Artist in the Spotlight: Corey Barninger

This is Mike Ice of Keedie’s Corner and I’m here with independent entrepreneur, mogul in the making himself, Corey Barninger. Thank you for joining us on the Corner to have your story told Corey, so the viewers on the corner would like to know where you hail from and what you’re bringing to the game that’s new?


I’m coming from Mineral Ridge, Ohio and I’m always bringing new stuff to the game. I’m working on a 3 part project for my mixtape “Love Is Pain”, which comes with the original “Love is Pain”, The Chopped And Screwed Verison, and finally The Special Red Edition. I have a label DTR ENT, which includes 3 producers and 7 artists all hard working people, always working 24/7 to bring new material to the table. We all offer different services to where everyone can benefit from such as, Professional Mixing And Mastering , Top Notch High Grade Instrumentals, Major Distribution, Dj Hosting, Verses, Hooks and a lot more.


Alright very impressive indeed sir! So being from a small town Mineral Ridge, Ohio what ignorant criticism do you face?

To be honest the ignorant criticism don’t even really bug me no more, people are going to hate locally and nationally you just got to go with the boat, shrug the hate off much as you can and don’t let it get to you. This game is brutal, it’s like a dog eat dog world to get known sometimes, but like I said also you just got to shrug the BS off and go with the flow.

How long have u been in the game and when you did realize this is what u you wanted to do as an occupation?

I been in the music business for 10 years now since I was 12 years old, I’m now 22. I wanted to do this as a career ever since the age of 13 years old due to the fact I’m very passionate about it, its something I want to do for the rest of my life, I want to make a living out of this and hopefully inspire others to do the same thing. I grew up on the streets in the ghetto of Youngstown, Ohio. Being involved in gangs, fights and the drug game I started getting charges at the age of 13 years old. I realized I didn’t want my life to turn out that way so I looked forward to music and the business side of it to keep me out of trouble and it’s been working ever since then.

Growing up in the notorious Youngstown, Ohio, known for poverty, crime rate and its painful cry of help from its citizens! Would say you are a sign of change to build up your city of Youngstown?

I’m just trying to change my hometown and compromise so Youngstown, Ohio could be better then what it is right now. It’s really going down the drain, the school systems are jacked, kids and teenagers are failing they don’t want to learn they just want to stay on the streets and get into trouble with the law. The way I see it is you got one life live it right or its not gonna go the way you want it to. Where I’m from if you’re not dead or in jail by the age of 25 many are on drugs or in gangs. Too many parents are focused on doing drugs and not teaching their own flesh and blood right from wrong, that’s where this generation goes wrong instantly. To make matters worse, parents are scared to smack their kids or teach them discipline because they are scared to get put in jail. So I say being where I’m from, I’m just trying to change the city and make it better.

It also does not help when everyone around here locally only raps about guns drugs b*tches and h*es and saying f**k the cops every chance they get, what does that teach our kids? Everyday the racism gets worse and worse because parents want to befriend their kid, instead of being a parent to teach them right from wrong.

Wow such strong words! With you having the background that you have, how was your up bringing and your relationship with your parents? What has that relationship done for you? And what is the music scene like in Youngstown? Is it a melting pot?

I have a great relationship with my mom, she’s the only family member I have that didn’t walk out of my life, steal from me or lie to me. The Youngstown music scene is a big melting pot, but like I said above, they all rap about guns, drugs and all the negative stuff. I rap about my life, what I been through, how I grew up,  I’m all about meaningful music.

What or who inspired you and attributed to your style? How and why?

To be honest my family, my wife and my daughters. My mom inspired me and even helped me pick the style that I use to tell a story about my life. I’m trying to stand out not fit in, if you fit in your not going to get noticed but if you stand out you are more then likely to get noticed because it’s different you know?


So what’s your feelings and views on this upcoming election and the state of America as a whole?

We all are pretty much screwed either way, Trump is a racist, a liar and a sexist. He can’t even run his own businesses, more then half of them went bankrupt. Then we have Hillary whose a criminal her self that deleted all private and personal emails out of her computers. I’m not really into this election so I really have not been following it that much so all I can say is we’re screwed either way in my own opinion. They both don’t deserve to be running for president they both do not qualify to be president.

I respect that! So what’s your sole purpose and goal with setting up your company?

My main purpose and goal is to take my artists to the top and have them be at their full potential. If you put your mind, heart, soul and everything you have into your business, you can do anything and everything you set your mind to. I have the most respect for my team, they have what it takes to make it in this business. They have the heart to make it that’s why I signed them to my team DTR ENTERTAINMENT on a 3 year contract. They are like my family now, we became so close they’re not just artists and producers to me, we are family now.

Any last words, shoutouts or anything you like to add?

Always, always, always, invest in your craft! If you don’t invest in what you do no one is going to take you seriously at all, they will think your doing it for a hobby. People have all this money to buy weed, to buy bottles, to buy designer clothes, but always try to come around and ask for free stuff. This isn’t the business for that, this is a career not a hobby. I don’t know how many times I had “artist” come to me asking for free stuff. I also see people coming to me telling me or people I know I’ll pay you this day and then never pay or straight up ignore the whole situation. To be successful you need high quality sound, you need high quality beats, you need distribution and you need to know the business side to make it in this game. Just like the drug game, if the product is not spot on no one is going to come to you over and over again. At DTR ENT we make sure you have that top notch quality at all times, if it’s not right we keep doing it until it’s perfect at no extra charge. Also if you don’t know your own strategies as in promotion, marketing, and learning, take your time start and researching promotion and marketing. Another big tip, DO NOT SPAM people I repeat DO NOT SPAM! Try to make a relationship with that person before you send them a link to your music, it can take a day or two,  sometimes not even that long. Don’t go posting your links in comment sections that don’t allow it you don’t get views like that, that makes people not want to listen. Build a healthy relationship with that person first and then send them a link to check out your music.

I would like to shout out Mike Ice and Keedie’s Corner for giving me this opportunity, I have alot respect for you all. I would like to shout out my wife and my mom for pushing me to keep doing what I do on a daily basis with my music and trying to get my business up and running. I would also like to shout out my whole team, Solo, Chute, Ca$hFlow, Frito, Big Swolle, Threxxxx , Lungz, King Roland and everybody else that loves to be in this business for the business side. I see a lot of people working their hardest and I see their potential. I also would like to add, please don’t be over confident and cocky in this business because we all are underground there’s no reason to be cocky and over confident, you can be confident but not to the extreme.

If you want high industry quality for Professional Mixing and Mastering contact me. Starting at $30 a song, $600 for a album, half down to start Beats, $20 for a lease or $100 for exclusives major Distribution $40 a song or $250 for a whole album. Please email me at

330Creations is a Custom Merchandise shop Located in Struthers, Ohio. The owner of the shop is Justin Cox, he specializes in Custom Hoodies, Custom Shirts, Custom Key Chains, Custom vinyl, Custom Hemp Bracelets, and so much more. If you are not local he can ship the product out to wherever you are located. Reach him on his Facebook page at Or text him at 330-548-8300

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What constitutes a real “DJ”?


Imagine you’re in a party with your friends. Your song comes on and you’re dancing with that guy, or you’re dancing with that girl. Everyone is having a blast, and the song changes before the artist can even get to the chorus. Throwing off the vibe of the whole party.

Being a Disk Jockey, or DJ, seems to be a profession that some people just give a try thinking that just anyone can do it. That it’s not a skill that people have to practice and develop over a period of time gaining new experience with each gig. “Good DJ’s aren’t cheap and cheap DJ’s aren’t good,” an Instagram meme that stuck with me significantly because I DJ myself. When you’re starting out, no one wants to book you because they can’t believe you actually DJ or if you’re even good.

You have to “take an L” every now and then in order to brand your name and gain a following. However once that is done, you still come across people who don’t want to pay you for your worth. Not realizing that not only do you have to show up thirty minutes to an hour early before the event to make sure you’re set up and ready to go. You also have to carry all the heavy, expensive equipment from your home to the car to the venue and vice versa plus transportation. More than likely you’re by yourself and have to lift all of that on your own. Then you have to figure out what kind of crowd you’re actually playing for.

Hopefully they aren’t stiffs and actually came to dance, but most people in the new generation just smoke weed and snap chat all night. That’s when it’s your job to pay attention to who is in your audience. What age range? What’s the ratio? Is this a classy or ratchet event? What’s the ratio of men to women? Is this a gay or straight event? These are questions you have to ask yourself when deciding what genre of music to go into. But what makes a DJ a “good DJ”?

Some would say the selection of songs and the ability to mix them together. Others say you can’t call yourself a DJ unless you know how to mix and scratch, but the point at the end of the day is can you keep a crowd moving?  Are you fun? Can you engage the crowd by making announcements and adlibs periodically? All of these traits are things that come with time and practice. People don’t consider DJing to be a skill, but not everyone can do it honestly.

Personally, I think it’s the DJ’s ability to pay attention to the crowd. For example, if I’m at event where there is more women than men, I’m not going to play future or young thug all night, but there are DJ’s who do. Or if I’m at a family gathering, only playing what’s on today’s radio knowing I got people’s aunts, uncles and grandparents in attendance who came up in a different generation. You to be diverse and have music for the following sets to successfully keep getting booked.  They are hip-hop, R&B, reggae, soca, old school, 80’s,90’s, line dance, and or “twerk/dance music if your sticking to the African American dynamic. If not, then of course your pop, country, hard rock, EDM, and even house in some cases.

Most people will come up to the DJ and make a request, which is beyond annoying, however it’s going to happen regardless. Sometimes the DJ plays those requests and sometimes those requests go in one ear and back into the headphones. It’s cool to do your thing, but if you’re not catering to the people while doing your thing and no one is dancing, more than likely you won’t be hired back. The secret is to pay attention to the women.

The whole point of most straight men going out to the club is the potential of getting some after getting drunk, or having a nice “romantic” encounter with a young lady. Sure there are girls who will dance to Young Dolph, Yo Gotti, Jeezy, etc.., but when it’s time to create a social atmosphere of potential fornication, you have to switch it up.  Some guys are fine with jumping around with each other, but the ones who enjoy female energy aren’t really going to make a move if the ladies aren’t up enjoying themselves. DJ’s make a party, how many women were up enjoying themselves dancing around determines how “lit” the actual party was. A guy is going to remember who was the most turnt when “Panda” comes on, but he’ll remember that chick who gave him some “shake time”.


By: Bronson Blair

Ig @prothro_4
DJ HeavyB The Ratchet Dj
Prothro Productions (video production company)

Artist in the Spotlight: Janelle Frampton, Makeup Artist and Homeland Security Agent

Hello readers this is an exclusive interview on  for the beautiful and talented Janelle Hampton done by none other than Mike Ice of Ice Ent.


Pleasure to meet you Mike. Thank you so much! As I said, I would love to do an interview for your online magazine. It’s great that your magazine brings artists of all genres in for a spotlight. Love that spread the love feel in the community. Your website is also very clean and well organized. Very impressed!

I try to bring all sides of the world together along with my sister Keedie aka Keidra. She’s the CEO of Keedie’s Corner, I’m just Chief Operating Officer. But yeah I seen your page and I was quite impressed, what’s it like working for homeland security, sounds very interesting.What are some things the public really wouldn’t know about your job title that you would like them to know?

That’s really great! It definitely brings in a diverse audience that way. You know, I love my job with Homeland Security. I feel like I can use both sides of my brain. My analytical and precision side gets  put to work along with my creative side. It provides a great balance for me as an artist. But there’s restrictiveness and freedom. I’m restricted in the fact that I can’t discuss in detail what I do for DHS, and the freedom to create virtually anything as an artist. Each is an outlet of different perspectives and experiences. Both allow me to travel and experience public diversity in many different ways.

Very impressive and well understood about being apart of the government. What were some obstacles you’ve had to overcome? When it’s all said and done pretty much when Janelle leaves this earth what do you want your legacy and your impact on this world to be?

Thank you. It is, and it just works both ways for us. I am originally from a quite, and charming little gem of a town named Show Low, AZ. It was the country life growing up. Playing in the dirt, being and knowing all your neighbors by their first name. I had the chance to experience all four seasons. I guess one of the greatest obstacles was that living in a small town creates in a sense, a security blanket feel. Then when you’re exposed to a big city, and the city life, it’s quite the culture shock! The obstacle being that you just have to get used to everything being so different. Again two different worlds there. But I love it! I always love learning and experiencing new cultures and how everything and everyone is so diverse from one another. It’s really a beautiful thing to make memories of. That’s also a great part of my drive and inspiration to keep going. I want to continue to experience these great things and to take as much out of this short life on earth as I can. Once you realize that you can’t get enough in even the smallest details in life and what surrounds you.


If you had to say what is the highlight of your career and what was the most down and out time of your career? Is it any music that motivates you while doing your job? How do you wind down after work? Does your family support your career or they rather you do something else?

The highlight of my career is definitely working with other people. I love hearing about their life, trials, errors and what they aspire to do. That stays with me, the substance of the individuals that I meet in my career, it gives you something really priceless. I would say the hardest part of my job is just always being stretched in so many different directions. I enjoy the challenge of learning new things, doing it on my own. I dabble in so many other art forms, and even in different skills with DHS. I love learning! I wish there were more of me to help out. Can I put in an assistant position, help wanted ad in with this interview?? Only kidding, but I keep up pretty well considering all my tasks at hand. My taste in music is very eclectic. I can get energy from EDM, chill to some old rock, or put some pep in my step with today’s top 40’s. I really don’t have a certain genre that I favor above others, if I like it, I like it. Labels are nonexistent to me. Some of my favorite ways to wind down from work is to have a glass of wine, or take a bath with some cool galactic bath bombs I’ve just discovered. But one of my favorite ways is to just go out and take a walk in nature.  It really is renewing and renergizing for the soul. Spending that extra time with loved ones is also precious to me. My family does support what I do in every aspect. They keep me grounded, they keep me focused.

That’s a very heart felt response, now I’m gonna tap in on a heartfelt sensitive subject. I want to touch on this subject of Mexicans and Donald trump can we speak on that or pass?

Sure, I don’t normally speak on politics. But I’ll definitely voice my opinion if asked.

With you being of Mexican decent what are your thoughts on the whole situation if trump gets elected president and wants to build a wall separating Mexico from Arizona. Are we facing racial profiling and sexism?

Being in the position I am  in with my career, it definitely gives me understanding on why we can’t be so lax,  but with that being said, I do feel there are better ways to handle the situation. Boxing us in this “untouchable”  territory is not going to be the answer to our concerns. Humanity is trending towards hate, greed, war, and gain. We should be evolving in that area where we are so consumed by the fear of it all. It’s making us devolve in a sense. We’re not making any progress as a human race in that area. Trump will be catastrophic to that cause. I truly have great concern with him being in a position of power. He’s just…disconnected. I feel he has ulterior motives. The good for one, but not for all mindset. I love people of all cultures, diversitys, backgrounds, etc. There’s good and bad in all of us. I feel strongly that educating in areas such as tolerance and acceptance is key for our future growth. It’s so engrained in some people because of how they were raised, it’s not necessarily their fault. They just don’t know anything beyond their way of what they were taught. We aren’t born with hate in out hearts, rather than dividing us as a people, we need to unite. We can’t seem to quite get there though. We are blocked by old teachings, negative media, social brainwashing on a daily basis. Hell yes! We’re strong, independent, free thinking women!

I’m from California and I’m having second thoughts of moving to Arizona instead of California what can you tell me about your home state that would persuade me to move there. When it comes to your family like do you like being a home maker; cooking, cleaning, nurturing or are you the tomboy type that likes more physical activities. Do you enjoy sports?


There are so many things to love about Arizona! Here you can see the most amazing sunsets, experience the four seasons, hike, bike, and explore. You can drive some miles in any direction and find yourself in beautiful vast woodland areas, deserts, forests, and fields. It’s peaceful, serene, wonderful. You can find everything in Arizona. The world really is at your fingertips here. There are so many different communities as well. Whatever your interest, I’m certain you could find it here. There’s a great support system in Az. I would definitely say I am a pleaser when it comes to my family. I want to make sure they have everything, experience everything, and also to protect them from everything. Which I know is impossible, but damn straight I will try! I do enjoy cooking, especially trying new dishes! I love to make dishes that are popular in other cultures to get a taste for different cuisines. I definitely have a strong motherly nature, and also a very protective one, I’ll do anything for my family. Because I have so many interests, I’m also able to keep up with the boys! Always learning about cars by watching how-to YouTube videos. Knowledge is just a click away. I want to be self sufficient in everything I do. I know I’m capable of anything, just as everyone is. It’s just a matter of trying. I do enjoy some sports. You can enjoy anything when you look for a particular point of interest in it. I do love getting all dressed up as well! High heels, dresses, makeup, the whole deal. I can go either way, I’m adaptable to the scenario and situation. I guess that’s just part of my laid back personality, just like I don’t believe in boredom, or stagnation. There’s always a way to make it better, get creative! You are your own entertainer

And that Janelle is a wrap! I would have never known a homeland security agent would have been this highly adventurous and colorful until I encountered Ms. Janelle Frampton!

I’m so glad I could share my story so that people can see that we are all individual and unique. I guess the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover is certainly true! Thank you so much for your time as well. It was a pleasure speaking with you and doing this interview.


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