‘Hustle’ star gets ‘super-charged’ after filming with rapper
The man who became one of the most recognisable faces in the world of hip hop has revealed how he got his start in the industry and how he was inspired to become a DJ.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the 28-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, talks about working as a “fitness trainer” and how it became his passion.
He also reveals that he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and has been a patient for the last four years, but now has a “supercharged” approach to his career.
“I got diabetes.
It was my first serious case, I was in a hotel in New York and I had my first test in the middle of January, and I went to the doctor and I said, ‘Man, I can’t stand this.
I can barely walk.’
He said, “You’re doing it.
You’re not going to go on.'””
The doctor said, `If you take this medication, you’re going to be able to walk,’ and I was like, ‘But I can do this.’
I got up and I took the medication and I got to work.
I started DJing.
I went from being a fitness trainer to DJing.
“He also talks about how he took to the streets as a young man, sharing the stories of how he came to the attention of a DJ named Kevin Abstract.”
Kevin Abstract and I were in a club in Brooklyn, I think we were 18 or 19, and he just put his hand out and I put my hand out.
He said he had a record, he had like 100 songs on it and he was the DJ,” he says.”
He was like [tearful] ‘You’re the DJ.’
He just put me on the radio.
He went to school with me, he was my friend.
We were friends.
I had a relationship with him for two years.
“He was already doing well when Kevin went on to become one of rap’s biggest DJs, and was then asked to go to DJ Bootcamp.”
He went over to New York to work at Bootcamp, and that’s when I really got into DJing, to just go on the streets and just hang out and DJ.””
I was like ‘Oh man, I don’t know if I can DJ, I have to go back and try again.’
He went over to New York to work at Bootcamp, and that’s when I really got into DJing, to just go on the streets and just hang out and DJ.”
It’s like a second career, like a new life.
“When asked how he became the person he is today, he laughs and says: “I don’t think I’ve had any real identity crisis, but I’ve kind of lost the person I used to be.
“As a DJ, he says he has had to “tough it out” but it has paid off, with him having a “huge” fan base.”
When I started doing music, I went up to a studio and I sat there, and the first person I talked to was a rapper named Jay-Z.
He came to me and said, ‘[Jay-Z]’s on this song called Hustle, it’s about you, and it’s like I’m gonna get it on the air.
I’m not gonna let you down.
You’ve got to take the opportunity.
I said I’d give it a shot.
“And I was able to.
I just kept on going, going up and down and I found a place, and now I’m the DJ.
I love that, man.”
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