you get your start in the game?
When I was
a little kid, I was always into music. I was always listening to a lot
of music. I never knew what I wanted to do with music until I got to middle
school. I got some programs on my computer and started playing around
with it. Then I got my first pair of turntables in high school and that's
what started it all.
you want to get into the mixtape game?
I was playing
with all these DJ programs. I would record mixes and sell them at school.
I started off doing that and from there I started picking up more on the
mixtape game and how it works. I shifted my style a little bit as to what
I was doing, but I always had a love for it.
has being on the radio been to you?
scratching the surface on my radio career. I haven't gotten anywhere close
to where I want to be. I believe that's a great outlet to reach a lot
of people. It can be as big as you want to make it for yourself. It depends
on how many people you want to reach. As for now, I've been on the AOL
for a year and Sirius for a year, and I've been filling in on Power96,
which is the number one Top-40 stations out here. I'm trying to get a
weekly show on Sirius. I was on weekly on Wax42 until they cut back. I'm
going to put in some more work and really get everything moving. It can
be real hard trying to balance everything and keep it moving. There are
so many different facets of the game, from doing mixtapes to staying in
the clubs to being on the radio, as well as doing well in school.
the most important thing you can do for yourself right now?
I used to
be real heavy on the mixtape game. I used to drop once a month. I've dropped
four or five tapes in the past six months. That's not my usual speed.
I'm going to get back on my mixtape grind. My main priority right now
is to get heavy on the radio and establish DJ Obscene. I'm trying to get
as much work in as possible at this point.
it feel to be selected for Shade45's "Rep Your Set"?
It was an
honor, especially when I found out that Dirty Harry was doing the first
show. Plus that's Eminem's station. It's definitely an honor for me to
be among all of the DJ's involved in Shade45.
do we need to watch for from your area?
Rick Ross. My man Smitty, Cubo, who is Pitbull's protégé,
he's making some noise out here. We also have C.Ride and Dirtbag on Cool
and Dre's label. PM is starting to shake shit up again. Everybody in Miami
seems to be getting on their P's and Q's and they're moving in the right
direction. Everybody's starting to come together. Miami is going to be
a real staple for Down South music in the next couple of years.
your relationship like with Pitbull?
I just saw
him ten minutes ago in the barber shop. We talk on a regular basis and
see how we can help each other out. I'll mp3 records out for him. Pit's
got me and it's a healthy relationship.
you help break Pitbull?
a process. It still is. About three years ago, we just hit the streets
hard. There was no other way to break Pit than to get the DJ's to play
his record. I remember the day Pit's album came out and I was standing
outside of a mall holding a sign. I still do that today. Whatever I need
from Pit, he's got me, so I definitely feel that I have to help him with
whatever he needs. It's been a long road trying to get everyone behind
his music. We've passed out tens of thousands of CD's making sure Pitbull
is in every car. I've helped out a lot with a lot of other people like
Big Mouth Promotions. It was a fun experience and it was a good experience
for me, especially because I had just come into the game and I was able
to learn how hard it really is to break an artist and get spins. I really
got a first-hand experience and it's really helping me learn what to do
to break more artists.
next from Florida?
I would have
to say Cubo. He's a part of Pit's team. I'm his DJ. I also DJ for Lunch
Money. He's my age, 18. He's well-connected down here and he's worked
with so many big names. The kid is serious. He's ridiculous. We're just
going to take our time.
so many labels coming to Florida now?
I think we're
a hotspot because we have all of the big events. The big events keep coming
out here and people enjoy it out here. Maybe it's the scenery. You should
take a trip through all of Miami because it's not all about crazy events,
the beach, and the Heat. I think the artists that are coming up now, Rick
they're really representing for the other life of Miami
that you're not seeing on Miami. I think they're really bringing it out
and I feel that people are really going to embrace that. It's just bringing
more attention to us.
you balance everything while being in high school?
I just have
this year to get through now. My first three years, I would just work.
I would get ten hours of sleep a week sometimes. It was really a non-stop
grind and hustle. School was secondary to me, but I still kept good grades
and my GPA up. Now I want to enjoy my senior year. I went to school and
I'm going to more school events. I'm really enjoying the full senior experience
in school, but it did slow me down a little bit because I was running
so fast. Even though I say that I've slowed down, the way I see it is
that my pace walking is other people's pace running.
have any regrets about missing out on things in high school?
No. I had
a great time. I grew up in a great home and my life has been very fulfilling.
I've been able to experience a lot of negative and positive things that
have helped mold me into the person that I am now. I almost dropped out
of school but I decided to stay in and enjoy it. If I would have dropped
out, we would have been doing this interview months ago.
have plans to go to college next year?
No. I have
no plans to go to college now. Once I'm out of school, I'm on my full-time
grind and I'm ready to go 300% so I can get back up to my regular running
speed. I'll grind every day until I get it. I just want to keep figuring
out different ways to brand my name. This summer is really my time to
get back on my grind again. At this point, it's all or nothing.
next for you?
mixtape I'm dropping is going to be "Houston: We Have a Problem"
hosted by Bun-B. I'm working on an R&B tape and some ring-tones shit.
I'm just putting the final touches on all my projects.
you want to say to everyone?
if you listen to my mixtapes and thank you for reading this interview.
Any artists out there or anybody for that matter, if you want to get at
me, it's firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for keeping it locked at HipHopGame and taking your time out
to read this interview.