Streetsmart Magazine Brings Its Pages To Life At Industry Xposure Event
The Baltimore magazine brought artists and the industry together for an eventful night of networking and performances
On Saturday, May 27th, Streetsmart Magazine brought the industry and artists together for its Industry Xposure event. Held at The Motor House in Baltimore, MD on North Ave and hosted by Brynie G. (Host of The Industry Weekly Radio) and Radio Reek, the magazine company brought the pages of its latest February/March issue to life.
The night began with the female cypher featuring Martina Lynch, Benni Harding, Mia, Dria, and Elle Eaton of Streetsmart even giving a few bars herself. Martina, the First Lady of Young Moose’s “Out The Mud” imprint, dawned in a blue blazer, came prepared for work as she was one of the names to get the event off on the right foot.
Streetsmart recently launched its New Breed magazine, a publication under the Streetsmart umbrella geared towards teens. With Baltimore’s Lil Key, a participant on season 2 of Jermaine Dupri’s The Rap Game, on the cover, a New Breed cypher was also a part of the event. Featuring up-and-comers like Lor Myddie and King Quan, the cypher showed the promise young artists in Baltimore have and some potential faces of the new magazine series.
Streetsmart’s parent magazine also had a recent release with DJ and Downtown Locker Room executive Shawn Caesar on the cover. Inside of the pages were featured artists Tia Reid, Lonnie Moore, GGL Slick, and UndaRated Lor Chris. Even several months pregnant, songstress Tia Reid took took the stage to perform her singles “Right Now” and “Boss.” The “hot mom of 2” took the stage in a burgundy two piece, and even in heels, put on a show.
Lonnie Moore brought the same energy and stage presence he had in front of hundreds opening for Bryson Tiller to the Motor House. Performing singles “Golden Child” and the Ginuwine-sampling “Priceless,” the Baltimore native brought one of the fan-favorite performances of the night as he even engaged with those in the crowd recording.
The stage then quickly turned into an industry panel, as invited guests took to the forefront of the event to spill years of knowledge for those in attendance. Mally the Martian, president of Fabolous Street Fam label, Tony Redz, on-air personality at WPGC 95.5 in D.C., DJ Wildchina DNA, rapper Starrz, and Omar Lloyd, CEO of D1 Entertainment, were asked a series of questions from event co-host Brynie G.
The panelists gave a variety of mixed advice to up-and-coming artists, from how to promote singles, branding, originality, and even gave their own stories of how they broke into the music industry. Lloyd, who recently signed young DMV artists WillThaRapper and Bandhunta Izzy to deals with Republic Records, stressed the importance of “sounding like yourself” in an age where many artists look to be the “next” of something else.
Starrz, who recently appeared on Oxygen’s Last Squad Standing and embarked on a 48-city tour with Tech N9ne, provided tips to independent artists on investing in the quality of their music and the importance of branding.
One of the gems of the night came courtesy of Mally the Martian when a question was asked regarding when artists should request compensation for their services. “You must be rich in opportunity before you’re rich in your pockets,” the producer said. Lloyd preceded by saying “Don’t chase money, don’t do it for the money. Chase the opportunity, the money just gonna come.”
The industry panel stayed on the stage with a “Check Me Out Showcase” to follow. Featuring Jenni Dimepeace, Jae Fischer, Chrissy Stayhigh, Young Diesel, TGR (Times Got Real), Parri Parri Parri, Gina Da Vinci, Dread Dollaz, Blow, Veronica King, Micca, and Qui$ Montana.
Jenni, a featured artist in the recent edition of Streetsmart magazine, ripped the stage performing the intro of her recent Nineteen mixtape. Starrz, who has a feature on her mixtape, commended the teen’s progress since she started, saying “I remember when she worked at the mall.”
Jae Fischer, also featured in Streetsmart’s latest magazine, staged his own robbery during his song “New Day.” Tony Redz praised Fischer for his old school, hip hop sound while Starrz commended the Baltmore native for putting on a show and keeping the audience entertained.
Both Chrissy Stayhigh and Young Diesel delivered two of the more heartfelt moments of the night. Chrissy, a native of Baltimore, MD, delivered a single speaking on the turmoil of growing up in her hometown, even the shooting of her brother.
Young Diesel, coming all the way from Arkansas, delivered a message before his performance. “I do this for mama,” he said about his energy he brought to the stage for his mother, who is currently incarcerated. The industry moved and rapped along to his single “Rapido” as he performed in a fire red vest and a chain that read his name.
TGR (Times Got Rough) brought the same energy to their performance of “10-4.” Deemed the “D.C. version of the Migos” in Snapchat videos from that night, they played off each other’s energy to put on one of the best performances of the evening. Mally the Martian praised them for their high-level performance, saying they almost knocked the panel out of their chairs off of the stage.
The performance that perhaps caught the most attention, however, was from the duo of Blow. Consisting of Reese and Boop, their provocative lyrics behind their single “All Of That” raised eyebrows from the entire panel. From their words to their dance moves, their performance resulted in Tony Redz even wondering if a clean version of the song could possibly exist.
All together, the event was well put together, promoting networking between artists and those in the industry. There performance of some artists throughout the night even lead to those on the panel and in the crowd asking for links to their SoundClouds and interviews to follow from those in the media that were in attendance. The Industry Xposure promoted not only good music, but placing it in the right hands – or the right ears.
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