Gramzunkut- Creating Music Through Adversity

Written by: Julz Mancini  

Facing numerous adversities throughout one’s life can either create a downward spiral effect or a flourishing journey of success. The person who utilizes these adversities in a positive light develops thick skin, a head strong attitude, and an unstoppable work ethic in which catapults their drive to achieve their goals.  

Growing up in the streets of New York City, Gramzunkut was faced with many adversities in which molded him into the successful artist and entrepreneur he is today. It was during the most difficult times that Gramzunkut sought after music to release and share the harsh realities he faced throughout his life. For three decades, this talented artist has persistently strived to lure in listeners with his raw and intransigent lyrics. During the current times we are all facing, the truth behind struggle and sacrifice is what many listeners seek. As the listener peels back the layers of this creative, they will realize the artist’s transparency in his music is an open invitation into his life.  

Through hard work, sacrifice, and consistency Gramzunkut has had the opportunity of being heard on two of New York City’s major Hip Hop radio stations; Power 105.1 and Hot 97.1. Being featured in prominent publications such as “The Source” and “Hip Hop Weekly” assisted Gramzunkut in reaching larger audiences and acquiring additional accolades as well.  

Gramzunkut recently released “Sin” featuring Mikey Polo, a catchy track from beginning to end. “Sin” reveals the struggle the artists have faced in life while currently fighting to avoid drama, haters, and a repeat of the past. The hook is catchy, allowing the listener to sing along with the lyrics while fully embracing the meaning behind the story.  

“N***** is hatin on me. N***** hatin for no reason. I watch how I move so I won’t get caught up in the sh*t I keep hearing.”  

As I moved through Gramzukut’s music catalog, I came across the song, “Lyrical Therapy”. Beginning with a single guitar and a male vocalist, the track immediately introduces a different sound to the listener. “Where do you go to, when all of the world is crashing around you. I think that I know you. The look on your face, I finally found you.” This song paints the perfect picture of Gramzunkut’s trials and tribulations.

“When thugs die there’s blood on the pavement. Moms tearing. Flowers on the casket. What you kill my n**** for? Choked him out. Took his flesh but his words live on. Eric Garner, you the heart of the game. We all gon’ die, we bleed from similar veins.”

“Lackin’” featuring K.O. is another song that lures in the listener. With a combination of raw lyrics, unique delivery, and great production, this song has a catchy swag that will surely have listeners moving to the beat while reiterating the hook. Gramzunkut describes how he makes his moves while making it apparent that he does not mingle with those who do not possess similar traits.  

Gramzunkut has made it very clear that it is possible for an artist to remain relevant in the music industry while still remaining true to one’s foundation. Experimenting with different sounds, delivery methods, and production, Gramzunkut has succeeded in providing his audience with a plethora of options as evidence by his profound catalog. He is a prime example of a consistent music artist. He continuously releases content, allowing his listeners to remain engaged throughout his musical journey. To become better acquainted with Gramzunkut, click on the links below!  

FOLLOW GRAMZUNKUT ON INSTAGRAM

FOLLOW GRAMZUNKUT ON TWITTER

SUBSCRIBE TO GRAMZ YOUTUBE

LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY

Getting to know Pablo

Today we are sitting down with Pablo a up and coming Puerto Rican artist from Astoria Queens who first started his musical journey at the young age of 14. Since his life changing event of being incarcerated he has been working hard to get his name out there and he has been featured in a few notable mixtapes.

Pyro Da Arsonist: What inspired you to start doing music at such a young age?

Pablo: I was doing an 18 month juvee bid and writing rhymes was  a way of expressing myself and passing time.

Pyro: How did you get the nicknames Buff & Skar?

Pablo: I got the name Skar because when I was 21 years old I had a scar on my face and buff because that’s the nickname of the nuke they dropped on Japan buff stands for big ugly fat fuck. 

Pyro: How did being incarcerated change you as a person and as an artist?

Pablo: Honestly jail is like a school for criminals , if you learn anything you basically learn how not to get caught again . 

Pyro: How would you describe your music and what makes you stand out from other artist?

Pablo: I consider myself a backpack style rapper also I try to spit hard bars , and my music is real as I rap about things that I been through and especially I touch up on the topic of police brutality as I’ve gotten called spic by the police and had guns drawn at me multiple times by multiple police men.

Pyro: What are some steps you think an artist needs to do to gain a following and stay relevant?

Pablo: To stay relevant I feel an artist should just continue to hustle , create , continue to put out music , to gain a following try and get on these mixtapes and these Spotify playlists .

Pyro: How has the pandemic affected your music career?

Pablo: The pandemic hasn’t really affected my music career as I have a studio in my basement including a soundproof booth that I paid for to get built. 

Pablo: How important is it for an artist to stay true to who they are?

Pablo: Honestly I’m Ol’Skool so I say spit real , don’t lie because someone gonna call you on it it’s a small world , just be real before you end up like tekashi .

Pyro: What are your thoughts on the music landacape today?

Pablo: Honestly, I’m happy to see bars making a come back because this mumble rapShit gotta go. 

Pyro: What are your goals for this new year?

Pablo: My goals for this new year are to be debt free and get my streams up and continue to build a legacy for my family. 

Thank you for taking the time to sit down with the Artistry and letting our readers learn more about you. We wish you much success in your career.

Follow Pablo: https://www.instagram.com/pblok42k2020/

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Peter Leo & Kastro Zaytana Release “Tear Ish Up”

Written by: Julz Mancini

As I have made my way through the dense population of rap artists within the music scene, I have recently come across several who stay true to the fundamentals of Boom Bap. To many, boom bap was something of the past. However, it has been made abundantly clear that this style of music is still very much alive. It portrays that there remains a continued desire for relatable messages via authentic lyricism.


“The Will of the Genji” (TWOTG) is a musically inclined group in which consists of five talented creatives whom utilize the foundation of hip-hop to create their projects. From the United States to South Africa, “The Will of the Genji” is a collaborative team that includes Peter Leo (U.S.), Kastro Zaytana (U.S.), Alias (South Africa), L Tip (South Africa), and San the Instru- Monumentalist (Lesotho, South Africa). The group released their self-titled debut album in 2019 with their sophomore album “The Will of the Genji 2” following shortly after. Reaching audiences far and wide, the group has developed a buzz internationally. With their obvious knowledge and appreciation for the fundamentals of hip-hop, “The Will of the Genji” makes certain they showcase their abilities within every track they release. With the ongoing success related to their sophomore album, the group was featured in “Insomniac Magazine”. One of the singles from this project, “The Hands of Time” was placed on “Insomniac Magazine’s” popular “Hip Hop 10 List”, a weekly list revealing the most sought-after songs and artists, during September of 2020.


It is seldom I come across a unified group of artists whom blend and combine their unique sounds to create a well-rounded project filled with captivating production, catchy hooks, word play, punchlines, and soul snatching stories. There is no question “The Will of the Genji” embraces the culture while also presenting an innovative style to their audience. “Tear Ish Up” was recently released displaying the talents of lyricists Peter Leo, Kastro Zaytana, and producer Alias. This track, along with the video, brings the audience back to a time when flashy materials, naked women, and flexing in the club were of little to no significance. The video, while simple, has the viewer focused on the most important aspects of the project; the lyrics and production. Throughout the video, it is apparent the artists share the same love for the Boom Bap heritage in which is so deeply rooted within the group.


“Losing my sight. I often use my four other senses. My intent is moving these bricks out to Memphis. Look, hoes can tag along and ship the cargo piff embargo. There is no if tomorrow. Sip my sorrows. Spin the bottle. Turned into spin the barrel. Now this ain’t Russian roulette. They try to gift the gab you till they misses kiss the shadows.”


While listening and watching, I couldn’t help but to nod my head and repeat the lyrics. Peter Leo and Kastro Zaytana were in sync with one another adding a special dynamic to the song and music video. The visuals matched the song perfectly; raw, gritty, and symbolic. As I watched the two artists in action, I noticed they were the purest forms of themselves throughout the music video further proving that they embody the life and vision of true hip hop artists.


Click on the links below to get better acquainted with these talented lyricists!


“Tear Ish Up” Official Music Video
Peter Leo’s Instagram
Kastro Zaytana’s Instagram

DJ Chase An Imperative trend setter

DJ Chase is not only a student to the game but also, an imperative trend setter within the the music industry. Specializing in Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae/ Dance-Hall, old-school, and
House music. Not only did DJ Chase work his way through the Big Apple, he also expanded his brand in cities such as; Connecticut, Atlanta, Boston, and Miami Beach. This exposure solidified him as one of the City’s most promising music acts. As he grew as a live
DJ, he went on to expand his skills by branching out to radio FM Radio and Satellite Radio,
mixing on stations such as 88.9 FM Oswego New York, Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Shade 45), and as of 2019, Connecticut’s Smack Em’ Radio. Eventually, Chase ventured out and solidified his entrepreneurship with owning his own independent music label; Worldwide Soundz Records, Music Publishing company; DJ Chase Publishing LLC, and is apart of the Fleet DJs – NYC Division. DJ Chase is working towards his foundation and has been going since. He dropped an EP called; “Rich In Spirit” back in September (which is on all major streaming platforms) featuring Brooklyn-Native Hip Hop Artist; Johnnie Floss which has been making a lot of noise within the underground Hip Hop Scene. As the 4 quarter comes to an end, DJ chase finishes strong with a New debut single “Line it up” featuring Hip Hop Artist Notes 82 which is already make waves in the game. We look forward to witnessing his growth as he rises within his career 

Read more below, as I was able to interview DJ Chase

V-Henny: What inspired you to pursue your career as a DJ? 

DJ Chase: I been djing back since in 1998 when I was 12. My father brought me my first DJ set; the gemini xl 100s. I wasn’t really good but it was so much fun and innocent. I actually wanted to be a stock broker. I but God had different plans for me.  My pops was part of the zulu nation. and I just feel right in it. 

Vee: Also, can you speak on your experience, when you starting your career as a DJ, getting gig offers? 

Chase: When I started  to DJ professionally it was fun when I started. I really started booking gigs in college in SUNY Oswego, back in 2005. I started DJing college parties and college radio. and I been doing it ever since. 

Vee: As a veteran in this game, What would you like fans to know about your daily grind?

Chase: lol I appreciate that, My daily grind consists of praying. Exercise, watching my diet. Loads of phone calls, and emails. You have to be very committed. I wake up and don’t check my phone. I stretch. and Clear my mind to start my day. I open my phone and check my schedule and the daily and weekly expenses and budgets. and I take it from there 

Vee: Your goal is to create a legacy, build yourself up as an entrepreneur and reach your highest potential. The sky’s the limit as you would say. Starting your own publishing/production company and independent label, what’s one challenge you overcame that made you want to become a better creative? 

Chase: The One Challenge is dealing with the social media perception of what success is, when your tryna conduct business with people. I’m a very private person. I don’t even have enough time to post every single thing or business deal I do on social media. Plus in the type of business I do and conduct, I can’t post my business dealings on social media. This helps me be a better creative because I learn more meticulous ways to be have more mystique. 

Vee: What makes you stand apart from your competitors?

Chase: I have my own sound and style. I never followed anyone or emulated anyone. I also don’t feel anyone is my competition because I came up different from these industry people, I don’t focus on gossip and politics, I focus solely on the music. 

Vee: If you had a chance to put together a track with 3 major artist who would be on the record and why?

Chase: 50 Cent, Jay-z, Dru Down. The Reason Why I would put them on a record together, as crazy as it sounds I’ve worked with every artist I wanted to work with, growing up. Except these 3. They were my favorite artists growing up. and still are. The other artists I would put have passed away.  

Vee: Your latest project “Rich in spirit” which dropped back in September. Elaborate to us the concept behind the title and the cover art. 

Chase: The title was inspired by God to be honest. This year was rough on a lot of people including myself. I lost a lot of friends. And my final straw was when I had a phone call during the riots and protests for Gerorge Floyd, and I spoke with a representative from a “Major Label” When everyone was tryna exploit and use “black lives matter” as a cloack to exploit young black artists. I really had to scream at him, and I just lost it. So I wanted to just do a positive album and a hybrid gospel album. The cover art was a art piece I had custom made to represent heaven, and just uplift people. 

Vee: From radio, podcast to producing music for artists. Would you say Your love for music is the same as it is for the business?  Please elaborate 

Chase: I mean it’s both. I love the business side more cause I get to travel and connect with high society people that I could never even be around if I only did music. 

Vee: We know that you’re always dropping gems for the culture, inspiring and motivating others to want more. When In doubt, what do you do when you are in need of motivation or inspiration? 

Chase: Honestly I just surround myself with people who really know me. Motivating and helping other people succeed motivates me. All the shit I’ve been through to get to where I’m at now, I still got a chip on my shoulder from it. I know how to channel that memory of when people used to tell me I’m wack, and the people who said I would never make it. 

Vee: What’s next? What are we expecting from you in the near future? 

Chase: The Next Step is a big Office and More Big Singles, and More Blessings From God. I want better health, and to give black people more jobs. 

Website: https://djchasedigital.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djchase_/

Dave Majesty Releases New Album “Born Official”

Written by: Julz Mancini

When we think about today’s music industry it is apparent that it has changed drastically over the years. With the introduction of social media, an artist’s ability to remain independent, and forever evolving sound and presentation of music, many forget about the fundamentals of hip-hop. Although many of today’s artists sound alike, if we listen attentively, we can still pinpoint the utilization of primary techniques initially developed during the boom bap era. There are still rappers, however, whom remain true to the boom bap foundation, instilling strong messages into the minds of their listeners. Many of you reading this may not hear of these artists and I feel it is my duty and honor to bring them into the spotlight, ensuring they do not go unnoticed. Lyricism, word play, extended metaphors, samples…all imperative traits of a true hip-hop artist. Dave Majesty is a hip-hop artist whom puts his heart and soul into his music ensuring that he leaves his listeners in deep thought.

Dave Majesty had a pure love for hip-hop at an early age. Being located in places like New Jersey and New York, Dave was constantly surrounded by the culture. With persistence, consistency, and talent, Dave has made a name for himself as an artist whom remains true to Boom Bap. Working with lyricists such as, Royal Flush, Miilkbone, DooWop, and Jus-One to name a few, Dave Majesty has developed his album “Born Official”.

Dave Majesty introduces his album with the perfect overview which includes different samples and scratching giving the listener a taste of his style. Following the intro, the listener is met with the song, “Friends” featuring artists Miilkbone and Royal Flush. “Friends” discusses the realities of their lives, portraying the importance of remaining cautious of whom they keep close to them. The track also touches on political and socioeconomic issues in which we are all affected by.

“It’s all hypocrisy. Democracy’s a mockery, from government rapes and robberies that keeps us all in poverty.”

Royal Flush and Miilkbone certainly add depth to “Friends” as their seasoned abilities enhance the dynamic of the song.

“I pay a lawyer and judge to beat the institution. You leaving stripping on poles to credit card boosting. You gotta jump shot to sell rocks. Whatever you do, you gotta dodge cops.”

“My best friend’s 11; nothing less than a blessing. The exception, he ain’t have a real life lesson.”

There are a plethora of gems and lessons within this song. The artists’ delivery and story-telling combined with pure lyricism, keeps the listener on their toes as they await the next line. “Friends” is definitely a personal favorite within Dave Majesty’s album, “Born Official”.

As I streamed “Born Official”, I came across the song titled, “Living in Reality” featuring Jus One. This song was captivating from the very beginning, expressing the struggle and actualities of a hard life. With excerpts and samples displayed throughout the track, the listener can hear politicians, media, and celebrities perfectly detailing the realities we are currently facing. Dave Majesty touches the listener’s soul from the first lyrics he spits.

“Dear mom and dad, I’m writing you this letter because I’m stressing. Did you ever really think about your children is the question. I wasn’t there when God became your adversary. Everything about your evil ways became hereditary.”

Starting the song with these lines immediately introduces the listener to the hardships Dave Majesty has been faced with. It is lyrics such as these that, not only lure in the audience, but also allow them to reflect on their own lives further proving that Dave conveys strong messages within his music.

“Goodbye Sis” featuring Ashley Cox relays a heartfelt vibe as the listener can hear a guitar in addition to the soft and beautiful vocals of the songstress. Experiencing the loss of someone close to him, Dave Majesty pours his heart out in this song. Music such as this is a necessity due to its ability to assist the listener in reminiscing and coping with a loss they have experienced also.

                “As long as I am alive and breathing, you’ll always be in my memory.”

During my journey through, “Born Official”, I was happy to come across “The Way I Spit It” featuring Doo Wop. This track is a prime example of both artists’ lyrical ability. From line to line, I was captivated by their presence, delivery, and talent.

“I’m calm, collected. My craft is well respected. I bring the pain with so much energy when it’s injected.”

Dave Majesty’s confidence enlightens and excites the listener as they embrace his lyrics. The title of this track is a flawless explanation of the content. Doo Wop certainly adds a vigorous feel to the song as he shouts out Dave Majesty and himself during the beginning of “The Way I Spit It”; another favorite for sure.

When we reflect on music during the 90’s and early 2000’s, hip-hop and R&B were an immaculate partnership, enhancing the vibe of both genres. Dave Majesty included the voice of Anna Peterson in his song, “Show Me The Way”, inviting the listener into the partnership in which many of us miss dearly. The listener can hear Anna sing, “Lord if you could show me a sign, then I will follow it”. This song reveals a sense of loss and purpose while trudging through the mud yearning to find your way in addition to revealing the fraudulence of those whom surround you.

“Some people artificial when the human mind strictly superficial. Their words be cutting through your skin tissue.”

It is with great excitement and relief, that I share Dave Majesty’s “Born Official” with the reader. The project is filled with crucial components in which typically deems an album a success. Well-known features, skits, samples, and true lyricism all coincide astoundingly to take listeners on an adventure through the mind of Dave Majesty. I am a firm believer that music is medicine; not only to the listeners but to the artist as well. To have the ability to create music is a pure gift. To have the ability to share it without fear of the unknown is pure strength and courage.

Be sure to check out Dave Majesty on all platforms! Click on the links below!

Instagram

LUM- an app for artists!

Spotify

Bandcamp

LISTEN TO “BORN OFFICIAL”!

Shorty Jah “The Only way is Up”

We are sitting down with Shorty Jah, an artist from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn as we watch him pursue his passion. The name “Shorty” came from him embracing his height as he felt the uniqueness within the nickname. Determined and hungry for success, Shorty Jah has made the effort to use his voice as motivation and share his story. His drive has placed him to perform at legendary venues such as SOB’s , Bowery Electric and BlackTop Boston, amongst other venues. Along with a bright .,future ahead of him, we are looking at a rising star ready to take over the industry by surprise. Shorty Jah the only way is up.

Pyro Da Arsonist: How would you describe yourself as an artist and how would you describe your sound?

Shorty Jah: As an artist I would describe myself as an electrifying exciting rockstar / artist that express his upbringing and creativity to his music. I would describe my sound as a very unique interesting flow because usually I switch my tones in majority of every song. Sometimes I may even switch my tone and flow on one song to keep my audience interested.

Pyro: The indie music scene is saturated with artists so what would you say sets you apart from the rest?

Shorty: The things that set me apart from other artist would be my style, my sound , my energy & my heart. I have 100% gatorade all the time i’m not an artist that just have to portray an imagine, everything they see from Shorty I live and i’m like this all the time.

Pyro: What are some characteristics you think an artists needs to be successful in their careers?

Shorty: In my opinion I feel as if artist should be themselves no matter what and be confident while doing it. Also the main thing I would express as an artist I feel if you don’t put fourth the effort and go 100% for yourself no one else will. So believe in yourself confidently and express that in your music & those successful traits will help you grow upon you.

Pyro: If music doesn’t work out for you do you have a back up plan or anything else you’re passionate about?

Shorty: Definitely, if music didn’t work out for some reason then I would be interested in doing modeling especially for different clothing brands. I love clothes and that’s another way that I express myself so that would definitely be something else I will be interested in.

Pyro: If you had the opportunity to be mentored by someone that can help you progress in your career who would it be and why?

Shorty: This is a great question i’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, if i had the chanced to be mentored by someone else other than my father it would definitely be Master P. Master P and myself have a very similar upbringing especially how he entered the industry. Master P also played basketball coming up, and so have I. I also love how Master P came into the industry with his own style and flavor and that’s definitely something I will do.

Pyro: In this age of social media and digital marketing do you feel like an artist needs to be signed to a major record label in order to be successful?

Shorty: In today’s age and with social media being a very highly influential market, I feel as most artist don’t really need a major record label , but having one can definitely still help an artist reach his or her fullest potential.

Pyro: What would you say is the difference between a track & a record?

Shorty: The difference between a track and a record would be a track is just an audio that’s recorded with lyrics on it. A record is a properly mix down audio with interesting lyrics that may keep the audience interested.

Pyro: Finally, do you have any final words you would like to say to our audience?

Shorty: Yes, I would love to say to my audience that I love you guys , most of the people who support my music have been with me since day 1 when I first started. They are really die hard fans and we have grown together and now that we are reaching another stage I feel as if they are growing with me and I just want them to be very excited because we have a lot of great new music , videos and other things we are working on. I know how my fans are and how they feel about me so they will be very excited and happy to be apart of all the new interesting things that I have for them.

Thank you for sitting down with us today. We look forward to seeing your growth as we follow your career and wish you much success in all you do.

Migs718 Releases New Single “Yetii”

Written by: Julz Mancini

“Smooth. 3am she wanna grove. Said arch ya back, she approve. Dinero, watch how I move. Rolling the whip when I cruise. Lose, dam that’s all that you do. She know I’m better than you. And you know I like the view.”

We live in an era where people are more interested in visuals than anything. When artists post a video, whether music related or just to talk to their fans, viewers feel more inclined to engage with the artist. Engagement, being a primary component in developing super fans, grasps the attention of followers intriguing them to look further into the artist. YouTube has become a super colossal outlet for music artists to share their content with the world. With the right combination of videographers, directors, cast, and music, artists will begin to see a ripple effect of support from viewers. Migs718 is an artist whom has acquired this perfect combination allowing his fans to witness his amazing energy, talent, and creativity come to life.

Recently releasing his single, “Yetii”, Migs718 blessed his viewers with a great story line, edgy angles, and a strong camera presence. The video for “Yetii” is unlike many of the music videos shared on the internet today. From beginning to end Migs718 matches his lyrics to the plot within the video. Having the ability to follow the story throughout its duration paves the way for Migs718 to stand out in an industry where cars, money, and pretty women supersede the importance of creating a movie.

From the start, Migs718 experiences an interaction with a woman whom has a boyfriend. Their interest in one another ignites the tone for the rest of the video. As the woman of interest dances by his side, Migs718 makes it clear that she is his for the taking. Also showing love and support, is a group of energetic individuals who show off their dancing skills to Migs718’s catchy lyrics. With “Yetii” being released just four days ago, Migs718’s views are quickly increasing. Having over four thousand views, it is clear that this single has made an impact on his audience leaving them eager for his next project.

It is no surprise that Migs718 has obtained a loyal fan-base. With his eclectic abilities, Migs718 has consistently released music with each song attracting different demographics. His song, “Groupie Luv” has an aggressive vibe with quick flowing lyrics, a repetitive beat, and a catchy hook allowing Migs718 to portray a different side of his artistry. “Two Door” is completely opposite displaying a smooth beat and a softer delivery. It is rare to listen to an artist who is diversified, dipping into multiple sounds while altering their flow. This talent proves that Migs718 deserves the spotlight and will stop at nothing to achieve it.

Please be sure to check out “Yetii” and subscribe to Migs718’s YouTube channel! Follow him on social media and stream his music by clicking on the links below!

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Stigity- From Behind The Lense To the Spotlight

Written by: Julz Mancini

It is no secret that we are all products of our environment, to a degree. The people, sounds, predicaments, lifestyles, and even music that we are surrounded by on a daily basis directly affect and mold us into the individuals we eventually become. For some, growing up in hostile and dangerous environments prove problematic as they struggle to thrive and blossom in deteriorating circumstances. Many whom have grown up in these conditions have experienced the revolving door of incarceration. And some have prevented this fate from occurring by never crossing that marginal line. Stigity, a New York native and music artist, is one of those people.

As gun shots, violence, and struggle awaited Stigity on the other side of the door, he managed to wiggle out of the grasp of the streets and into college. During his college years, he became a cameraman in which assisted him in obtaining opportunities to work with some of the rap industry’s heavy hitters such as, A$AP Mob, Vado, Fred Da Godson, and Pro Era. Having the ability to watch such amazing talent through his lens helped Stigity realize that he belonged in the spotlight.

Hard times enhanced Stigity’s capability to write. With his refusal to succumb to depression at an all-time high, Stigity turned to music to release his inner demons which eventually landed him in the studio to record. Trading in his camera for the microphone, Stigity has been working diligently to provide his audience with music that demonstrates his life prior to college and currently. From love, struggle, and everything in between, Stigity is able to create vivid pictures of his life through his lyrics.

As I streamed the songs within Stigity’s catalog, I came across songs that were both appeasing to my ears in addition to being applicable to real life situations many experience.

“These hard times got me stressing. I’m just tryin to find a better way. These hard times was a blessing. So I’m tryin to stay up out the way. These hard times was a lesson.”

Everyone needs a song that brings your current predicament to the forefront, forcing you to face it head on without interruption. A smooth and heartfelt beat, with simple yet strong lyrics maintains the listener’s attentiveness, eventually singing along with the catchy hook.

As I continued to search through Stigity’s music catalog, I came across another catchy track titled, “Keep It Pushin”. With an aggressive delivery and another appealing hook, this song hits the listener hard.

“Put on for my city, I run through these streets and I grind every day. Came from the block with the realest gorillas. We up in these streets and we grind every day. Call the promoter. He got the connect. Cut me the check.”

Stigity recently released a single titled, “Mackin’ Like a Villain” showing his audience that he is coming for the kill, relentless and ready for what’s to come. To get better acquainted with Stigity and his music, click on the links below!

Follow Stigity on Instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/Stigity__/

Check out Stigity’s website below!

http://www.stigity.com/

Stream Stigity’s music on Soundcloud!

DJ YUNG NAS on The Rise.

Naseem Johnson a.k.a. DJ Yung Nas is a Disc Jockey & Producer from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Born on March 4th, 1999. Nas started DJing at the age of 17 at house parties before eventually moving up to DJing at college parties and clubs. He has DJed for several internet radio stations which include Philly Jamz 95.3 FM,
NYC’s Way Up FM &  Chicago’s Fusion Radio. Getting his inspiration from DJ Diamond Kutz & DJ Camilo he practiced his dj scratches everyday until he felt he was ready to post his videos on social media. He now posts his DJ videos on Instagram & Tik Tok and currently DJ’s for The Lion 90.7 FM WKPS while attending Penn State University to pursue his career as a TV & Radio Personality.

Below you will find my interview with DJ Yung Nas and learn about what inspires him, his techniques as a DJ and more.

Pyro Da Arsonist: You were inspired by DJ Diamond Kutz & DJ Camilo. What was about them that inspired you?

DJ Yung Nas: What inspires me about DJ Diamond Kutz & DJ Camilo is the way they DJ. I like their style. DJ Diamond Kutz plays music at a fast tempo giving it energy, making it more
hype. DJ Camilo is different, he makes every song sound fire. He also doesn’t stay in
one genre, he’s very flexible with his music. He plays Hip hop, Afrobeats, Latin,
Reggaeton, etc. Just listening to them a lot inspired me to become a DJ and create my
own style.

Pyro: Mashups are not easy to get right so what is your thought proces when creating a mashup and do you mashup different genres of music together?

Dj Yung Nas: When making mashups, the first thing I do is look for a good instrumental or acapella. I do this just by scrolling through my library and listening to songs. Once I do that, I check the bpm just to make sure the sounds are not far off so that I’m able to mix them. After that I then practice the mashup of how I want the mix to go and then once I’m ready, I
begin to make the video. I have not attempted to mash up different genres of music
together but I am definitely planning on making one in soon.

Pyro: What artists would you like to produce for and why??

DJ Yung Nas: An artist that I would want to produce is Dababy. I like his flow on his music. I think he is
a unique rapper and it would just be a crazy experience to produce for someone like him.

Pyro: Do you think at this point in your career you can handle the pressure of DJing for a station like Hot 97 or Power 105? If so how would you convince them to hire you?

DJ Yung Nas: At this point, I am very confident that I can DJ for radio stations like Hot 97 and Power 105 because I have experience DJing On-Air and I also play the same music as them. I am currently DJing for The Lion 90.7fm Wkps every Friday at 11pm so I can finally say that I have experience DJing on local radio. Me actually going to power 105 or Hot 97
would mean a bigger audience. How I would convince them to hire me is that I would say
I have DJed on radio stations before, Two internet ones and one local station, I’ve also
worked at Cumulus Media in my hometown, and my mixes have gained a lot of attention
on mixcloud and soundcloud so I’m pretty sure if they actually listen to mixes they will
enjoy them.

Pyro: What would you say makes you stand out as a DJ?

DJ Yung Nas: What makes me stand out as a DJ is my progress from when I first started. I have been a DJ for sometime now but I have not been uploading my dj skills until the summer of 2019.I always felt that I wasn’t ready because when I watch other DJs, their scratch skills and mixing techniques were far too advanced and that its not possible for me to get to that level in my career especially on a Pioneer SB2. What made me change my mind was that I didn’t have the finances to get turntables and a high quality mixer so I decided that I was just going to have to make it work with what I have until I was ready to
upgrade. My first couple of videos I was doing regular transitions and scratches, now I
am doing combos and mashups. I have progressed so much within that time and I
believe that’s what makes me stand out.

Pyro: What do you feel about those who say that Controller DJ’s aren’t as skilled as Turntable and Record DJ’s?

Dj Yung Nas: People who say that DJs who use DJ controllers are not as skilled as DJs who use vinyl are crazy. What some people need to realize is that it’s not about what equipment you have it’s how you use it. All equipment has its pros and cons. I have watched youtube
videos of people making insane routines on DJ controllers and vinyl. Both can get the
job done if you practice enough. Now Is it hard to scratch and do certain things on a
controller than vinyl, maybe. It may require a lot of practice and it’s possible but that’s not
the case. Everyone has their own style of doing things the way they want too and that’s
all that matters.

Pyro: If you had a chance to put together a track with 3 major artist who would be on the record and why?

DJ Yung Nas: 3 Major artists I would choose for a record would be Drake, Young Thug and Quavo. I chose them because anything that they drop especially as a single is a banger or
something people can vibe too.

Pyro: What sets you apart from your competition?

DJ Yung Nas: What sets me apart from my competition is my creativity and passion. When I make videos I try to add at least one new thing to the video whether it’s a scratch or transition method, I never try to do the same technique every video. I may have multiple videos with the same concept but in each of them there are different ways of how I do things, whether it’s the beginning, the middle or end of a routine, I try not to do the same thing. Another is the fact that I’m doing these routines on a small DJ controller. Some people think that you need turntables to make cool dj routines for Instagram and by me
uploading my videos to instagram, I’m trying to eliminate that. I had no training only
youtube and it took time for me to progress and it can be the same for everybody else if
they put their mind to it.

Pyro: When it comes to your music library, how do you go about building it? Is there a research involved or is it off ear?

DJ Yung Nas: When I build my music library, it’s 50/50 research and off ear. The Research part is me looking to see who is dropping music every Friday at 12, another is going through my record pool seeing what is downloaded a lot and what is trending. Every song that I
download I listen to it first because I want to make sure it fits with the type of music I
play. I always ask myself, “will this keep the party going or will it die down if I play this”? I
can’t just download every song because at that point i’m just wasting storage for songs
that i’m only going to place once. So it’s very important to know your taste in music and
what you want to play.

Thank you for sitting down with us. We appreciate your time. 

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Getting to Know Chrystyal Thoughts

We’re sitting down with the winner for The Artistry raffle Christyal Thoughts who is an artist and producer who graduated with a audio engineering degree from SAE. The Bronx native started writing music at the tender age of 11 years old and by the age of 16 she had joined a female rap group and started doing talent shows. After graduating she also started producing for local artists. In 2017 she dropped her first project IMF 1.
Christyal lost her mother to substance abuse when she was 3 years old and then was adopted and grew up in Bronx River Projects and she has shown that you can chase your dreams and persevere no matter what is thrown your way.

Christyal thank you for joining us.

Pyro Da Arsonist: What or who inspired you to start writing and making music?

Christyal thoughts: Listening to music such as Tupac, Bone thugs in harmony, No Limit Records and Cash Money records…really West Coast music inspired me to start writing and making music. They didn’t play it on the radio much and at the time I was lucky if they played Tupac so I went out buying a lot of West Coast music.

Pyro: Has the loss of your mother at a young age and being adopted affected your music style?

Christyal: Yes. It helps me to stay grounded, real and connected to my true self and inner feelings. Outside of my music career, I work with people who have gone through the same things that I have. I can relate so I put it in my music.

Pyro: How did you joining a female rap group come about and what happened to the group?

Christyal: I started at a young age 16. We all grew up in the same neighborhood in the Bronx and one of my best friends at the time had an Uncle who made beats so every weekend we were writing songs and preparing for a talent show. When I turned 18 back in 1999 we were suppose to sign to our Manager but we were getting older and decided to just go our own ways and live life. As far as the group we are all still friends to this day. Those were good times.

Pyro: Do you have a preference between making your music and producing for other artist?

Christyal: The end goal is to get a Publishing Deal and produce for other Artists but right now I am learning what it is like to be an Artist and i’m going through the process. It’s more to it than just making a song.

Pyro: What kind of feedback have you gotten from your music and how has it affected you?

Christyal: I have gotten feedback from my music such as it’s different and it sounds very therapeutic. I get feedback that i’m talking real talk and they can relate. Song wise people like MJ Bad, Rebellious, In along time, Cruel World…… its a few.

Pyro: Lastly what is your ultimate goal and where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

Christyal: My Ultimate goal is to do shows and still get beats and song placements for other artists.

Thank you for taking the time to sit down with us and we wish you much success in everything you do.

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