. Louis group Abyss.  I liked their hit song “Catch 22”.  Tell me how y’all hooked up.

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I was on the Budweiser Platinum Club Tour with hip hop artists Da Brat, Lil’ Jon, Xzibit and R&B group Koffee Brown.  My supervisor at Q95.5 set the meeting up with me and Abyss.  They asked me to be their DJ and I agreed, so I went on tour with them opening up for Nelly.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?  If so how many?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I really don’t do mixtapes.  All my mixes that I do are on my website at www.mixcloud.com/dj_standaman.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Are there any artists, local or outside of St. Louis, that you enjoyed working with?  Who was your favorite?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Lil’ Jon!  He was my favorite artist to work with based on his knowledge of music and the comedy (laughing).  He always kept me cracking up.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What is your favorite piece of DJ equipment to use?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  The Technics 1200s (turntables).

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I do, but I’d rather not say until I‘ve sealed the deal.  I’ve learned from the past where I would talk about upcoming projects and then something would happen to mess it up.  So my lips are sealed! (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: I understand (laughing).  Where can the local people see you spin at?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  It varies so you can check me out on my Facebook music page and follow me on twitter for the latest events that I deejay.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there you have it!  Stan it was cool talking to you and I look forward to our next conversation.

DJ STAN DA MAN: Yeah it was.  Me too.

 

 

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY

tiffanyriley84@yahoo.com

 

Categories
Entertainment Gaming

The Walk of Shame 4 The Rise to Fame-Pt 1 BY TIFFANY L. RILEY

On April 21, 2014 the world was taken by surprise; two reality stars made their debut in the sex tape game.  Who am I talking about??  Hint…..they both are on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta….

MIMI FAUST & NIKKO SMITH

2014-05-07-22-14-19--404426744

 

Now I know what you guys are probably wondering: What the hell is going on with Mimi?  Why would she “lower her standards” to be in such a movie?  Who “leaked” the video?  Is she trying to compete with Joseline Hernandez?  These are all very good questions, but y’all are missing the bigger picture here.  SHE IS TRYING TO BE EVEN MORE FAMOUS!!!  So far it seems to be working for her.

2014-05-07-22-12-57--1269260158

First of all, Steve Hirsch, the founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, somehow got the tape in his possession (you will see more on Love and Hip Hop Season 3).  It’s rumored that Mimi herself leaked the tape, but she strongly denies doing so.  Whatever way the tape got there, it’s been working in her favor….well somewhat. Pre-sales of the “Scandal in Atlanta” raked in right around $400,000, making it the best pre-debut in history.  But Mimi and Nikko only got about $225,000 a piece before signing off on it…..OUCH.  So will they cash in on any more money from the sales?  We will have to stay tuned for that.

2014-05-07-22-12-52-822626386

Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith are not the first reality star couple to make a sex tape.  So….WHY DO SOME PEOPLE WANT TO DO SOMETHIN’ STRANGE FOR SOME CHANGE?  IS IT EVEN WORTH IT AT ALL?  Some of the people mentioned below made sex tapes and their careers went to the next level while others were not as fortunate.  So get ready for this special review as we take a stroll down the WALK OF SHAME 4 THE RISE TO FAME!

2014-05-07-22-13-17--1872061165

Motley Crue band member Tommy Lee and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson were a hot married couple in the late 1990’s. The two were married in 1995 after only knowing each other for three days…(BLANK STARE).

In 1998 a sex tape of Tommy and Pamela surfaced.  The couple said the tape was stolen from their house and that it was of them being intimate while on their honeymoon.

2014-05-07-22-13-09--1936372277

The sex tape titled Stolen Honeymoon was released in 1998 by a distribution company.  Later on it was bought out by Steve Hirsch from Vivid Entertainment with Tommy and Pamela’s consent.  This was Tommy Lee’s first sex tape but Pamela Anderson’s second (she had a sex tape with Poison lead singer Bret Michaels which leaked in 1998).

Tommy and Pamela made $1.5 million dollars from a lawsuit they filed against the distribution company who released the tape without their consent.  The couple later divorced in 1998 due to a domestic violence incident . Their sex tape is still very popular today.

2014-05-07-22-14-33--1777289842

Paris Hilton is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels.  She had a modeling career at age 19 and was a well known socialite.  In 2003 Paris and her former friend Nicole Richie were finishing their reality show The Simple Life when news of a sex tape surfaced. The sex tape was of Paris and her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon.  Paris said that she was under the influence of alcohol and doesn’t remember the video being filmed.

2014-05-07-22-14-38--671901036

Rick Salomon sold the tape to the Red Light District distribution company and the movie titled 1 Night in Paris was officially released in 2004.  Paris took Rick to court over the tape but they were able to reach a settlement out of court for about $400,000.  When Vivid Entertainment bought the rights to the video it was rumored that Paris made $14 million dollars.  She said that was not true and that she donated some of the money awarded in the settlement to charity.

Paris went on to become a big reality star from shooting several seasons of The Simple Life.  She also has her own perfume line, apparel line, and has recorded two studio albums.  Paris is currently signed to Cash Money Records and has been deejaying overseas making $100,000 per show.

2014-05-07-22-13-50--1266369827

Former video vixen Karrine Steffans a.k.a Superhead was a notorious groupie in the entertainment/hip hop world known for sleeping with numerous stars including Ja Rule, Jamie Foxx, Puff Daddy, Shaquille O’Neal, Vin Diesel and Usher.

Karrine released a book in 2005 titled Confessions Of A Video Vixen.  In the book, she described her sexual encounters with these men, and others, while explaining what was expected of a video girl in the hip hop world.  Karrine however had a dark secret she had not revealed.  She filmed a sex tape under the stage name Honey with porn star Mr. Marcus.  She had a couple of scenes in Mr. Marcus’ DVD titled Cool Spot.  Mr. Marcus said that he hadn’t realized who Karrine was until he saw her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she was interviewed about her book.  He said he knew he was sitting on a “gold mine” and had to re-release the movie to expose her.  Karrine tried to block the tape from being released but was unsuccessful.  The tape released in 2005 and was titled Superhead.

2014-05-07-22-13-56-17703243372014-05-07-22-14-51--1068983589

Mr. Marcus said that Karrine had excellent oral skills and that she earned the name “Superhead”.  To date Superhead is the best selling African American porn tape of all time.  Karrine is not in the public eye much anymore but she still writes from time to time.

2014-05-07-22-14-04--735286869

Kim Kardashian got her start in 2006 in the entertainment world as a stylist to the celebrities.  Around this time she was in a relationship with R&B singer Ray J and was spotted hanging around Hollywood, CA with Paris Hilton.  Kim was starting to get into the limelight but was not quite there yet even though her father, Robert Kardashian, was famous for representing O.J. Simpson during his murder trial.  Kim, according to close friends, was desperate for her own fame.  So what would be a good way to increase her popularity???  MAKE A SEX TAPE!!!

2014-05-07-22-14-11-1749040658

Kim Kardashian and Ray J made their sex tape while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.  They both said that the tape was stolen, but sources close to them said that the pair made the tape on purpose to increase their fame.  Kim claims she was “horrified” by the leak of the tape and did not give consent.  Ray J, however, had a different story.

2014-05-07-22-14-08-983858126

He said that Kim did give consent and that the tape was her idea.  There was documentation that revealed that Kim gave her consent for the movie to be distributed through Vivid Entertainment.  She was paid $5 million dollars for the movie while Ray J only received $1 million.  The couple, who broke up before the tape was released in 2007, has the highest selling movie ever in the history of Vivid Entertainment.

Kim Kardashian moved on and is now a reality star powerhouse.  Keeping Up With The Kardashians has aired for 10 seasons on E!.  She has a daughter, North West, with fiance Kanye West, and the couple are rumored to wed in May 2014.  Ray J went on to star in his own reality show For The Love Of Ray J which aired for two seasons.  He is set to be on the next season of Love and Hip Hop LA.

 

2014-05-07-22-13-37--655599373

Dustin Diamond a.k.a Screech was a popular character on the 1990s hit TV show Saved By The Bell.  In 2006, after not being seen in the public eye for a while, Dustin re-appeared and had a surprise for everyone…HE MADE A SEX TAPE!!!!

2014-05-07-22-14-46-1572550514

The tape, titled Screeched: Saved By The Smell, was supposed to be of him and two women in a bathtub engaging in a lot of different hot and raunchy acts.  People close to him were saying that it was a publicity stunt because he needed the money.  Apparently those people were right.  In an interview on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network in December 2013, Dustin admitted that he leaked the tape.  He also said that he used a body double with the two women and that it’s actually not him.  He hoped to make lots of money off of the tape and get back into the limelight.  DID Y’ALL WATCH SCREECHED OR WAS I THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN’T CARE???  LOL!

Now this is only the beginning, stay tuned for the scoop on more celebs who have taken the infamous WALK OF SHAME 4 THE RISE TO FAME!!

Tiffany LaShonda Riley

tiffanyriley84@yahoo.com

Categories
Gaming

SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO

APRIL  DJ OF THE MONTH:

DJ CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO

Charlie Chan Soprano (2)

 

I recently sat down for a one on one interview with St. Louis icon, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano.  This man right here has achieved so much in his 30 year career.  From founding and being a part of a successful group of deejays known as the “24 SCIENTISTS”, to deejaying for hip hop legend DMC (RUN-DMC), Charlie Chan Soprano shared so much with me during our conversation.  I definitely felt his passion and love for deejaying as he told his story.  In addition to being a DJ, he also has a profound respect for the culture.  He is my FRIEND FOR LIFE and I certainly look forward to future conversations with him!  A master of his craft and a truly humble individual, I introduce to you DJ Charlie Chan Soprano:

 

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Hey Charlie!!!!!!

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO :  Hey hey what’s up girl?!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How are you doing?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  I’m good, I’m doing a mixtape for my friend.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Really?!  COOL!  I am so excited to talk to you.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  (laughing) I’m excited myself.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  YES!  Let’s get this going…How did you get started as a DJ?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well when I was growing up it was just me and my mother.  She was a single mom.  My mother had this record player (turntable) that played 45s when I was 6 years old. From time to time she would tell me to put the 45 on the record player and showed me how to do it.  Also I heard the song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa.  I thought it was a dope record.  My cousin did a mixtape and just seeing him mix songs together made me want to be a DJ.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How long have you been deejaying?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Since 1982.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay now I have been so intrigued with the name of your group 24 SCIENTISTS.  Is there a special meaning behind the name?  And how did the group get started?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well back in 1994 me, D2 tha C, and Rod X were looking for a studio that we could record our mixtapes for free.  We came across this owner named Drexel and his friends David and Darrien, and at the time they owned SAINTS ( skating rink), The Ambassador, and The Loft.  David and Darrien had a recording studio called D2 Studios and they were also the first people to sign Nelly and the St. Lunatics.  They asked us who we were.  Rod X suggested that we become a group and come up with a really good name to tell those guys.  We then thought of the name 24 SCIENTISTS.  The name 24 SCIENTISTS is from revelations.  In the Islamic religion, 24 SCIENTISTS were also known as the Twenty Four Elders, or The Councils of the Gods.  Of the Twenty-Four, there are Twelve Major Scientists and Twelve Minor Scientists.  Now of the Twelve Major Scientists, there is one that is above all of them.  He is Allah.  The Twenty Four Elders were also responsible for writing history.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Very interesting!  I had no idea on the meaning of 24 SCIENTISTS.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Yeah……with us we’re not just a group. We are a brotherhood/sisterhood, we’re a family.  Anybody just can’t join 24 SCIENTISTS.    We have to feel a connection to you. It’s very spiritual for us. and we must know your character.  Take DJ EPIC for example; he introduced himself to me one day at Cuetopia.  We got to talking and I noticed a DJ controller that he had and it was real nice.  I said to him , “Hey that’s a nice controller.”  He told me, “here take it home with you to try it out” and then said I can use it whenever I want to.  I said no but Epic insisted.  Just the fact that he let me use the controller and told me I can get it anytime I wanted showed how nice he was and that he had a good character.  Another time Epic came over to my house and we hung out.  D2 tha C had been to talking with Epic via Facebook and later on came up to me and said, “Hey Charlie how come Epic ain’t part of 24 SCIENTISTS?”  Those are examples; it’s a personal connection.  24 SCIENTISTS is a family.  On Monday nights we get together at my house.  We sit around and play video games or as I call it “BEAT DOWN SESSIONS” on the Playstation 3.  I also have enlightening sessions where we will sit down and the older members will talk to the younger members and just try to give them some knowledge on life in general.  Sometimes we could start at like 8:00 pm and go as long as 3:00 am.  That’s just how we do as a family.  Nobody in the family ever needs or wants for nothing.  Four family members have their own home studio.  Two family members are graphic artists.  One has a degree in Engineering and another one has a degree in Mass Communications.  Three family members also are photographers and we also have one that is a Neo-Soul singer.  Every family member in our circle does something special.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is awesome!  To have a bond like that is just a beautiful thing.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  It sure is.  I like keeping good people close to me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are currently with HOT 104.1 doing the Throwback at Noon.  How long have you been doing it?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well DJ SNO and myself got hired by RADIO ONE on September 11, 2000.  At the time it was Q95.5.  That radio station was a R&B/Hip Hop station in competition with 100.3 The Beat.  I brought on Stan the Man, DJ Needles and C-Note as well. I did not know that they were trying to get me on board.  We changed music in St. Louis by playing local artists and 100.3 The beat wasn’t doin’ that.  My boss at the time told me it was a requirement to play the hottest songs in rotation.  He also told us that he better not hear the other station (100.3 The Beat) play it before us or else it was gonna be a problem.  I remember one time he came up to me and asked , “How come Lights, Camera, Action is not being played?”  There was a real popular song out by Mr. Cheeks called “Lights, Camera, Action”.  Everybody was calling in asking for that song.  I told my boss, “The song is in rotation and it has been played.”  He then told me, “Oh it is?  Well then how come you’re not playing it right now?”  We had to make sure that 100.3 The Beat wasn’t out doing us.  We was playing Chingy, Petey Pablo, and we was the first to play Kanye West’s song “Through The Wire”.  I hated when Crunk music, or what I like to call N**** S***, took over!  I tried to hold out as long as I could before playing crunk music.  C-Note was the one that really got me to play crunk music.   He told me, “Charlie you got to come on board with it man.”   At the time C-Note had these mixtapes called CRUNKFEST.  I always listen to people that want to see me succeed.  A lot of people would say  “You ain’t on nothing but that EAST COAST s***!”  But to me east coast rappers have this nice smooth R&B feel to their music and they can flow.  So I was playing cats like Jadakiss, Young Gunz, Jay Z and pretty much anybody from Roc-A-Fella period.  I didn’t mind Lil’ Jon, I met him a few years back and was familiar with his music.  In 2004 Q95.5 became a contemporary R&B station known as FOXY 95.5.  Everyone at Q95.5 got fired but then rehired later on when it became HOT 104.1.  I’ve been doing Throwback at Noon since 2006.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well I tell you what back in the day I really liked listening to Q95.5.  And you on the Throwback at Noon, man you be showing out.  You be playing everything from my favorite rap group OUTKAST to Mobb Deep, De La Soul, Tupac, Biggie, the list just goes on.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Right, thank you.  Speaking of Mobb Deep, they had their hit song “Quiet Storm”.  Now before Lil’ Kim got on the remix, a lot of DJs wasn’t really playing it.  Everybody was like man that remix dope, but I was like the song was already dope before Lil Kim got on the track (laughing).  Right now, my boss at HOT 104.1 be like “Charlie you playing too much De La Soul or you playing too many hood records.”  I tell him that’s what the listeners want to hear.  He also told me I play too many male rappers.  I told him that the women listeners prefer the songs by male rappers over the ones by females.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are so right Charlie!  In my collection of rap albums, I have more male artists than I do female.  I have male rappers like DMX, Eazy-E, Yo-Gotti, Rich Homie Quan,Tupac, Biggie, Master P, NAS, etc, in my collection.  Some of my female friends be looking at me like, “Really girl?! You got Eazy- E in your car.” (laughing) I’m like “What’s wrong with Eazy-E?”  There’s nothing wrong with the female artists, but that’s what I like.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  EXACTLY, and that’s what I was saying. I know what I’m talking about.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Now you are DMC’s (Run-DMC) personal DJ.  I saw you on The Queen Latifah Show a few months ago. I saw DMC on stage rapping with Queen Latifah and then they showed you doing your thang on the turntables.  I looked and was like, “Is that Charlie Chan Soprano?”  I looked again and said “THAT IS CHARLIE!” (laughing) You was doing it!  How did you and DMC connect?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Thank you!  Well okay let me take you back to the night Tupac died, which was September 13, 1996.  I was in Lawrence, Kansas competing in a DJ battle competition.  I competed against a local DJ named DJ Rice.  I beat him and won the competition by using the “Peter Piper” record by RUN-DMC.  My prize was $500 and the chance to open up for RUN-DMC.  I found out that two of the judges did not want me to win.  They thought that since I was a popular DJ from St. Louis that I was going to be arrogant.  Two weeks later, I get back to St. Louis and RUN-DMC was at Club Evolution performing where I was a regular DJ.  They were coming off stage and I saw Jam Master Jay and asked him he could stand here for a minute. I got on the mic and announced to everyone that I won a contest in Kansas and would be opening up for RUN-DMC.  I performed the same “Peter Piper” routine that I did in the competition.  After I performed at the concert in north Kansas, Jam Master Jay and I got to talk a while and then he told me that Run-DMC was having a concert and asked me, “How would you like to open and close for Run-DMC?”  Jay also told me up front that there was no money involved but if I stick with him he would set something up for me.  I was like cool.  Then on Easter Sunday in 1997, I met Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat when I went to a SO-SO DEF party at Club Kaya in Atlanta.  DJ Nads was always the regular DJ at Club Kaya on Sundays and he was also rap group Kris Kross’ personal DJ.  While I was deejaying Jermaine and Da Brat was handing me my records.  Later on that night I got to talking with Da Brat and she asked me to be her DJ.  I didn’t find out until later on that Jam Master Jay had set that whole meeting up.  So from 1997-1999 I was deejaying for Da Brat but still at the same time was opening shows for RUN-DMC.  Jam Master Jay passed away on October 30, 2002.  A couple of years later I ran into DMC, and me and him got to talk and catch up on old times. DMC decided to become a solo artist and asked me to be his DJ and I have been since 2004.  I am also RUN-DMC’s DJ as well.  I have been all over the world touring with DMC.  Places like Japan, New Amsterdam, Columbia.  We was getting so much love overseas.  The people over in those countries would run up to us in the street and hug us.  DMC and I made history by performing in Vietnam.  We was the first to be able to perform in their country.  I also toured with DMC in the US.  I got a chance to be around LL Cool J a few times.  LL didn’t know at the time that I was DMC’s DJ until he said something about it.  LL looked and said , “ Who’s Charlie?” and then he looked at me and said, “Him?!  I thought that big muthaf**** was security!” (laughing) LL used to see me get people out of our way when they would run up to us.  I still have to be reminded that I’m DMC’s DJ.  Fans would come up to ask him for an autograph and I’ll be getting out of the way.  DMC would look at me and say, “You, come over here. You’re suppose to be over here with me.”  That’s how much respect I have for him.  I still get excited when I meet somebody in the industry that I have never met before.  I love being a DJ.  I could not imagine myself doing anything else.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is so cool!  You have definitely lived.  To be able to experience all that and remain so humble is just very touching.  So since you have been deejaying, how many mixtapes do you have?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Awwww let me see.  Girl you gonna make me go back and dig through my stuff! (laughing) I would say between 25 to 30 mixtapes.  Now majority of them are a actual cassette tape because back in the day that’s what you used to make a “mixtape”.  At the time I didn’t believe in copying mixtapes until my deck broke (laughing), from that point on I was doing it.  I didn’t start using CDs til 1997.  I was selling my mixtapes at Mr. Manns and Deep Grooves

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay, are there any local artists or celebrity music artists you loved working with?  Who is your favorite?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well I liked working with Dangerous D a.k.a D-Rebel.  Him and I did a vinyl back in 1987 called “Power of Soul” and the b-side was called “He’s my DJ”.  The mixtape was a tribute to the late James Brown and we also shot a music video that you can find on YouTube.  D-Rebel passed away in a car accident in Killeen, Texas.  St. Louis producer Luqman and St. Louis rapper Ram Rilla (Ram Love) were my favorite artists to work with.  Ram Rilla had two popular singles in The Lou.  One was called “Background Check” and the other was called “ St. Louis City” where he was giving shoutouts to all the gang sets in the city.  Some people were like, “Wait a minute! This guy is shouting out gang members!”  Ram Rilla did the “St. Louis City” remix with Chingy and Richie Rich.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Cool, what is your favorite DJ equipment to use?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  The technique 1200s (turntables) but I do like controllers.  It just depends on the type of gig I have for me to see which one I will use.  I had a wedding reception I did one time and for that I took my controller.  Controllers are much easier to carry because it’s less equipment.  They have a lot of different effects on them that you can use which I think is pretty cool.  I recently deejayed at Macy’s at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters and at West County Mall in Des Peres.  I brought my controller and the people were very impressed.  One guy said , “Wow!  Look what he brought.”  He later told me that there was one guy they hired to DJ and all he brought was his laptop and just mixed the music on there.  You know there are software programs where you can mix tracks and you don’t need a controller or turntables hooked up to the laptop.  When that guy told me that I said okay I will never do that.  You know you still have to be professional out here.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is so true.  Are there any current and/or upcoming projects that you have coming out?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Yes.  I currently have GANGSTA BOOGIE with DJ Boogie Corleone out.  Be on the look out for GANGSTA BOOGIE 2!  I have a mixtape coming out called “I USED 2 LOVE HER”, it’s gonna be a mix of neo-soul and hip hop.  I also have a mixtape I’m working on right now with DJ Kimmy Nu called “The Rookie Meets The Legend”.  It’s going to have neo-soul and hip hop artists such as De La Soul, Mos Def, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Troy Ave, and other similar artists.  Also DJ Witz and myself are working on a mixtape that will be acapella over reggae music.  I am producing for DMC as well.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s gonna be real good!  I love that GANGSTA BOOGIE mixtape!  You and DJ Boogie Corleone laid that out from beginning to end.  Where are some places in The Lou that the local people can see you DJ?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Thank You.  I can be seen at Cuetopia II in Florissant on Tuesdays, LOLA in Downtown St. Louis on Fridays, and EXO in Downtown St. Louis on Saturdays.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there you have it y’all!  Charlie I really enjoyed this interview. You have told me so much.  I look forward to the next time we do this again.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Me too.  We gonna have to talk again real soon.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  YES!!!  We will!