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Respect the DJ Interview with DJ DCASO

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into DJing? 

I’ve always had a passion for the arts. I found that what I lacked in verbal expression I was able to convey through drawing and playing various instruments. I never believed nor had a desire to be a DJ but gravitated towards throwing parties my junior year of college. With promised returns on investments, four friends financed the purchase of my original equipment and the rest is history.

Within that year, I went from dorm parties straight to the big stage with the assistance of an early mentor Raj Stewart, “DJ Enigma.” His influence fueled my passion and lead to me pursuing the many facets of DJing.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I was present. I took every opportunity to surround myself with individuals more talented, more experienced and willing to provide guidance. I put ego to the side and what I wasn’t able to grasp in the moment; went back and practiced on my own. I made sure I was resilient enough when given No’s and resourceful enough to stay motivated.

Along with teaching others what skills I’ve grasped, I held regular practice sessions with other upcoming DJs in the city. I tribute most of my turntablism to DJ G.I Joe - the tour DJ for Immortal Technique. Joe gave me the necessary fundamentals to succeed; from body tricks, to proper hand placement, to set construction and more. G.I. Joe has been one of the most impactful characters in my evolution.

What did your first set up look like?

First Setup

  1. Hercules DJ Console

  2. 2 passive gemini speakers

  3. 1000 watt generic amplifier

Second Setup

(1) Numark mixer, & 2 Numark turntables

What does your current set up look like?

(1) Serato Rane 62 x 2 Technics 1200MK2’s

(2) Pioneer S9 x 2 CDJ 850s


How did you get your DJ/Artist name?
DCaso is a play on Picasso. Along with Djing I play several instruments and draw. I believed I needed a name that encompassed my full ability. I also believe DJ’s paint pictures with sounds in an abstract way, therefore my admiration for Picasso. I changed the “P” to “D” as anyone that truly knows me calls me “D”- so Dicasso. I took out the “i” & one “s” in order to avoid anyone from being able to use my name as a pun; and was left with DCaso.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

(1) Redbull 3Style 

(2) Boiler Room

(3) Electric Zoo

If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

  1. Atlanta

  2. Texas

  3. Toronto

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Uncle Luke. Not only does Florida bass bump, but everyone looked like they were living their best life. Also, Luke was a pioneer in the music game as far fighting for freedom of speech and the birth of the parental advisory sticker. Djing for him and the 2Live Crew would be one for the books. 

What is your goal when you play live?

I want everyone to leave sweaty and smiling from ear to ear. I want everyone to live in the moment and avoid the use of social media. I want people to remember why each song resonates with their soul. I want people to genuinely have an AMAZING time.

What's your go to song right now?

R&B: Meek Mill ft Ella Mai - 24/7

HIP HOP: Meek ft. Drake - Going Bad

AFRO BLEND: Casanova ft. Tory & Davido - 2AM 

LATIN: Casper Magico -Te Bote


What is your dream as a DJ?
If you were to ask me this question a few months ago, it would be to travel the world DJing. Luckily, I can say I’m living my dream. In the last 3 months I have dj’d in Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti, St. Marteen and am going on a 3 month tour with an up and coming artist I can’t yet mention. Everything is finally falling into place and its so rewarding. Hopefully, with time I’ll be able to pay it forward to new and upcoming DJs.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

Firstly, Id ask: What are they willing to sacrifice to make their dream a reality? 

I am a firm believer that a jack of all trades is a master of none and that to fully explore your truest abilities that you must be fully immersed in whatever you are pursuing. Once you’ve gained a significant hold on that lane, pursue another until you have fulfilled all your desires and passions or at least gave them a valiant effort. “Making mistakes is better than faking perfection.”

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Lea Anderson - 'Pronounced Lee' Interview

Amanda Giordano


Why did you make this album?
I created my album for people who need authentic, honest songs with pure emotional content. Like me! I took notice in the feedback I was getting from my song “Real Love” --- I heard repeatedly that it was moving, organically beautiful, and made you want to fall in love. I realized, as an artist; it is my responsibility to provide music in that lane. I’m not just a singer; I am a healer and minister, too. Why give you one song when I can give you fourteen? 

What inspired the title 'Pronounced Lee’?

Since my album is my testimony, it could have easily been a self-titled project. But people say my name wrong. ALL. THE. TIME. It’s a forgivable mistake if you’ve read it once. But after a while, it becomes a matter of respect. If someone can pronounce Constantine, or Socrates, or Shakespeare, you can pronounce my one syllable name correctly. I have to teach people how to pronounce my name before I can have a self-titled album or else everyone would be talking about someone who isn’t actually me. You are disrespecting yourself when you allow people add letters and sounds to your name. So that’s who I made the name of my album a lesson.

If you could do a remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

I would love to make “Sistah” a duet with India.Arie. I’d appreciate the Weekend’s spin on “More Than I Could”. Ultimately, if Bobby Humphrey decided to come out of retirement and redo the entire LP, adding more flute and teaching me her game in the process, I would faint. 

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc.

I wrote all of my lyrics and they came first before anything—-I must make that clear. I don’t write to beats. No one writes for me. I invented the melodies and wrote my story first. Once that was set, the climate of the song chose the instrumentalists and producers. It’s not whom you know, but whom you connect with. Who aligns with your vision and decides that they want to be apart of your dream, too. Everyone who performed on this LP, have been heaven sent. I’m honored to have the King, Asante “Tut” Amin produce/compose “Love Yah!” He was born in New Orleans and gave all of that down bottom on this track. It’s a juke joint and sounds like the best parts of the dirty south. “Skin” was perfect for my peaceful and loving homie/producer/composer Brian Fender, who added his Scorpio, island vibes. I wanted something I could meditate to, and he delivered. He played every instrument on “Skin,” too! I didn’t know Warren Fields beforehand, but I knew he was the best I could find when he understood my weird time signature in “Know Me”. He not only gave it what I asked for, but his expertise and pure emotion could match the distress of my greatest heartbreak. It was allowance to practically cry on the track without telling me to fall back in sake of the piano. He enveloped my tone and let my voice lead. Which is what is supposed to happen in R&B music.

What is your favorite track? Why?

Well it changes everyday ---Right now it’s “Inspiration.” It sounds like South Carolina: where I spent most of my life. It’s a reminder of where I came from, where I started, and why I still pursue music as a career. I dedicate that song to the network of supporters that I’ve had since day one: my parents especially. I was inspired by long time, hometown friend, Dane Smith after meeting his daughters for the first time. “Inspiration” is my current anthem. Let your inspiration help you become more inspiration. 

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I saw Mariah Carey perform “Can’t Let Go” live on TV when I was like 4? Maybe? I got chills. I was rather young, and I didn’t understand the content of the song but I knew her voice was a force. Her voice was was larger than Mariah Carey herself. At that moment, I suddenly felt that I had the capacity to move people through music the way she moved me. Overtime, I became obsessed with making people “feel” music that there wasn’t any question of what else I could be doing. Every plan B (other jobs) failed. Plan A (music) always worked out. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

I have so many dreams and tons of ideas. I’m not certain that this dream is complete until I travel afar and perform my music spreading my sounds. Like I said before, music is a ministry. Like every great spiritual leader: Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad—-they all traveled sharing their teachings, touching people individually one by one. An artists dream isn’t fully accomplished until they do the same. 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more.

 Yes. As a black woman I am probably the most stereotype’d demographic. Someone once told me that it’s uncommon for me to be 1. Sweet 2. Intelligent 3. Talented and 4. “That” pretty. I should have something wrong with me because allegedly most black women do have some sort of flaw. But I know plenty of women of all races who are just as sweet, intelligent, talented and beautiful as I am. And just because we are of a certain race, doesn’t mean we cannot be all of those qualities without being angry. It’s actually normal to find black women that are beautiful inside and out based on my experience. Women can work together and we do get along. We aren’t whores: we are queens. Being Stereotype’d is basically what my song “Sistah” is about. 

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

 Everyday. I am leading by example and thriving. Growing more as an artist is breaking my stereotype. I don’t have many memories of a day of Middle School or High School where someone, whether a student or teacher told me that I was ugly and/or that I couldn’t sing. Their bitter advice was that I stay in my small town and just be a teacher. Probably because that’s what people have told them. There’s nothing wrong with being a teacher—-but that’s what was expected of me upon graduating High School. So just by me living in NYC, performing, recording and being my dreams and am breaking the stereotype. Crossing one thing after the next off of my long-term music goal list is breaking the Stereotype.

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Meet Somos Moraenos


Somos Moraenos

"Somos Moraenos" is an East Coast hip-hop duo, both members are producers and songwriters based in North America. "Somos Moraenos" program of choice is FL Studio, proud users I might add myself. "Somos Moraenos" are willing to travel internationally " the journey is to create beautiful music in different languages eventually. English being the Moraenos first language. Currently members Kartist  and Norf Shore are learning to speak Spanish, Korean and more. Fans if you want to read more about "Somos Moraenos" catch up on the blog at

Mike Palmerton is Not like the other kids Interview

Amanda Giordano

“What Makes You Not Like The Other Kids?

What makes me not like the other kids is simple. I got caught up with drugs early in life; I am now 5 years opiate free. I know I have made many mistakes along the way but, I own them. The difference is, I always try to learn from my past. I don’t let my mistakes hold me back. I find a way to shine a positive light on any negative situation. Now, I am chasing my dream of succeeding in the music industry with a new, positive outlook. My message through music is important and I refuse to let anything or anyone prevent me from having my voice be heard. In addition to writing my songs, I have been writing daily inspirational messages on my social media that will be compiled for publication in the form of a book. My books will be accompanied with photographs that are specific to the message. As I chase my dreams, I am trying to help others live their dreams.

My original music will be centered around becoming addiction free and being positive. I am in support of Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) as a Face2Face member while promoting the Christopher A. Palmerton Jr. Foundation. The foundation was formed by my uncle who lost his son, my cousin, to a heroin overdose. The foundation has provided a grant to help sustain “Palmerton Place” on the KED Renaissance Campus.

The program is important to me because I have lost family and friends to addiction alongside of almost losing myself. Palmerton Place offers reintegration services for young women who are 14-23. Kids who are at risk by returning home after residential treatment are given the opportunity to go to Palmerton Place where they can remain on campus while maintaining their positive reinforcement. Palmerton Place allows them to pursue new opportunities such as education, employment, etc. I hope to show these young adults that anything is possible, despite their current state.

What also makes me different is that when I was struggling with addiction, I said “help.” I made the choice to attend the KED Renaissance House which opened my eyes to living without opiates. Most people are afraid to ask or don’t like to ask for help but, asking for help is okay. It can open the door to a positive life. Don’t be intimidated to say I need help, be unlike the other kids. Find your solace, find your peace, find your happiness. I learned to not worry about “fitting in” or “being cool.” Life is better when you make the choice to be your own person. If you are struggling with any darkness, seek your way out. Life can be beautiful when you maintain a positive outlook.”

“How do you dream?

I guess you could call me a perpetual dreamer. I dream when I fall asleep, I dream when I’m awake, I don’t stop dreaming. The key to achieving your dreams is formulating a plan and sticking to the plan. My father always pushed an important lesson on me, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I look at dreams as a blueprint to your future, your true needs and wants. Dreams are more than just a figment of your imagination. Day and night, I dream about being a legacy in the music industry, as a performer and motivator with an encouraging message. Your thoughts can be an endless trail of possibilities. When you are brainstorming how to achieve your dream, document every idea. Revisit these ideas to formulate a strategy to make your dream come true. I feel like “nothing is impossible” and “never say never” are more than simple quotes. They are philosophies that I live by. Without dreams, what would we be? As KED states, “through guiding lives and giving hope, we empower adolescents and families to be successful on their journey of recovery from the disease of addiction.” That is my biggest dream, to help battle addiction. Don’t. Stop. Dreaming. #DreamChaser”

IG: @mikepalmerton

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Respect the DJ Interview with DJ Tommy Vee

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into DJing?

When I was a kid I was kind of fat and the other kids didn’t let me play soccer with them because I was slow...So I focused on other music...and this is how it started...

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

Keep listening to other djs and producers...riding the wave...

What did your first set up look like?

1 regular turntable,1 mixer and 1 technics 1210.


What does your current set up look like?

4 cdjs pioneer nexus and a Pioneer mixer...2 sticks.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

My real name is Tommaso Vianello. Vianello is very popular in Venice, where I come from, so it sounded kind of cheese. So I put a Vas the Hip Hop tradition says. But friends were joking about that, calling me Tommy the Fith..;))And then I put the 2 ee

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

Maybe Burningman, Coachella and a Circoloco.


If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

NY, London and Tokyo...I’m missing Tokyo so far...but other 2 were years ago.

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

The Daft Punk...I was violently influenced by them.They are my age and I literally grew up with them.

What is your goal when you play live?

Make people sexy, dancing, smiling and having a great time.


What's your go to song right now?

A new track of mine named Kunye.

What is your dream as a DJ?

Keep playing for the rest of my life.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

Good’s really hard now#everybodywantstobeadj

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram mostly so far... @djtommyvee But also on FB as Tommy Vee.

‘Shake Those Hips’ - 16 Piece Collective // Bleacher-Stomping Hip Hop

Amanda Giordano

The sixteen-piece collective known as The Urban Renewal Project is back and doubling down on the live-band hiphop aesthetic that has set them apart from their jazz-funk and fusion contemporaries. Between coast-to-coast tour dates with rap legends Camp Lo and a transpacific festival appearance in Jakarta, Indonesia last year, the Los Angeles-based group has found time to record new material that explores an updated version of the Golden Era hiphop sound—infectious rap hooks, concentrated horn lines and a heavy dose of live drums—creating positive vibes just begging to be danced to.

Long-time collaborator Elmer Demond and his laid-back flows are joined by the manic and unpredictable newcomer Slim da Reazon, as well as the band’s once-and-future bassist Dustin Morgan, a.k.a. Yung Jinja, now rocking the mic. The trio rhyme over instrumental grooves devised by bandleader R.W. Enoch and the group’s 13 instrumentalists while Alex Nester provides effortless soul, pop and funk vocals to complete the ensemble.

Shake Those Hips is the lead single from their forthcoming EP titled Love Glory Duty Death, expected later in 2019.

Shake Those Hips, is from their forthcoming EP titled Love Glory Duty Death, expected later in 2019. The track is a bleacher-stomping, HoCo dance party, brimming with pep-band vibes, bouncing sousaphone lines and an throwback sound reminiscent of The Pharcyde and Outkast. Rappers Slim da Reazon, Elmer Demond & Dustin Morgan are leading the squad and want you to show off your moves, so listen up and get ready to get down with The URP.

Dirty Needles - Paradise (prod by Kollectiv) VIDEO


The song and video are an ode to the era of Hip-Hop that I fell in love with. That mid-nineties, boombap, scratching, lyric-driven music. The video was shot by Chem Vision in Columbus, OH. We went with throwback aesthetic as an Easter egg an element of Hip-Hop that doesn’t get enough shine. Graffiti art.
— Dirty Needles

Respect the DJ Interview with Dj Architect

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into DJing?

Being a DJ was always my wish of becoming one,even as a kid,I was fascinated by the scratch,and the sound that DJ makes by moving record back and forth. But unfortunately I didn’t have opportunities in my country, where I could go and learn such things. But in 2009 one of Serbian best DJs, opened his workshop and I spent there next 4 years,learning how to mix, beatjugle, scratch etc. Where in 2015 I decided to apply for IDA (International Dj Association), which my country didn’t have rights to apply, but I managed to win a wild card and enter the competition, and represent Serbia. Ending up in semi finals, which was a huge success for me.
After that my career began. I started doing so many shows, as resident and as guest around the world.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

As I mentioned in the previous question,I spent 4 years learning in workshop all the techniques,and beside that,practiced every day at home for about 5-7 hours a day.

What did your first set up look like?

My first set up looked like it looks even today. I saved my money to buy myself pair of turntables and a decent mixer. I’m a turntabelist, so I use turntables and mixer, but I also know how to work on CDJ’s and controllers so my abilities are not a problem. But my main set up is a pair of turntables and mixer.

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What does your current set up look like?

My current setup looks same as the first day. Only that I have added couple controllers to help me spice my sets a bit. Beside Traktor Z2 mixer and pair of turntables I use X1 and F1 controlers to manage my effects,cues,loops and samples much easier.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

Well, I’m actually architect by profession, so…I’m still doing architecture and design cuz its my first love, but I’m doing only projects that I think that are worth of doing them, and if I see that the project is challenging.
I don’t do any simple projects and stuff that high school students can do in their free time.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

3 events that I’m still dreaming about are EDC, ULTRA and TOMORROWLAND. Of course there is Coachella and Hard Summer but the top 3 that would make my dream come true are the first 3 I mentioned.

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If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

Hmmmm there are a lot of them I could think of, but Sydney, Las Vegas, and Miami are the top 3.

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Of course first person would be Drake, then maybe Future, and Migos. Hip Hop was part of my whole life, been listening to it when I was a kid, till today.

What is your goal when you play live?

My goal when I play live is to make crowd happy and to see them enjoy my set. That’s all I want.
Because the energy that I give to the crowd is the energy that’s  twice stronger when they return it back.

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What's your go to song right now?

My go to song right now would be Rampage by Gravedgr.

What is your dream as a DJ?

My dream as a DJ would be accomplishing things I have set up for myself. And that’s playing on the best festivals in the world, have a track that would be a hit and sell millions, and make a collaborations with some of the artists that have been my idols since I was a kid.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

The best advice I could give to someone who wants to become a DJ would be, to work hard every day all day, to be different then others, and don’t be a copy cat. Be unique. And always work on yourself and always improve.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

People can listen my music on:


And all other music platforms (iTunes, Deezer, Tinder, Beatport, Google Play etc)




Respect the Producer Interview with Noras Audio

Amanda Giordano


How did you get your name?

By working hard. Beside producing as much as I can, I spend a lot of time engaging with the community and my followers. I’m always open to criticism, because I know that can make me a better producer. I’m probably not the most talented producer, but I believe hard work can equal that easily. As a ghost producer I have some regular clients for who I make music. Beside that I also did some marketing jobs for music brands on my Instagram. I also try to help anyone who reaches out to me for advice. It takes a lot of time, but I know that people appreciate that a lot. 

How did you get into Producing?

I play music since I’m 14 years old. I got a crappy guitar from my aunt that was 25 years old and has been at the attic for over 15 years. My parents wanted to make sure I really wanted to play music before I could buy my first instrument. After a few months I had shown I was serious about it and I bought my first bass guitar. I played in a few bands, but they all got separated. At a certain moment I was sick of trying to find a band and I sold my, by then, two bass guitars. I wasn’t sick of music though. I wanted to be in control of the entire production process, so I wouldn’t need anyone else to make music. With the money I got from selling my guitars I bought Ableton Live and Ableton Push. That’s where it all started for me. 

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I started viewing video’s on Youtube. That was a bit chaotic to me and it didn’t help me to get better as fast as I was hoping. That is why I signed up with The courses there thought me so much. First, I had a basic Ableton course to get me started and then I took a lot of start to finish courses. It has helped me to see how other producers produce. Not to copy them, but to learn skills and to see how they keep their workflow going. Together with the Bassgorilla courses I kept searching for Youtube video’s about topics I was interested in. After that I also took some specific courses on mastering. After a while I needed to get out of my cave (aka my bedroom), so beside all the online stuff I talked to a lot of other producers and produced with others as well. It has always helped me to get new insights and skills I hadn’t thought of before. At the moment I’m trying to get a degree as a music producer. I’m sure I still have a lot to learn a lot, so I keep talking to new people and hope to get better at producing every day.

What did your first set up look like?

Asus laptop, Ableton Live 9, Ableton Push, computer monitors beneath all expectations.


 What does your current set up look like?

iMac, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Ableton Push, Pioneer S-DJ50 monitors, Komplete Kontrol S49, Komplete Audio 6, Sensheiser S-25, Fender CD-140SCE.


How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

My last name is Saron, so I just turned it around to get Noras. Not very inventive, but I thought it sounds good. 

If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be? 

That would be Carl Cox. I think it’s unbelievable what he has done so far and how important he has been and still is for the evolution of electronic music. His influence on house and techno, and even beyond that, is enormous. He is talented, but he worked very hard to get where he is right now. 

What is your goal when you create?

I always want to give music a certain feeling. I think of a story and try to get the right music to go with it. It is important that I can convert a basic idea of that feeling in music fast. Mostly I don’t have 3 or 4 hours a day to think about that story. So, when I think of something, I need to get it out of my head soon. Sometimes I just make some notes or hum something on my phone. I also record audio at places where I have an idea. This way I can reconnect with that story and feeling the next time I’m in the studio. Traveling and visiting places and new cultures is very productive to me and helps me creating stories.


What's your go-to song right now?

Nandoo by Sam Shure. I discovered it a while ago. I can listen to that song over and over again. The feeling that Sam Shure was able to get into this song is something I really love. Like I said I try to tell a story when I create music and with Nandoo, I feel like I’m in the middle of a story.

What is your dream as a Producer?

 First of all, I would love to get my degree as a Music Producer. At the moment I’m studying for that. I hope that opens doors to work for a record label or bigger studio. That way I dream to work with a lot of artist and try to have an influence on the electronic music scene.


What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

It’s probably the biggest cliché but working hard is to only way to reach your goals. Don’t try to skip any steps. To many producers are desperate to get their music signed by a record label, but sometimes you need to be patient. Don’t just sign with any label, but make sure the label can do something for you. Try to stay to your core business, which is making music. Spend a lot of time making music and try to learn something new every day (especially at the beginning). If your music is good, people will start to notice it. Make sure you only get your best tracks online. There’s really no use in putting your music online if you know it is not good enough. People will remember that, and you will have a bad name from the start. If you have a finished track which you are happy about, ask someone’s opinion. Preferably not a friend, because they will probably be more easy going than someone you don’t know. Try to finish every track you start. You will learn a lot from the process of finishing a song. I’m not saying you can only work at one track at a time, but make sure you finish everything you start. If you are finished, ask yourself if this is the best you can do at the moment. If the answer is no, then try to find out where it went wrong and focus on that in your next track. If the answer is yes, it doesn’t mean you have reached your top, but simply that this is the best you can do at the moment. Just start producing another track and you will find out you are still making progress. Spend some time engaging with the community. You will learn a lot from other producers if you are willing to listen. Be visible online. You will not be able to reach listeners if you are not online. And last but not least: believe in yourself. It will probably take you years (unless you are really lucky) before you will start making a name for yourself. Believe you have the capability to be a good producer and work hard. Eventually you will be rewarded. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)






B-EZ - Wassup Wit It


One of the hardest working young emcees on Staten Island B-EZ drops his latest track ‘Wassup Wit It’. He has been on quite a run since performing at the sold out ‘New Year New Hustle’ event in January. We look forward to seeing what he does next.