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Q&A with Jamaine Ortiz

Jamaine Ortiz is a professional boxer from Worcester, Massachusetts with a record of 14-0-1 with 8 KOs. Ortiz’s first professional win was on May 13th, 2016 over Josh Parker, and his most recent professional win was for the vacant World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) Silver Light Title, over Sulaiman Segawa on the undercard of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. PPV on November 28th, 2020. Jamaine’s most recent fight was against Joseph Adorno and resulted in a draw. Jamaine is also a real estate agent and consistently works to help the Worcester community.  How did you first get into boxing? That relationship would be from going to the Boys and Girls Club and going to the boxing gym. It began by just fooling around, and giving me something to do, switching up the activities. My coach played a big role in being a mentor to me and kept me into it.  How did you get the nickname “The Technician” The nickname came from me and a good friend of mine and former World Champion Jose Rivera.
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No Label Academy at Harvard

  No Label and artist IDK are teaming up to teach a course on the music business at Harvard. The application for the course goes live on June 15th on the SNKRS app at 11am PDT. The academy plans to be free to students and will soon give people more insight than ever in the music industry. No Label was founded by students at Harvard and has had panels with artists Travis Scott, J.I.D., Boston’s Cousin Stizz, IDK and more. Rapper IDK raised in Maryland has been one of the more insightful artists in the music industry with his projects “Is He Real” and “IWASVERYBAD,” IDK is working to help the community by teaming up with No Label in creating this course.

YLM Forest

Three years ago, YLM Forest started recording music. Since then has had many opportunities in the industry, including “assisting in Shooting a music video for Teflon of M.O.P. DJ Premier funded the video at Arthur Kills Correctional facility, the same place where Orange is the Black was filmed. I also edited the Don Julio music video for Termanology UFO Fev and Nems.”   YLM Forest has also created some buzz with his music with his tracks “Muddy Cup” and “Gusherz.” YLM Forest knows how to learn from the artists that inspired him along the way. These artists are Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Young Thug, Lupe Fiasco, Coldplay, Tool, and Metallica. With these artists being such a diverse blend, he learns from these artists and uses his unique talents to incorporate many different sounds into his music.  YLM Forest has a lot planned for this year, including many visuals and great music this year, along with continuing to work with his friends and music colleagues SebiiCeleb (wh

Interview with Internet Money Producer Isaiah Valmont

1 on 1 Interview with Internet Money Producer Isaiah Valmont by 617 Hip-Hop! Artist: Isaiah Valmont Interview by: Nick Fonzi Edited by: Michael Donabedian and Nick Fonzi Thumbnail by: Matt Maloney Background Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgpVk... ​ Link to Intro Beat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny8YA... ​ Outro Song: Plug Daughter 2 by Kevin Gates (prod. Isaiah Valmont)

Apple Music Launches “The New East Coast” Playlist

    On February 3rd, 2021 Apple Music launched three new regional playlists for hip-hop scenes in the Midwest, East Coast, and the Pacific Northwest. Specifically for the East Coast Playlist, it showcases artists from Boston, Rhode Island, and more. Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B stated “Launching these three new regionally-focused playlists allows us to shine a light on the vibrant local communities producing some of the most progressive sounds in hip-hop, It’s always been a priority to connect with artists and listeners at the community level as we champion discovery and emerging artists from across the map.” Continuing from Apple Music executives, programmer Cyle “Zini” Tahsini stated “Regional hip hop scenes have only grown in importance over the years and we’re confident these new playlists will help spotlight tomorrow’s superstars by giving them a global platform. We’re excited to accelerate discovery and connect artists with new fans.”  The New Eas

Jake Lewis

In 2014, shortly after being shown a song by a close friend, Jake Lewis was immediately inspired to start making music himself. Since then, Jake hasn’t stopped and has made sure to let everyone know that music is his passion. Jake emphasized that his passion for music has also been inspired by his group of close friends. He mentions “ Without them, the strides in music I've made over the last couple of years wouldn't have been possible.” When it comes to Jake’s music he knows it is authentic. He explained “ Nothing I release comes from a place of want or desire to be something I'm not. I simply transform what I think about on a daily basis into song. There's something about that rawness that stands out.” As you listen to Jake’s music, you notice how true his statement is, especially after songs such as “Bubble” and “On a Dime.” As Jake’s career keeps evolving, he has a lot for people to be excited for as he emphasized “ Expect music you wouldn't expect from

Interview with Maybach Music Group's Smoke Bulga

  Maybach Music Group’s newest artist and Boston rap pioneer Smoke Bulga sits down with Nick Fonzi from 617 Hip-Hop to discuss the day he signed with Maybach Music Group, his plans for the future, his acting debut and more! Check out his interview with 617 Hip-Hop! Smoke Bulga Bio: “Boston Emcee, Smoke Bulga, has one of the most decorated and respected resumes out of the emcees to taste superstardom from New England. Whether it be early smoke that was straight from the streets or the more refined and industry-ready artist that was seen on MTV, BET, and everywhere else worldwide, Smoke has never let his hometown down. (Smoke Bulga Spotify)”