What Inspires DJ D Sharp

DJ D Sharp is a producer, DJ, and emcee from San Francisco, CA. He began to DJ at age 15 professionally and has spun at almost every venue in the Bay Area. In 1999, he began working with Lateef The Truthspeaker and was the DJ for most artists on Quannum Projects. He toured the world as the main DJ for Lauryn Hill, Planet Asia, Calyde Carson, and others. D Sharp also played a major role in forming the Bay Area group, Flipsyde. He has also toured with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Jurassic 5, OutKast, Common, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Pharrell, and more. Currently, D Sharp is the official DJ for the Golden State Warriors.

What Inspires QP aka Qleen Paper

QP is an emcee from Detroit, MI. He is most popular as a top competitor in the battle rap community. With his older brother, Midwest Miles, battling on the SMACK DVD in the mid-2000s, QP was motivated to compete in the Detroit league, Animal House. After earning a reputation as a fierce lyricist, he battled B. Magic in 2011 on URL’s Proving Ground and became one of the younger battle rappers to look out for. Since then, QP has competed in countless battles in various leagues, including URL.

What Inspires Desdamona

Desdamona is an emcee from Minneapolis, MN. She grew up in Iowa and formed a band in college where she was the rapper and the other members were singers. They performed around the state until Des moved to Minneapolis and was performing poetry at open mic nights. Des was first featured on Brother Ali’s debut album, Rites Of Passage, in 2000. Her first album, The Ledge, was released in 2005 with the help of reggae musicians Sly and Robbie. Her second album, The Source, was released in 2007, with features from Carnage. The two formed a duo called Ill Chemistry and were noted at the 2007 Minnesota Music Awards. Desdamona has won Best Spoken Word Artist for five consecutive years, beginning in 2000. She co-founded a female-based music festival, B-Girl Be, incorporating hip hop and spoken word to recognize the talent of females. Check out the 2012 release of Ill Chemistry’s debut album on iTunes.

What Inspires DJ Sat-One

DJ Sat-One is a producer and DJ from Philadelphia, PA. He began spinning in 1994 and eventually caught the attention of DJ Jazzy Jeff. Sat was a producer and A&R at Jeff’s studio, Touch Of Jazz, as well as the opening DJ that toured overseas with Jeff. Sat is also a member of the Skratch Makaniks, a group of talented and inovative DJs based in Philadelphia. Currently, Sat-One spins residencies at Dusk (Atlantic City), Moon (Las Vegas), Drais (Las Vegas), and Level 2 (Pennsylvania).

What Inspires Ceez Luciano

Ceez Luciano is an emcee from Rhode Island, originally from New York. He performed Rhode Island College in front of producer and educator 9th Wonder and later joined independent label, Gemstars LLC, in 2010. Ceez has released two mixtapes, Black Thursday and Great Depression, and has collaborated with Esso, Neako, and Kid Daytona.

What Inspires Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor is a singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, PA. With his father being a jazz musician, Mike spent his youth performing in groups of various genres of music. He joined to a theater dance company and later promoted parties around the city to showcase the city’s talent and creativity. In 2011, he released the mixtape, From The Stars, produced by Ritz Reynolds, Klassick, Tim Anderson, and La Riots.

What Inspires Matt Maddox

Matt Maddox is an emcee from Long Beach, CA. His family moved to Hawaii and the first cassette tape he purchased at age 7 was by Public Enemy. Traveling back and forth from southern California and Hawaii, Matt was able to record a project in 2009, The Invasion, with his former group, Guerilla War Tactix. In 2010, he joined Red Phone Records and released his debut album, Asylum Artistry, featuring Sadat X, Canibus, Sabac Red, and more. In 2014, Matt released his sophomore album, Righteous Fury, with production from Skammadix, Nemesis, C-Lance, Vanderslice, Sicknature, Hellzwind, and more. Guest appearances include UG (Cella Dwellas), Mina Fedora, King Magnetic, Reef The Lost Cauze, Burke The Jurke, TMB, Tragedy Khadafi, and more.

What Inspires DJ Ready Red of Geto Boys

DJ Ready Red is a producer and DJ from Trenton, NJ. He frequently visited his family in Brooklyn in the 1970s and attended block parties in the Bronx. Inspired from Afrika Bambaataa’s hit song, “Planet Rock”, Red wanted to become a DJ. He formated The Mighty MCs with Prince Johnny C and Brother Radee. In 1987, Red stopped in Houston to visit family before on his way to Los Angeles. He entered a DJ battle and ended up staying in Texas permanently. Red was introduced to J. Prince, founder of Rap-A-Lot Records and was signed, and eventually becoming the DJ and producer of the Geto Boys. The group began recording their debut album, Making Trouble, which was the first time Scarface movie samples were included into production. Red also contributed production on Willie Dee’s 1989 solo album, Controversy. Red parted ways with the group and returned home to New Jersey by 1991, after business disputes. He continues to DJ and produce records with Fran-Ada Productions.