Drewski and I put together a FREE event for all creatives from our home state, and it was a total success! Myself, Hot97′s music director TT Torrez and DJ Bobby Trends spoke to the crowd and answered questions about the music business, and even Naughty By Nature’s Vin Rock showed up to drop some gems! Shout out to everyone who came out to learn, network and keep this Jersey movement going! We’ll be bringing you guys much more of this soon!
Check out a video recap of the night and pics below.
New Jersey is really on the rise with talent across the board right now, from producers to rappers, singers, writers, DJs…the list goes on. Last night was set to be such a big night for all of the above, as Hot 97‘s monthly ‘Who’s Next Live’ showcase featured an all-Jersey lineup, headlined by “Trap Queen” rapper Fetty Wap, “Back Up On It” rapper Dougie F. and “Yeah, OK” rapper Kazzie.
Unfortunately, though some of the opening acts like Signature, DJ Frosty and Chad B. were able to perform, the venue was shut down after only an hour due to over-capacity issues and trouble at the door. It got so bad at one point, Fetty wasn’t even able to get in!
New Jersey legends Naughty By Nature were in the building to support, and upon the police calling the event off, Treach grabbed the microphone and ended up giving a 30-minute speech about unity, police brutality, Jersey being slighted and more. He kept it quite peaceful, however, and I do commend the venue and the police for allowing him to say what he had to say. It was a pretty powerful moment!
2011 was a dope year. I worked as Joe Budden‘s assistant for a few months, so we had a lot of random adventures during that time – including the video of me being his hypeman in Miami over the summer for “OLS3″, LOL! There’s also my appearance in his music video for “Unison,” since it was taped at one of our pool parties over the summer. That’s below too.
I met DJ Pauly D randomly in NYC, went to a taping of Saturday Night Live and got to meet my fave Katy Perry, went to the premiere of Flex‘s MTV2 show, Tyrese dropped by Hot 97, hit a show in RI with French Montana and Wiz Khalifa, my homie DJ Ricky Ruckus flew me out to Cleveland to host a party, I helped put together 52 Fest – a festival to support injured Rutgers player Eric LeGrand and a bunch of other awesome stuff…but I’ll do separate posts for deeper dives into those!