NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “THE BUCK 50 SURGEON! – BOXCUTTA MAXX INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with Boxcutta Maxx! He is a member of the Spooky Gang, that I am also a part of! This is my second audio interview and I’m hyped for you all to hear this. I had a fun time doing this interview. I met Boxcutta Maxx only a few months ago, but he has become fam! Even though Boxcutta is a young Jedi, he is a jack of all trades. He is a Rapper, Battle Rapper, Producer, Host and Engineer!  He is very transparent, blunt and tells it like he sees it! Which is rare these days. I appreciate honesty and he ain’t shy to hold back. He is young, but wise for his age. I can see the hunger he has to be the greatest rapper or just great at whatever he is focused on! That is why I wanted to do this interview with him so ya’ll can get a better look into the mind of this young talented dude. In this interview we spoke about his journey in the rap game, his upcoming projects and discuss some other Hip Hop shit! The interview took place at a pizza joint at the Chula Vista Mall just an FYI lol. Without further a do please listen to the interview below!

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW BELOW OR CLICK LINK BELOW TO NOW LISTEN ON SPOTIFY!!! 🙂

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Max will be dropping his first EP: OBC The Beginning on 7/31/19!!! Here is a sneak preview at the tracklist!

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Thank you Max for sitting down with me for this interview and being you! I appreciate you and your genuine no filter vibe!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed listening to this interview. Go give Boxcutta Maxx a follow @boxcuttamaxx to keep up on his latest music and performances! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “MURDEROUS RHYMES ! – RJ PAYNE – LEATHERFACE ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: RJ Payne (Features: Benny the Butcher, Jakprogresso, Dark Lo, Tristate, Conway the Machine)

Album: Leatherface

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Buy/Stream album: iamrjpayne.com

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

RJ Payne was born in Brooklyn, but Philly raised. Benny the Butcher recruited him to be part of his label. He is now the new family member of the Black Soprano Family and rightfully so! I admit I just came across his music a few months back, but from what I have heard so far he is a gifted emcee! He has what it takes to be a rap icon! He just released his latest project titled, “Leatherface“. He has been consistently dropping singles as well!

This project consists of 10 tracks and an intro filled with grimey beats, deadly lyrics and pure charisma. He already has 20 projects (this one included) under his belt. He has remained consistent by dropping heat more than once a year. I’m talking about multiple projects within a year. The fact he resembles the G.O.A.T. Big L is even crazier! He is a living reincarnation of L, not only because they look alike, but his lyrical abilities as well!

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As soon as I saw the cover for this album I was super hyped. It was up my alley horror and rap, I was sold! He picked the perfect horror icon, Leatherface to name his album after. Leatherface is a killer that kills for the thrill and is full on murderous maniac. I feel this perfectly describes this project. RJ Payne goes off on a murderous rampage with pure killer bars! Track one is an intro with Gods of rap cosigning as to why RJ is the next emcee to reign in the rap game! We get voice memos from Redman to Black Thought!

The second track on the project titles, “Butcher Meets Leatherface” is the hit single on this project! Him and Benny go on a lyrical massacre and prove why they are nothing to fuck with! Then the third track, “Blood on The Chainsaw” RJ uses his murderous punchlines! He raps how he got to where he is at. He also raps how is not afraid of the dark and how he knows his time is coming! He is killing the rap game!

We also are blessed with tracks like, “97 Payne” where he took inspiration from Benny’s “97 Hov”. In this track we get a boom bap mixed with classical music type beat. The beat on this track reminded me a bit of Immortal Technique’s “Dance With the Devil”. RJ goes off and talks about his life in ’97! Then the track “Black Sunday” is a song you can dedicate to your haters! I loved the rock boom bap type beat. Then the track, “Art of Murder” gives you a mobster movie type vibe! The last track I’ll mention is the last track, “Mortifying“. This is a horror-core song! The rappers featured on this track really paint a gory horror picture! RJ snaps on this! I love his rawness and aggressive delivery!

RJ Payne is one to be on the look out for! He is one of the hardest working emcees our right now! He has a hunger like no one I seen before in recent years! If he keeps the same work ethic and his intellectual murderous bars up there will be nothing that can stop him! He is at the top of the food chain and killin everybody like Leatherface! Go cop this project if you are a hardcore Hip Hop fan! I already downloaded by copy. Now I just need a physical CD to add to my collection! I’m supporting any new music or project he drops next! He is a King on the rise!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “GATORCANE! – CRAWL MOVIE REVIEW” (SPOILERS)

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Crawl

Release date: July 12, 2019

Main Cast: Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper

Brief synopsis:
“A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the thriller/disaster movie, “Crawl“! I don’t think it would fall under horror, but more like real life terror! As the brief synopsis mentions this movie involves a daughter and father who are trapped in their flooded basement with alligators, at the same time a Hurricane is in full effect! This movie reminds me a bit of Sharknado from the premise. I actually have never watched those movies and probably never will lol! But sign me up for a Catergory 5 Hurricane mixed with gators! As soon as I heard Sam Raimi was producing this I did not need much convincing. Even tho I admit before I heard Raimi was involved I kept seeing people talking in social media about the movie and how it was going to be epic with the killer Alligator. At first I was like what are they talking about?! Then I went to see the movie Brightburn in theaters and they played the trailer for Crawl and I was sold! Always been a fan of creature features tho from the 1980s and 90s like Alligator I and II and Lake Placid.

Also behind the Directors camera is Alexandre Aja! I wasn’t a fan of the CGI, but it wasn’t too bad where it hurt the film. I also loved the angles the movie was filmed in. Also the lighting/high contrast added an ominous feel to the movie. Especially because it took place in the middle of a Hurricane storm, I just loved the use of dark tones. This was a film that definitely had your heart racing and had you at the edge of your seat! I loved it because from the beginning to the end there was no dull moment.

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I also loved the fact that even though it was all thrill and action it still had a story with depth! The story revolved around a father and daughter relationship that is a bit torn. We are given flashbacks that show their intense bond for each other, but we also see how they have grown apart due to her father divorcing her mother. The main character Haley is a total badass! She is a swimmer who has the gift to be great, but seems to doubt herself. We soon find out from the flashbacks that her father used to be her swim coach and would motivate her to be the best! It then goes back to present time where her sister contacts her to ask her if she has spoken to their dad since she called and he did not answer. Haley’s sister is worried since her dad usually returns her calls right away and their currently is a Hurricane (Category 5) in effect. We then realize that Haley and her dad are no longer close as they were when she was younger. There are hints that the dad is going through a depression after getting divorced and that has caused him to distance himself from his daughter.

Either way Haley goes back into town to find her dad. I don’t want to give away too much, but as you see in the previews she ends up trapped with her father in a flooded basement with gators! This is where all hell breaks loose and you are left screaming at the screen guiding the characters. I loved how they show the bond between father and daughter. Also when they have their heart to heart, thinking they are not going to make it. The father recalls how he used to call her the “Apex Predator” and that she is a fighter! You can see how her dad still believes in her and knows she can be the greatest swimmer, she just has to believe it herself! Very powerful moment!

I believe the character development is what makes this movie entertaining and gives it heart! Also the writers and the use of camera angles built the suspense. Also can’t forget the dope kills by the killer gators! You do get your fair share of gory carnage! I highly recommend checking this movie out in theaters! It is an intense and emotional rollercoaster. Definitely agree with the reviews that this is the horror movie of the Summer!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “TIJUANA’S LEGEND IN THE MAKING! – AIM TJ INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with DJ and Music Producer Andy aka AIM TJ! I first met AIM TJ at the SD Music Room that is moderated by the talented rapper Yazi! He played a few beats at the meeting and you could tell he loves what he does! The beats were dope and I also thought it was cool that he was from TJ and proud of his culture! I even gave him the idea of doing a beat sampling or remixing the song by Elvis Crespo, “Suavemente”! He ended up making a beat like that a few weeks later which was dope! I’ve seen him at local hip hop events DJin and he kills every set and is always showing love! We share a mutual respect for each other!

He is also Legion X’s personal DJ! Not only does Andy DJ, he is also a music producer! He has a talented artist from his camp, M.Hernan who is an up and coming singer from TJ as well. I saw him perform at a Hip Hop show at Diamond Jim’s a few weeks ago and he did an amazing performance! AIM TJ seemed really proud of him! Dope to see two talented individuals pushing each others craft and succeeding! AIM TJ has many upcoming shows coming up! Proud of how much he has accomplished. Hard work truly pays off! See below a list of his upcoming shows if you want to go and support him! I won’t make this introduction any longer. Please read below to know a bit more about AIM TJ’s journey and who he is!

Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are?

My name is Andy, I’m a Music producer from Tijuana.

What is the significance of your moniker DJ Aim TJ?
It has different meanings some people say it’s my name. But it actually stands for Authors of Independent Music which we are tryna create a company. Also our Headquarters is in Tijuana so that’s the TJ.
How long have you been Djing and Producing? Can you share a bit about your journey how you got started?
I started producing in College. I eventually got a drum beat machine and I was playing around. I learned some techniques and got better equipment. Then I started hitting Downtown with a speaker and playing my music. Met a couple of people down there and that’s how I got to the AC Lounge and everything changed!
You are Legion X’s personal DJ. How did that happen? How did you guys form that relationship?
I meet this MF at Blonde Bar, el cabrón tenía un poncho, el pelo parado y la cara pintada. He was hella drawing my attention when he suddenly played his music I saw a lot of people who were loving it! When he was done I found him in the bathroom. Whenever the show was done we talked and he invited me to be a part of his band.
What made you fall in love with Hip Hop and the culture?
You know it’s kinda weird, my family loves rock my dad loves Iron Maiden and my momma Poison & Quiet Riot. So how I got into Hip Hop was when I heard this one song from Beastie Boys called: “Sabotage” it was so aggressive it was so heavy I loved it. I went ahead and bought Beastie Boys Ill Communication album and I loved it. That’s how I got into Hip Hop!
Does your roots or Heritage influence you when you are Producing beats? For example do you sample Spanish music?
Yes, I did that one Suavemente beat remix. My style is trying to combine American trap and Mexican boom bap Hip Hop or at least that’s what I try to do.
Do you feel there are disadvantages or advantages in the Hip Hop scene to being a latino DJ/Producer?
I think it’s kinda equal for everybody I know a lot of DJ’s latinos.
Who is/are your favorite emcees/rappers? Can be of all time or current. You can choose more than one.
Babo from Cartel de Santa and 50 Cent
Who is/are your favorite DJ’s or Producers?
Djs: Fat Boy Slim, Mix Master Mike from Beastie Boys and DJ Muggz from Cypress Hill
Producers: Mono from Cartel de Santa, Scott Storch, Kanye West and Metro Boomin
What is your favorite scary movie? Why?
Rec 2. I love zombies movies, even know the first one was a remake of Quarantine the second one of this series was dope. Almost no light and a lot of scare jumps.
Any favorite horror soundtracks or horror-core albums if any?
Man of course John Carpenter’s Halloween theme! Horror-core, I’m pretty sure Legion X is one so I’ll say American Psycho (I love to play that song)
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What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind whether creatively or on a personal level?
It’s interesting because everybody thinks that I’m an artist I’m more of a walking brand lol. I’m a talking logo lol and it’s because my goal is to become the most important music company in Mexico, I know almost no artist from Mexico wants to come to the US and that’s where we have advantage!
What is next for DJ Aim TJ? Any upcoming projects/shows or any other creative outlets you want to be involved in in the near future?
Right now I’m producing my first artist in a more Trap Mainstream genre.  His first show was at Diamond Jim’s on 6/6. The Hip Hop event was called Project Projection.
Any words of encouragement to those who are thinking getting into DJin or Producing?
Why tha hell no!! Go for it!! Man I know a lot of producers that I think they’re better then me, but they don’t do the things I do because of fear of failure! Man, I do things because I wanna do things and I do it for fun! Also I’m involved in the Hip Hop scene!
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far being a DJ/Producer?
Man I don’t know, I will say not playing in the streets anymore. I liked it and I loved it and will do it again, but man I rather play in a place!
Any shout outs?
To the Homie Mariachi G, Mike Billionaire, M Hernan, Nomad, Legion X (I call him Julius), The Fresh State team for all the chances to play at the AC Lounge. You, 7 Octoberz for this meeting and shoutout to all the people who vibe with my music!
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Also news update on other upcoming shows:
Aim TJ just announced he will be performing at the Chevron Stadium in Tijuana on 7/18 and 7/21!!!
Links to DJ AIM TJ’s music:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Annoying13andy
Thank you DJ AIM TJ for your time and being open to do this interview! I appreciate you and the time you took to reply to these questions!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give DJ AIM TJ a follow @aim.tj to keep up on the events he will be DJin at next! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “ENERGETIC FLOWS! – 3RD PERSON – RARE STONES VOL.1 ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: 3rd Person (Mad Macks, Don’t Sleep and Rokem) .  Featuring: Kiddo, Viva Mescal, Sir J, Theez, Maya Huyana

Album: Rare Stones Vol. 1

Release Date: May 9, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing 3rd Person’s album titled, “Rare Stones Vol. 1“. 3rd Person consists of 2 emcees and 1 Producer! Mad Macks, Don’t Sleep bless the mic and Rokem on the Production! This rap group reminds me a bit of Ab-Soul from the topics to the wordplay! Throughout the whole project they spit spiritual lyricism! The album consists of 14 tracks with a running time of approximately 41 minutes.  The Production has a boom bap and jazzy vibe!

I had the opportunity to meet Mad Macks when he performed a set at HipHopWeds a few weeks ago. Him and Kiddo (a dope emcee who happens to be a girl!) were there and I went up to them to introduce myself. I actually started following their East of the River movement when I saw Viva Mescal perform at HipHopWeds months back. I also reviewed Viva’s album! Their movement is really dope and they only have pure lyricists in their roster! I came up to Mad Macks after his performance and told him I thought he was dope and was going to buy his album. I told him I review albums for my Hip Hop Horror blog and he was kind enough to just give me the album for free! I appreciate you!

I had the time to listen to the album and vibe to it a few times. I will briefly cover a few tracks and give my interpretation. I won’t give too much away since I want you all to check out this project and come up with your interpretations! “Pyro“, is one of the first tracks they talk about spiritual wisdom. They show off their lyrical abilities! The scratches on this beat are crazy! This track definitely leaves you mind blown! The bar is set high with the first track! The next track, “Mountain Top” is very inspirational about reaching the top, staying motivated and pushing their movement through all the struggles! This track features Kiddo where she is singing on the hook and kills it with her dope vocals! Diggin’ the vibe on this one.

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One of the catchy tracks of this project is “FWM“, this track is dedicated to all the haters and proving they were wrong! This is one of those tracks that gets you motivated, makes you appreciate life and all the struggles we face, but still manage to overcome! Another stand out track is, “Red Coop“, man that Xxplosive sample is fuckin’ dope as fuck! Rokem did his thing on that one! This track has a dope message as well. Mad Macks raps on this track about finding one’s purpose, self love, fighting stereotypes and making it when people doubted him! Very motivational song!

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The track “Badmen” is another dope track! Don’t sleep on the dreamers! This track is how they treat us like villains! Then we get the track, “Since 2010” where he raps about his journey in the rap game. He raps how he ignores the negativity and focuses on his music! The last track on the project is “If You Know Me” which has a slowed down jazzy type beat. They rap about finding peace within, haters trying to dim their light, but they glowing still! Do not let people limit you or give up on your dreams! I love the positive message of this track!

If you are into lyricism, spiritual wisdom, knowledge of self, positive vibes and just dope boom bap/jazzy beats then go check out this project! You definitely will not regret it! 3rd Person is a crew not to be fucked with they are bringing something different straight out of LA! Go support this project by either streaming or buying a physical copy! Go follow them on social media @whois3rdperson to keep up with their music!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “Female Lyricist on the Pyramids!!!- Verde – Saving the People Album Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Verde (Featuring: Fabio Alejo)

Album: Saving the People

Release Date: November 11, 2018

Buy/Stream album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Verde’s album titled, “Saving The People“. I have the pleasure of meeting Verde and seen her perform a few times. She is a lyricist from my hometown of San Diego! I love to see a female who is talented that can rock the mic and also produces beats! She is a dope human being and an amazing performance. She has become one of my favorite lyricists! She is young and has what it takes to blow up and inspire people with her music!

The album has 11 tracks, technically 10 since the last track is voice messages from her supporters and friends. It has a running time of 40 minutes. I’m not sure if Verde produced all her beats on this project, but the production is fucking dope! You get boombap beats, soul samples, lo-fi type beats, latin type beats and even a cumbia type beat. Verde raps in both English and Spanish! Verde is a female reincarnation of Capital Steez! From her word play, rhyme schemes and the themes she raps about remind me of him! She is a natural spitta!

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The songs in this album contain positive and inspirational messages. The song, “Welcome to Babylon” you get a latin guitar strings type production. This is a feel good song where Verde raps pure lyricism and shows off why is a rap Queen! Then the second track, “Rap- Lies = Hip Hop“, has this soulful type sample which I love! This song is about the government and media lying to us and starting a revolution! Definitely one of my favorite tracks, even tho I like all of them lol. Then you have the third track, “Saving the People” which is one of her hit singles in my opinion! This is a very deep song about government corruption, police brutality to genocide, etc. It is a fully charged socio political song! This song seems heavily influenced by the late Capital Steez and homage to him as well!

Another dope track is, “Liberar a la Gente” the song starts with clips of various people like the news to Trump speaking negative about immigrants. This track is very inspirational and motivational! She dedicates this to all the hardworking immigrants! Very beautiful song! We are also blessed with tracks like, “Can’t Work a 9 to 5” where Verde melodically is singing about not being able to follow the norms and work the typical 9 to 5. She sings how her music is her true passion! Another stand out track is, “Words That Manifest” she proudly shows off her rapping and poetic ability.

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I won’t give too much away go buy/stream/listen or hit up Verde for a physical copy of this album! I got my copy already! Verde is a rap goddess glad to see a dope female emcee from SD who is killin’ the game! She is blowing up I already know it! I am manifesting that to the Universe! Can’t wait to hear what she has to say next! Verde keep representing for the brown and proud ladies! This project is dope as fuck! You created a great body of work!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT! – DP THE UNKNOWN – GONE FISHING EP REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: DP The Unknown

Album: Gone Fishing

Release Date: June 28, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing DP The Unknown’s EP titled, “Gone Fishing“. I had the opportunity to see DP perform live at one of the Hope 4 the Homeless events. She was dope and had an energetic performance! The songs she performed were also very catchy and wavy! I started following her that same day on Instagram. I recently saw a post where she was promoting that she was dropping a new EP soon! I had to support given not only is she a female rapper and singer, but is also representing for my city of San Diego! I also believe she produces beats! I mean how much more talented can she be!

DP was kind enough to invite me the day of the release to a Listening Party at the beach that afternoon! She gathered her brother, closest friends and peers to celebrate the release of her EP. This was a dope experience that allowed us to vibe and listen to the project together! I admit I had never been to a listening party so I was excited for her to even think of me and invite me to something this intimate! Being at the beach fit perfectly with the theme, vibe and sound of the EP! From the beginning the Production has sounds and waves and water! DP is not only talented, but very down to earth human being!

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The EP is short, but leaves a lasting impression. The EP consists of 6 tracks and running time of approximately 13 minutes. It definitely leaves you feening for more! You get catchy hooks to very deep lyrics that touch on deep messages from dealing with fake friends to finding one’s purpose, live life for yourself and other relatable topics. You get the hit in my opinion, “Yesterday“, which the melody of the hook reminds me of Sage the Gemini’s Gas Pedal! This track has that melodic flow that gets stuck in your head! The last track I’ll go over because you all have to listen to it for yourselves is, “Gone Fishing Forever“! This track is very introspective where DP raps about living in the present and having trust issues due to people not having her back. She also talks about today’s society, very deep song!

It has a very summer feel to it! You have a mix of songs you can just vibe to and chill to others that are really deep and make you think! The overall message I took from it is that we are all on the same boat and we should live life to the fullest because we only have one life to live! DP did her thing on this project! Very inspirational music! You can tell she worked hard and put her soul into this project to bless us with this great cohesive body of work! All the tracks flowed perfectly! I can’t wait to see what she brings next! She is very talented and representing for the ladies! Keep it up DP I see you going places! Keep believing in yourself and no one will be able to stop you! Go stream or buy her EP!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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