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Premo Opana: The Hood Poet


Premo Opana is a 25 year old Hip Hop artist and songwriter born in Greenville, NC and raised in Farmville NC. He considers himself as..

“The Hood Poet.”

Premo was inspired to do music when he started listening to 50 Cent, Juelz Santana, DMX, and Jadakiss. Through music he feels he expresses himself the most. I decided to ask him about his influences and he told me his brother influences him the most because of the way he counts on Premo and looks up to him. His brother is in school, has a 3.5 GPA and is playing basketball. He likes the fact that his brother is not a follower.

“My brother is a good genuine solid person. Everything he is doing now I wanted to be doing with my life.”

When I asked Premo what sets him apart from everyone else he told me just being “The Hood Poet.” He looks at tracks as being poems.

“Hood poet, every block every hood know it.”

As of right now Premo Opana has 4 projects out.
1. Hood Poetry
2. Hood Poetry 2
3. Poetic Justice
4. Bars and Facts

Bars and Facts is the most recent project. Right now his focus is on pushing Bars and Facts. His follow up project will be called More Bars and More Facts.

Premo prefers to do things old school and write by hand while most write down things in their phone. Writing is his first love. In his music he chooses to talk about pain, struggle, love, and betrayal.

Premo and I discussed the Carolina music scene and what was one thing the Carolina market could improve in his opinion and he said ..

“The Carolina market could improve by embracing each other, respecting each others craft, and improving originality by sound.”

For the rest of 2017 Premo’s goal is progress.

“Progress means everything to me even if that means connecting with another artists out of state and someone is showing him the way”

“..as long as you are making progress you are on your way.”


Hood Poetry 2

I asked Premo what would he be doing if it wasn’t for music and he paused for a moment and laughed. He said..

“I’d probably be a slave out here punching the clock for someone who doesnt really care about me.”
We both thought that was pretty funny.

When Premo was doing two years in the county jail he found new interests like writing books and writing movies. He he has a lot of ideas to get out.

Something Premo Opana wants people to know about him is he is really big on loyalty.

“Blood makes you kin, loyalty makes you family.”

Twitter: @PremoOpana 

Instagram: PremoOpana

Facebook: Premo Opana


#McFactz: #Nelly ARRESTED on Felony Drug Charges! #TIDAL vs #Billboard? #KanyeWest Pulls Another Stunt!


Chile over the weekend Nelly was arrested on charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Trooper Michael Loftis pulled over a coach bus that was carrying Nelly and five others around 9:20am on Saturday because it failed to display the stickers mandated by the U.S. DOT and International Fuel Tax Association. The trooper smelled marijuana and felt it was appropriate to conduct a probable cause search of the bus. A plastic bag containing five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for meth, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Multiple guns were also discovered such as a gold plated 50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45 caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson. Nelly was taken to jail. Developing!


Seems like that artists who exclusively release music on Tidal, which happens to be the new streaming service headed by Jay Z, just might suffer on the charts. Even though the service has said to pay the highest royalty percentage to these artists, this is still something to consider. According to a study and report from Billboard, if an artist puts out a song on Tidal the song will chart lower on Billboard’s Hot 100 since the service isn’t as popular as other platforms like iTunes and Spotify. Of course Billboard came up with these chart positions by assuming a song released on Tidal would possibly suffer 95% decline in streams compared to being on other on-demand music services. Lets see what happens with Tidal!

kanye west

Kanye West did a surprise show in Armenia which is Kim Kardashian’s homeland. Yeezy opened the show with a few popular hits and the whole city surrounded Swan Lake, in center city. Kanye took things a bit far and jumped in the lake while performing. The crowd followed Kanye to the lake and the police called off the rest of the performance. The West’s are leaving Armenia and headed for Israel. Wonder what’s going to happen next .. 🙂


#McFactz: Doctors Separate Twins, Common And John Legend WIN, Bobbi Kristina Update


A woman named Elysse Mata who was 19 weeks pregnant was told by a doctor that she was carrying conjoined twins. Elysse gave birth 12 weeks later to Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, twin girls joined at the chest and abdomen. Just last week the 10 month old girls went under 26 hours of surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. The team had been preparing for the surgery for months. The condition of the girls now is described as “stable as can be.”


Common and John Legend not only performed “Glory” at last nights Oscars, but won the Academy Award for Best Original Song from the film Selma. Common joins Three 6 Mafia and Eminem as the only Hip Hop acts to be awarded an Oscar.


Ever since Bobbi Kristina has been hospitalized, rumors have been all over the place regarding her partner Nick Gordon’s visitation rights. Bobby Brown’s lawyer says that Nick has had the opportunity to see Bobbi but failed to meet visitation conditions. Nick Gordon jumped on Twitter and said that if Bobbi Kristina just hears his voice and massages her, plays her favorite music he believes it will help. Still developing..


#McFactz: #HipHopControversy #HipHopNews #SportsNews #FashionNews


Did you study the above picture? Take a GOOD look! How do you feel? Is Macklemore really that great? No shade, but I see a few names listed that were more deserving. There has always been controversy surrounding urban music and the Grammy’s. Last year Macklemore won “Best Rap Album” over Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city album.  Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to post the above picture with the caption “F*ck the Grammys. We need a Hip Hop show for real n*ggaz and real MCs.” Obviously Snoop was showing his disapproval for the Grammy’s choices on Rap. Is Snoop reaching or is he just telling it like it is?


Does Missy Elliot have a comeback album in the works? She might! After her surprise appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show, Missy decided to start cooking up in the studio with Timbaland. The other night on Twitter Missy tweeted “Me and Timbaland bk 2 the drawing board studio dirty beats!” The album will be Missy’s first in over a decade. Are you excited to hear new music from Missy Elliot?!


Lebron James has other talents to show off apparently. The NBA’s first fashion show All Star Style will be produced by James’ Springhill Production Company and is set to air during All-Star Weekend on Valentines’s Day at 6:30pm EST on TNT. You can see players like James Harden, Demarcus Cousins, Chandler Parsons, and Klay Thompson hit the runway. There will be three segments: attire worn to the game, dressing for the boardroom, and a night out on the town. The show is one hour, will you be watching??


#McFactz: #JCole speaks on Culture Vultures, #AzealiaBanks Speaks up On Black America, No Justice For #EricGarner


Yesterday the Grand Jury made the decision not to bring charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner. Now the Justice Department says that an investigation will be launched on a federal level through a statement that was released by U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Loretta Lynch says.. “Since the death of Eric Garner in July, our office has monitored this case carefully. At the outset, informed by prior experience and in keeping with the standard practice in these types of cases in New York, the local investigation proceeded first. As the Attorney General explained earlier tonight, because the local investigation has come to a close, the Justice Department will now move forward with its own independent inquiry to determine whether federal civil rights laws have been violated. The investigation will be conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The investigation will be fair and thorough, and it will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.”


North Carolina’s own J. Cole has some lyrics on his new album “2014 Forrest Hills Drive” that have people talking. On a track called “Fire Squad” Cole somewhat calls out Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Macklemore and Justin Timberlake for possibly being culture vultures in Hip Hop. The rapper spit on the track .. “History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes / Same way that these rappers always bite each other’s flows/ Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with rock ‘n’ roll / Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore.” “While silly nigga argue over who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around my nigga, White people have snatched the sound / This year I’ll be probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile/I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit / Same rope you climb up on. They’ll hang you with.” How do those lyrics make you feel?


Last night after the Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner many celebrities and artists took to social media to express themselves. One of those artists was Azealia Banks. Azealia made a few hot and fiery points while saying a few things on people’s minds. The rappers was quoted saying .. “The media is trying to scare black people into believing that our lives are worthless.” “I need to sit down with the NAACP and talk about how we’re going to fix this sh*t we call “Black America” cause it’s a f*cking mess.” “First reform needs to be public school texts books… The indoctrination of the young black mind begins in those school books.” “its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?” “If you’re down to ride with us b*tch you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY. ” Banks then sent a warning to T.I. who is always chiming in trying to fix Iggy’s problems. “AND I DARE THAT SHOE-SHINING COON T.I TO SAY SOMETHING.” -Banks Does Azealia Banks have a point or is she just talking?


#McFactz: #AMAs, #FergusonNews, #SneakerNews


Last night at the AMAs Iggy Azalea took home two awards. One for Favorite Rap/HipHop Album and Favorite Artist Rap/HipHop. Iggy beat out Drakes with his Nothing Was The Same album and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. For a while now many artists as well as fans have commented that Iggy is not real Hip Hop. Last year Macklemore beat out Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Album at the Grammy’s. Do you think we are in an era of Culture Vulture’s? Did Iggy deserve to win her two awards?


Two men from Atlanta, Georgia ran over 549 miles to Ferguson, Missouri to bring awareness to the Mike Brown shooting and racial injustice. Ray Mills and Londrelle Hall wanted to shine light on positive black men while still honoring Mike Brown. The two “Ran For Justice” to the site where Mike Brown was gunned down on August 9th 2014. The two friends decided not to run for just their problems but for the problems of the world. Londrelle and Ray trained for weeks before the 20 day journey where they ran and walked an average of 35 miles a day.


Females have some shoes to look forward to. Reports say that Rihanna will be teaming up with Puma and be an ambassador as well as an exclusive designer for the brand. The deal is said to be worth $1million dollars. Will you be snatching a lair of Puma’s off the shelves?


#McFactz: #MikeBrownNews #GreensboroNews #HipHopNews


Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Mike Brown has given his side of the story about what happened more than two months ago in Ferguson, Missouri. 

“The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.

The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.”

More than one witness has stated that Wilson ran after Brown when he ran away and then shot the teen while his hands were up to surrender. Officials are not sure the evidence gathered is enough for federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson.


A 19 year old NC A&T student was killed at a party on Sunday. Authorities say he was shot after a fight. Dorian Edwards was shot at a party less than a mile from campus around 12:45am. He died after a short time at the hospital. No arrests have been made. Dorian was a freshman with a major in chemical engineering.


Rapper Cam’ron is selling Ebola masks with his face on them. Cam’ron seems to believe that you can catch Ebola by breathing the same air as someone who has Ebola. “The spread of Ebola between people occurs only by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person after symptoms have developed.” Cam’ron got on Instagram and posted “Ebola is no joking matter.. So if you have to be safe..Be fashionable. 

Do you like Cam’s idea? Is he on to something? Or is this just…

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