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(Interview) Shaiva: “Kobe’s one of those players that inspired me to play the game” | Scoop Talks #8 | @ShaiVA23 @BovadaOfficial





Fredericksburg, Virginia artist and TikTok star ShaiVA talks about the success of his hit song “Basketball“ joins ScoopB on Bovada sharing his admiration for the late great Kobe Bryant. The TikTok star has accumulated over “ 100 million views “ on social media and is currently in the process of re releasing the song through 3rdEyeRecordings/UMG this spring.




Greg DiNero officially one of the Hottest DJ/Producers in the business @djgregdinero



WHO IS Greg DiNero

Greg DiNero is one of the Tri-State area’s hottest Dj/Producers. His roots begin from the early age of just seven when his dad bought him his first turntable. His drive and dedication, to not only advance his career, but to also give back to the culture is what has earned him his many notable accomplishments at such a young age of just twenty seven.

These accomplishments include Landing two radio residencies at age 22 on B98.5 and Non Fiction Radio, working with artists like Stitches, Famous Dex, Sean Kingston, NBA Youngboy,, 2Milly, producing audio for a PUMA Commercial and racking up a whopping one hundred million plus views on Youtube and Spotify for his production. After signing a management deal in 2018 with “LOUIE KNOWS”, an affiliate of Atlantic Records, Rich Forever Gang, and 300 Ent. Greg continues to work hard toward his goals.

Greg DiNero works hard to maintain a friendly reputation amongst his peers and in the Tri-State music scene.

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Where are you from?

I am from the Jersey Shore! Toms River NJ, there is no place like it!!

Why did you first start making music?

When I was young, like 7, my dad brought me to Atlantic City. I saw a dj cutting it up on turntables for the first time, so that Christmas I got turntables. Fell in love with djing. When I was in high school I used to dj “Teen Nights” basically night clubs would have nights where the party was for age 13-18. While djing the teen nights I realized I was pretty much just promoting other peoples music, so I wanted to make
my own. Thats what start my production, probably around age 18.

Talk me through your creative process.

I try not to have a process.. with music its really just about creating a vibe in the studio, or in your headphones and going with that vibe. Most of the time when you try to over think it, nothing good comes from it. So my creative process is pretty much creating a solid vibe in the studio.

Who would you say inspired you the most?

Scott Storch has always my idol. I grew up listening to his production! It was impossible not to, the guy dominated the producer world! As I got older I really dug deep into his story and how much of a work horse he was! Hes so inspiring. I have actually gotten the chance to link up with him a few times! Amazingly humble dude too!

Whats the best advice you received?

Nothing is handed to you, it doesnt happen over night, trust the process. Those are some of the notable pieces of advice I have gotten. Its all true its every man for themselves out here and it takes a LOT OF WORK and A LOT OF TIME!

How would you describe the music that you create?

Production placement wise, rap, all styles of rap. As far as my personal projects, anything that would go crazy in the club while djing. Dancehall, pop, rap. My main focus for my personal projects is to make a fun record I can play out.

What would you have done differently if you knew what you knew now?

I wouldve focused harder, not paid women any attention, kept my circle real tight and locked in on my goals. When i was younger I was too worried about being lit and hooking up and clout chasing… I am locked in now I just wish I was sooner.

Whats the most important show you have played to date?

Its a three way tie. The first time playing at Harrahs Pool Bar in Atlantic City was awesome because I used to dream about playing there when I was a teenager. The first time on the radio was obviously special. And the first time in LA. They are all special in their own way

If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?

TALENT OVER CLOUT! Stop making talentless viral weirdos be famous rappers!!!!

What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as the man that can do it all! I am a family man, I want to be the kickass dad to my sons but also the dj who’s the life of the party and makes hit records!


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Please describe any unique characteristics of your company or its products and services that you feel would be newsworthy? 

My rap style is a unique sound in the Atlanta melodic scene and drill scene. I really talk about real life scenarios that’s happening to me and those around me or what I see majority of my lyrics is not cap I feel like that’s what make me stand out more

Who is your target audience? 

People that can relate that’s incarcerated or over came they form of struggle or currently going thru In other words I write a lot of pain music on uptempo beats

What separates you from your competition 

I don’t cap in my rap. I really have been through it all.

What motivated you to build your own brand?

The love I had for music my whole life: 50 cent, Lil Baby, Chief Keef, all the R&B and early 2,000s and late 90s music. I also loved the YMCMB era.

Where do you see yourself/your company 5 years from now?

Still rapping, perfecting my craft and at a superstar level.

How would you want the readers to benefit from learning about you? 

By paying attention to what I do and how I talk so they won’t make the same mistakes that I have made in the past. I’m from Queens NY, Springfield to be exact but I’m putting on for Allentown Pennsylvania.

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UK Hip Hop Sensation Rhyme Assassin Prepares For “Rhyme Apostles” Release (Interview)



UK Hip Hop artist Rhyme Assassin prepares fans and audiences for a major single release on April 3rd, 2023. “Rhyme Apostles” features a diverse group of Hip Hop legacies including Crooked I, Craig G, Reks, Ruste Juxx, K Solo, Chino XL, Keith Murray, Chino XL, Canibus, AFRO, and Antlive Boombap. Production is provided by Deep Voice with an intro by Jadakiss. Rhyme Assassin shows off his knack for transcending listeners back to an era where Hip Hop culture, elements, and essence were present. He does this without sounding dated. In our interview below, Rhyme Assassin chops it up in depth about the single, his contributions to Hip Hop, the music scene in the UK, and more.

MJ: Before we jump into your upcoming release of “Rhyme Apostles” let everyone know who you are and where you’re from.

Rhyme Assassin: My name is Tichaona Brian Monera. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I migrated to the United Kingdom to explore opportunities for further education and personal development. An important part of that was pursuing a career in music. This is something that I have already been doing in Zimbabwe where I gained popularity with hip-hop in the early 90s. Freestyling with my homies after school, I was able to hone my craft to become a recognizable voice on the Zimbabwe music scene. These were formative moments in my music career. These encounters earned me the name Rhyme Assassin which has become my official MCEE name. The name Rhyme Assassin resonates with the skillful poetic lyrical expression of the music and the excellence of execution of my craft.

MJ: As a Hip Hop artist from the UK, tell us about the Hip Hop scene over there.

Rhyme Assassin: Hip-hop has always had a firm grip on the UK music scene with a lot of drill dominating. Hip-hop artists like Stormzy have become household names, generating a huge following worldwide. My estimation is that the UK is on the brink of becoming a hip-hop powerhouse globally. There are many upcoming hip-hop artists….

MJ: What led you to begin a career in rap and lead a lifestyle true to Hip Hop culture?

Rhyme Assassin: The greatest influencers that kickstarted my rap career are the likes of all-time greats such as KRS ONE, Run DMC & Big Daddy Kane, BIG, and 2 PAC. I grew up listening to their music on cassettes and vinyl. Because of my experiences and encounters with these hip-hop moguls, I embrace the hip-hop culture and started living out and expressing this in my lyrical content. My inspiration to write was primarily from Canibus and Krs One. I can even recall the first day I listened to Gangstarr – Moment of truth, Dead Prez – Let’s get free and DMX – It’s dark and hell is hot. Those were the early days when hip-hop was not playing much on Zimbabwe radio. Our exposure to hip-hop was mainly from folks coming from overseas and bringing cassette tapes back home. I would use my pocket money to rent out hip-hop tapes for a couple of days or more so that I can just listen to the latest hip-hop beats.

MJ: Ok, let’s jump into your new single which will be available for download and purchase on April 3rd, 2023. How were you able to link with all the powerhouses and legends? Talk about the thought process of “Rhyme Apostles” to hand-picking features, to the production, and to the final canvas.

Rhyme Assassin: The initial idea was for Rhyme Apostles to have 4 artists. Later, drawing inspiration from the Bible, the thought of the 12 apostles of Jesus dawned on my mind and this became the womb that gave birth to Rhyme Assassin’s 12 apostles on the track. The new single is based on an idea that had been in for quite a while. My vision was to bring together some of the greatest lyricists and recognizable names in hip-hop. Being on the same record with the likes of Crooked I Canibus, Craig G, Keith Murray and a host of other renowned hip-hop legends is an incredible personal triumph.

Achieving this was monumental. The journey was not a straightforward one. It was long and challenging, but an enjoyable one. The one thing that made it worthwhile is the caliber of people that I was targeting. These were real hip-hop heads, with a genuine love for true hip-hop culture. I was truly humbled by these guys’ acceptance and willingness to embrace me and work with me to bring my vision to fruition.
Every single one of them exhibited high levels of professionalism with such amazing humility. Each demonstrated a love and a passion to collaborate with emcees with roots in Africa. The emcees that made it on the record I those that reached out to and they were magnanimous enough to accept the invitation.

Shout out to those emcees who believed in me and were keen to be part of the project but could not make the financial commitment in time and were unable to be featured. There will always be scope to do collaborative projects with them in the near future. Another noteworthy artist who made an enormous contribution to this project is Deep Voice, a UK producer who created the best used in the debut single. He created the beat some seven years ago along with other beats that I subsequently used. This particular beat was archived until now and it is just the right beat for the project. The bear will be mixed and mastered by yet another creative, P2doah, a Zimbabwean-based producer. We are also currently working on the video for the song.

MJ: What are you hoping audiences take away from the single?

Rhyme Assassin: The single greatest desired outcome for this project is a greater realization but both artists and music lovers of the incredible power of collaborative music ventures across the industry. The single, Rhyme Apostles, is a clear and powerful demonstration of the synergy resulting from such collaboration. My wish for this single is that it will be timeless in its appeal and not just for a season.

MJ: It’s evident with the single, you are on a mission to conserve the authenticity of Hip Hop and push it to the forefront of music. Can you elaborate on that?

Rhyme Assassin: I am a firm believer in the need for the conservation of the truest essence of Hip hop culture expressed through lyricism. The caliber of emcees on the track have mastered this art and is an inspiration to me as I climb to my place of significance in the game.
My conviction is that hip-hop culture has a powerful potential to bring about societal and cultural cohesion globally. In that sense, the single has an apostolic assignment – to bring about a fresh crop of hip-hop artists whose focus is beyond their individual musical domains to champion a movement that will produce a generation of like-minded people. The talents and skill sets of the participating emcees are as diverse as their fingerprints are. It is this diversity that I value and celebrates the most in this project. The creative lyricism and different execution styles of the art make this project unequaled by any in hip-hop circles and that is what thrills me.

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