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DJ Jeff Duran: Creates Amazing Mixes And Is Becoming a Force To Be Reckoned With

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He’s remixed for Future and Wu-Tang Clan, he’s worked with NBA YoungBoy and released countless mixtapes on his multiple youtube channels. Despite being a DJ for over a decade, DJ Jeff Duran is finally becoming known as a force to be reckoned with. An unconventional and always controversial approach to his art has sometimes overshadowed his show-stealing sets and work as both a DJ and producer. His long awaited album ‘If You Can’t Dazzle Em With Brilliance’ is Due for release on June 24, an album in which Duran can be heard flexing his alter egos as a stand up comedian and original musician. 

When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences? 

Before you were born. Listen, all that you need to know is I am the greatest DJ of all time. I can go away ten years, come back and I am better than ever. My mother is 80 and looks 40, I am blessed. I had sex with a 20 year old this morning, I am just getting started. I think DJ’s are untalented narcissists who think they are better than the artists they play. I am a fan of hip hop and hard rock and always have been. My Youtube channel just got taken down again, I had over a million subscribers. I’ll start another one soon or maybe not. 

What do you personally consider to be the highlight in your artistic career? 

Before Covid and this Pandemic shit I held a Drake night and had one of the best fuck fests of my life. The OVO owl made an appearance and I felt that I pulled off something special. Every time I work it’s a highlight. When you can express yourself and the people understand that, in another far away place, it’s really fantastic. That’s the best part of doing this. 

What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing or performing stand up, that makes it interesting for you? 

When I produce, I really try to serve as inspiration for the artist I work with. I never tell them what or how to do anything. NBA YoungBoy doesn’t need some middle aged tweaker telling him how to record or make art. I try to challenge them to embrace the melody, and make music that five years from now they will still want to perform. I may be the greatest living DJ, but i am also the greatest living fan of music. I play more specific artists, mainstream shit I like; LIl Baby,Pooh Shiesty, Durk. It’s a rock and roll attitude, Playboi Carti is like what Marilyn Manson was when I was coming up and it looks like he’s having fun. At least hip hop

is interesting. Did Durk sacrifice King Von for mega stardom? Kodak Black talking shit to someone? I’m enthralled. 

There’s so much music out there,What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria for selecting what to play at a gig 

I don’t prepare, just like in the studio and on stage it’s the vibe at the time. I just wait to see the audience, the club and then I get an idea for a playlist. When we do live shows I find the best DJ in the city and have them represent the “DJ Jeff Duran” brand with they’re best set, that way it’s fresh and never routine. 

What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting originals and sources? 

I can say it, some of those old school traditions and roots have grown tired. Anything before Kanye is hard for me to listen to now unless it’s old heavy metal. Hip Hop is about evolution and what’s next. Old ass Eminem, a multi billionaire still rapping about himself is unlistenable and embarrassing to me. The younger rappers today have way more street cred than Tupac or these so called legends ever did. The top tier is making way more money too, which is inspiring to young people. Rap actually inspires kids now to build investment portfolios and make money. When I was coming up a lot of the top rappers came off as bums and rapped in dead end scenarios that were hard to relate to beyond fantasy. Coming up now is the time with the only blemish on hip hop and its culture is Female rap in my opinion. These entitled only fans/ instagram hookers with the same fat ass Fendi bag talking out their twats is absolute garbage. Some of these girls are getting enormous too, just because you are as big as a horse doesn’t make you a Megan The Stallion. Roots should make someone want to forge ahead with something interesting without having to finesse notalgia. 

In which way are you actively trying to create an experience that is more than just stringing together a few excellent records? 

I like to have some tension and then some time to rest. If it’s going straight from the bass to the top non-stop, it’s too much. Even on artist tapes, those that pay attention I have my own way of presenting a particular artist that involves non hits and mostly unreleased. The unreleased music is my specialty and has brought me the most hate. If I don’t leak something I am an asshole, if I do then I must die according to some. My theme nights for Lil Wayne and Drake are a lot of fun even if it’s been virtual. Those are experiences and hopefully now they have loosened things up we will have a ton more to come. 

What type of comedy do you do ? Do you observe situations and create comedy or can you create comedy just in your head ? 

I have always spoke for the outlaw or outcast when performing stand up. It’s where I can free with no boundaries. My observations are based on absurdity and my experiences living

most of my life on the edge. It’s not for everybody but it’s more personal, seeing if i can come up with an hour of comedy that people can feel in 2022. 

Finally, what art form would you want to be recognized the most for when all is said and done. 

Remember I am a fan first. People have to appreciate how I approach these art forms as a fan and my take on it. If you hear my music you may quickly say it sounds like two cats fucking, I hope to at least earn your respect in my attempt at creating something amazing regardless of the outcome. I want to be recognized as the guy artistically who had the balls to attempt something different, challenge myself and perhaps the audience in the process.

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Creations that will last for ages: Skii Mask Lux XO faces his challenges

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Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, with Atlanta as his second home, Skii Mask Lux XO is no stranger to struggles. Life was never easy for this artist, he found music as a way to express his feelings and tell the story of his hardship in the streets. His musical journey started back when he was 14, where he fell in love with the art of rapping. He used to jam with his friends back in high school and then people would join in, Skii Mask Lux XO shares one of his most vivid memories: 

“It was so much fun because a lot of people started hearing it from my project  window, I was on the 5th floor so you can definitely hear it  and people started to come up and be like “yo I wanna do a track too”. Everybody used to come in there and spit a freestyle.”

He loved the people, he loved the feeling, and most importantly, he loved the art, which led him to pursue a serious career as a rapper

Creations for generations

Skii Mask Lux XO is an artist like no other, he makes music with incredible artistry, writing lyrics that will resonate with generations to come. His skillfulness in delivering bars that give the audience a sensory experience to remember forever.

His latest song talks about a natural high where there is no need for drugs or anything else, except for the music being served by none other than Skii Mask Lux XO. He proudly shares the story behind it:

“The story behind my latest song Wiz Khalifa High is basically a song where you don’t have to be high to feel this type of vibe. But don’t get me wrong it can help as well but. It’s a fun, melodic feeling. It can definitely put you in a zone.”

With works of art like his latest song, you just have to wonder how he does it. Skii Mask Lux XO lets us have a peek at his creative process as he reveals his personal principle when making new material:

“When I hear a beat and if I don’t feel like feeling it in my heart to rap to it, then I won’t rap to it. Now when I do get one of those beats that I can feel, then I can start writing whatever it needs to be . Whether it’s a club vibe, a serious vibe, or a drill vibe”

Whenever he feels burnt out, Skii Mask Lux XO`s solution is to just stop and take a break, even sneak in a couple of Zs, but when things get really bad, he goes to Atlanta and chills with his family for a while to refresh his mind.

Facing challenges

Skii Mask Lux XO considers toxic people as the greatest challenge in his career so far. It is a bummer when people you see as friends are actually not once you turn your back, it can affect you especially when feelings and emotions are an essential part of your craft. He shares his thoughts on this:

“Not everyone is genuine as you may think they are. I had gone through a trial of people that didn’t really have my best interest, or they didn’t believe in themselves and tried to bring me down with them. I made sure I disconnect from them. Because it hinders my creative process.”

He sees this challenge as a hurdle for his career so he solved it by just being himself and proving that he can carry his own weight as an artist, and showing that he does not need anyone else to succeed in making music that moves crowds. Skii Mask Lux XO faced his greatest challenge as a musician head-on, focusing on his passion with an immovable will and incredible skills.

Skii Mask Lux XO has faced a ton of struggle, no obstacle will be too hard for him as he pursues his passion for creating music that will continue to make waves for generations to come. He is a musician, a creator, a writer, a man who has seen the world`s harsh reality and is now living to speak about it one song at a time.

Music inspires both the creator and the audience, try giving it a shot. Know more about Skii Mask Lux XO through his instagram.

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Meet Upcoming Nashville, TN Artist “Trap Qweezy”

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Trap Qweezy is a female upcoming artist based out of Nashville, TN. Her unique sound & will to put herself in front of a crowd will get her very far in the music game. We got to connect with Trap Qweezy & ask her a few questions.

What Caused You To Start Taking Music Serious?

 “I have always loved music since I was a child, but I decided to take music seriously in 2016 after having my first and only daughter.”

If you were to choose 3 major artists to collaborate with who would it be & why?

“It would have to be Chris Brown, Lil Durk and Kevin Gates only because they are 3 of my top 5 artists of all time”

Describe Your Sound

“I believe my sound is a mixture of Trap music and Soul , I make music that you can feel ..”

Where Do You See Yourself In The Next 5 Years

“In the next 5 years I should be collecting Grammys and BET Awards , I will be one of the greatest artists of all time.”

What Are Some Things You Have Coming Up In The Near Future?

 “I recently dropped my first mixtape “TRAP Baby ” on all platforms, I also have a lot of visuals , and performances on the way. Be on the lookout and stream my recent single “Trap Luv” , Also out on all platforms.

If you want to keep up with Trap Qweezy in the near future be sure to check out her music links & follow her Instagram all linked below.

https://linktr.ee/TRAPQWEEZY

https://www.instagram.com/trapqweezy/

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Upcoming Artist “Bran Dolla” Could be the next big thing out of Memphis, TN

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22 year old East Memphis rap artist Brandon Young known as “Bran Dolla” has been making a lot of noise these past few months. His way of versatility & energetic performance style is something that makes him stand out from others. We got to connect with “Bran Dolla” & ask him a few questions.

What made you start doing music?


“Everything I’ve been through growing up , especially growing up in a city like memphis it’s a lot of hardship. I went through a lot growing up. Mother having me at 18 , father walking out my life. Having close friends losing their life before they got to see 20. Music always helped cope with all the pain. Real Red the producer , my cousin , influenced me , we always had long conversations about everything we both were going through growing up & the present. So once he first started making beats , he sent me a mp3 file. I made a lil verse in 3 minutes & started writing then. Once we both saw potential I started booking studio sessions back in 2017. I just now started releasing music a couple months ago.”

Describe your sound


“My sound is authentic , everything in my songs is everything i’ve been through & everything i’ve experienced in my life , whether it’s about struggle , relationships , it’s all authentic you’ll find a way to relate in all my songs I bet you that, I’m the most versatile.”

Who’s another Memphis Artist you look up to & why?

“Another artist from the city I look up to is Kevo Muney the baby goat. Dude’s music is heartfelt and his versatility is crazy. That’s one artist from memphis I believe if we work it’ll go stupid. Last but not least is Producer Real Red not because we related just because I then saw him come from nothing, the sky’s the limit with him, I love dude.”

In 5 years where do you see your brand?

“In 5 Years , I see Brandolla being one of the hardest Memphis artists with a different sound. Hard2Kill “ H2K” is my team brand. In 5 years everybody gone feel us & I say that in the most humblest way”

What can we expect for the future from you?


“In the future they can expect different Ep’s , Ep’s after Ep’s , some of the hardest Visuals. just stay tuned in with Dolla Music”

Be Sure to stay tuned in with Bran Dolla by checking out his music links & follow his instagram all linked below.

https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/brandolla/1546622596

https://www.instagram.com/brandollaa/

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