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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

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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

 

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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

 

 

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Family–Behind The Walls By Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods

FAMILY

BEHIND THE WALLS

 By Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods

     Back in the day, my parents would round us kids up with the cooler, the blankets and the mosquito repellant and drive down what seemed like a long highway, all to get that funny feeling in our stomachs on site of that eggshell colored roller coaster peeking from behind tall lush green trees.  The Screaming Eagle, the roller coaster I never rode as a kid because I was too scary, stood like a monument across the highway.  My parents didn’t have a lot of money and Six Flags was expensive, just like today, but we didn’t know that and their pockets hardly felt it because they planned ahead.  We’d ride a few rides then come out to the van, slide the doors back, lay the blankets out, position the cooler in the middle of us all and dig in.  My father could make a sub sandwich like nobody’s business! This was their answer to fun without the costs.  Family time is important and does not require a huge bank account.  Today, we are all exposed to an overload of social media.  We’ll sit in the house and Candy Crush all day, kill a few mob bosses in Mob Wars or tweet our every stagnant move while the kids entertain themselves.  We know how to do that very well but let’s try something different.      

 

Besides the fact that spending time brings families closer, did you know the amount of time a child spends with family doing constructive and engaging activities affects his or her spiritual and emotional health?  Pull the kids from in front of the television, off the X-box, off their tablets and out of the house!  Entertain them with events going on in St. Louis each and every weekend for FREE.  Don’t forget your cooler! Get creative by making bag lunches, packing fruit, animal crackers, Lunchables and water.  We can never be too busy to save money.  Remember, when kids are running around playing and having fun, as parents we almost have to remind them to eat so no need to go overboard! 

 

Below is a list of some of the attractions in St. Louis you can enjoy with the kids for FREE:

 

St. Louis Zoo (get there early so you can get a FREE parking spot)

St. Louis Science Center

St. Louis Art Museum (probably not ideal for small children)

The Missouri History Museum (probably not ideal for small children)

City Garden
City Museum

Grant’s Farm

World Bird Sanctuary

Laumeier Sculpture Park     

 

Google these places for specifics like hours of operations, rules and regulations but most importantly HAVE FUN!  

 

Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods